Mixed and Recycled Media Artist


The Bower Wirks

I have set up my own gallery in Wirksworth - I update the gallery website much more regularly! visit www.thebowerwirks.co.uk

The Canal Collage so far…

Canal Collage So Far

Staveley Feast 2012 – The Giant Canal Artwork

Plaiting Plastic Bags for the Collage Our youngest participant! Commissioned by The Chesterfield Canal Trust , this collage will be displayed along the Chesterfield Canal (details to be confirmed!)

Children from Hollingwood Primary School told me loads of fascinating facts and stories about the creatures on the canal, and, over two days of workshops, every child in the school had a go at making a creature out of recycled materials bought in by the children.  These creatures were decorated further at the fantastic Staveley Feast last weekend, and loads of the children’s work was added.  The creatures were added to a frame with plaited plastic bags and look wonderful swimming along the artwork!

There’s still a few more to add, so I’ll be posting a picture soon of the finished picture!

Black Rocks Cycling Collage

Black Rocks Cycling

This is the latest piece of artwork I have created using old bike parts (donated by Zepnat Cycles in Matlock) It is a local scene of Black Rocks, near Wirksworth, Derbyshire.  I have tried to capature the exhilirating, bumpy experience of mountain biking!

George Spencer Scrap Club

george-spencer-art-marketThere’s an art market coming up on the 9th of July at George Spencer School, Nottingham.  I worked with the scrap club to create this poster to advertise! They’ll be different stalls and artists there and everyone is welcome – it should be good fun!

The Wheel Turns Exhibition 8th January – 25th February 2011 Opening 7th January 2011

The Wheel TurnsMy work will be part of an exhibition at Embrace Art Gallery in Leicester that will showcase contemporary collage and assemblage artists.  You can find out more at http://www.embracearts.co.uk/

There is a free open evening on the 7th January at 6pm where exhibiting artists will  talk about their work.

Hope you can make it!

Exhibition at Gesso and Bole

My work is being framed and put on display at Gesso and Bole Picture Framers and Gallery on The Strand, Derby.  Hopefully it will be framed and on display by Monday.  Visit http://www.gessoandbole.com/ for more details!

George’s Collage

I am working with George, a fantastic and very creative 13yr old to create a collage for his home.  It is about how music can take you anywhere.  Here’s how its coming along…

george collaging

Wirksworth Festival 2010!

This weekend was brilliant – thanks to all who clambered up the big hill to see my work! It’s made me want to get collaging again – my new flat is not going to stay tidy for long!!! Will put some new work on soon

If any one took any good pics can they email them to me – I didn’t take any myself :(  



It could be… Workshop 1!

It was lovely workshop on Wednesday with some beautiful creations from all ages.  The idea is to make a big showcase of what can be done with your rubbish!

Come along this Wednesday, or the following one (11th or 18th August from 10:30 -12:30) to share your ideas, have fun, and chat over a cup of tea!

Photos from The Beetroot Tree


It could be...

Get creative this Wednesday – ‘It could be…!’ Workshops

Over a series of 3 exciting workshops I will be working with lots of people  to create a piece of artwork which is all about seeing the potential in rubbish…

I will talk a little bit about how I work and then we’ll get stuck in to making and gluing and stitching beautiful things for the artwork! You can come to one workshop or all three, and they are open to children and adults – the more the merrier!

The Beetroot Tree, South Street, Draycott, Derby DE72 3PP

4th August 2010, 10.30-12.30am

11th August 2010, 10.30-12.30am

18th August 2010, 10.30-12.30am

Exhibition now on!!

My work is on display at The Beetroot Tree Gallery in Draycott, Derby until the end of August. There’s a lovely cafe, shop, gallery and garden so it’s worth a visit! I’ll be running some workshops (for all ages) during the summer holidays, about how to make the most of rubbish! will post more details soon!

Playing in the Park!

Last Sunday was a very hot event at Parsons Cross Park in Sheffield!  We set up a shop where we exchanged everyones great ideas about play for junk model making stuff and much needed drinks!!

You can follow the Recycled Play project on facebook by clicking here, and becoming a fan! playful-places

Saturday 22nd May – Playful Places – A Recycled Playground Event!

recycled playParsons Cross Park in Sheffield is the place to be next Saturday! There will be fun activities to launch the start of Sheffield NOW’s Recycled Playground project, where we’ll be collaging and building with recycled materials to find out what makes you play, why play is important , and how we can design stuff to make people playful!

The event is free and fun for children and grown-ups!

Thanks for coming to Willington!

