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SEATON: Art society members branch out with unusual techniques

Thursday, 12 June 2014

SEATON and District Art Society members were recently shaken in their addiction to using brush and canvas only when given a talk by Annie Ward. Although Annie had been brought up to paint, canvas and brush by her artist father, she soon branched out into the more rarefied realms of conceptual art when she became a mature student in Birmingham. To explain her progress , she first showed the members of Seaton and District Art Society some of the strongly defined paintings which she continues to do, using thick, unmixed acrylic in dry-brushed layers. They represented the pots and pans of her female ancestry , drawn from memory and strongly outlined on the thick rag paper, which gave her work some wonderful textures , and which made them resemble ancient and important archaeological finds. She was generous in her sharing of ideas and enthusiasm, prompting many questions. After a well-earned cup of tea, she told how she was encouraged to branch out into 3D paper constructions, again relating to the women in her family , and others whom she felt had not had the historical recognition they deserved, such as the button makers of Dorset. Using her training in hat-making – another of her many talents- she made bonnets from the texts of relevant books- in the style of the early 1900s in the case of the suffragettes, and, in the case of the button-makers, in the style of the 1860s. As she came to the end of her talk Annie hinted at yet more artistic explorations, into small intricate sculptures (using dental moulding compounds) and Indian handmade paper. It was with regret that the secretary of the society brought the talk to a conclusion by thanking her, and the admiration of all the members was shown by warm applause.

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