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.
How Trusting in Time and Your Creative Process Allows Transformation and Creative Flow To Happen.

How Trusting in Time and Your Creative Process Allows Transformation and Creative Flow To Happen.

So much of daily life pulls us along at a breakneck pace, the clamour for our attention is relentless. Creativity is one area where putting on the brakes and slowing right down is the only way to get lasting results. When you use your creativity at work or in your hobbies, the same process will…

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The Celtic Torc: How Iconic Iron Age Treasure is Beginning to Weave its Magic Into My Jewellery

The Celtic Torc: How Iconic Iron Age Treasure is Beginning to Weave its Magic Into My Jewellery

This week has been one of discovery, I’ve been researching Celtic Torcs those crown jewels of the Iron Age world. What they were, who wore them, why and how to make them. I’ve assembled what I’ve learnt so far in this post. Iron Age treasure hordes exert a powerful pull on me as a jeweller.…

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How One of the World’s Most Curious Jewellery Adventurers Threw Open Her Treasure Chest and Showed Me Her Most Spectacular Pieces.

How One of the World’s Most Curious Jewellery Adventurers Threw Open Her Treasure Chest and Showed Me Her Most Spectacular Pieces.

It is a short walk from St John’s Wood Tube station to Tuan Lee’s London flat. You walk past the famous crossing on Abbey Road where an endless stream of Beatles pilgrims and tourists re-create that shot from that album cover while a resigned white van driver or two looks on. When I arrive, the…

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When You Anchor your Style with Jewellery Selecting the Perfect Snap Outfit Becomes Significantly Easier, 8 Tips for Getting it Right.

When You Anchor your Style with Jewellery Selecting the Perfect Snap Outfit Becomes Significantly Easier, 8 Tips for Getting it Right.

You open your wardrobe before an exciting upcoming event, you need a sharp outfit, but you’ve not got much time to get it right. You discover that although you have plenty of clothes you have nothing to wear. A common problem but one that can be solved by merely turning your approach to selection back…

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Why Women Do Death Metal Growl Better Than Men and Why You Should Care Even If You’ll Never Listen To Death Metal in Your Life.

Why Women Do Death Metal Growl Better Than Men and Why You Should Care Even If You’ll Never Listen To Death Metal in Your Life.

So, It’s International Women’s Day Today, and frankly, women have come to the end of putting up with the patriarchal nonsense that assumes it rules the world. You will have seen all the news about protests, events and marches around the world. Why am I writing about Death Metal then? Stay with me here. I…

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How I Use My Ability to See Sound to Draw Portraits of Musicians: The Portrait of a Bassist Series

How I Use My Ability to See Sound to Draw Portraits of Musicians: The Portrait of a Bassist Series

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with time-lapse photography while I draw music. You will have seen my Iron Maiden drawings in my last post. This series of bassist portraits stems from my live art project with solo bass player Steve Lawson. I wanted to find a little of what happens in those live shows in my…

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How I Didn’t Get On National Radio This Week, But The Broadcast Was A Superb Experience Anyway.

How I Didn’t Get On National Radio This Week, But The Broadcast Was A Superb Experience Anyway.

BBC 6 Music visited my studio this week. My studio is at Guildford independant venue and arts hub The Boileroom and, as part of 6 Music’s Independent Venue Week the Steve Lamacq show was on tour, and they broadcast from there. An especially exciting event for me as Steve Lamacq is pretty much responsible for…

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