Sue Prince - Narrative Folk Artist and Map Maker
Telling Stories of people and their places
Contemporary British folk artist creating narrative paintings in Swedish style egg tempera- it's like folk music only paint! On an organic farm in the Peak District National Park UK.
We perch on our planet, precariously tilting on the curve of the earth. We dig our roots into the soil, our foundations into the rock. For generations we live in our landscapes, building, farming and creating our places. I am fascinated by our presence in the landscape.
19th and 20th August Dovedale Sheep Dog Trials take place on 19th and 20th August at Blore crossroads, Ilam and I will be there with my stand. I have a special series of originals and cards all about sheep, shepherds and sheep dogs.
After that I'm going to have a stand at the Clumber Park Festival of Food and Drink
on 20th and 21st September, with some lovely tiles, prints and Christmas cards (never too early!).
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!
Hand drawn maps and the stories that appear in them delight me- it's like an innocent snap shot in time. I am lucky enough to have the ability to create accurate, although not really to scale, bird's eye view maps. I have mapped towns, villages, locations and even businesses like quarries or factories.
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