Carolyn Saxby is a mixed media artist from St. Ives. She uses a mix of collage, photography and textiles in her work and her main inspirations are the coastline, beaches, shells and the sea where she lives.
What really draws me into her work is her strong colour palette. A lot of her work is blue/turquoise/aqua and oranges and yellows which reminded me of the crab shells and fishing ropes I collected. The blue and orange work so well together and are representative of so many beach scenes: the sea and the sand; rusty, peeling paint of fishing boats; crab shells and fishing rope; seaweed and shells. Of course, I also live by the sea and it has always been a huge inspiration to me, so researching her work has given me a lot of varied ideas of what can be achieved with a coastal theme.
Carolyn employs a lot of different textures in her work using various fabrics, knitting techniques, paints, texture pastes, stitches, printing, weaving, and the heating and melting of fabrics and plastics. This gives her work a lot of depth and structure and a lot to explore when looking at it.Although a lot of techniques are employed, sometimes in the same piece, the work never looks too busy or crowded, it all blends together well to create the scene. I really like the fact that she incorporates real shells, netting and other pieces she finds on the beach into her work, as this, to me, brings the real inspiration and the artist’s recreation of the scene together.
I like the artist’s use of mono printing and collage to convey her coastline in a more abstract way, giving her lots more ideas and patterns to play with. I also like the way her sketchbooks are laid out and how she displays her work- lots of white space on each page, square sketchbooks, lots of collage, experiments and samples included. On her blog most of her images have been made square, like in her sketchbooks, and this brings a uniformity to her work. It looks professional, clean and well thought out. I find her work is easily recognizable on different forums such as pinterest because of her style, which I believe is a good thing; it stands out as hers.
Carolyn Saxby’s blog can be found here
Her Flicker account here
My Pinterest board of her work here