All posts by Beckie Upton

I love too many things! So I'll just say I am an artist/designer/maker and an aspiring scholar and teacher of arts. My work is informed by research into animal and human nature, nest building, life cycles and organic growth and natural forms alongside a general fascination with biology, anthropology & psychology. I am currently studying for an MA in Design at UWE. This blog is a reflective journal and archive of artworks for the duration of the course. For more information about my work please visit and feel free to make comments!

Printmaking with Double Elephant Print Workshop

Simon washing the screens in preparation for printing

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to Exeter to work with Debbie and Sara at the Double Elephant Print Workshop, observing the processes they are using to produce two limited edition prints.  At this early stage where the artists are still developing ideas it was interesting to observe the artists working out the possibilities of print and how they might use it to create a print version of their usual work.

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Sara & Debbie Talk about their Experience of Applying for Arts Council Funding

It was fascinating to have the chance to gain an insight into how Sara and Debbie successfully applied for Arts Council funding, during their recent seminar for the Artist Professional Development Session at the RWA, ‘Applying for ACE ‘grants for the arts’ funds’.

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“A Bit Like Marmite”

An Interview with Alan Stratford, A2 Gallery, Discussing the Flock Together Exhibition

work-videoAfter the success of the recent ‘Flock Together’ exhibition at the newly relocated A2 Gallery in Wells I spoke to owner, Alan Stratford about his take on the show. A painter & designer himself, he relocated from London to Somerset in 2002, opening the A2 Gallery in 2008, to showcase the talent of predominantly local artists. The new look A2 Gallery was reopened in 2013, still located on the High Street, yet now with an increased space and a large window front, doing justice to its many treasures. The gallery has seen an increase of visitors and a slight change of programme, with the introduction of their first open call exhibition, which invited artists to interpret ideas around rural Somerset. The collaborative piece, ‘Sheep cam in barn 00:23 – 01:31’ by Flock Together artists was selected for the ‘Real Somerset’ exhibition, going on to receive the first prize of £1000 and a solo exhibition at the gallery.

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Last day of residency at the RWA – Redland Green Workshop

What a wonderful last day in the gallery! A year 9 group from Redland Green School came in to visit the exhibitions and to take part in a workshop run by Debbie and Sara, who taught the class about drawing and collaboration. I was lucky enough to assist them and even had the chance to make my very own cotton-reel drawing machine and demonstrate how to use this to the class.

sara demonstrates
Sara Demonstrates

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