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Stephanie Jacobs

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Artwork for Stephanie Jacobs

Penny for your Thoughts

Autumn Fairy

Man's Best Friend

Tell Me a Secret

Ring a Ring of Roses

Dreamer

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I make emotive mixed media sculptures, where I endeavour to capture movement, dynamics, and an emotional response to my work; the tenderness between a mother and baby, or between two lovers; the dynamics of a dancing couple, the joy and energy of childhood. I'm inspired by memories, as well as having a love of people watching - noting the dynamics, body languages and actions of people.
Whether these creations are inspired by myself or the challenges of a bespoke sculpture for a customer, I find joy in capturing a unique story for each individual piece. As they evolve, they emanate a unique spirit of their own and this keeps the joy of making them alive and exciting.
I find that many people of all ages can identify emotionally in some way to my work, making my work so much more rewarding.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Since a child, I have always found art as a form of sanctuary - a constant passion and a happy place to be where I felt grounded and at home in whatever medium I was working on at the time.
My work has evolved over the years within different mediums, but since finding Paverpol, I have found my niche and now find my creations work as a means to express emotions, share and connect with the outside world, capturing unique stories and meaningful memories.
For me, this is such an important part of my journey - and hopefully an exciting step towards working as a full time artist.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a mixed media artist creating mainly figurative sculptures for home or garden. My sculptures are created with garden wire, foil, fabric and sealed with a weatherproof textile hardener called Paverpol.
Paverpol is a water based, weatherproof textile hardener offering endless opportunities to give shape to your creations, and can be used to harden any natural materials eg. wool, cotton, paper and leather and will also adhere to wood, ceramics, concrete and stone.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I live and work from my little cottage nestled at the bottom of the beautiful South Shropshire Hills on the border of Wales and England.
I am part of the artist/artisan group Made in Shropshire and attend many of the markets they organise, mainly in Shrewsbury and Dudmaston National Trust property. I also participate in the Creators Markets and Tinsel Tuesdays in Ludlow and am currently exploring venues further afield.
I run regular workshops mainly here in Shropshire, but also further afield for beginners in Paverpol as well as those with experience.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I am a self taught artist with a passion for textiles, colour and sculpting. I have sold my work through shops, galleries, craft fairs, festivals and now sell mainly online worldwide. I also run workshops for adults in Paverpol sculpting. My work has evolved over the years from predominantly patchwork and quilting and anything related to textiles, to mixed media sculpting using textiles and a fabric hardener which is now my sole medium.
Working from home particularly in the earlier years suited my lifestyle and family commitments whilst as a single parent, I was busy bringing up my 5 young children.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Church Stretton Arts Festival

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I sell mainly in person at markets, plus through my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Stephaniessculptures and my website https://www.stephaniejacobs.co.uk/.
Otherwise, I sell through a couple of shops namely the Papered Nest in the Isle of Man and Bond and Bloom in Lytham St Annes.

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