OTTER Q & A!
Influenced by Dartmoor and the natural things that you get up to as a child.
Pebble towers, skimming stones, bug hunts, cloud spotting, star gazing, playing pooh sticks,
Running, skipping, jumping, and that lovely moment when you’re so tired at the end of a long day that you snuggle down in your bedtime holt.
I began with writing a story about their adventures together which then formed my design concept. So it focuses on a day in the life of their time together – and the adventures and chapters that make up their moments.
I wanted the design to engage the viewer, so not only are the adventures painted on, but the story is written and weaves around them – so in order to (cue pun) read their otterbiography, you have to journey around them too.
I use a lot of colour in my work so it was important that this translated to this particular project too. Building up the colour took a long time – I wanted mine to be eye catching and vibrant and so at least three layers went of acrylic went onto the otter.
Length of time of project. Over 70+ hours!
Layering the colour to ensure an even and thorough finish.
The 3d element of taking a flat paper design and translating that to something 3d.
The time in between finishing it and it being glazed……so stressful – because you know it’s still this precious potentially breakable thing….!
My work is a celebration of Dartmoor and I was drawn to the project because it supports conservation on Dartmoor and projects which are about looking after the land and supporting this really special part of the world.
I like a challenge!
It feels really special that your design will be at a host location and will join other artists all across the moor. I love the ethos the project empahsises – making people smile and getting families out and about in the fresh air.
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