Interior Feature – The Yorkshire Post visits
Recently my work had featured in The Yorkshire Post. Sharon Dale, the Property and Interiors Editor had kindly featured my Tour de Yorkshire cut out wheel which I created when I was the Official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire in the Home Grown Section of the Saturday Magazine. Over Christmas 2016, she loved my Christmas cards which I had illustrated for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and featured one in the Home Grown Section of the magazine, saying it was her “favourite charity Christmas card”.
Sharon is always looking for interesting homes to feature in the Saturday Magazine and she told me once that artist’s homes generally make very interesting subjects which work well. I agreed to be featured and the date was set for January 2017.
I had my deadline, so hurriedly ensured that all the jigsaw pieces came together in our home…the front room had been upside down, being redecorated for about a year, so this gave me an incentive to finish it.
The day of the photo shoot arrived. Sharon arrived. She loved the colours and decor in our house particularly the kitchen and we had a long chat over coffee about my life, inspirations, interior style and so on. Sharon needed to get the background for the article first before Simon Hulme, The Yorkshire Post photographer arrived.
The ground floor is the most photogenic part of our house so this was featured. As you can see there is an explosion of colour throughout, it makes us all feel happy.
Sharon loved the kitchen. It was based on a retro theme and I was inspired to recreate a cupboard shape I had seen in America. Mark Wilkinson’s kitchen company helped plan the kitchen and make the cupboards. It was my husband Peter’s ideas to put our initials on the drawers of the tall cabinet at one end of the room.
Caryl Hallett, a local stained glass artist provided the blue glass for the star in our kitchen cabinet. I didn’t a want black work surface, preferring to source a light coloured one to reflect the light. The one installed has flecks of different coloured glass in, the perfect way to add colour to our kitchen.
The hall features one of my landscape paintings and a stunning window created by Caryl Hallett. The original frosted glass window had been in the door for 150 years, since the house was built. My son one day with a friend had been playing hockey with a golf ball and disaster happened…broken glass everywhere. So, I kept some of the glass. Meanwhile I had the idea of having my paper cut designs sandblasted onto the two panes of glass. I love the idea of bringing the outside in, so I laid down a design featuring the wildlife and countryside around here and had it sandblasted. Having chosen a turquoise glass, Caryl then cleverly put all the components together. I am reminded every day of nature and the fields and hedgerows around here.
The front room is an explosion of colour featuring floral Designer Guild curtains, purple and lime green sofas.
The photograph of me was taken in our garden. The sun came out for just a few seconds so Simon was able to take a backlit shot of Poppy, our dog and I.
I was thrilled with the article when it came out. Sharon’s imaginatively written article perfectly conveyed the essence of our house and my thoughts and inspirations as an artist. Simon’s photos were clear, colourful and stunning.
So many people I have met recently have seen the article and complimented me on it. The whole experience has been amazing.
As a follow up, Sharon rang me on 3rd March and said that the ‘i’ Newspaper was featuring the article. So it’s gone national now. Thanks so much Sharon and Simon.
You can read the full Yorkshire Post article here
Comments are closed