Derby / Painting
Losing Lace & Blossom are series of paintings from Victoria's most recent arts projects funded by the Arts Council England, the National Lottery and Arts Derbyshire. Both draw upon aspects of her childhood experiences and love for pattern, detail and colour. Victoria has developed her own technique using, oil paints, liquid leaf and gold leaf, occasionally adding lace for texture or sequins to play with the light. Losing Lace Inspired by Victoria's family connections to the Nottingham Lace Industry celebrating its magnificence, gathering memories, stories, artefacts and delivering lace art workshops. Victoria initially created twenty lace paintings inspired by old lace pattern books and the collection continues to grow. She regularly delivers 'Losing Lace' talks and has developed a Lace Inspirations creative workshop. Blossom There are few more wondrous celebrations of nature than the fresh fizz of spring blossom. Victoria's blossom painting took place in two locations; an arts residency at the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall within their fruit orchards and Chaddesden, Derby amidst glorious cherry blossom edged roads.Celebrating the arrival of blossom documenting its abundance from bud to petal fall, responding to its beauty creating a new series of paintings. Victoria loves the energy from the blossoms and wanted to capture their effervescence exploring its transient nature and delicacy. Concerned British culture is losing this sense of wonder in our highly technological world she felt compelled to stir up enthusiasm aiming to reconnect people to the natural world, encouraging them to respond creatively. Alongside her paintings the focus of Victoria's project work lies in exploring ways to effectively nurture creativity, encouraging people of all ages to engage in the arts. She does this through developing and delivering creative workshops, 'Pop up' Studios, art classes and talks. Victoria works from the core belief that creativity is within everyone, and everyone needs opportunities for self expression and to respond to the world through art. Being creative fosters emotional wellbeing and connects people to the world around them, highlighting issues, valuing people, places and communities
Will undertake commissions
Is prepared to give tuition and/or workshops
Crow Wood Farm
From Spondon follow Locko Road past Bluebells ice cream farm, past Locko Hall entrance, past another sharp bend and Crow Wood farm is the next entrance on right.
There is a preview evening on Friday 27th May
Disabled access is partial