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Elizabeth Forrest: Update

(August 25, 2010)

Elizabeth Forrest is one of the most original and exciting contemporary artists working in Britain today. We've had the pleasure of featuring her profound and beautiful work in a previous edition of Cymru Culture. We are always interested in what our featured artists go on to achieve, and Elizabeth updates us here, giving an insight into her work and continued success since leaving Wales, her new exhibition in 'Craft in the Bay' (Cardiff Bay) and discusses her new pieces ...

"I left Cardiff in August 2009 and now live in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. My husband and I relocated because of his research and teaching job based at Nottingham University. I was sad to leave South Wales and especially sad to have to leave the Craft in the Bay gallery in Cardiff, where I had been a member of The Maker’s Guild in Wales since 2003.

I have been concentrating on making new pieces of work since moving, and have taken some of this work to Craft in the Bay where I am Guest Maker for August and September (3 August - 30 September). These pieces continue to explore my interest in using handmade paper and painted lettering.


I have also been using my time in Derbyshire to find out about galleries in the East Midlands area. I have had work accepted in The Surface Gallery, Nottingham, The Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire and The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists (RSBA) gallery. Here, I had a piece of work accepted for the RSBA Prize exhibition in June, which was one of 150 selected out of over 800 entries.

I am a member of Peak District Products, which is an association of professional fine artists, designer makers and artisans based in and around the Peak District. At the end of July I took part in their Art Fair at the Buxton Dome, where I had a selection of work for sale and gave a Powerpoint talk about my lettering work. It is good to meet people and get positive feedback about what I’m doing. I ended up coming home with a possible five commissions!

I am also an Associate member of The Design Factory, the leading creative development agency in the East Midlands.

EF 1 new

EF 22 new
Nor Hell a Fury, like a woman scorn'd
(retail price £350)

Two lines taken from The mourning bride, by William Congreve, 1697. Knotted cotton nightdress treated with fabric hardener and painted with acrylic and gouache paint. Lettering painted with a fine brush in gouache paint.


EF 3 new

 Book 2 (A woman's guide to men)
(retail price £250)

  A 'burnt' book made of handmade paper, found book cover, with painted lettering.






EF 4 new

 Book 1 (Understanding male sexuality)
(retail price £295)
A 'burnt' book made of handmade paper, found book covers, painted lettering.


EF new 5

Where true love burns
(retail price £170)

Taken from the poem Desire by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Handmade paper, painted in acrylic and gouache paint with brush painted lettering.



EF new 6

I love thee, I love but thee
(retail price £170)

Quote from William Shakespear.

Handmade paper hearts painted with acrylic and gouache paint with brush painted lettering.

ef new 7
 The Satin Dress
(retail price £395)

Stitch and appliqué on calico

I have used the text of a poem by Dorothy Parker. The copyright is owned by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in America, so I have paid for the privilege of using her work and have agreed to always use the credit: 'Use of the Dorothy Parker quotation courtesy of the NAACP'.

ef new 88
Love is the only gold 
(retail price £170)

Uses text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and is again two handmade paper hearts with brush painted lettering."

All images were taken by photographer Christian Ward. For further images from this photographer see: 
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