Jaci Gill and Sue Rowland have been having dialogues about art since they met whilst working in the Arts in 2002. Though their work is very different in style they share a love of the countryside. Jaci explores this with texture and colour in her mixed media work and paintings whilst Sue explores nature and folklore themes in her illustrative lino prints and textiles.
My love of nature started as a child on walks with my mother in the Norfolk countryside, learning from her the names of birds, animals, trees and flowers.
The lino prints shown here were mainly created over the past year for the exhibition, and celebrate the natural world. The pieces are a dialogue with British folklore and superstitions of the past, a time when we were more in tune with nature, the landscape and the weather. The work explores illustrative design, pattern, texture and rich colours in intricate layouts. Each piece is intended to entice people to look closer, enjoying the visual impression, but also to perhaps learn a quirky fact about the folklore meanings that inspired each piece and to help preserve some of our old sayings from the past.