Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Forgotten Little Creatures

Hello and welcome to the Forgotten Little Creatures launch post!

Although I am only really launching this project now, I have actually been working on it for a while gathering images to have something to launch! This is a project that I have been thinking about doing for quite a while now and with other major project commitments now completed I can concentrate on this. 

So what's it all about? 

It is a celebration of the smaller things we share our world with, so although it is called Forgotten Little Creatures there will be images of wild flowers and other plants in there as well as invertebrates and reptiles. It will come as no surprise to many of you that I love insects and the challenge they present, not just photographically but also in terms of getting people to maybe not love them but have an appreciation for them and their importance. 

What Is The Plan? 

Well, I am looking for the project to culminate in an exhibition of work with the potential of an accompanying book in 2016. This won't be just an exhibition (and book) of pretty pictures it will be filled with funny stories surrounding the images and how I took them along with information about the species. The images won't be the standard identification images, they will be artistic and creative aimed at making the viewer think about the whole picture rather than just the main subject.

Why Am I Doing It?

Over the last few years I have become increasing fascinated by all the smaller things that I see people walk past, in particular insects and snakes. So, over several months I challenged myself to just photograph and enjoy these smaller species and the enjoyment I got from spending time with them has ultimately lead to this project. A huge part of this project is about raising awareness of the smaller things around and the important role they play in the ecosystem and ultimately our lives.

What's Next?

Well, over the winter months I will be making lots of plans in preparation for next spring, in the meantime here is the promotional video for the project.

I hope that you will take this journey with me as I document the lives and beauty of all the smaller things. I will post regular updates and images from the project and towards the end of next year will post information about the exhibition and talks.

At the moment I am still looking for an exhibition venue, so if you are able to help in any way I would really appreciate it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope that you enjoy the images and videos to come.


Monday, 22 September 2014

Events Through The Rest Of The Year


I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and been enjoying all the lovely weather of late.

I've been busy working away on a couple of things over summer including some very special workshops to be announced very soon and my new project Forgotten Little Creatures, but there will be more about both of these very soon I promise. For now I just wanted to update you on various events taking place through the rest of 2014 so here goes:


Saturday 27th September or Sunday 28th September (both days will be the same)
Shepton Mallet
£60 each, limited to six people per day, for more details and to book click on the link below and select Autumn workshops, I still have a couyple of spaces left for both days and it will be the perfect time to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques ready to shot the stunning autumn colours.

Exhibition and Sale of Work

During the whole of October I will have work on display at the Cheese and Grain in Frome. There will be a selection of canvases and mounted and framed prints, all items will be for sale starting at just £40 and many of the items are one-offs so once their gone that's it! My work will be on display in the foyer, cafe and bar area, and we're just confirming a date for a meet the artist evening so stay tuned to my Facebook or Twitter pages for confirmation of a date.

Doulting Christmas Craft Fair

I will be there again this year and I will be having a bit of a stock clearance as well in preparation for next year, so it's a perfect time to pop down and see what I've got. It will just be me as Rosemary will be with her work at the South West Quilt Show so do pop along and say hello!

Saturday 15th November 10am - 4pm
Doulting Village Hall, Doulting, BA4 4PL

The last three events are all a collaboration between myself and my mum (Rosemary Hillman), showcasing and selling not only our individual works but also work that we do together.

Christmas Pop-Up Shop at the Black Swan Arts in Frome

We have secured the pop up studio just inside from the courtyard area (right by the cafe) for the last two weeks of November. The shop will have a lovely warm Christmassy feel to it and we will be launching a couple of brand new products that we are current;y working on.

17th November - 29th Novmeber (inclusive) 10am - 5pm.

Shillingstone Christmas Craft Fayre

This is a brand new one for us, but it promises to be a really good one with everything being handmade.

Saturday 6th December, 11am - 5pm
Shillingstone Church Centre, Dorset, DT11 0SW

Salisbury Christmas Craft Fair

We will be back at Salisbury again this year after a great time last year and this will be the last event of the year before we take some much needed time off over Christmas and New year!

Sunday 14th December, 10am - 4pm.
Salisbury Guildhall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1JH

That is it for now, but in the next couple of weeks I am hoping to release details of my 2015 workshop schedule and will be sharing the launch poster and short video for Forgotten Little Creatures.

Bye for now