Two Woods Have Believed It

June 4, 2018

An Exhibition by Dorothy and Jenny Wood

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Dorothy & Jenny Wood, two good friends, invite you to pop in & have a look around. They are showcasing an eclectic mix of media (acrylic, pen & ink, charcoal, print, textiles & embroidery, & photography) in their individual styles, with their love of nature being a central theme.

“We share a personal narrative, poetry and images representing life’s journey to find our creative selves that we are today. The benefits that art and nature bring to emotional well-being through creativity will be evident and we will be on hand to have a chat & hope to inspire visitors to identify their own creative potential and to realise that it is NEVER too late to learn!”

Dorothy Wood

DorothyWood_Reflections_600“I wish I could draw” I said as a young child

“I’m terrified of the art mistress, I wish I could draw” I said in my early teens

“I wish I could draw and paint some of the beauty of nature” I said as a young woman in my 20s.

“I have the opportunity to do an embroidery course” I said in my late 30s. “I’ll go and learn a bit about it”

From this unpromising beginning I found my creative spark which I nurtured, through trial and error, practice and experimenting, which has led me down many unexpected paths. Two City and Guilds qualifications in embroidery opened up a world of creative possibilities. I began with no experience of art and very little in embroidery. Although daunting at first, this has been a great advantage. I am not constrained by any rules, as I know none. I approach a lot of my work with the thought ‘What if…?’, which opens up different ways of working. I have developed many new skills including hat making, writing poetry and public speaking, but for me, my greatest achievement has been to go to Nottingham Trent University where, when I was 65, I graduated with a Foundation Science degree in Horticulture and Garden Design. I now use my creativity as a garden designer. It is never too late to learn!

Jenny Wood

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are who we are today, based upon life’s lived experiences – shaped by our upbringing – relationships, environment, and learning. As a child I filled every available space drawing on address books, walls and on paper. The freedom that I had enjoyed as a child, exploring and creating my own worlds in fields, woodland and rivers near where I lived, was shattered in my secondary school years, with bad experiences of boarding school. Whilst art school was the next natural choice because I was always drawing, I was pushed into graphic design by my parents, insistent that there was no career prospect in my preferred choice of ‘fine art or textiles’ and my work became sterile. I would only produce work, for many years, if it was to order and with the belief that “it must be just right”. There was no room for error, for wastage and therefore no opportunity to play or experiment with different medium or styles. The creative flare that I had as a child was lost and it is only now, in my 50’s, that I am beginning to draw, paint, and stitch, whatever and however I want to. I know that I can draw and paint, but I am only just at the beginning of ‘playing’ and seeing what unfolds. So this time next year will see a very different style of work as I embark on a new venture, a new creative journey and release the artist that I truly believe lies within… as I begin again!

Exhibition open 10 am – 4.30 pm from 04 June until 16 June. (Gallery closed on Sunday)

Images: (From the top) Dorothy (left) and Jenny Wood.  ‘Reflections’ (painted fabric with hand stitching) by Dorothy Wood. ‘Agapanthus’ (felt pen) by Jenny Wood.  Images supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

 

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