Gallery Oldham Gardens featured artist Rachel Ford

Featuring around 300 pieces this years Oldham Open is one of our most popular to date. This years entries range from intricate hand crafted wooden jewellery to paintings, sculpture and large scale models. The remarkable array of mediums, techniques and styles used demonstrates the talents and skills of local artists and craftspeople from the Borough of Oldham.

To celebrate the opening of the Oldham Open we will be featuring a number of our exhibiting artists as guest bloggers, telling us a little about themselves and their work.

The next fantastic artist to feature as a guest blogger is…Gallery Oldham Gardens by Rachel Ford

Name: Rachel Ford

Title of piece(s): Gallery Oldham Gardens

Please give a brief introduction about yourself and your work
My name is Rachel. I have worked in Oldham for several years. My piece of at work is a watercolour of Oldham park.

Can you tell me about the work you submitted? What was the inspiration for the piece? Is this your usual style? What techniques and materials have you used and why?
The piece of art I have submitted is a view I see most days, the small garden that sits in front of Oldham Library and Gallery Oldham. I was inspired by the fact that soon the garden will be a memory as it will be changed completely over the next few years by regeneration. I do like pretty scenes, but I do hope to be diverse when it comes to future art work. I used watercolours, I find them easy to use and like the different layers of colour that can be created.

Are there any other creative mediums you would love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I would like to explore pastels next. 

What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?
To me, it means doing something. Anything.

Are you working on anything else at the moment?
Yes, more scenes in watercolour.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you couldn’t make your work without?
Especially at the moment decent watercolour paper is a must!

When you’re not busy creating what do you like doing in your spare time? Any other hobbies or interests?
I love books so reading is something I’m passionate about. I also enjoy pottery.

Which other artists do you admire or inspire your work? (famous or not!)
I like 19th century art. One of my favorites being Claude Monet.

What would people be surprised to find out about you?
That’s a tricky one, I’m not sure actually!

Many artists feel they could work on their pieces for ever more. How do you know when a work is finished?
I don’t know. It’s an exciting feeling, when I finally think it ready.

And lastly, do you have any inspiring tips or words to share with everyone?
Try it. And if your already trying it, keep doing it.

The Oldham Open is on until 18 November, be sure to visit to see Rachel’s work and all of the other submitting artists and makers.