Meet a Maker - Beth Newton
Beth Newton is currently studying at Cleveland College of Art and Design. She got in touch to tell us about her degree show and the work she produces.
How would you describe your work?
My work tends to be very detail orientated, using lots of layers in different mediums to create depth. I like to work using a range of different processes such as screen printing, lino cutting and embroidery, combining them all together to create surprising results. More recently I have been experimenting with abstract and textural responses to surface design and looking at how this can be merged with my normal style of work.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration from my surroundings, especially within nature. I am fascinated by the intricacy of the natural world, from the detail in the veins of a leaf to the unexpected shapes found on the ocean surface. The project that I am currently working on is based entirely on my memories and trying to convey my personal experiences within the use of textiles, so I also find myself inspired by particular points in my own history.
Who is your favourite artist or maker?
Ana Teresa Barboza. She’s a contemporary textile artist who combines embroidery with other processes such as photography and weave. Her work also has strong links between her life and the natural world and her ‘Volver a Mirar’ collection has been a big influence in my recent work. The detail, life and evidence of labour in her work is incredible and if you haven’t already seen her work you should definitely check it out.
What materials do you use?
A whole range of things – because my work tends to be so eclectic I use a lot of different materials. Within my initial drawings I gravitate towards using fine liner pens or gouache (more specifically Winsor and Newton sets) and then move on to needle and thread, printing inks and lino in development and final pieces.
What is your favourite piece of work that you have made?
I just finished a massive lino cut to work in repeat. It took me two solid weeks and a large supply of tea to complete, but I was really pleased with the results. I’m a big fan of using traditional techniques because I think that the extra time and effort shows in the final result and adds an element of personality.
What exhibition or art event have you been to recently that you think is worth shouting about and why?
I visited the Alice Theobald and Atomik Architecture exhibition at the Baltic in Newcastle. The exhibition explores the relationships between art, architecture, performer and viewer. You get the chance to walk between separate constructions and I’m a sucker for interactive art that involves the observer so this appealed a lot to me. It’s on until April 10th and I’d recommend a visit.
Do you have any advice for artists starting out?
I graduate from my undergrad degree this summer so I am just starting out myself, but I think it’s really important for emerging artists and designers to stick to their guns. You’ll get a lot of people telling you different things about your work and giving different opinions, but if you’re influenced so much by others’ views and not creating what you love to create, you lose what you were all about in the first place.
What tip would you give to people about one of our products?
In my experience, there is no better pen to use for koda trace drawing for silk screens than the Uni Pin Fine Line Markers. They use pigment ink which makes them completely resistant to light which is perfect when exposing screens. You can also get them in a range of different thickness which means that don’t lose any sensitivity in your drawing.
Where can people see your work?
My work will be on display from June 2nd – 11th 2016 at the Cleveland College of Art and Design degree show. (Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EX) You can also keep up to date with my progress at www.pineprints.co.uk and on my Instagram page. (@pineprints)