Thanks to all those that braved the bank holiday cold and rain to come along to the Willington Arts Festival! My prints and greetings cards sold well, and I got chatting to lots of interesting people so it was a good weekend all round!

11th May Volunteer Induction for The Recycled Playground Project!

The Your Sheffield NOW! Collage was woven through the trees at Endcliffe ParkThere will be a hands on workshop from 10.30 -12 next tuesday for anybody interested in getting involved in The Recycled Playground Project (described a couple of posts back!)  The workshop will be held at our Sheffield NOW! Studio at Bank Street (find directions at http://www.bankstreetarts.com/)

If you are interested call or email me, or lisa on lisaprocter@sheffield-now.com and we’ll send you some more information!

Willington Arts Festival 2010 May Bank Holiday

On the May bank holiday weekend, I’ll be at the Old School in Willington as part of the Willington Arts Festival.  As well as displaying some of my work, I will be selling prints and greetings cards.  Hopefully see some of you there!

handmade cards with recycled materials

Volunteers needed for really cool Recycled Playground project!

Sheffield NOW! (you can read about the organisation in previous posts) has just got funding through for a very exciting project that I’m going to be working on called ‘The Recycled Playground’.  We’ll be doing a series of fun, free workshops to explore parks in Sheffield and build structures out of recycled stuff that respond to specific spaces and what young people want to do/feel there. The project starts in April…

If you are interested in volunteering or you know of some good places to get recycled stuff (bottles, bags, fabric, wood etc)  get in touch with either lisa (lisaprocter@sheffield-now.com) or me – my Sheffield NOW! email is nickyward@sheffield-now.com.

Exhibition 28th June – 22nd August 2010

I will be the featured artist this summer at The Beetroot Tree Gallery in Draycott, Derbyshire.  I will exhibit some new collages alongside some pictures that have been exhibited before.  Greetings cards with prints of my work (I’ve made some out of recycled magazines) will be for sale there too – I’ll put some pictures on here soon too.

Something a bit different..

a little doodle!

When I was younger I liked creating little made-up worlds and creatures in coloured pencil – it would keep me quiet for hours!  My brother and his housemate are fans of my earlier doodles, and when my brother asked me to spend maximum 2 hours doing a small doodle for his housemates birthday, I forgot just how long I used to spend getting lost in my imagination and after 5 hrs of happily doodling away, it started me thinking about how whilst some artists will capture their thoughts with a single brushstroke of colour, I’ll happily spend ages and ages and ages intricately drawing or cutting or painting or sticking!

With the doodles, it’s the process of going into an imaginary world that I enjoy, and with my collages it’s thinking about special memories of a place or person I don’t want to forget – it’s not always simply turning an idea into a drawing – when I draw/find something to put in a collage, that will generate ideas, and the whole process normally all goes on in one drawing or collage.   I rarely, if ever sketch and develop an idea before I start it properly – the development of the idea is all on the same canvas.  Collecting all the bits and pieces and working out where they best fit helps me better understand and consolidate my thoughts about people and places, and re-live happy experiences – This probably explains why I don’t like to finish a collage!

This post is a bit long and rambling now, just wanted to write my thoughts down somewhere, and here is as good a place as any!

Panto Fun!

My brother made a hilarious White Rabbit in his pantomime performance of  ‘Alice in Heartland’ which he performed with the Botley  Community Theatre last weekend in Oxford.  I designed painted the backdrop with lots of help from the cast and their children!

Alice in Heartland!

The Beetroot Tree – Open Art Exhibition 30th Jan – 14th Feb 2010

My work is part of the the Erewash Open Art Exhibition and will be on display at The Beetroot Tree, a gorgeous gallery in Draycott, near Derby (DE72 3PP if you want to put it in your sat nav).  There’s a shop and a shop with delicious hot chocolate and cake!   The exhibition runs for two weeks from the 30th January.

Later on in the year, I will hopefully have my own exhibition here, and will post more details nearer the time!

The online shop

The online shop now works for cheque payments – yay!   It’s a complete nightmare getting the card payments bit working, and I’m on the verge of throwing my computer out the window… Now I’m starting to think maybe cheques are better than card payments anyway (it’s probably safer not having to give your card details out online)!

I’d be interested to know what people think about the buying online system, and will continue to try and develop a safe and easy to use online shop!

Trouble with the buy online button!

Sorry if you have been trying to buy prints online – I’ve realised the system doesn’t always work.  I’ve changed it, though it’s still not working completeley – I’ll keep perservering, but if you would like a print before Christmas let me know by phone or email, and we’ll sort it another way – thanks for your patience!