Antje Rook

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So much has happened.....

A lot has happened in the last few months, Open for Art was a huge success, I sold all of the sea life series, I took part in a few other exhibitions and sold the 3 large women and a few of the small ones too. I obviously have to get going and create something new.

The most important news is probably that one of my works is accepted by the South West Academy of Fine Art for their annual open exhibition in Exeter castle.

You can see my entry here

https://www.southwestacademy.org.uk/antje-rook-19 

The work accepted is a little different from my usual art. It is a little dress, titled 'Childhood Dreams'


The artwork is an old fashioned child's nightdress with images of happy dreams and the face of a little girl on the front and some terrifying images of the little girl in different situations, where she is scared and trying to hide on the back.

The inspiration for this work came from my work as Psychotherapist in Germany, where I used to work with victims of sexual abuse.

The two sides of the dress represent the reality, the back of the dress with all its fears and hopeless feelings and the imaginary fantasy world on the front, with a hiding place, a friendly dragon and some happy imaginations. Sometimes the only way to cope with reality, is to escape to a better world in their imagination.

I used the more subtle embroidery and the dull colours on the back to represent how difficult it is for abused children to let others see their reality.


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OPEN FOR ART DORSET

'Open for Art Dorset' is a a biannual open studio event in the South of Dorset.

Here is the link to the website https://www.openforart.co.uk/ 

The event takes place from 18th of May till 2nd of June.

I'm organising a group venue, the Heights Hotel on Portland, where I will exhibit with 11 other brilliant artists. There will be an exciting mixture of media, from Textiles  to Pottery, Linoprint, Batik, Painters and much more.

We will have a private view as well, please feel invited, there will be a glass of 

Cava and many lovely people...not to mention the exquisite art!!

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More women and Mackerel

So much happened, I don't know where to begin!

The Selfie Series, has a few ladies missing now, I sold 5 of them, they all went to a good home!

But I made lots of new work.

Here is one of my favourite: The dance of the Mackerel


And here is another new one, The Dragonfly


I had a friend from Germany visiting me and we did a lot of sewing together.

These 2 ladies were born, The Fish Whisperer and The Lobster Girl



And here is the latest, which is already sold, Mother and Daughter




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The 'Selfie' Series

The story of the 'Selfie Series'

The series of the 12 smaller women is finished now and they are individually framed.

Let me tell you what the idea behind this project is. Many years ago I had an interesting and successful job as a social worker and counselor in a women's centre. After I became ill it turned out that I would not be able to work anymore and I became a very young pensioner.

Which was difficult in a society where people are a lot defined about their careers. It's one of the first things people ask! What's your name? And what are yiu doing? What is your job?

First I didn't know what to say, because I was not 'Doing' anything.

Eventually I realized I'm doing a lot!! Probably more than I have done while working in my job.

All these 12 women represent me and all the things I do. I 'm good alt all of it, you could say, I have 12 'jobs' now, but I prefer to call it a vocation.

They are all listed individually in the Gallery under 'Art for Sale, including prices

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The making of the sirens

I had this idea of lots of tiny little women pictures for a while, but finally I knew what I wanted to do!

Meet THE SIRENS

First rough sketch of the faces, size 5 x 5 cm each

here the just got clothes and lovely red lips

some of them have grown hair...

and here are a few with their fishy hair accessories

Finally they are all finished! Aren't they pretty?

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More women

A little update on the women's project! I'm aiming for 12 and have finished 7 so far!

Here they are:

THE PAINTER


THE BEACHCOMBER

 

THE DRESSMAKER


THE FISHERWOMAN


THE POET


THE STARGAZER


THE FARMER

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The fisherman's wife

The fisherman's wife was the first of a series of women's portraits. They all are identified trough men, their husband, their fathers, their brothers etc. My intention is, to show how much identity, character and expression they have as independent persons.  For me it is significant to do this in a traditional 'female' medium, sewing and embroidery, technics which still struggle to get recognized in the art world.

'The fisherman's wife' is now sold and goes to a good home in Montana/USA

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New project

After having finished the fisherman's wife, the herbalist's daughter and the beekeeper's sister I realized how much I have enjoyed making these! Therefore I want to make a piece which builds up on these 3 ladies.

Here is the plan: A large piece which consists of 12 individual pieces, all woman, but not identified through men, but with their own profession and title. 4 are finished already, they are approximately 15 cm X 15 cm each.

The artist, the fisherwoman, the beachcomber and the dressmaker!

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Christmas offer

New prints available, now on special offer just in time for Christmas!

mounted small print, approximately 40x40 cm now £50

unmounted small print £ 40

mounted large print approximately 65x65 cm now £70

large unmounted print cm now £ 60

series of all 3 small  mounted now  £130

series of all 3 large mounted now £190



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The 3 womwn are back from the framer!

the 3 womwn are back from the framer and I'm very happy how they look now! See yourself!



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Exhibition in the Engine Room in Poundbury

If you want to see a selection of my work and are looking for a Christmas present, why not visit the Engine Room in Poundbury, enjoy some of their delicious cakes and have a stroll through the Winter-Wonderland in the garden centre?

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Prints available soon!!!

Due to the interest in the women series, I decided to have them printed. From next week on you can order them as high quality giclee prints in different sizes.

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About


Antje Rook was born in Germany in and lived in the countryside near Cologne till she and her husband moved to the Isle of Portland in Dorset.
Having trained  as a Social Worker and Psychotherapist, she was always keen to bring a creative element into her life to keep things balanced.
After working with stone for several years, she had to stop stone carving due to health problems and turned to working with textiles. She always loved the textures, the colours and  the possibilities of fabric and fibres.
One of her deepest beliefs is, that being creative and making beautiful things is important for the soul. A great motivation is to make herself and other people happy with her art.
Her work is very much inspired by her environment, but also by other people and her experiences, specially feminist matters. She uses vibrant colours in her work, which ranges from small delicate pictures to large expressive displays
If possible, she tries to work with recycled material and you can find her looking for interesting material on car boot sales and in charity shops.
She still lives on The Isle of Portland with her husband and her 2 border collies.


Antje is a member of Artwey,  a Dorset art group, where she is part of the social media team.  You can find her on the Artwey website here: https://www.artwey.co.uk/members/antje-rook/
She also is a member of the Society for Embroidered Work, S.E.W,  https://www.societyforembroideredwork.com/
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All my art works are originals. Every piece is made with thoughtful preparation, sometimes weeks of thinking, considering, doubting... I put a lot of love and passion into my work and my main goal is, that people feel happy looking at them. I take on commissions, but just after thorough consideration to avoid disappointment. Don't hesitate to ask me, if you have something special in mind.

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