Winniemmay (Donna Poingdestre) has been a full-time artist since 2017 and has a style that I feel is distinctive: Often using strong images of women in her artwork. Working on both large and small scale projects allows Winniemmay to continue developing her technique and unique style.
Doodle Club is a fun little world, tucked away on the top floor of The Wave Maiden, where a small society of good-natured people are unified by the lure of low-pressure creativity. Attending can feel like stumbling upon some kind of lovely secret: one where you find yourself surrounded by friendly people, zero judgement, and a significant amount of felt-tip pens.
I swung by the Coastguard last week to take in the latest CAPUG pop up and came away inspired, invigorated and deeply thankful to live in such a creative place as Southsea, with so many exceptionally talented artists.
Meeting Samo from Playdead Studio for the first time was when the business decided to advertise with us and this was the first step in understanding someone going through a transgender transition. I had never met anyone before that had been through this or was going through it at any point in my life. What I see away from someone who has been in a lot of pain and gone through a lot to get to these steps, is a person who has learned a lot about themselves, who they want to be, what they want to achieve and I see someone so positive. So determined, funny but compassionate too. Someone who you can see very clearly has a big heart and loves not only being part of a community but helping to create one!
Loving art I am always drawn to creative spaces and Hotwalls Studios is a place I have often loved wandering down to. Last Friday, the start of the bank holiday, the sun had been shining all day and I was invited down to studio 1 to catch up with Fire Monkey Arts. They are a collective of local artists of around 8 that share this creative studio giving them space as well as the chance to support each other and spend time with like-minded artists. Set up by Sue Portman a local Graphic Designer, it has proved to be very successful and now a few years on has gone from strength to strength.
Walking into the Tea Tray is actually like a tea blend within itself; a mixture of creativity, good food, great tea and coffee, lots of art and music. A place with a distinctive vibe that turns from cafe to music hang out, art exhibition to event space. There is a relaxed atmosphere with mid-century pieces of furniture and eclectic items dotted around the spacious building. The interiors have great scope to continuously adapt, adding different styles and trends, pieces never looking out of place. This is one of the reasons why we loved holding our website launch here.
Setting up Southsea Folk we have had some rather cool followers and one that kept popping up was Joe Hart. Watching his Instagram I could see a few photos that started to have a pattern, buildings! What I found myself doing was waiting to see which urban place he was going to draw next. Loving sketches I felt drawn to his work and decided I had to meet him.