Sue Prince - Contemporary British Folk Artist
Telling Stories of people and their places
Sue Prince Artist Next Event:
Sue Prince Exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek 18th Feb - 1st April 2017
Peak District Artisans' Chatsworth Exhibition
The Burlington Room, The Stables Chatsworth, 6th January to 17th March 2017
Derbyshire Open Arts at Beechenhill Farm:
Late May Bank Holiday 27th - 29th May 10.30 to 5.00
Meet the Artists at Beechenhill Farm; ten members of Peak District Artisans show their wonderful work in the lovely warm Haybarn. Enjoy coffee and cake at the Arts Café (proceeds to Wetton and Alstonefield First Responders and Friends of the Peak District)
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Winter Artisan Fair and Banks Mill with Peak District Artisans at Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby
It has been so lovely to see customers and visitors at the various events I have attended- thank you for your friendly faces!
Modern Myths and Legends
I want to tell stories in the way they have always been told, particularly now in our digital age. Who celebrates our modern stories so we ordinary people can feel part of them, and take part in them?
Swedish Style Egg Tempera painting
Recording daily lives and paying respect to how people live in their places, whether rural or urban is what fascinates me. I use egg tempera paints, in a Swedish Folk Art tradition of Bonad painting. Doing this with ancient and organic materials; egg yolk and earth pigments gives my work integrity but is also a process that I am obsessed with.
Reviving the old Swedish skill of Bonad Painting
One bonad, several 'bonader': decorative wall hangings in Swedish. I produce Swedish style folk art with homemade egg tempera on linens or canvas. This style of painting died out in the 1800s and I am instrumental in its revival in Sweden, where I teach classes every summer.
Grinding Pigments and Gesso
I can't begin to tell you the gorgeous feel of the silky egg tempera paint as it glides on to the gesso surface (I can show you if you come on a course, though). It is a beautiful sensation to grind the pigments- each one has a different consistency and character, Titanium white is creamy and robust, yellow ochre is a little grittier and raw and burnt umber are smooth like chocolate sauce. It just feels like a huge privilege to have discovered this technique and be allowed to practice.
Organic Art from an Organic Farm in a National Park
I am a rural artist, working at Beechenhill Farm, my family's organic dairy farm, in the beautiful Peak District National Park in the centre of rural England. I belong to Peak District Artisans who celebrate individual creativity and collective excellence.
I believe in:
- Integrity - using skill and pure materials, true to the tradition
- Honesty - listening hard and telling the stories I'm told
- Respect - acknowledging the sources of my inspiration and knowledge
- Quality - the best materials, linens and frames
- Service - the best possible customer experience
- Sustainability - reducing my impact on the environment