Author: Poppy

Poppy Porter is an abstract artist specialising in painting and jewellery based in Guildford, UK. She is synaesthetic which means she has a visual response to sound, particularly music. This normal, but unusual neurological phenomenon makes a colourful inner landscape of shape, colour and movement on hearing certain sounds or listening to music. Poppy then uses this response to make bold abstract jewellery and paintings that reflect the flow, energy and emotion of the music that inspires her.

The Seven Phenomenal Lessons I’ve Learnt from Music and how They Changed Me Profoundly as a Visual Artist.

The Seven Phenomenal Lessons I’ve Learnt from Music and how They Changed Me Profoundly as a Visual Artist.

It’s nearing the end of the year and the traditional time for making lists of stuff is upon us. So rather than a list of my top ten albums, pieces of jewellery or political pratfalls of 2017 (although I’m not ruling that out if list mania grips me next week) I’m looking back at what…

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When Your Halting Heart and That Luminous Jewel are Magnetically Attracted Don’t Ignore Your First Instinct, Deep Down Your Confidence Will Thank You.

When Your Halting Heart and That Luminous Jewel are Magnetically Attracted Don’t Ignore Your First Instinct, Deep Down Your Confidence Will Thank You.

We’ve all been there, that little glint that catches your eye and draws you in. It’s as if that piece of jewellery is signalling to you, has been waiting for you. You pause, It’s perfect, you fall in love. You’ve got a new crush, “ooh that’s wonderful…” you think and reach out your hand to…

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Four Ways I Invite Chaos into My Creative Process Eliminating Failure and Making My Jewellery More Authentic as a Result.

Four Ways I Invite Chaos into My Creative Process Eliminating Failure and Making My Jewellery More Authentic as a Result.

Nobody wants to fail, am I right? That hideous feeling you get when something you are trying to create starts to crumble, come apart at the seams and collapse on you. That awful moment when you feel powerless to stop it happening. A mass of hard work goes south, and you feel like you’ve just…

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When I tune in I’m using my synaesthesia to see music as shapes and colour, then draw it …live.

When I tune in I’m using my synaesthesia to see music as shapes and colour, then draw it …live.

I’m standing at the edge of a stage, to my left is Steve Lawson one of the most renown solo-bassists in the UK if not the world. He is in his self-described “Happy Place” he is a musician, a performer. He is calmly making a few pre-flight checks on his equipment. I am not a…

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When I Entered Room 50 I Found Ancient Jewellery Magic and Spellbinding Craftsmanship

When I Entered Room 50 I Found Ancient Jewellery Magic and Spellbinding Craftsmanship

Room 50 at the British Museum is full of treasure. It’s where the European Iron Age Celtic treasure hordes are displayed and where you will make an extraordinary connection with the humans who lived so long ago. There’s something about treasure, it has a real magic to it. You know what I mean, a really…

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How Simon Gallup’s Brazen Crazy Bass Sound Gave Me The Reason I Need To Start Using Bronze and Copper: The Cure Play Wembley Arena 1/12/16

How Simon Gallup’s Brazen Crazy Bass Sound Gave Me The Reason I Need To Start Using Bronze and Copper: The Cure Play Wembley Arena 1/12/16

I was a huge Cure fan back in the late ’80s, big black and white poster of Robert Smith on my bedroom wall, had all their albums but never went to see them live. The closest I got was going round a friends house to watch “The Cure in Orange” on video. Then 1992 and…

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United in Variety: Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair at the Westergasfabreik, Amsterdam 2016 November 10-13

United in Variety: Sieraad International Jewellery Art Fair at the Westergasfabreik, Amsterdam 2016 November 10-13

Fitting my entire display into twenty three kilos of checked baggage to fly to Amsterdam was more liberating than frustrating as I shed unnecessary items and went with the bare essentials to run my stand. On the other hand the choice of bag I packed it all in will require revisiting next time. “The Elephant…

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Stories and Thinking Hands: A Masterclass with David Poston, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 28th November 2015

Stories and Thinking Hands: A Masterclass with David Poston, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 28th November 2015

I first became aware of David Poston’s work was when I was still at art college, I took a trip to the Craft’s Council’s flagship show, Collect. His sculptural bracelets made from recycled treacle and golden syrup tins really caught my eye. I still remember them in the glass case now a colourful, positive image…

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Seeing the Music and Hearing the Image: Some Expeditionary Art with Solo-bassist Steve Lawson

Seeing the Music and Hearing the Image: Some Expeditionary Art with Solo-bassist Steve Lawson

The bass guitar is a wonderful instrument, if it were not for my learning to play it none of this would ever have happened. I am synaesthetic, I have a visual reaction to sound both musical and non-musical. This inspires my artworks be they jewellery you can hang on yourself or paintings you can hang…

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