A Real Interview
Hello loyal Pigeon-fanciers!
I’m sorry to say I have been neglecting my blog recently, but I have been doing lots of drawing and arty, crafty things, so if you want to see more regular updates on my work and what a Pigeon gets up to from day to day, then make sure you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (search ‘apigeon’)
And make sure you say hi! I always like to hear from you.
Meanwhile, in Pigeon land, I managed to get myself a real interview! It’s all about the new pop-up shop my work is featured in, in Bristol. It’s full of great makers, besides my own work, so if you are in the city pop in and say hello, but you better hurry as it will only be around for 13 more days.
I pasted the interview below, but make sure you visit the Made in Bristol website who run this pop-up shop and do lots of other good things too.
Hope you like!
Pigeon (real name Abi Ponton) is an artist and illustrator living in Bristol. She describes her own work as ‘honest pencil scratchings’ and draws her inspiration from all sorts of sources, but loves drawing animals and pattern in lively line-work. The illustrator’s images are bursting with colour and her folky style stems from her natural way of drawing, often joined with hand-drawn patterns and eccentric comments.
We spoke with the lovely lady behind these creations, and you can read the mini interview below!
Hi Abi! Which artist also involved in Paper • Scissors • Stone have you been particularly inspired by – and why?
Sarah Dennis. I’ve never come across her work before and I was instantly drawn to it because of the beautiful colours she uses and the warm, dreamlike atmosphere she creates. I also like her freedom in using different techniques and materials.
What do you think makes Paper • Scissors • Stone stand out from other boutique shops?
It is firstly unusual to have an independent shop within a purpose built high street shopping complex such as Broadmead/Quakers Friars/Cabot Circus, so a lot of our customers are pleasantly surprised to see local, handmade and unique products being sold in the area. Secondly we have a great response from shoppers when we explain that the artists/makers run the shop. They often ask to see and hear about your own work and it’s really satisfying when a customer is as excited about our products as we are.
|Pigeon’s illustrated wares.|
What is the best thing about being a creative in Bristol?
Coming from Essex I am used to the hostile competition of the London creative crowd, but whenever I meet creatives in Bristol they are always friendly and supportive. There is a real community spirit and I have met a lot of lovely people through being part of projects like Paper • Scissors • Stone.
Describe the Paper • Scissors • Stone Temporium in five words.
Fun, happy, inspiring, quirky, quality.
What tips would you give other “makers” for getting their work out there and seen?
Find out how you can take part in events that interest you, book a table at a craft fair/market, make a website/online portfolio for yourself, write a blog, network online and in person at events, fairs and markets, e-mail other artists/makers whose work you admire and tell them what you like about their work, use your initiative and be brave.
If you could collaborate with one other Paper • Scissors • Stone maker, who would you choose and why?
Stephanie Sarlos aka Fräuleinwunder. Her work is very different to mine, but I have a great love for print and a great love for abstract art and I would really like to see how she works and how that could affect my work.
|We love her quirky animals!|
What’s the most challenging thing about your chosen discipline?
Keeping my work honest. It is easy to get caught up in trying to make work that you think other people might like or forcing a different style, but the best responses I get are always from my most ‘honest’ work; the work I have created out of pure passion or inspiration.
If you where a biscuit, what biscuit would you be and why?
A milk chocolate Hobnob. They may seem a bit lame at first, but once you give it a chance the whole packet is gone in one sitting. Like the milk chocolate hobnob I feel that once people start talking to me we will often end up chatting at one-hundred miles an hour and laughing our heads off, generally whilst munching on biscuits.
How/where would you spend an ideal day off in Bristol?
An ideal day off in Bristol would probably consist of visiting a couple of my favourite shops on Gloucester Road like Fig on the way into town, browsing the Harbourside Market and checking out any exhibitions in the Parlour/Showroom at the bottom of Park Street before walking up the hill to pop my head in atUpstairs at BS8 to see how my products are doing. Then I’d take the views in at Brandon Hill then head toBristol Museum and Art Gallery to get some inspiration and do some drawing. Then have tea and cake in a hot-air balloon on the way home!
Pigeon’s work is currently for sale in the Paper • Scissors • Stone Temporium. Pop by and say hi!