Rose works with tiny glass beads to embroider four simple words. Inspired by her time spent in India, her exhibition SING SWIM OK MOON explores the rhythm of the everyday rituals that provide us with a sense of security amidst the chaos of life.
Rose Blake has achieved an international reputation through her art. Her images, though marked by their formal elegance and restraint, are at once poignant, humourous and true. Blake’s new exhibition, Sing Swim OK Moon, is inspired by time she spent in India. Amongst the many sights and incidents she encountered on the crowded streets of Mumbai she was struck by the the didactic-yet-reassuring legend painted on the taxis: HORN OK PLEASE. Blake's new work explores the rhythm of everyday rituals and the ways in which such rituals provide us with a sense of security in the chaos of life. Following a sell-out debut show at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in 2015, Sing Swim OK Moon carries Blake's art into exciting new visual and technical terrain. The four words of her exhibition-title serve as the starting points for her meditation upon the pleasures of the everyday. Moving beyond the affectless surface of her earlier works, she employs intricate hand-beading to imbue her designs with a more tactile form and gorgeous sheen. Utilising specially-coloured glass beads and vibrant threads, Blake has created a series arresting visual poems - each one celebrating the power, and pathos, of the moment. Rose Blake studied Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, where she was awarded the D&AD Best New Blood Award. She followed this with an MA at the Royal College of Art. Blake has completed commissions for many leading periodicals, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, and the BBC.