I’m on Patreon!!!

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I’m really excited to tell you that I’m now on Patreon!!
I’m in my second month, I have 20 wonderful patrons, and I’m over halfway towards achieving my first goal!!
I’d really love it, if you like my artwork, and want to keep up with all the happenings in my artsy life and development, if you could support me over on there… even if it’s just $1 a month, every little helps, and your support means so much to me.
Visit my Patreon here, and for a little more info. keep scrolling…
Hi there!
My name is Chloe Henderson… nice to virtually meet you.I’m using Patreon to fund my creative business. I’m from, and currently live, in Edinburgh, Scotland where I create highly patterned artwork, and jewellery based on stories, mythology, and the nerdier things in life.

I’m happiest when I’m in front of my drawing board doodling furiously away, or sat at my bench sawing and hammering pieces of metal. If I could do this all the time I would, but it doesn’t quite pay the bills yet… but hopefully with your support I can get there!

What will you be funding?

Workshop and Studio Practice
I draw every day, and I try to get into the jewellery workshop at least once a week. Your pledges will cover the day to day creative expenses, such as: art supplies, workshop bills, jewellery materials, ordering prints and postal supplies, etc.

Ondine
This will be my first commercial jewellery collection. It will be based on a faerytale I’m writing that brings together traditional undine mythology with our modern world, with added jewelled twists. I’m also aiming to make a film of this tale, and make a tail out of this tale… but you’ll have to get in on the Patreon-only posts to find out more…

   

My stall at Edinburgh Comic Con 2017
Next year, I would love to have enough artwork to get prints and merchandise made up to sell at Edinburgh’s Comic Con. I went to the event this year, and it was fantastic! The whole time I was there looking at all the glorious nerdy things, I couldn’t help but envy the indie artists selling their wares, and I knew I wanted to be them next year! The convention is usually in April, which gives me a whole year to achieve this goal of creating more nerdy artwork, and to save the money needed to book the table, and buy the stock to sell.

Thank you for reading, and thank you even more if you decide to support me :D
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Chloe out.

Where Our Minds Are Now

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Last week my Hairy Legs were featured in Tin Roof’s exhibition Where Our Minds Are Now

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In recognition of International Women’s Day 2016, Tin Roof are delighted to present WHERE OUR MINDS OUR NOW; an exhibition created in response to the theme of Women and Gender Parity.

Exhibiting over 30 artists from a range of different backgrounds, working in a variety of mediums, we have brought together an impressive miscellany of visual approaches to be as inclusive as possible. Consequently, this show is sure to be an exciting and eclectic mix, exploring contemporary interpretations of women in art.

Join us on Friday 4th March at 7pm for the opening night, at which there will be a short talk from local artist and DJCAD lecturer Pernille Spence, on the importance of the presence and representation of women in contemporary art. (She also has work in ‘The Mother Load’ exhibition at The Hannah Maclure Center!)

The usual refreshments will be provided, along with a bake sale to raise funds for Dundee Women’s Aid, so fill those pockets with loose change!

The exhibition will run from the 5th-9th March from 12-5pm

Exhibiting Artists: Ruth Archibald-Swaans, Sue Beveridge, Craig Black, Alana Brown, Andrea Campomanes, Kirsty Dalton, Violet Fraser, Robyn Glendinning, Rosemary Head, Joanna Helfer, Chloe Henderson, Ana Hine, Naya Magaliou, Emma McDowall, Pauline McGee, Siobahn Morison, Eilidh Morris, Drew Mortimore, Shannon Murray, Ciara Neufeldt, Alison Philp, Lucie Rachel, Rosie Roberts, Robyn Scanlan, Sarah Smart, Aylson Stewart, Sylvia Tarvet, Stephanie Vandem, Saara Varady, * VINNIE *, Eilidh Wilson, Nicola Wiltshire

The exhibition seemed to go really well, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites (photos courtesy of Tin Roof)…..

 

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Ana HineAnaHine_IWD

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Rosie RobertsRosieRoberts_IWD

Sara Varady

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And last but not least….. my own :)

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Chloe out.

#ArtADay

At the moment, life for me is writing lots of job applications. It’s good practice in writing about myself… it’s good practice in not getting frustrated when people don’t get in touch with you… it’s good practice in reminding myself just why I want to be a successful artist…. but it’s not a good practice in creativity!

