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Sue Bulmer – Inspired By…

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 4 minutes.

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Sue Bulmer is a Nottinghamshire-based artist. She does a damn fine job of creating original artworks, limited edition prints and greetings cards as well as a range of textiles for the home and kitchen. Here are her five greatest inspirations.

I seem to find inspiration in so many places so to narrow it down to just five, well, I suppose I will just concentrate on five things which are inspiring me right now….

I’m a real home-bird and love being in the warmth and comfort of my own home. The cold weather and dark nights mean I haven’t ventured very far from home recently, apart from being out and about walking our dog, so we are enjoying being at home, spending time in front of the fire and most weekends you ‘ll find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm!!

My current collection of work reflects my love of home and sentimentality and the bonds we share with others in our lives. I run my business from my studio at the top of the garden.

One…My kitchen

I just love being in my kitchen. We live in a 200 year old cottage and our kitchen is the heart of our house. It’s where we cook, talk, eat, drink, think. It’s full of character and warmth, from its quarry tiled floor to the recycled book shelves made from old scaffolding planks and our burgeoning collection of cook books. I constantly get new inspiration and ideas from our collection of rustic ceramics, mugs, jugs and pots, the old French coffee grinder and old vintage storage jars and tins. We like to collect ‘vintage’ finds from auctions, flea markets and antique shops so our kitchen is full of unusual finds. I’ve designed a range of kitchen themed work which I’m hoping to develop and also am introducing a range of work called ‘Vessels’ later this year.

Two… My sister

Photo by Dave Charnley
Photo by Dave Charnley

The first one here has to my sister, Heather. Now, I’m lucky enough to have three sisters who all inspire me in different ways but if it hadn’t been for Heather I would never have started down this creative route which has led me to where I am now.

Way back in 2005, when I was going through a bit of a difficult time in my life, Heather suggested that I enrol on a Foundation Course in Art and Design, which was something I had been thinking about on and off for a while. I had always loved drawing and painting and kept threatening to take it up again. So I took her advice and enrolled on the course and now, thanks to Heather, I’m actually using my creativity and running my small business, creating art work, selling in several galleries and online and for the first time this year I’m taking part in my first Trade Fair.

Heather has her own creative Graphic Design business up in Northumberland so is always there to lend her opinion and take on things and is a constant source of inspiration for me. It sounds cliché to say this, but I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now without the inspiration my sister gives me!

Three… Rolling Fields

Being a girl from the North East of England who grew up on a farm, surrounded by rolling countryside and nature I am constantly inspired by our landscape and the effect of the changing seasons. I remember the smell of the fields at harvest time, the rows of cut straw waiting to be baled, the colour of the ploughed earth and the patchwork of colours in the landscape as the seasons changed. Autumn is probably my favourite season when the leaves change and the countryside is rich with golden browns, reds, yellows and greens. I’ll be out with my camera trying to capture it all!

Four… Decor8

I’ve been following a selection of blogs for a few years now, and one of my favourites is decor8 by Holly Becker. This blog is just full of inspirational photos, blog posts, handy hints. It’s written really well and is easy to read, gorgeous to look at, and something I look forward to for my daily fix of eye candy!

Five… Lucienne Day

I have a fascination with 1950s designs and pattern. Lucienne Day was true pioneer of modern designs as well as being a successful working woman in a time when most women didn’t work. Her designs are timeless and I just love her use of muted colour and her simplistic designs. A true classic to whom I can only aspire!

You can find out more about Sue Bulmer on her website or browse and buy from her rather scrumptious Folksy shop.