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The Lights that keep me going

Written by Bianca Elgar


Posted on May 28 2020



This month’s bright and warm sunshine, longer days and two bank holiday weekends have been a real treat. It has made me realise how important light is.  The sun brightens up the colours outside and pours generously through my (open) windows, certainly lighting up my days and putting a spring in my step.

I derive such joy from seeing the sun in the blue sky, especially after a long day's work in my office or studio/shed, it helps to illuminate the fog of uncertainty that surrounds me at times, and inspires me to enjoy this large #colourpop in the sky, long may it last!



In my rather dark studio, I have a mood board with all the postcards I bought at the Matisse The Cut-Outs exhibition in the Tate Modern a few years ago, to remind me of the importance of shape, colour, and light.


With colour one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.”

-Henri Matisse

This week, with the help my resident lamp Genie, my wish to find the right green colours, was fulfilled. I was looking for a contrast colour to lighten the dark green I’d mixed last week. Also, I am pleased to report that I've found the right green for my Spring Summer 2021 fashion collection! I'm now encouraging Genie to help find a vaccine for Covid-19, and as I live in Oxford, there is a possibliity that this could happen.

I’ve been screen-printing on unbleached cotton, the resulting fabric will be used for large statement lampshades (for the large bases I’ve been working on), and some smaller ones, for bottles.

To you, they may look like ordinary bottles, but to me, they are mementoes and souvenirs of celebrations, wonderful get-togethers and gifts, dressed up (with my handprinted lampshades) they'll literally light up somebody’s life!

So, how does one get the best-dressed bottle in time for the end of lockdown?

Make your wish via!

I’ll be selling two of these lampshades for £200 ex postage and packing, and can take bespoke commissions in different colourways.

The offer includes two unique hand-printed lampshades (dimensions: 20cm (Diameter), 18cm (H)), a bottle-lamp adaptor and a signed certificate of authenticity.

They'll be sold through the Artist Support Pledge set up by Matthew Burrows, in support of artists and makers around the world, who have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work, exhibitions and disappeared sales, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress Matthew has instigated the #artistsupportpledge.

The last, but not least point of light, was being invited to take part in Sending Love in Lockdown, a project organised by husband and wife team Amanda and Keith, owners of Thumbnail, who set up RuOK Cards to raise funds for NHS Charities Together.

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