Carole Wagstaff & Sallie Ashe
Carole Wagstaff: In 2009, my yoga teacher started a course called Touchstone, which combined yoga and creativity. We were encouraged to develop our own projects throughout the year, and look at our potential for living more creatively.
The link between yoga and creativity makes so much sense to me. TKV Desikachar, one of our founder teachers wrote, “Yoga is the ability to focus the mind exclusively towards an object, and sustain that direction without any distraction”.
That is exactly how I feel when I am also creating artwork.
The Touchstone course gave me the confidence to explore other options, and about 5 years ago I finished full time work and did an Adult Access course at Doncaster College where I met Sallie my fellow exhibitor.
To be a (mature) student again was heaven. I learnt so much during that year I decided to enrol on the Foundation Course the following year.
It was liberating, and like the yoga, it gave me the tools to express myself and connect with my creative spirit.
I like to make work without an agenda, asking myself “What happens if I do this?”
My work is always a surprise to me, sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but I hope you will agree the work in the gallery is some of the good stuff !!
Sallie Ashe : My work exhibited here is a patchwork of subject matter and media. I am including scenes from the favelas of Rio, details from St George’s Minster and nature interpreted with watercolour, acrylics and a variety of printing techniques, but all were completed in the last 12 months.
Carole Wagstaff printmaking linocut and collagraph