Today's Meet the Masterclass Tutor is brought to you by the winning combination of antibiotics, ibuprofen and paracetamol! All I can say is its a shame that the tooth fairy tends to be a kiddie thing as I would be quids in this year! My descent into toothless aged crone moves on apace.
I am particularly pleased to introduce today's Masterclass Tutor, I am a big fan of Alice's work and was so excited to hear that she was coming to Swansea that I volunteered to be the gofer for her workshop like a shot. I simply don't care how many cups of tea and coffee I have to make on Monday 20th August, I just want to be part of it. Not surprisingly, Alice's Masterclass was booked in record time, so for those of you who would like find out more about Alice's workshop schedule then visit her website for more information - www.alicefox.co.uk.
I don't read the completed questionnaires in advance, so it was a wonderful surprise to read Alice's answers this afternoon and to see some shared artists that have influenced the both of us. I'm currently reading Edmund de Waal's book on porcelain, and enjoying it immensely.
Anyway before I come over all 'fan-boy' or a bit on the gushy side, here's Alice in her own words.
What was the first thing you ever made? I have no idea, but I was a prolific 'maker of things' as a child.
Who was instrumental in fuelling your creative spark? Both my grandmothers made things (painting, sewing, spinning, knitting etc) and my mother made a lot of clothes when I was a child, so it always seemed normal
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self just getting interested in art and creativity? That there is much to be said for a life rich in different activity and 'making' can be part of so many different aspects of that life
What was the first record/tape/CD you purchased? Belinda Carlisle I think!
What was the last book you read? I am currently part way through a number of books. The last one completed was 'A Field Guide to Getting Lost' by Rebecca Solnit
James Bond or Captain Jack Sparrow? Who is your favourite action hero/heroine and why? Somewhere between the two I think - both have desirable and less-desirable qualities!
What is the saying/mantra you try to live your life by? That the journey is more important than the destination
Who are the artists/creative people who have most influenced your work? Sue Lawty is an artist I admire hugely and have learnt a lot from (I spent time helping in her studio when I was a student). I am a big fan of land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash. I love Sheila Hick's work. I find Edmund De Waal's work and writing captivating.
(Sue Lawty doesn't appear to have her own website, if you search on her name you will find lots of links to exhibitions and blogs which are useful.
For more information on Andy Goldsworthy the Tate resources are a great place to start: www.tate.org.uk
Red sauce or brown sauce - or does it depend on the situation? Red, but not very often. Never brown.
What is your guilty pleasure (or is it too guilty to disclose here)? Watching bad TV with my two teenagers.
What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions South Wales to you? The coast
What are you most looking forward to seeing/doing when you come to visit Swansea for the Festival? Teaching! There won't be time for much else. I've never been to Swansea before so I'm looking forward to visiting, however brief it will be.
Thank you Alice for a very interesting set of answers, and please take a look at the artists she has mentioned, they are well worth investigating in more detail.
Alice, I do hope you get a chance to do a bit of exploring while you are in Swansea and get to see a little bit of our famous coastline. Honestly weather please buck up, we need to see the sun glinting on the sea again. I look forward to meeting you on Monday.
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