Last saturday I had a dream of a day. I went to a workshop run by Philippa Stanton of 5ftinf. It was a lovely small affair and was held at her family home in Brighton. What you see pictured above is one of my creations from what was a fantastic day.
If you haven’t come across Philippa’s work before, have a look at her blog where you can find out more about the work she does as an artist. You should also look at her beautiful Instagram account, where she takes table top stills at the infamous 5ftinf table (which you’ll be pleased to know I took plenty of pictures of).
Her Instagram feed was one of the first I came across, and I instantly fell in love with it for its colour and texture. She sure is good at filling a simple square frame full of colour and joy.
The day was a relaxed affair made up of cups of tea, chatting, a homemade lunch, and popping into Philippa’s garden to pick some flowers and bits and pieces that caught our eye. It was a chance to play, experiment and observe.
This tray held all the mornings clippings…
I found myself looking more closely, and started to notice the beauty and detail there is in a flower.
and look at all those lovely textures…
So much fun!
Below is a glimpse of how I got to that final photo pictured at the top of the post…
The whole day was an inspiration. It was great to watch an artist at work having those moments of excitment and pure creativity. It really got me thinking about the creative process – dangerous I know – and I came away with a head full of ideas and some little nuggets of wisdom.
Sorry for the picture heavy post, but if you can believe it, there were more that I wanted to share with you. If you are now feeling a bit green with envy, do not fear, I think Philippa is planning some more workshops in the summer. If you are interested you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally just before I go, one last glimpse of that lovely red tray full of flowers. Happy Wednesday folks.