An artist based on the small Island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales; I’m married to Tom my computer geek and have three children – two of which are still in the nest..
I studied art and fashion illustration at colleges in Wales and London, before returning home to Anglesey. This island seems to draw you back.
I’ve been teaching art for a number of years, but now the family has grown up I find I have the time to pursue my own artistic ideals.
With my love of textiles, illustration and craft I started a small business – “Messie Jessie”, taking its name from my eldest daughter.
Each piece of work is hand crafted and truly original. I work with mixed media, favoring collage and altered art. Being somewhat of a magpie my work frequently features found objects, recycled jewelery, beads and fabrics.
I love the sight of washing put out to dry, sheets and pillow cases billowing in the wind, it takes me back to being little. So, I made a series of collages around the theme of clothes on a washing line, which led to the making of miniature children’s dresses and eventually the more involved creations, which are my current collection of ballet type dress assemblages.
I sell my art locally but, looking for another outlet came across Etsy, with which Tom is now helping me to try and establish an online presence. The whole online thing is a new adventure for both of us and we’ve started a blog to accompany our efforts. The blog features my work using photos not used on Etsy, and includes comments from Tom on our journey into the online world. We both post to the blog, in the form of an ongoing conversation, which we hope makes it a little different to your usual blog.
The blog – www.messiejssieblog.co.uk
The Etsy store – www.messsiejessie.etsy.com (watch out for the three S’s – full explanation on the blog).
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