A Creative Practice
1. Rebecca Salter
Rebecca is a painter and printmaker. She specialises in woodblock printing, combining Western and Eastern traditions. She is also a Royal Academician and holds the position of Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools. Laura met Rebecca in her North London studio, which overlooks the railway. With the aid of old photographs, Rebecca took Laura to Japan. Rebecca first travelled to Japan in 1979, attending the art school in Kyoto. Every year she returns.
2. Sarah Price
Sarah is a garden designer. She co-designed the gardens at London’s Olympic Park and has twice won gold medals at Chelsea. She was trained in fine art and there is a distinct, painterly quality to her work. Laura travelled to Sarah’s own walled garden in Monmouthshire – a beautiful, Victorian garden which she inherited from her grandmother – to discuss the garden’s past and present and how it shapes her creative vision.
3. Fiona Graham-Mackay
Fiona is a portrait painter. Her work is regularly exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and her sitters have included Andrew Motion, Juliet Stevenson and the Royal Family, to name but a few. On a blustery day in autumn, Fiona took Laura to Rye harbour, where they walked amongst the boats, ran across the shingle, and talked about the importance of vast skies and the sea for a creative mind.
4. YolanDa Brown
YolanDa Brown is a saxophonist and composer. She has won the MOBO ‘Best Jazz’ Award twice and has collaborated with the likes of Jools Holland and Lemar. She is also a co-presenter on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends. Laura met YolanDa in Alexandra Park, North London. There they discussed how the constant flux of London life inspires the breadth of YolanDa’s musical range – from reggae to soul. And how, just as the vibrancy of the city gives her great pleasure, so too does the quietness and calm of its green spaces.