Jennie Gilling

Paper Artist


It is anyone’s guess …

What the weather will do this year!  The sequence, once we have surfaced from this appalling rain, followed by what level of cold and how long for – it all impacts on the growing cycles and I don’t expect to cyanotype until April.  Which is fine.  My workshop has been put back in order and awaits the expression of fresh ideas.  The year has begun with an unexpected purchase!  It was only when I went to collect the pictures from the ‘Making Light of It’ exhibition at the Herschel Museum that I found out that the Museum has purchased a work for their permanent collection – a perfect location indeed.

Autumn exhibitions and fairs

Until 16th December:  Making Light of It

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street, Bath  BA1 2BL

Mon. – Fri. 1 – 5pm, Sat. – Sun. 11am – 5pm.  Admission charge.

Three of my works to compliment an exhibition about William Herschel’s work on the sun.


Until 10th December:  Secret Garden Café

Prior Park Garden Centre, Prior Park Road, Bath BA2 4NF

Mon. – Sat. 8.30am – 5pm, Sun. 10.30am – 4pm

A selection of work in a familiar environment – my third garden centre!


Saturday 23rd November and Saturday 7th December:  Bath Christmas Art & Craft Fairs

Friends Meeting House in York Street, Bath  BA1 1NG

9.30am until late.

A successful event for me last year so I am returning for two days.  Once again it is on during the German-style market in the city and will provide a restful space to see individual work by up to 20 artists and makers.

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2013

Saturday 25th May – Sunday 2nd June

Venue No. 15 Once again I am at Lakeside Garden Centre in the Crockerton Shopping Centre, just off A350 on the Shaftesbury Road out of Warminster.  There are three other artists this year:  Jules Horn (painting and print), Maggie Port (wooden sculpture) and Jane Gibson (ceramics).

I have to put it on record that it has been enormously difficult trying to cyanotype the work and ideas I’ve had for the past couple of months – we all know about the low amount of sunshine but, the knock on effect of cold night temperatures which we will still have the week leading up to the Trail, means that some of the plants and grasses I wanted to use are a long way off.  Despite that, I have new work which I am really pleased to be showing and that always give the Trail a buzzy edge to it.  The cyanotypes in their various forms now include smocked silk and a limited edition artist’s book, ‘The Skeletons in the Border’.  Also breaking away are the experiments with acrylics on oak blocks – ‘Cloud Cubes’.

Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday 10.30 – 4.30pm NB.  please note the earlier closing time on Sunday – it got missed off the brochure. For more Trail information please go to

I shall be at Lakeside all day Saturdays (25th May & 1st June) and Tuesday 28th May; Thursday 30th May in the morning and the afternoon of the last day.  It will come round all too quickly …..

Bath Christmas Art and Craft Fair, Saturday 8th December 2012

And so to Bath … for another event.  I will be at the Friends Meeting House in York Street, Bath  BA1 1NG.  There will be approx. 30 stalls of artists and designer-makers and I will have both framed and unframed cyanotypes as well as my cards and blutubes.  Opening times are 9.30am until late.  The general Bath Christmas Market is also on in the City so there will be plenty of choice but, I will just mention, that I will be the only one selling Blutube Lamps!  See cyanotype gallery for a photo.  Rather lovely.

‘Tis the season to have a craft stall …

Christmas Market at Waterperry Gardens

24th & 25th November

10.30am – 4pm

Waterperry, Nr. Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1JZ

I will be having a stall at this Market in the wonderful Waterperry Gardens, home to the well-known Art in Action that takes place every July.  Tel 01844 339226 or see for more information.

24th September 2012 – thoughts

I am now very conscious of day length and the temperature of the sun. I have been
able to seize some sunshine and produce some cyanotypes recently but each time
I think ‘Now that is the last time this year’. It has been a challenging spring
and summer with both aspects of work – art and gardening, as I have tried to
orchestrate herbaceous borders and realise what a fantasy it was to think I had
beaten bindweed!!! Despite all of that, the rich colours that are slowly
hinting, whispering and seeping in to the landscapes are always savoured.
Rather like a fine port.

Skeletons in the Border!

For the work that I have at the Botanic Gardens in Oxford, I decided to use some of the plants that make a feature of their seed vessels or take on a distinctive form once the flowers have faded.  The shapes have an exquisite filigreed delicacy and the cyanotype
method captures these fragile skeletal structures as the sun prints around them, high-lighting details that cannot be easily seen.  It is a process that allows me to appreciate that there is beauty in decay!

Garden Secrets Exhibition, University of Oxford Botanic Garden

1st June – 29th July 2012

Rose Lane, Oxford  OX1 4AZ


I am joining other paper artists for this lovely exhibition looking out on to the Garden’s plant collection.  My work will be looking at dispersal, patterns and inherited plant knowledge.  My work as a gardener and interest in herbal medicines make this a fascinating environment to exhibit in.   Please note an entry fee applies but it is well worth it!


February 2012 exhibitions

Hope and Poverty art exhibition, 14th – 18th February

Paintworks Exhibition Space, The Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol  BS4 3EH

I am joining over 30 other artists in this fundraising exhibition on behalf of Mercy in Action.  All profits go to aid efforts to alleviate poverty in the Philippines.  Preview is Tuesday 14th February, 6pm – 9pm.  Other times: Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th February 10 am – 7pm.  For further information visit:


Talking about the weather, 16th February onwards

theGALLERY, 32 High Street, Bishops Castle, Shropshire

What a delightful little town!  What a quality space Jacs Collins has made of theGALLERY!  I am showing cyanotypes specially made for the exhibition, along with other artists local to Shropshire.  The opening of the exhibition on 16th February coincides with the Bishops Castle Arts Festival (16th – 19th February) and also the launch of the new home of theGALLERY.  Shropshire has its fair share of weather fronts and these create an ever changing visual landscape that this exhibition will explore.  For further information visit: and

Christmas Bonanza!

On 15th December I will be exhibiting my work in a building  that has seen Dickens, Shakespeare and Cromwell! 

I will be joining other local contemporary makers, designers and artists at the amazing fourteenth century building that is home to the Boston Tea Party, 13 High Street, Salisbury.  You will find us on the first floor where, away from the bustle, you will see some choice and unique gifts:  fashion, textiles, illustration, art and photography are amongst the many items on offer.  A perfect place to get a hot drink and be inspired.  As the event co-incides with Salisbury’s Late Night Shopping season, the times are 5.30 – 9pm.

Organised by the OPEN collective and LMSA (Lets Make Salisbury Awesome)