Next in our 'Meet and Greet' series we would like to introduce you to a 'new girl' to our collective, mixed media artist Jacqueline Ford.
Introduce yourself briefly: My names Jacqueline Ford and I live in Marlow. I spend my days working in Local Government and my evenings, when my brain is still functioning, playing with paper, scissors and glue creating mixed media collages.
Describe your style?: Representational – with a twist, as what you think my work is made up of from a distance may not be what it truly is close up.
Tell us about your workspace?: I have turned the diner part of my kitchen diner into my studio space – although with the amount of ephemera and materials I've collected over the years for my collage work I could do with a MUCH bigger space!
What inspires you: Places that have a special meaning to me. My home town of Marlow and the Suffolk coastline feature heavily in my work.
How and when did you get involved with Collective Art in Marlow: This December will be my first foray into the 'Collective Art' cooperative and I was just delighted to have been invited to take part by one of the founding members Julia Hayward (glass) and Oenone Randall (metalwork and jewellery) who saw my work at Emerald Gallery. I have visited the collectives’ shows a number of times and have always thought that this would be a fabulous group to be part of.
What is your favourite technique?: Adding a bit of Distress Stickles Glitter Glue to my work to give a bit of a vintage sparkle.
Apart from collage, do you have any other creative interests?: I love taking photos, in fact my other half Ben reckons I have a Japanese gene in me as I take so many! I also like making necklaces with pretty buttons and beads and making cards as this is a good way to use up the scraps of paper left over from my artwork.
Tell us about where else we can see your work?: I have a selection of originals and some limited edition prints at Emerald Gallery in Chalfont St Peter that is run by the very lovely Cath Friend (well worth a visit). This year I also had a stall at the Windsor Emporium and hope to do again in 2013. I also show my work once a year with the Marlow Art and Crafts Society and our next exhibition will be in mid 2013. You can also see my work on my website: www.lookwhatjacqmade.co.uk
As a bit of fun we also asked Jacqueline a few 'random' questions:
Favourite film: Forrest Gump
Pets: Two very spoilt and vocal Siamese cats – Louis (given name Le Dauphin) and Prom (given name Prometheus)
Favourite place to be: At the seaside with Ben looking for pebbles with holes all the way through them (called hag stones in Suffolk), followed by fish and chips and a pint of Adnams!
Person I'd most like to invite to dinner: Anyone who can give me a cooking lesson as on the cooking front, Domestic Goddess I am sadly not.
Random fact about me: I used to be a research scientist and have a PhD in noble gas geochemistry . . .