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From time to time I hire out my masks for photoshoots and music videos and the like, but this is the first time my masks will make an appearance on a (cable) television channel.

The documentary on National Geographics channel will be aired sometime in May 2016, but filming will take place this week somewhere in SE Wales.

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Tent London have released a short article about my work, in the run up to Etsy UK: Four Corners of Craft.

You can find it here: http://www.tentlondon.co.uk/news/focus-gladys-paulus

This project is a container for my ongoing musings on and processing of the cyclical nature of life and death, decay and renewal, hope and suffering.

I started making these little pod sculptures when my father became ill in the Summer of 2014, and I have kept coming back to them throughout his illness and after his death.

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Based on the widely accepted notion among cat lovers (myself among them) that our cats provide us with comfort in challenging times, this almost 2 meter tall piece of work in progress incorporates hand embroidered excerpts of emotive and lyrical text provided to me after a call for quotes on social media.

The writing describes in many different voices how much we gain from the felines in our lives; mentioned in almost every quote I received were references about cats’ peaceful nature and air of wisdom, and the sense of love, joy, comfort and relaxation we gain from watching and stroking our pet cats.

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I am very excited to announce that I have been selected to show with Four Corners of Craft: an Etsy exhibition for London Design Festival!

Etsy unites the best of UK craft with an exhibition in partnership with Tent London, the Crafts Council and arts organisations in England, Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales. A diverse and exciting selection of contemporary craft from the four corners our country, tied together by the quality of making.

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Three years ago I ordered some madder (Rubia tinctorum) seeds from Wild Colours Natural Dyes and sowed them in my dye allotment. I have just harvested my first crop!

The red colour of this plant is obtained from the roots, and the plant needs to be at least 3 years old before use can be made of it.
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Subtle, beautifully complimentary, alive and never dull, nature’s colours continue to intrigue me and last week I set a bit of time aside to carry on learning about the process of plant dyeing.

Over the years I have experimented with dyeing with kitchen scraps (think onion skins and carrot tops) and with dye plants grown specifically for this purpose (woad), as well as a delightful, inspirational and ongoing foray into eco-printing with leaves and rust.

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At the end of this month I have to move out of my current town centre studio to make way for a pizza restaurant.

Although I always knew that the space was available on a temporary basis only, I still felt a jolt of sadness when the order to move out finally came.

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This months sees some changes afoot in our little artist collective OWL, with one member leaving and another one joining.

We are sad to say goodbye to ceramicist extraordinaire Hans Borgonjon, who is off to pastures new and ambitious, and welcome back Anja Grix from Knopf Designs, who makes inventive and clever use of broken crockery in her jewellery and gifts.

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Last Saturday I drove up to Wolverhampton to teach an introductory workhop at Bilston Craft Gallery.

The workshop coincided with the final week of Black Sheep – the darker side of felt, a touring exhibition organized by the National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) and currently shown in Bilston’s beautiful gallery space.

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