My name is Sue Bulmer and I create original artworks, limited edition prints and greetings cards as well as a range of textiles for the home and kitchen. I live in rural Nottinghamshire with my husband and dog and create my ink illustrations and artwork from my studio at the top of my cottage garden.

My Story:
I have always loved creating art. I grew up on a farm in the North East of England and I remember being creative from an early age, painting at the kitchen table, entering art competitions and illustrating stories I had written in my school exercise books. I studied and pursued a career in the sciences but my creativity never left me and I finally got to follow my dreams in 2005 when I enrolled on a Foundation Course in Art and Design. This gave me the opportunity to rediscover and explore my artistic skills and techniques and develop my creative practice.

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Since then I have been mostly self-taught and I have explored a variety of media, such as watercolour, textiles and stitch, print, drawing and mixed media. My work is now mainly based around creating imagery in ink, although I love experimenting with new media and exploring new creative directions.

I started my business in 2011 and since then have exhibited widely across the UK, taken part in several trade fairs and undertook the post of Artist in Residence for the first Nottingham Festival of Words in 2013.

I love nature, and am inspired by the natural world as well as things closer to home. I love the comfort and sentimentality of home and family. Themes of my work are very much centred around sentiment, love and the relationships we have with others in our lives.

 

 

 

A quick overview…
2005-2007:
Foundation Studies in Art and Design, New College, Nottingham
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2008-2009:
Member of Nottingham Craft Mafia.
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2010:
Participant of Nottinghamshire Creative 2 Business Scheme, run by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Exhibitied at:
The Open Exhibition at Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire,
The Partridge in a Pear Tree exhibition At Rufford Country Park  in conjunction with Creative Greenhouse.

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2011:
Launched ‘Sue Bulmer – artist’
Membership of Design Factory
I was responsible for writing the winning application for a competition to win a two week group exhibition at The Beetroot Tree Gallery, Draycott as part of Nottinghamshire Creative 2. This took place in January 2011.

Exhibited at:
The Bowery, Headingley, Leeds, exhibition of work in July 2011
‘Inspired’ Exhibition at The Seed Gallery, Crich as part of Creative 10 group. October 2011.
‘Pop-up Shop’ at 55 Main Road, Chilwell, as part of Creative 10 and The Carnival Of Monsters Contemporary Art Exhibition, October 2011
Shed 2 meets Creative 10 – Bartons Exhibition Space November – December 2011

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2012:
Design Factory Mentorship Scheme participant
Creative Twinning Participant   
BCTF 2012 Harrogate

Exhibited at:
The Birds and the Bees – The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, May 2012
Creative Greenhouse Exhibition – Rufford Country Park, April- May 2012
Creatures – Warrington Museum and Art Gallery – July 2012
Emerge Exhibition – SOCK Gallery, Loughborough, Sept 2012
Nottingham Festival of Words Launch Event – Artist in Residence – Antenna September 2012
Creative Twinning Showcase – Nottingham Contemporary October 2012
The Harley Christmas Market – November 2012

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 2013:
Exhibited at:
Objects of Desire – Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk  November 2012 – January 2013
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – The Butcher Works, Sheffield Dec 2012 – Jan 2013
Nottingham Festival of Words – Artist in Residence – Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University February 2013
SOCK Art Market March 2013
BCTF Harrogate April 2013
Solo Exhibition Created Gallery – June 2013
I Do Exhibition – Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge
Melbourne Arts Festival September 2013
Arts Unequalled, The Maltings, Ely – October 2013
EMERGE exhibition, The Brewhouse Gallery, Burton-on-Trent
The Arts Market, Holmfirth – November 2013
The Harley Christmas Arts Market November 2013
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2014:
Exhbited at:
Prints Charming – Exhibition with Helen Hallows and Fiona Wilson,
SOCK GalleryLoughborough December 2013 – January 2014

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