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In conversation with Morgan McFie

By October 12, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES, INSPIRATION
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This week Les 100 Ciels met Morgan McFie, a contemporary abstract artist based in Barnes. Morgan’s paintings are intuitive, fluid and full of texture, taking inspiration from aerial perspectives of natural landscapes. Read more to learn the intricate and fascinating process of giving life to a canvas.


Where and how did you learn your craft?

I have always loved being creative and painting. I nearly did an art degree, but chose the safe route of doing a business degree at the end. After university, I wanted to get back to being creative so started painting again in my spare time. Things really changed when I moved to New Zealand for a year and was hugely inspired by the art scene in Australia and New Zealand where artists use bright and bold colours. I began experimenting with abstract fluid techniques and then once I started using resin I felt like I’d found my style.

 

Your latest art pieces are beautiful. What inspires your art?

I find aerial perspectives of coastlines and estuaries really beautiful and I look to try and capture the movement and subtlety of tones in my paintings. I find traveling also hugely inspiring and recently found lots of inspiration after a trip to Bali.

 

What materials do you use?

For my work I mainly prefer to use resin, pigments, acrylic paints. Resin is such an incredible material and creates depth to the painting and cures with a glass-like finish making the painting very reflective. I love adding touches of gold pigment which creates a fine shimmer and different texture to the surface when the painting catches the light.

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How has your work evolved since your first commission?

So much so! One of the things I love about resin is that it is a very volatile material, so initially I was meticulously planning the composition of each piece, but then was thrown when the resin didn’t move as I expected or the colour pigments shifted as it cured. As I have become more experienced, I’ve learnt to go with the flow and let the painting evolve in front of me. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but when it works well the paintings often turn out far better than I could have planned.

 

Can you describe your workspace? Where do you like to work?

I work from a home studio in Barnes. One of my walls are covered in photos and they are my main source of inspiration, along with an endless stash of acrylic paints and my equipment. I tend to base myself wherever there is the best light at home that day.

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Describe briefly the process of making your paintings…

I start by creating a mood board of images that inspire me – it could be shapes, colour combinations or textures. I sand and prime the boards and then mix the resin and pigments. Resin is fluid and has about one hour working time which really motivates me and I go into a state of flow. I pour the resin and use gravity and a blowtorch to change the viscosity of the resin which alters how it moves across the board. Each layer of resin cures over 24 hours and I finish the piece by painting the edges for a clean finish.

 

What would you like to achieve in the near future?

I would love to sell internationally, start a print range and collaborate with other artists.

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What is a common misconception about your art?

Lots of people mistake the resin for ceramics or glass as the finish is so glossy and reflective.

 

If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?

There are so many countries I would love to travel, but Sri Lanka has been at the top of my list for a while now. The food, the jungles, the mountains and the surfing culture all massively appeal to me.


 

The Les 100 Ciels team are always looking for like-minded people to collaborate with and we were so excited to discover Morgan McFie! Her abstract art is inspiring and beautiful and her passion for what she does is evident in every piece. A range of Morgan McFie products is available in our St Christopher’s Place store in Marylebone. We highly recommend viewing Morgan’s art in person to fully grasp the depth and intricacy of the pieces.

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5 ways to spend Mother’s Day

By February 29, 2016 EVENTS
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Show you care this Mother’s Day by treating the most important woman in your life.

We’ve picked our top 5 ways to spoil your mum this Sunday, including special exhibition visits and afternoon tea!


Visit Kew Gardens Orchids Festival

Sunday will be your last chance to see The Princes of Wales Conservatory transformed into a mass of tropical colour. The theme for the orchid festival this year is colourful carnival, with the attention focused on Brazilian hybrids which take over the glasshouse in a series of displays. Highlights include Rainforest Tree sculptures, Bromeliad covered Brazilian carnival dancers in the pond and the vibrant tropical plant tunnel.

Make your visit to the Orchids Festival extra special by treating your mum for afternoon tea, including a glass of prosecco!

