2011 Resident Sophie Herxheimer

2011: Sophie Herxheimer

Sophie at ‘Feast on the Bridge’, Thames Festival.

FIGHT LOGIC WITH HUMOUR, AND TRIUMPH!

Artist Sophie Herxheimer uses drawing, painting, printmaking and poetry, often combining images with text through loose very hand made marks, to make surprising and distinctive visual narratives on any surface available, from cardboard to books, canvases, gigantic tablecloths and tiny handkerchiefs.

Her paintings have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, The Whitworth Gallery, the Southbank Centre, Riverside Studios and in many private galleries. They are in the collections of many fancy people including Ridley Scott, Demi Moore, Marina Warner and Bobby Baker.

Sophie was Artist in Residence at the London International Festival of Theatre in 2004, when she worked with artists and children to create a fantasy school dinner on a south London allotment. She has also created a number of large-scale site-specific projects for Home Live Art, Unicorn Theatre, and the Thames Festival.

Sophie devised the colour palette for the hit CBeebies programme, In the Night Garden. She has illustrated five collections of folk and fairy tales, as well as working on many other books. Her most recent books are: ‘Rama and Sita, Path of Flames’ a classic of Hindu mythology, in a new version by longtime collaborator, Sally Pomme Clayton, (Frances Lincoln, 2010) and a limited edition book called Pie Days and Holidays (Marine Studios, 2011) containing ‘food stories’ collected and drawn live, with ink and brush, from people in Thanet, during a residency in Margate, a project that was also recorded and broadcast for Radio 4’s Food Programme.

Lecturing forms part of Sophie’s practice and she has taught at Central St Martins, Chelsea and SOAS, as well as at many colleges outside London. She has also worked extensively with community groups, in schools, and in public spaces, collecting stories, running workshops and facilitating the making of things, always with an eye on the right medium (ink and brush, papier-mache, paint, collage…) to express and reflect the world of colour, imagination and story that belongs to all of us.

She is currently Artist in Residence at London Printworks Trust, which will see her collaborating with different groups in the making of textiles, as well as exploring the possibilities of print in the creation of a new body of her own work, culminating in an exhibition in 2012.

www.londonprintworks.com

www.pie-days.co.uk

www.marinestudios.co.uk

www.homeliveart.com

www.sallypommeclaton.com

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Call Out for an Exhibition and Competition

As my first project as Artist in Residence at London Printworks Trust,
I am aiming to spearhead a real handkerchief revival.

Eco-friendly and far more elegant than a crumpled paper tissue, it is time to reinstate the cotton or silk hankie at the centre of things – in your pocket or handbag, or up your sleeve.

Of course handkerchiefs have many associations, they are as essential to magicians, hay-fever sufferers, dandies and flirts as they are to the bereaved. They have been used to show secret maps, become souvenirs and mementoes, shield heads from the sun, trap lovers and signify a proper goodbye at the railway station.

Small and light, they are ideal for conveying messages, wishes and any type of decorative textiles.

So this is a call out: artists, printmakers, designers, poets, philosophers, friends, think about and design your handkerchief.

We will welcome submissions on cloth or paper, the only limitations are : keep to the square format, and make your hankie within the size restrictions of between 30 and 60 cm square.

Deadline for entries is October 31st.

(Tie a knot to remind yourself.)

You can deliver or send them to me marked:

‘Handkerchief submission’

Sophie Herxheimer, Artist in Residence, London Printworks Trust, Unit 7 Piano House, 9 Brighton Terrace, London, SW9 8DJ

We will exhibit all the works received on endless washing lines, through the gallery, the workshop, design room and training space at London Printworks Trust in Brixton.

We will choose one design to produce in a limited run each quarter, (as hankies do fold rather niftily into quarters) to sell, to help raise money for London Printworks Trust, and the originator of the chosen design. We would then work towards creating a ‘boxed set’ of four limited edition hankies every Christmas, an ideal present for the art collector.

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Do get in touch with questions. Check our blog for updates too.

Do feel moved to contribute!

www.sophieherxheimer.com