Over the last few months in the Hub we have seen many new members joining who are making art with alternative media and materials. But the biggest question of all is, what is art to you?

To me art is a language, a visual language that we view and feel some kind of emotional response towards. I believe there is a place for all kinds of art within the world, both traditional art and non traditional art.

This quote from Seth Godin is one of my favourite and sums art and being an artist perfectly. 

“Art is what we call… the thing the artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. 

What matters, what makes it art is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making.

Something risky. Something human.

Art is not in the eye of the beholder.

Art is in the soul of the artist”

Here are some artists and Hub members who make art with a difference.

Amanda Brown

Amanda’s recent body of work is a response to the natural world. In particular the patterns of growth and the way relationships are formed. She uses wire and metallic threads and beads to create sculptures which are delicate and light whilst at the same time creating drama.

Link: [email protected]

Sue Russell

Sue Russell is a multimedia artist who creates jewellery and paintings that reflect how she sees the ocean. Each piece is built on layers that explore its various textures and colours . Sue is interested in how the ocean has a mood / an emotion showing on the surface, yet underneath can be very different, and how that can relate to us as humans showing one thing on the surface, yet underneath so much more can be going on.

Sue is driven to explore this concept in her work to understand better how this impacts our relationships, our wellbeing and mental health. As well as open discussion about vulnerability, reconnecting with our inner selves, and living an authentic, connected and full life.

Link: www.reconnectnz.co.nz

Linda Sheldon

Linda is a glass artist who lives and works in the High Peak area of Derbyshire, UK. Her stained glass pieces are created using the copper foil  also known as the ‘Tiffany’ method. Her passion for using stained glass came from a love of watching light pass through colourful glass. As new pieces were shared via social media, it became apparent that many others felt the same way. What started out as a hobby in lockdown soon became a full time occupation and a way of coping with a difficult year that ended with a redundancy from a coaching role and a new small business.

Website: www.lindasartglass.com

Sandee Fry

Sandee Fry is a Gnome Artisan residing in Bakersfield, California USA. She has been designing and fabricating Gnomes for 2 1/2 years, from her home-based art studio.  Her whimsical creations often incorporate vintage pieces of jewelry, buttons, tatting, lace, beads etc.   She enjoys re-purposing and re-imagining items with a history and creating a new life for those “found” items.  She enjoys searching for these unique design elements at estate sales, charity shops, and antique stores. Each piece is individually designed and one of a kind, as the vintage elements  themselves are treasures and one of a kind. 

Find on instagram: #vintajvibe

Always remember…

It is important to remember that making art comes from the soul of the artist. We all see art differently, have different preferences and appreciate different mediums. It also allows you to find your people and your why. This is what makes us stand out as artists.

Much love, 

Michelle x.