When I was little we used to play ‘Snakes and ladders’ a lot - it was really good fun, apart from the snakes!
As part of Artwave Festival this year, the fabulous cinema and hang-outerie Lewes Depot is holding an open art exhibition on the theme of ‘Play’. I read the call for entries and thought I’d have a go! I was delighted this time last year when my piece (a lampwork glass bead bracelet) for their ‘Blue’ exhibition was accepted, but this time I wanted to dig out my paintbox and combine watercolour with glass.
I had an absolutely brilliant time making this piece! I’m no good at drawing but by golly I love to splash paint around, so I went to town with my ‘game board’ background which ended up as a riot of different colours and patterns. The snakes are made of my harlequin beads on sterling silver wire (yes, they even have forked silver tongues!), and the ladders were a painting, cutting and sticking job. The finishing touches were a couple of counters and a die from the local toy shop.
I had an absolute ball doing this! I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to muck about with paint again - when you’re a 3D artist you tend, of course, to focus on three dimensions rather than two, so the project of designing, painting and number-stamping the game board was new territory for me, rather.
I’m sad to say that my ‘snakes and ladders’ hasn’t made it into the exhibition, but I’m still thrilled with it. It’ll be hanging in the Let Fire Inspire workshop all through Artwave Festival - so if you’re in the neighbourhood on a Saturday or Sunday from August 17th do pop in and have a look!