At the beginning of the year, we launched our new scheme LET US PAY YOU TO CREATE, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Resonance, We were able to pay four Bristol based creatives to make their creative practice their full time gig for a week in February.
All four of our creatives have now completed their projects and we sat down with each of them (virtually of course) to find out more about how their expectations compared with the reality of the project, what did they learn? and what have they gained from being involved?
First up was Daisy Hvnter , a Bristol based mixed media artist. She specialises in collage with a cosmic theme and uses a variety of subjects and mediums alongside some of her own digital photography.
When I first heard of Let Us Pay You To Create
Daisy first came into contact with PAPER when she was one of our YO Arts Fest interns, since the beginning of lockdown she has been concentrating more and more on her art.
When she saw the applications for LET US PAY YOU TO CREATE were open, she told us she immediately thought “This is the perfect time for me to do something like that”
Buying new materials
Daisy told us that she tends to work digitally, and that’s purely because she just doesn’t have the money to spend on materials.
“I work better when I have the physical materials. I find I come up with more ideas when I do collage than I do when I’m working digitally.”
That’s why PAPER were excited to be able to give daisy £100 to spend on materials as part of her award, we wanted to know what she had bought with it.
She told us that the money allowed her to try materials and processes she had not had the chance to use in her work before like marbling and gold leaf.
What did you use your time in Let Us Pay You To Create doing?
Going into the project, Daisy planned to create three large finished pieces, but in the end, she spent the week developing her practice
“ I just wanted to be able to experiment, and just create loads of different things”
Daisy told us that she thinks this physical experimentation will 100% feed into the way she works digitally.
“ I think it’s changed my style. I’ve been doing a piece this week, and it’s completely different to how I was producing work before, and what that looks like, it feels a lot more elevated than it was before.” – We are so glad to hear it Daisy!
Let Us Pay You To Create mentoring
We were also able to hook Daisy up with Victoria Topping, a collage artist she really admires, for a mentoring session. We asked Daisy what she had taken from speaking to Victoria.
She said “My mentoring session was really really helpful, Victoria covered so much,it was awesome. She taught me loads and loads of different techniques that she uses and I felt like I learned so much in such a short space of time.”
Time to explore
One of the things we were most excited about in running Let Us Pay You To Create was to be able to give arts dedicated time to explore, we chatted to Daisy about how she found this.
She told us that she was working more than she normally did. “It kind of gave me the opportunity to work consistently, it gave me the motivation to be working and focusing on something, I normally just do art when I feel like it, but then it’s because I want to do a particular piece it’s never usually because I want to develop my skills.”
Daisy told us that having a week dedicated purely to her art helped her learn a lot about her process:
“ It made me aware that I definitely do work better when I’m working with physical materials” she told us that It also taught her more about when she works best and how to fit that into her normal schedule.
What is Daisy going to take forward from Let Us Pay You To Create?
“Well, I think there’s lots of little aspects that were really beneficial wasn’t just learning new techniques, learning how to marble and stuff like that, it was about my process and where I want to take my art in the future
I worked so hard during those two weeks, it feels like I progressed. Whereas I felt like I was at the same level for quite a while, now I feel like moving forward I can really throw myself into it and I feel like I’ve really developed my personal style.”
What’s next for Daisy?
At the moment, she is working on a new commission, and is planning a new series of collage pieces.