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Martha Lightfoot

11 Sep - 21 Oct 10:30am - 4pm

Free entry
Martha Lightfoot
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Stroud-based maker Martha Lightfoot is an artist, writer and creator of “things”. She illustrates children's books, teaches art workshops and clubs and can often be located in her studio making paper-cut dioramas. When she was little Martha loved nothing more than making books.

Somehow she seemed to forget this for years and suddenly remembered it whilst completing her Masters in Venetian Art History. For Martha, it felt a bit like finding the missing piece in a jigsaw.

And so she began to draw again - she drew and drew, in between jobs working in galleries, on short films and making children’s fancy dress costumes. By the time she illustrated her first book, “One Lucky Duck” by Alison Maloney, she had a baby and would paint when the bairn was napping. Ten years on Martha has two more children and has illustrated several more books.

Martha draws things that make her smile, often chronicling a moment she might forget lest she gets it down on paper. Her dog characters grew out of a time when trying to doodle her kids playing and chatting, she quickly realised that instead of capturing the moment, she was getting too caught up in whether the faces looked right. Once she started drawing the family as dogs the drawings flowed much more easily!

Martha has a joyful yet mindful approach to drawing and her output is prolific – she draws every day, often helping to remind herself to locate the positive in every situation and find the good things which are present throughout each day.

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