 Details:

Festival ends on Sunday 6th March

Afternoon tea: 1pm-3pm (£17.50 per person for a classic afternoon tea, £24 per person including a glass of prosecco)

Venue: Orangery Restaurant

Kew Garden entry fee: From £14 (https://goo.gl/u6saF6)


The must-see exhibition.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery is THE exhibition to see. This beautifully curated exhibition by Robin Muir maps the evolution of Vogue images over the last 100 years, including original prints from Vogue’s conception to iconic celebrity photographs.

Vogue’s various photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and Nick Knight, have been brought together in an show of iconic images. The exhibition not only shows the incredible photographic journey of Vogue over the last century, but it offers a behind-the-scenes view to how the world’s most famous magazine in made.

Details:

Exhibition ends 22nd May

Prices: £19

Venue:

The National Portrait Gallery


For the green-fingered mum

Discover the paintings of some of the most significant artists who explored the theme of ‘Painting The Modern Garden’ in the new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition displays artwork from some of the most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century.

Highlights include Monet’s incredible Agapanthus Triptych and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II which are displayed alongside masterpieces by Van Gogh, Matisse, Cezanne and Renoir.

Make the visit extra special by visiting a special after-hours opening on Mother’s Day which includes a drinks reception in the RA’s Fine Rooms and free-reign of the exhibition.

Where: Royal Academy of Arts

When: Special Mothering Sunday evening, March 6th

Prices: £17.60 or £25 including the drinks reception.

More information: https://goo.gl/QdGQw3


Afternoon tea for 2

Fortnum & Mason is the original London tea house with experts with nearly 300 years experience. The fourth floor Tea Salon is a calm haven away from the flurry of shoppers outside. With a pianist adding to the atmosphere, sit back and enjoy the fine variety of sandwiches and pastries. Choose from a Traditional Tea, a Savoury Tea or the luxurious High Tea.

Details: Mother’s Day sittings are from 12pm-6pm.

Where: Fortnum & Mason

Prices: From £40


Spa treatment

 Treat your mum with a luxurious thirty minute Bagatelle de Gabrielle facial massage from the luxury skin care brand Omorovicza. Visit the pop ip at Clifton Nurseries for an invigorating facial treatment which uses a modern approach to the traditional Hungarian massage which targets the face, neck, shoulders and décolleté. The massge increase the muscle tone, improves firmness and eliminates excess toxins.

Details: Thirty minute facial massage

Prices: £25 (redeemable with any Omorovicza purchase)

Where: Clifton Nursery


Check out our top pick of Mother’s Day gifts in our edit here!

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SS16 Designer’s Inspiration

By January 22, 2016 BEHIND THE SCENES, NEW ARRIVALS
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New season, new knitwear!

Want to be in the know about next season’s key shapes and colours? Look no further than our interview with the brains behind the new Spring Summer ’16 styles, our Head Designer Stephanie.

She tells us what inspired her designs this season by showing us a glimpse of her moodboard, and explains what qualities we will all be wearing this summer. Bring on the warmer months!


 

“This season, we’ve taken inspiration from the minimal 90’s decade, with particular emphasis on structure and simplistic silhouettes. We’ve used references from the archives of couture design and combined this with interesting yarn techniques for a modern feel.”

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“We’ve looked at primitive, tribal influences to inform our print designs. The main focus for colour has come from the work of artist Callum Innes. He uses a method of layering pigments of colour, which results in a vivid array of tones. We’ve translated these varying hues into a fusion of pale pink, grey marls and indigo ombré details.”

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“In this Spring Summer season, we’ve focused on using natural fabrics like washed silks, linen and cotton. Our signature summer quality, cotton poplin, gives you a freshness when worn making it perfect for warmer days! We’ve also experimented with hand-dyed fabrics, making each piece one-of-a-kind.”

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 “Box pleats, fused trims and slim forms are the key design details and silhouettes for the season. We have also developed the cape shape, which can be seen across dresses, tops and coats. I like to pair these pieces with our slim-lines styles to create an elegant shape that’s versatile and modern.”

Coming soon….

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