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MEET: Fresh UK Talent
by Sabrina of www.hippyofdoom.etsy.com
and Gill of www.gillyflowerjewellery.co.uk
UK Handmade is immensely pleased experience. It has often been difficult to really look at nature, at things we
to introduce two fabulous fresh UK trying to run a house at the same time take for granted and mostly hardly
talents Pat Bullen-Whatling and Helen but the only way to do it is to be truly glance at, for example, lichens,
Meer. dedicated to your art – and it helps tree bark and fungi. To really look
a lot if you also have a supportive at the small and the beautiful; the
Pat Bullen-Whatling is an English husband and family. The course itself colours, the interesting patterns and
painter, sculptor and digital artist has been immeasurably helpful and I patterns of formation, show us the
based in Wales. She recently now look at my art (and Art and The things that ARE nature. The greatest
graduated with a Fine Art Degree World in general) in a very different things on Earth have evolved from,
(Hons) from Trinity University way – it has broadened my horizons or grown from, some of the smallest,
College, Carmarthen. Sabrina of until I see way beyond the horizons but they come together to form a
UK Handmade spoke to Pat to I originally imagined. I have learned landscape and that fascinates me
find out a little bit more about the new skills, techniques and actual too. And remember, painting and
woman behind the art. ways of thinking, and now realise sculpture (like Nature itself) doesn’t
that there is much more to art than always have to be serious, it can
You’ve just finished a degree as I first thought – that it sometimes be fun. I love experimenting with
a mature student. What advice whispers when, at first, you think it is different materials, producing the
would you give to those thinking just shouting.” effect I want from almost anything
of doing the same? “Studying for and manipulating it in unusual ways.
a degree has been extremely hard Your work is very focused on I would encourage anyone to look at
(harder than I imagined – and I nature, what concepts and art like this (at life like this) especially
imagined it would be VERY hard!) but messages are you conveying? “ I children. “
it has also been a hugely rewarding want people (and I include children)
 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2009
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