About me

 

Hi, I'm Vonnie. I'm an artist and printmaker. 'Cogbeetle' is all about creative journeys and my passion for art and nature. My work is very much inspired by my environment and environmental issues. I have a profound respect for the natural and historical world, and for its conservation. I produce lino-prints using the 'lino-reduction' technique. I also paint and draw as inspiration for my printmaking. I rent a studio at Westbury Arts Centre in Milton Keynes and I am a member of the long-standing community of artists there, known as the 'Artist Collective @ Westbury'. I produce work for exhibition and sale. I'm available for commissions, lino-print demonstrations and teaching workshops in printmaking and design skills.

 

My interest in printmaking was sparked by a wonderful art teacher who taught me how to print using lino, at school. I left school and went to Basingstoke College of Technology where I completed a BTech National Diploma foundation course in art and design. After that, I graduated with a BA(Hons) in 'Fine Art and non-European Art History' at Birmingham School of Art in 1993; and a few years later went on to complete a Masters degree in Art & Design Education at De Montfort University in Leicester in 2001. I am CTLLS (Adult Education teaching) qualified (2007). I have worked and taught in higher and further education for most of my career; in curriculum delivery, media production/evaluation, distance/online learning and adult education. I have also published in pedagogical research and evaluation in the field of educational technologies. When I'm not at Westbury, I work in curriculum delivery in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University.

 

Always mindful of this beautiful planet we live on, I take care to use environmentally-friendly materials in the production of my work and in the cleaning up afterwards. 

Exhibitions & Open Studios

Holy Trinity Church fundraiser - 30 September to 01 October 2023

Exhibition of work by local artists

Holy Trinity Church, Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire

 

Heritage Open Days - September 2022, 2022 & 2023

Open studio event

Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Bucks Art Weeks – June 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023

Open studio events in working studio with printmaking demonstrations

Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Discover Bucks Museum Open Art Exhibition - 29 April to 08 July 2023

Exhibition of works by professional and amateur artists from Buckinghamshire

Discover Bucks Museum, Aylesbury

 

Shakespeare Spring Event - April 2022

Group exhibition of works inspired by Shakespeare
Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Winter Art & Craft Market​ - November 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023

Open studio

Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Hotbed Press 20:20 print exchange - 2021

An exchange of hand-pulled prints by international printmakers

Curated by Hotbed Press, Salford

 

The Art of Hand-Pulled Printmaking – Milton Keynes - August 2021

Solo exhibition of lino-reduction prints

Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Wolverton Works Windows - Milton Keynes - September 2020

Solo exhibition of lino-reduction prints

Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Brontë p.200 Exhibition - January 2020

 An exhibition by 200 UK artists depicting pages from Anne Brontë's novel 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' - Curated by Lindsey Tyson

Woodend Gallery, Scarborough

 

Inspired by Bauhaus – Milton Keynes - October 2019

A group exhibition of textile art curated by ‘Mix3d Stitch’

Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Shape & form - textiles inspired by architecture – April 2018

Curated by Jane Charles

Cornerstone Gallery MK

 

Aiming to excel - 2010

An exhibition of work by ACE City & Guilds 'Creative Techniques' learners and tutors

AIM Gallery Milton Keynes 

 

Annual exhibition - 1997

An annual exhibition of local artists

Aylesbury Boys Grammar School

 

Bedfordshire Artists Group - 1996

An exhibition of works by members of the Bedfordshire Artists Group

Bromham Mill

 

Associate Members of the Silbury Group - 1996

Annual Exhibition

Westbury Farm, Milton Keynes 

 

Galley Hill Arts Workshop - 1995

An exhibition of works by studio artists at Galley Hill Arts Centre in Milton Keynes

Galley Hill Arts Centre, Milton Keynes

 

Birmingham School of Art, BA(Hons) Fine Art Degree show - 1993

BIAD, Margaret Street, Birmingham

Teaching

Lino-reduction printmaking 

Privately run by Cogbeetle art, evening classes, day/weekend workshops and one-to-one tuition sessions. 2022 to date.

 

City and Guilds Creative Textiles: Textile Techniques (7111 204) 

Milton Keynes ACE 2009

 

Exploring Textiles

Covering, Wet & dry felting, Silk painting, Batik, Shibori and Applique

Milton Keynes ACE 2007 & 2008

 

Painting

Milton Keynes ACE 2008
 

Using Information Learning Technologies (ILT) in teaching

CPD session for ACE Tutors 2008


Numerous day-workshops in art & textile-related activities

Milton Keynes ACE 2007 to 2009

 

Computing & Information literacy skills - A103 Arts & Humanities foundation course

Open University residential schools 

 

The Old Door at Westbury Lino-reduction print by Vonnie Raw (2021)

 


 

 

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