So………… A year of creativity.

I’m going to create a piece of art every single day from my 23rd birthday to my 24th.
I want to bring more creativity into my life, and I think the best way to do that is to experiment with my craft a little bit everyday.

Follow my project on Facebook, as that is where I’ll be posting my art everyday.

All pieces in this Facebook album are for sale. Prices from £5-£35 with postage included. Just click on the individual photographs for more details.

I’m still working on my Ondine project, she’s just a little in the background as I try to re-build my momentum for her. I love her, she is my most exciting project, but sometimes she becomes a little overwhelming… and the anxiety that plagues me can’t always deal with that. Ondine, know I love you, but I just need to work on you slower than I intended.
At the moment, my lovely blog readers, I’ve mostly been focusing on the writing aspect, and the logistics…. so, I don’t have any pretty pictures to show you :( but, I will always keep you updated when I do!!

For now! here are some pretty pictures of some of my favourite #ArtADay pieces so far…

12. Take Me To The Cinema

4. Eyelashes10. Aquanebula7. Merslothmaid (1)

18. Bigger On The Inside (1)

9. It's All In Your Head (1)1. Roses are red, Violets are blue (1)

16. Let It Kill You (black)

And be sure to give me a wee like over on Facebook to follow the rest of this project, along with all my other arty things :)

Chloe out.

Happy 18th Birthday Nicole Leadbetter

For my cousin’s 18th Birthday I made her an ocean inspired necklace and earrings set.

She loves all things under the sea, in particular whales and dolphins…. so what to make her? A whale tail necklace with splash drop earrings of course!
And as, she too, is a February birthday, it just had to be an amethyst stone… these ones a beautiful pastel Lavender Amethyst.

A few in process shots…

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…. and the finished piece…

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Happy Birthday Nicole :)
I hope you like them!

Chloe out.

The Silversmith’s Art

The other day we popped along to visit The Silversmith’s Art exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland… it was stunning!

This ground-breaking exhibition celebrates the exceptional creativity and skill which make Britain a world leader in modern silver. The Silversmith’s Art features 150 masterpieces made by 66 acclaimed silversmiths between 2000 and 2015.

I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you’re in the area, jeweller/silversmith or not it is a worthwhile nosey.

The design and craftsmanship is exceptional… and just seeing so much silver in one place is highly gratifying.

This next one was by far my favourite. The work that must have gone into this piece is immense. I am truly captivated, and in awe.

Incredible right?!

I always leave glorious exhibitions feeling ecstatically inspired… and woefully dejected. Will my work ever be that amazing?

One can only wish… and work really hard!

Chloe out.

Ondine Updates

Well Hi there little mermaid.

So sorry I haven’t paid any attention to you for quite some time.

Life is odd. Things have happened. I had a five-month long moment. I think it’s passing now. I’m back to my relatively normal reality.

And with that I’m back to focusing on my beautiful undine and all her sparkling finery.

I’ve finished my first draft of the story. That was really exciting. If anything it’s what brought me back. I’m in love with Ondine all over again, and I can’t wait to pick up my work again. It needs working through, adding bits to, taking bits out… but it’s there. It’s a story. It’s real.

And now I’m back into my beautiful creative bubble, of course, I’ll start filling up this little blog with lots of updates and images of what’s going on too!

To start with… a few sketchbook pages of late.

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I’m going back to the beginning almost. Re-familiarising myself with her tale, and her tail. I’ll be at the drawing board for a while, trying to figure out where to go with my collection samples, what to do with my knotty tail ideas, and all the while tailoring her story to it’s finest… and talking it through with a wonderful filmmaker to figure out how to transform her tale into images. If you’re crushing on my project, and have any filmy/acting/music/anything experience, please hit me up!

Ooo and here are a few knotty samples…

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All pretty exciting, huh?

Stay tuned for tales, and tails, and pearls of wisdom, and some actual pearls too!

Oh, and I’ll leave you with this oh-so-glorious song from Laura Marling, it’s appropriately titled Undine, and shares a similar thread to my own story.

Hey Laura, fancy writing me a soundtrack for my film?!

Chloe out.