Marta Hutt of Lush Eclectic Fine Art

Welcome to the Humans of Weston, for the next few weeks we will be introducing you to some of the creative humans we have found around our beautiful town of Weston…

Today, meet Marta:

Hi Marta,

Welcome to Humans of Weston. We are delighted to have you here, so let’s get to know you better…

Firstly tell us a bit about yourself in a sentence or two…

My name is Marta Hutt and I’m a contemporary artist and founder of Lush Eclectic Fine Art. I live in Weston with my Husband, Son and our cat Luna.

In the studio painting ‘LALALAND’

Now a few questions:

How would you describe your art?

I work primarily with acrylic paint and dry pastels to create cutting edge, vibrant and expressive artworks with a hint of ‘Attitude’. I stand up for female empowerment, inclusion and diversity and each piece has a narrative behind it.

Most of my work is inspired by women. I find characters and archetypes with a strong story behind them, then provide a sense of the infinite wisdom that they have to share. I carefully capture their mood, emotions and inner spirit. 

The use of light and colour allows me to represent the beauty of women from around the world, being inclusive of all backgrounds and celebrating diversity in age, ethnicity and sexuality.

Was art a deliberate career choice?

Not at first. I’ve always been a creative person and I’ve studied interior design, but after moving to London, I first found success working in the designer furniture industry, then onto luxury retail with the most prestigious of firms.

In the Autumn of 2017, after over a decade of not picking up a pencil, I started drawing again. Things took off very quickly and less than 7 weeks later I had my own art business up and running.

I started with nothing, just working on my dining room table. I was juggling running my new business and looking after a toddler while we did DIY renovations on our beautiful, but dated, Victorian home. 

My hobby quickly became a part time job, then took off into a successful and now established fine art business with clients all over the world. Within a few months my art was on the cover of a magazine and since then my art is regularly featured in national and international press. I’ve been published several times and now I’m also helping other artists to thrive and turn their passion into a living.

Luna the cat admiring ‘Morana’ in the dining room, where it all began.

What does your art say about you?

I moved here in 2016 with my husband and our little baby, leaving behind my career as a Manager in Harrods, in search of a more slow and family orientated lifestyle. I grew up by the Baltic Sea so it was just a matter of time before I found my way to the coast again.

My art reflects my strong character, my independent nature, quirkiness and eclectic tastes. Sometimes it’s serious and inspiring, sometimes cheeky and playful and to some people, even provocative.

Marta in her studio with ‘Rebirth

What brought you to Weston?

I moved here in 2016 with my husband and our little baby, leaving behind my career as a Manager in Harrods, in search of a more slow and family orientated lifestyle. I grew up by the Baltic Sea so it was just a matter of time before I found my way to the coast again.

Sand Bay

How has Weston been a part of your creativity?

I fell in love with Weston the first time I visited. I loved the beach, the woods, and surrounding landscapes, plus the Victorian architecture (that I’m a massive fan of).

I love walks on the beach and in the woods. This place is so peaceful (especially when compared to London) and it gives me the head space to be creative and spread my wings.

Marta with canvas prints of Folk inspired ‘Fierce Foreigner‘, Lockdown creation ‘Sun Goddess‘ and ‘Morana‘ the ancient goddess of Winter,

Where are your favourite places in Weston to seek out inspiration?

I love Weston woods, Weston seafront (especially at dawn when it is empty), Sand Bay, Uphill, Middle Hope and Woodspring Bay. These places give me the opportunity to be alone with my thoughts, which is essential to the creative process. It’s so important for mind, body and spirit to get out of the studio and my office and into the fresh air.

Woodspring Bay‘ by Marta Hutt. Available to by online from Lush Eclectic

Has anyone in Weston supported or influenced you? 

When I just HAVE TO PAINT, I’ve got an amazing husband who is an absolute star, taking care of me as well as juggling house/child/work duties and being my absolute rock. My personal assistant also steps into my business shoes, taking over orders, fulfilment, packing and posting. I am also very lucky to have friends who have encouraged me throughout my journey, including Humans of Weston’s Bev G Star who is interviewing me across her platforms in order to promote me and my exhibition.

Click the image above to be taken to Bev’s interview with Marta

What advice would you give to young artists in the town?

