In this episode we are joined by Ruth Broadway, an artist and print-maker based in Bristol.
The commercial side of her practice is Ruby and the Paper Parade and through time on an MA she has been exploring a more conceptual and multidisciplinary approach in her work. She explains how Instagram has been a useful documentary tool for her practice, as well as a meeting space for creative conversation online, and how taking part in Press Play, a course which was part way through as the pandemic hit, has helped form a new network and challenge her working practice.
Ruth has been creating a new body of work recently for her upcoming solo show Moonlit, due to show at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in May 2021. We talk about how the work has been inspired by the buried moon folk story and how the pandemic has forced this show to move and pause. Talking openly about the optimism found in the quiet act of ritual daily making, Ruth shares how important making is for her mental health.
We also talk about her experiences in getting involved with the Artist Support Pledge and how she feels this has opened up the culture and dialogue for artists to talk about making a living from their work. Believing strongly that making time for artwork is part of the whole person not just the job, this couldn't be more fitting to the work that she is creating at the moment.