Art with a Heart
PUBLISHED: 15:33 04 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:51 20 February 2013
Inspired by everyday items, contemporary artist Jasmine Eavis has created a colourful range of recycled textiles. Words by Sarah Ford
Inspired by everyday items, contemporary artist Jasmine Eavis has created a colourful range of recycled textiles.
Words by Sarah Ford
Pet food tins, drink cans and even yoghurt pots have receiv
ed a new, unique lease of life thanks to the talented Somerset artist Jasmine Eavis.
She has worked her magic on a variety of everyday packaging, combining them with vintage fabrics or bold floral prints to create a beautiful range of jewellery and gifts.
"I find inspiration for my recycled designs in countless everyday items," says Jasmine, who also uses buttons, beads and sequins from old clothes for her eye-catching designs.
Always on the look out for ideas, she has used the British flag from bags of spinach, the lion from a box of eggs and the Queens emblem on a tonic can for her fun and colourful brooches, medals, cuffs and pictures.
The idea of creating new art from second hand came about when Jasmine had to devise an applied art workshop for her students at Strode College in Street, where she was a fine art lecturer.
A former textile designer, Jasmine has been teaching for 17 years. She grew up in Somerset and studied in Taunton and then Middlesex University before working on dress patterns.
Also an abstract painter, Jasmines work can be seen in the Courthouse Gallery in Somerton, which is home to the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, and one of her biggest fans is lifelong friend Glastonbury Festival creator Michael Eavis.
A lot of my work is influenced by the festival; its so creative and you do get inspired," says Jasmine, who produced tee-shirt designs for the festivals 25th and 40th anniversaries.
"Michael is very supportive of my work. He always comes to my exhibitions and he wears my medals!"
Jasmine was just two years old when her family rented accommodation on Worthy Farm, home to the Glastonbury Festival, in Pilton. She married her childhood sweetheart Paul Michaels nephew and the couple had two sons Thom and Ollie.
"We lived in Bristol, London and Brighton and when things didnt work out I decided to bring the boys back home to Somerset.
"Brighton had been fantastic for selling my work and when I came here I decided I had to re-establish myself. So I became the Mendip representative for Somerset Art Works, getting to know lots of lovely artists and running exhibitions.
"Two years ago I met another Paul and we found this house in Pilton and opened it up as a B&B.
"We have three double bedrooms and have fantastic people staying here."
We are sitting in the kitchen, warmed by the AGA, overlooking the pretty garden. Earlier this morning Jasmine has held one of her regular Bikram yoga sessions.
"You do a series of slow movements in a heated room and you are really pushing your body through extremes. It gives you a fantastic feeling," she explains.
Bridge B&B is just 10-minute walk from the Glastonbury Festivals famous Pyramid Stage, making it an ideal bolt-hole for festival-goers. Its also convenient for visitors to the Royal Bath and West Showground in nearby Shepton Mallet.
"Weve had some guests who were judges of the heifers at the Bath and West Show and also some ravers who came in at 4am. Another time we had some girls staying who were studying bats so they had to be up at four in the morning!
"During the Glastonbury Festival, breakfast is at midday because they get in at 5am, so at least we all get a chance to have a lie-in!"
Jasmines large abstract pieces in acrylic and gloss line the walls of the guests bedrooms. The paintings are framed by Paul.
"He is an engineer so we are a really good mix," says Jasmine, who married Paul in December 2010 when the country was under a blanket of snow.
"We were getting married at Pylle church," recalls Jasmine, who is church warden.
"Its an adorable church. My father is buried there and it is the church for the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen.
"But everywhere was thick with snow and the back roads were a nightmare. So Michael picked me and the boys up in the Land Rover, while his wife, Liz, drove behind in case we broke down!"
Although she is happy to be back in Somerset, Jasmine confesses to the occasional quick weekend blast in London where she catches an art exhibition or two. Last years exhibition at the Tate, showing the work of surrealist artist Joan Mir, for example, inspired her latest paintings.
Jasmines late father, Gordon Moore, has also been a huge influence. A graphic designer, he was the art editor for the first colour supplement produced by The Times newspaper. He took the photos of 1960s icons such as Twiggy, which now take pride of place on Jasmines walls.
Thanks to the internet, Jasmines work can be seen on a variety of websites such as etsy.com, artquid.com, uniqueproduce.co.uk and the award-winning Love-Local.com a web shop selling goods made in Somerset.
"The internet is the best way to get your work seen by customers from all over," she says.
Jasmine has now decided to give teaching a break, allowing her to devote more time to her painting in 2012. And there will be no family pilgrimage to the Glastonbury Festival as it skips a year.
"My best memories of Glastonbury are with the children and 2011 was the first time I had not camped," she recalls.
"Two years ago I came out of my tent in the morning, saw all these 14-year-olds around and thought, thats it, I cant do it anymore; Im too old.
"Thank goodness I have a house in the village!"
For more information about Jasmines work go to http://www.jasmineeavis.co.uk