Hasketon-based artist Nicola Coe is opening her studio as part of the Open Studios initiative this weekend – 12th – 13th and next 19th – 20th June.
With two studios – one for her work and one for her husband Martin – set in their stunning wild garden, Nicola’s work takes its inspiration from the nature around us.
She says: “Over the last few years my work has focussed on highlighting the details of nature that seem so often overlooked in this modern age.”
This love of and connection with nature is evident across all the pieces she is showing as part of Open Studios.
For her ‘eggwork’ vessels Nicola uses free range goose, duck, or chicken eggs as the medium on which to create. “I always use free range eggs and particularly like goose eggs as they’re a beautiful size and their shell is matt, which takes the natural inks I use so well. For the hen eggs, I head down the garden and see what our lovely little bantams can offer me.”
Taking discarded nests she finds during the winter months as inspiration for her own nest artworks, Nicola continues: “These are finer pieces, and I am always in total awe of how a tiny little bird with only its beak can create such a structure.
“My nests are made from materials collected around and about and which I know birds are partial to using – so there’s moss, sheep wool, twigs and pieces I can use from the discarded nests.
“They’re my homage to all the lovely birdlife around us.”
Nicola will also be showing her stunning wasp nests. “In making these there’s a definite conservation message.
“Totally amazed by wasps’ nestbuilding skills – they chew up wood shards with their saliva to make a paper like material – I hope that my versions which are made with rice paper will encourage people to think whether such things of beauty really need to be destroyed or if there is another way of removing the nest.”
Nicola has also been busy creating artworks under glass domes that are earmarked for an exhibition later in the summer. “Again, these come with a message. For example, there’s one with a beautiful little nest balancing on a piece of nasty old, barbed wire signifying the loss of vital hedgerows.”
In addition to Nicola’s artwork, visitors can also see Martin’s stunning oil landscapes and find out more about his passion for restoring vintage Ercol furniture.
Open 11am – 5pm Nicola and Martin’s studios can be found at: The Garden House Studios, 5 Boulge Road, Hasketon IP13 6LA or by appointment
For more details of Nicola’s work visit: www.nicolacoe.co.uk
For details of other artists involved in Open Studios check out: www.suffolkopenstudios.org