My dream studio is at JAcksons Art HQ

My chat with Jackson’s Art about my love of Unison Colour Soft Pastels and work as one of their Associate Artists.

Back in November, I had a call from Helen at Unison. “Would you be happy to go to Jackson’s Art HQ and talk about our pastels?” she asked. My answer was a resounding, “Yes, of course!”. 

Jackson’s Art is my favourite art shop and the chance to visit a real store and see their beautiful art studio (after two years of virtual visits) was my idea of a dreamy day out! 

With my train ticket booked and a very early alarm set, I travelled up to London on a chilly Saturday in November to meet Hayley and Darius, the creative film duo at Jackson’s Art. Liza Takahashi was there too, with a selection of FAQs about soft pastels. Liza is their fantastic blog writer and we had already worked together back in 2014 to create a piece about my animal portraits. 

You can read it here.

I’ve been admiring Jackson’s Art Studio on their social media, so a chance to visit it in person was so lovely. The space is everything I dream of, high ceilings, beautiful light from large windows, the essential arty Belfast sink and art paraphernalia steeped in creative history.

my art materials at Jacksons Art

It’s always a little nerve wracking talking to a camera but Liza put me at ease and it felt just like an arty chat over coffee. I had brought a selection of my favourite art materials and recent artworks, including my favourite seascapes and colours, so that I could show some of the techniques I love using with pastels. I particularly wanted to make sure that I showed off the versatility that I love about Unison’s Colour Soft Pastels. I’d also requested a Jacksons Arts Sanded Sample pack to show the difference that using the right paper can make to your artwork. 

me at Jacksons art studio

I spent a lovely day with the team and I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to leave. Here’s me in my dream studio.

Those that know me well will understand that they have had to edit out a lot of pastel chat. The one top tip that didn’t make the cut? If you ask ten different pastel artists a question, then you’ll get at least ten different answers!  

I hope you’ll agree that my Jackson’s Art covers just enough to get people started. There’s so much more about pastels I love and I can’t wait to share it with you! 

Here’s their video – I hope it covers all of your pastelling FAQ’s. Fingers crossed, they’ll invite me back for Chapter Two!

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