Your art is a reflection of you as a person, your experiences and perspectives. It is with your soul that you create your ‘canvas’. There is something that you tap into when you are in your creative flow, that connects people to your art. There is a part of themselves they see reflected back through your art, even if they can’t put it into words, so try to get to know yourself and see what it is that you want to say. Art is about self-actualisation and doing what makes you happy.

If you want to make a living out of your creative passion, you need to be able to wear two hats – one of an artist and one of a business person. So learn new skills, from finance, marketing and product development to graphic design and website building. The tools are out there. You can be a successful and thriving artist if you set your mind to it.

Click on the image to read the blog and see more of Marta’s prints inside Star of BBC Interior Design Masters Siobhan Murphy’s home

What are you creating at the moment and what is next?

I am preparing for my solo art exhibition at Weston Museum starting on Friday 19th November. The opening is from 7pm that evening and the exhibition itself runs until Wednesday 1st December. 

As a predominantly online brand, this will be my first opportunity to share my work within the local community. Entry is free, so please come and support the event. If you’d like to take my art home, then prints are available to buy from the gift shop. You will also find my full range of prints, canvases and originals online at https://art.lusheclectic.com/

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there

Marta

Opening night from 7pm on Friday 19th November 2021

Sarah Marshall AKA THE ANGRY BUDDA

Welcome to the Humans of Weston, for the next few weeks we will be introducing you to some of the creative humans we have found around our beautiful town of Weston…

Today, meet Sarah:

Hi Sarah,

Welcome to Humans of Weston. We are delighted to have you here, so let’s get to know you better…

Firstly tell us a bit about yourself in a sentence or two…

Hello! 

About The Angry Budda…Well what can I say? I’m not angry, just passionate – Passionate about poverty, about the widening class divide, about injustice and victim shaming culture,  about the Freudian slip that’s being sold to us as insecurity, through invasive advertising campaigns that make Men and Women adhere to unrealistic beauty standards.

Yes,

I’m passionate about art, illustration and about creative expression in all its beautiful myriad of colours and forms. You should be too, without it we are just destruction and the state of our planet is plenty proof of that. If we do not create, we will destroy. We must learn to create symbiotically, or face the relentless change our actions as a species have set in motion.

Now a few questions:

How would you describe your art?  

I would describe my art as emotive, magical and a little wacky, with a Selenophile/Nordic vibe.

I depict my inner demons as spirit animals, my inspirations as shining goddesses and my fears as light.

All of my art is drawn from my imagination, coming to me in dreams or flashes of colour. I have epilepsy and I really do believe that some of my creations are otherworldly in a way, as I often have no idea what I will paint until it materialises.

Various Originals by THE ANGRY BUDDA available from Marshall’s Marking

Was art a deliberate career choice?  

I started sketching and painting after a traumatic incident left me needing spinal surgery. My abuser was 26 and I fell pregnant at 14. Facing shame and ridicule from my community and immobility from my injuries, I chose art as an escape and what an escape it was – the possibility of endless possibilities, the immersion in beautiful potential instead of crippling pain, learning to move past my mistakes and take lessons from them. We are the masters of our own divine consciousness and the mind can be a playground or a prison. I hope that my work shows others that it can be possible to escape internal prisons with presence and fluidity of thought and allowing that to flow into your creation.

What does your art say about you?  

I hope that my art speaks of kindness beating pain, of love overcoming adversity and of perception being key to a full and blessed life. I hope that it brings a smile or provokes critical thought, or helps someone see the beauty in themselves when they thought it was lost. I hope to honour my fellow fallen artists Hannah Day and Emily Hemmingway, for though they can create no more, I shall be their vessel and hopefully do them justice.

Author: THE ANGRY BUDDA

What brought you to Weston and how has it been a part of your creativity?

Weston super mare has been an inspiration for me, ever since my first visit to do a large piece for a local education centre some time ago. The vibrant seafront and many of the humans the place contains, have been a source of support during dark times. I’ve met some amazing friends, sisters and brothers and Weston super mare will always be close to my heart for this reason.  

Piece by Sarah Marshall at The Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare

Where are your favourite places in Weston to seek out inspiration? 

My favourite place there has to be the pier. I love the way the light shines through the rafters at first and last light. I love that the sunsets never disappoint even on a drab day. I just love Weston Super Mare!

