Last weekend was our first Cooper's Yard Open Studio event. We chatted to many interesting folk including photographers, film-makers, students, art teachers, printers, subway enthusiasts, old colleagues and chums ... we even played a spontaneous game of balloon football with a two-year-old. Yes! We hope to see you again next time.
It's no secret that we're fans of Horniman Museum and Gardens. After a recent visit to their African Worlds Gallery, we were itching to make some masks of our own. Mike was drawn to the Nigerian Janus-faced masks, while Tanya was influenced by the Kenyan initiation masks. As you can probably tell, the aim was not to replicate - the originals were a springboard for our own ideas. All-in-all a very satisfying Saturday afternoon project, which we hope will grow (stringy) legs of its own.
Mike is constantly drawing; he discards scraps of paper covered in characters. Feeling the ideas are too good to waste, Tanya often picks them up and takes them on a stage. This one she turned into an appliqué and embroidered cushion.