Sue Pickering

Mixed Media Artist



The art of everyday life

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By suepickering, Jul 17 2017 02:43PM

This week my work is being shown as part of an exhibition about the city that I live in - Bristol. The exhibition was organized by Marija Staneviciute who is an illustrator with a studio in Hamilton House (the building where I also have my studio). The exhibition concerns the city of Bristol and "how it can be reflected through different views, people, memories, experiences, feelings or other free interpretations".

I decided to make some mixed media pieces on 12" x 12" box canvases - a surface that I have not really worked on before, so these pieces were a bit of an experiment for me. I wanted to reflect my experience of moving around Bristol, which, as anyone has ever visited the city will know, is very hilly. This means that the view is often composed of buildings stacked up behind one another on the different levels of the city, punctuated with an abundance of green spaces and trees. The two pieces, called Bristol Views I & II are shown above, with detail from Bristol Views II shown below.

Bristol is a city of contradictions. It is harshly urban, but lusciously green. It is small, but feels much bigger. It is thriving and prosperous but has areas of luxury and areas of deprivation juxtaposed with one another. These contradictions are expressed in the other work in the exhibition, some of which is shown here.

In the last couple of years Bristol has been regarded as one of the best cities in the UK to live in. Ironically for artists like me, this has brought massive increases in property prices and the threat of gentrification. Even the future of the building in which I work is uncertain.

The exhibition runs from 13th-19th July at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY Bristol, UK. For more information visit:

By suepickering, Jun 6 2017 01:10PM

This weekend (10th-11th June) I will be taking part in the BS9 Arts Trail. BS9 is a postcode in north Bristol which includes the areas of Stoke Bishop, Westbury on Trym and Henleaze.

This will be the second year that I have taken part in this art trail and I will be back in the same venue - the Scout Hut, between 15 & 17 Kewstoke Road, Bristol BS9 1HA.

Four other artists will be based in this venue: Jenny Urquhart, Corinne Welch, Charlotte West and Rosy Fowler.

Art Trails are a great way to show your work to people and I always enjoy chatting to visitors. It is nice to be asked about how my work is made and what inspires the pieces that I make.

I will be showing a range of my current work including: gelli prints, acrylic paintings, mixed media collages (plus giclee prints of some collages and paintings), handmade books, glass tile jewellery, fabric jewellery and greetings cards.

For more information about the trail visit:

By suepickering, Dec 12 2016 01:42PM

There are quite a number of shops in Bristol that sell work by Bristol artists and makers. This means that people are able to support local creatives by buying cards and gifts throughout the year, even when there are no art trails or maker's markets taking place.

During December these shops become even busier as people work through their Christmas shopping lists, looking for that special something. I have my work in 3 shops in Bristol. They stock my work all year round, but at this time of the year I make a bigger delivery of items, including my 'little books', glass tile jewellery and greetings cards.

You can find my 'little books' and greetings cards in 7th Sea, which is located on Cheltenham Road, not far from both Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft. 7th Sea began life in 2012 and has since earned the reputation of being a bit of a treasure on the Bristol scene, stocking the handmade creations of many local artists and designers. They sell unusual T shirts, art prints and cards, through to quirky ceramics and jewellery.

My 'little books' and glass tile jewellery can be found at MAKERS on Colston Street, near the centre of Bristol. MAKERS began as the collective vision of four creative friends, each with an extensive working background in Design, the Arts and Contemporary Craft. The Shop & Gallery provides a spacious showcase in which to browse locally crafted work by artists, makers and musicians.

There is a shop at Hamilton House (where I have my studio) all year round, but during December it doubles in size, taking over the gallery area too. I have glass tile jewellery, 'little books' and some framed mixed-media collages for sale in the Coexist Winter Shopzilla.

So, if you still have some Christmas shopping to do, why not get along to 7th Sea, MAKERS and the Coexist Winter Shopzilla and see what you can find.

By suepickering, Dec 6 2016 01:15PM

Made in Bristol run arts and crafts events, exhibitions and pop-up shops in venues across Bristol to celebrate, showcase and promote the wealth of local creative talent. Working with a huge range of quality makers, including illustrators, painters, jewellers, craft-makers, sculptors, and photographers, every Made in Bristol event is a diverse, dynamic and unmissable celebration of Bristol’s creative heartbeat.

On Saturday 10th December I will be taking part in one of the four Made In Bristol Gift Fairs that take place in the run up to Christmas. This is my second year of taking part and I am looking forward to bringing my work along for people to see.

The venue for these fairs is Colston Hall - Bristol’s largest concert hall, which has been presenting music since 1867. Colston Hall remains at the heart of cultural life in the city, especially since the addition of the new foyer which allows all sorts of events to take place on different levels of the space.

Artists and makers from all over Bristol will be showing and selling their work around the different floors of the foyer at Colson Hall from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, so come along and take care of some of your Christmas shoppping at this great event.

By suepickering, Nov 8 2016 11:18AM

The 2016 North Bristol Arts Trail takes place on the weekend of 26th and 27th November. The trail, which has been running for over a decade, presents over 100 local artists showing their work across a range of locations in the north of the city, including Westbury Park, Redland, Bishopston, Henleaze and St Andrews.

I will be exhibiting my work at Venue 33 - Yogawest on Denmark Place (just off Gloucester Road, near Bishopston Hardware).

I will be bringing along the mixed media collages that I have been working on this year plus paintings and monoprints. I will also be showing and selling my handprinted 'little books', glass tile jewellery and textile jewellery. Come along and have a look. I have cards featuring my prints and collages for those wanting to take away a taste of my work without spending too much!

I am one of 5 artists based at this venue. I will be showing my work alongside Linda Brogan, Denise Lonsdale, Simon Melican and Simon Farrell.

Linda Brogan uses oil paint, pencil crayon, pastel and ceramics to make 2D and 3D pieces often inspired by her travels and her love of African arts. Though her degree is in Fine Art she has been increasingly drawn to working in clay, using hand building methods to produce plant pots, sculptures, 'facepots' and plaques. Her 'Yogacats' have been very popular with yogis and cat lovers alike, and this year she has made a number of small cat and 'kitten' sculptures inspired by her own cats.

Denise Lonsdale divides her time between making ceramic sculpture and enamelling. Currently the main inspiration for her sculptures are the giants of the animal kingdom . At the other end of the scale she builds up layers of enamel on metal to make textures and patterns creating brilliantly coloured enamel jewellery.

Simon Melican was drawn to the process of throwing over a decade ago. All of his work is fired to stoneware (1260 –1300 degrees centigrade) to exploit the properties and interactions of glazes, coatings and textures at these temperatures. Simon experiments with different effects inspired by geological and marine sources using surface techniques, colouring materials, such as oxides, and the inclusion of grits and gravel in the clay body.

Simon Farrell is a Bristol born artist. He studied photography and illustration at Filton Technical College, Bristol followed by an HND in Graphic Design at Swindon College of Art & Design. His work reflects his continual appreciation of the natural beauty of the changing landscape and the iconic landmarks that surround us. Simon also specialises in cartoon and freehand illustration.

For more information about the trail visit