Sarah at The Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare

Has anyone in Weston supported or influenced you? 

I’ve found support and guidance in this amazing town also. I’d like to big up my fellow artists Lin Toulcher for being a total ray of kindness support and inspiration in those dark times, the beautiful Bev G Star for her chats, kind words and (always) sound advice and Fay Forever Free for being a Wispy Witchy Pixi of radiant light. I had lost my sisterhood and in Weston I found it again thanks to these beautiful clever inspiring women. It was women that bestowed blame on me and it has been with the help of these women I have been liberated from that shame.

What advice would you give to young artists in the town?

I would advise any young creatives to get in touch with myself or any of the above for support, ideas and guidance. I’d also recommend they get in touch with Culture Weston [It is led by North Somerset arts organisation Theatre Orchard, in collaboration with North Somerset Council, Arts Council England and the local community], or any other local community projects in the area, which you will find here on the Humans of Weston Facebook page.

What are you creating at the moment, or what is next?

I am currently working on a colouring book which will be sold exclusively at the Landed Festival.

I am creating 10 ‘Memento Mori’ pendants which have ashes encased in resin in the shape of the tree of life. There will be no charge for these as I believe that earning revenue from bereavement can interfere with our connection with our ancestors. At this time I have 2 left. If you would like to participate please contact: @marshallsmarkings on Facebook or Instagram

I am also available for commissions, digital and paper.

I am unavailable for large scale painting at the moment due to ill health. 

I hope you have enjoyed this bio.

Namasté and blessings be

THE ANGRY BUDDA 

Piece in progress by Sarah. Watch this space on Facebook

Putting Rap on the Map in Weston ‘Deadly’

Hi Deadly

Welcome to Humans of Weston. We are delighted to have you here, so let’s get to know you better…

Firstly tell us a bit about yourself in a sentence or two…

Hello my name is Darren Vowles aka DEADLY I’m a rapper from Weston-super-Mare. I have 7 singles out so far, which have received worldwide streams and now I have my own record label – ‘Deadly Deed Records’. My biggest hit is ‘Deadly Lullaby’, which received an overwhelming response. My latest single: Photograph has received such a big response in such a short time, which as an artist that is what you aim for and will keep me doing what I love to do.

New single ‘PHOTOGRAPH’, staring Deadly and Weston-super Mare

Now a few questions:

How would you describe your music?  

I would describe my music as basically a story of my life and the things I see going on in the world. I always try to rap about things that hit the emotional button of our souls and try to keep it real. You could say that my songs are rap poetry, with a message (all combined to one). The songs I’ve had the most response from are the ones I wrote about my own heartache. I came through the darkness into the light and wrote about it, which comes so naturally when you’ve been through it yourself.

Was music a deliberate career choice?  

Music has always been a big part of my life ever since a really young age. I started off in the rave scene from the age of 17 as an MC in Weston-super-Mare, with one of my best friends Gareth Clegg, who then became my DJ. We played at some of the best raves from Weston and Bristol to London, but I’m most comfortable with the career I’ve crafted now as a Rapper.

WHITE NOISE Rehearsal and Recording Studio, Weston-super-Mare https://whitenoiseonline.uk/

What does your music say about you?  

My music says a lot about who I am. I will never rap about things I haven’t done in life and I always try to cover things that people can relate to. There’s certain things I couldn’t say in person to someone,but I could say it in a song. It just comes out how I want it to as I can express myself better that way.

What brought you to Weston?

You could say my mum and dad brought me to Weston as I was born and bred here lol. As a kid I grew up on the Bournville Estate. From Bournville school, I went to Wyvern and then started emceeing about 1998, getting booked around 1999-2000 onwards. Back then there were only a few of us that really did it and it’s nice to see how popular it is nowadays, with young people up-and-coming all the time.

How has Weston been a part of your creativity?

Weston has created the artist I am today. I’ve filmed every one of my music videos in Weston as I wanted to keep things local. I didn’t think things would get as good as they have, so as I expand I intend to to move on to do videos in Cities like Bristol and London too.

Where are your favourite places in Weston to seek out inspiration?  

I couldn’t really pinpoint a specific destination in Weston that gives me inspiration. I would say just being out and about all the time and seeing different things gives me more things to write about. I’d just say the whole town if I’m honest!

