Elaine Reid

Website: http://www.elainereidwriting.co.uk

Email: elainereidwriting@btinternet.com

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Of Touch, Polypropylene Artists' Book with feathers, willow, twine and hand-stitching, 13" x 6" x 1.5"

Time's Unfurling Breath, Polypropylene Artists' Book with acrylic paint on multimedia paper, 19" x 7.5" x 1.5"

Darkness Answers, Artists' Book made from marbled paper-cut with hand inking, 16" x 6" x 5.5."

Flow, Marbled Paper-Cut housed in an acylic cube, 30 cm x 30cm x 30cm

Shelter Together, Artists' Book with handmade paper, paper-cutting and calligraphy, 15 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm



Biography

My art practise evolved out of my therapeutic writing practise which I have been engaged in since 2004. Although I loved art at school I chose to follow academic subjects at university, and after graduating in 1995 I began a career in Human Resources. I took a night-class in Counselling Skills in 1998 and found something that resonated more deeply with what I wanted to do with my life. I began my training full-time a year later. I started my family in 2001 and stayed at home once my second child was born in 2003 for a couple of years. During this time I started writing as a way of maintaining my connection to, and my expression of, my adult self and joined a couple of writing groups to hone my skills. After returning to counselling with Cruse (Grief & Bereavement Counselling) I continued to write and soon saw a way to combine the two to create a more active form of counselling. I launched Reflexion Writing Workshops in 2010 with a fellow therapeutic practitioner. This evolved into Elaine Reid Writing Workshops in 2015. Although now working on my own, I often collaborate - sometimes with other writers but more often now with other artists. My love of drawing was reignited through one such collaboration with artist, Mel Shand where we offered a series of workshops involving both writing and art for the Banchory River Festival in 2013. Since then I have been experimenting and playing with drawing and doodling techniques and began creating a series of erasure poems combining found poetry and doodling. My main focus now is finding ways to combine poetry with visual art techniques through mixed-media and assemblage artists' books. I also enjoy paper-cutting for its own sake due to the therapeutic nature of the practise itself. I photograph my work during its various stages of development and find these images can become works of art in their own right too.