Has anyone in Weston supported or influenced you? 

I’ve always had support from one of my oldest friends in the game (who I started out with), Gareth Clegg aka DJ Kickback – who is now my producer. He’s a great producer and in my eyes one of the best in the UK

I’ve teamed up with Videographer Andrew Davies of Andrew Davies Media, who shoots and directs all my videos. He is also one of the best at what he does. He used to work at Weston General Hospital and my mum was a Supervisor there. She showed him one of my early videos and he was fresh out of university. We met and the rest is history.   

I think a good relationship with your team says a lot about you as an artist, as I like to go to them with my opinions and get an honest answer from them, which they give.

I’ve known the artist ‘JPS’ since I was a kid and was honoured when he did a piece dedicated to me called ‘Deadly Area’.

I’m also good friends with one of the UK rap Legends ‘Klashnekoff’ who has inspired me and has given me tips which I have listened to deeply.

Check out JPS in Deadly’s music video https://www.facebook.com/782990219/videos/10164480605860220/

What advice would you give to young musicians in the town?

Any young musicians in the town that are trying to do what they love, all I can say is be yourself, try to be original and just keep at it. It doesn’t come overnight, hard work will eventually pay off. What worked well for me was building up a fan base and connecting with them, not just through music, but with my funny witty interactions and networking. The easy part is releasing the song, making it work behind the scenes is the hard part, which most people don’t see.

What are you working on at the moment, or what is next?

So at the moment I’m working on the ‘Deadly Show’, which is on the 10th of July at Club FreeLove, which will be my first solo show. I will be headlining, with support from some great artists from the area. I’m also currently working on my second EP. I have never collaborated with anyone before, but for my second ep I have got some top people I’m in talks to work with.

TICKETS on sale at LAWLESS barbershop and the T-SHIRT shop, Weston-super-Mare, or email or email deadlymc4@gmail.com

You can check out my website see all my music videos and work  at 

deadly-mc.com

Listen to deadly here:

Watch Deadly here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChvLBYzgJcDaUx4zrBIvOLQ/

Follow Deadly here:

https://www.instagram.com/deadlymcmusic/

https://www.facebook.com/deadlymcmusic/

Friend of Weston – Joe’s Murals

Hi Joe,

Welcome to Humans of Weston. We are delighted to have you here, so let’s get to know you better…

Firstly tell us a bit about yourself in a sentence or two…

I am a 27 year old, self taught mural artist. Where most see a wall, I see a blank canvas! I have been an artist my entire life, and a professional artist for just over a year.

[Joe also takes commissions for pencil portraits and artworks on canvas]

Now a few questions:

How would you describe your art?  

My art is a mixture of different styles. I am quite a versatile artist. I feel that my use of colour is very important, I like to paint BIG! My style could be described as varying from abstract surrealism to realism and illustrative. 

Was art a deliberate career choice?  

I struggled for quite a long time with being able to get my artwork noticed, or even make any money from my work! There were times when I felt like giving up and then one day by chance, I started painting murals in my friends and families homes and it just took off from there! 

What does your art say about you?  

I think my artwork has a certain intensity that reflects my personality within it. 

What brought you to Weston?

I have a lot of clients based in Weston and they seem to love my work, so I keep coming back! 

How has Weston been a part of your creativity?

Growing up in Bristol, Weston was a frequent weekend destination for me as a child. I think the scenery of the pier and the seafront had a big impact on my visual development from an early age. 

Joe’s mural of The Pier in nearby Clevedon

Where are your favourite places in Weston to seek out inspiration? 

Although it’s closed down …I found Weston aquarium extremely inspiring when I was younger and would visit there a lot with my parents.

Has anyone in Weston supported or influenced you? 

My customers in Weston have supported my business and my artwork from the very beginning! 

What advice would you give to young artists in the town?

My advice for young aspiring artists would be to never give up on your dreams. Don’t let your failures define you, use it as a stepping stone…. and always keep finding new ways to improve yourself as an artist and as a human being!

What are you creating at the moment, or what is next?

I paint private murals for customers in their homes, mostly around Weston super mare. I just finished an enchanted garden and I’m currently working on a customer’s playroom.

Please go check out Joe and his work at:

https://www.facebook.com/JoesMurals/

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