Rhed Fawell

Collage + Printmaking

About

I studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and then spent a year at the art school Cooper Union, New York. I taught at the art school Kiad in Maidstone Kent and for many years taught as a senior Lecturer on the Graphics BA course at Middlesex University. I have recently relocated from London to Edinburgh where the majority of my time is now spent in my studio space in Edinburgh. I’ve been a member at East London Printmakers in Hackney for many years and now currently a member at Edinburgh Printmakers.

I recently founded and set up Edinburgh Collage Collective which is a non-for-profit artist collective here in Edinburgh Scotland. ECC is a small group of nine collage artists who share a similar creative vision in our methods, materials and visual narrative. Our aim is to collaborate on collage projects through organised exhibitions or public based events. 

My own work uses collage, drawing and printmaking to explore the deconstruction and reconstruction of images. This process allows me to conceptually play with a theme or thought. By deconstructing the reality of image I can then begin to tell my own story by creating a new poetical narrative. My works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, and meanings shift. These multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned.

The pictures create their own stories, as I develop the pieces they take on a life of their own, forming narratives that are completed in the viewer’s imagination. What the viewer reads into each image is as important as what was in my own head as I constructs them; they can be interpreted in different ways depending on who is looking at them. So what seems difficult to one person can appear beautiful to another, what is innocent in the eyes of one viewer can appear provocative or dark to another. 

There are personal stories behind some of the pictures but each should then become personal to the viewer, the original narrative does not need to be specifically understood.

Collage

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    Twine
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    Cross Wires
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    Cloistered
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    You Blow My Mind
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    Nylon
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    Omit
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    A Study of Nature
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    Are You Sitting pretty
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    As Hopefuls
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    Margaret, My Flower
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    You, Me and Us
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    Meow
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    belief and wonder
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    Move Me
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    A Girl Comes Prepared
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    Web
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    Don't Blink
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    Edited Version
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    Figures 3
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    Follow the Flock
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    Heavenly Visions
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    Hush One
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    Hush Two
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    In Waiting
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    Jesus College
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    Lullaby
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    Purposely Grasping
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    Postcard
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    So Very Far Away
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    Recreation
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    Swans
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    Space Hopper
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    Tree
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    The Journey
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    The Liar
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    Anchorage
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    Balancing Act
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    Poppy
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    I meant to give you the world
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    Motherlands
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    Pandora's Box
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    Thread and Bound
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    Vortex Surfing
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    Sightline
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    These Tiny Threads
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    Lands
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    In Line
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    There You Go Pet
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    Beyond
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    Encase
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    I Want Air
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    Last Supper
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    Modern Life is Rubbish
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    The Silent Marker
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    Under
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    Untitled
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    Who Knows
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    Soldering
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    Solitude
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    Life Is There
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    There You Go Pet
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    Themes and Colour
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    The Kiss
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    Vertical Machines
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    The Automatically Screwed Machine
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    Cycloidal Curve
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    We Journeyed So Far and Wide
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    Communicator Generator
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    Won't Forget, Can't Forget
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    The Little wisdom Calls
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    Cross the line
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    We See What You See
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    Moral of the Times
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    See Me
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    Shrouded Lace
Printmaking
  1. Flyway
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    Flyway
  2. The Bathers
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    The Bathers
  3. Calculating Escape Velocity
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    Calculating Escape Velocity
  4. Thread and Bound
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    Thread and Bound
  5. The Gravitational pull
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    The Gravitational pull
  6. Dive
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    Dive
  7. Petits Enfants
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    Petits Enfants
  8. Perch
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    Perch
  9. Peter's Wolf
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    Peter's Wolf
  10. Motherlands
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    Motherlands
  11. Frankie's 1st Flight
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    Frankie's 1st Flight
Exhibitions and Events
Making The Cut Vol. 1 The Worlds Best Collage Artists

Rhed has recently had her collage works published in the book 'Making The Cut Vo.l 1' which is published by Crooks Press. This is an inspirational survey of today's leading practicing collage and mixed media artists from around the world. It offers a unique insight into the creative approached and practices of artists at the forefront of their craft.

Art Maze Magazine
Rhed has recently been chosen as a selected artist for launch issue of the Art MazeMagazine. Art Maze Magazine is set up to help support the artistic community worldwide and promote the work of emerging artists. ArtMaze Mag is available in New York (McNally Jackson Books), London (White Cube Gallery and Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery) and throughout the UK in select stores such as Magalleria (Bath). Print and digital copies will also be available at our online store at www.artmazemag.com

Empty Mirror
March 2017
Rhed has recently had her Collages published in the online Poetry, literature and art magazine Empty Mirror. 
www.emptymirrorbooks.com/visual-art/13-collages-by-rhed-fawell.html


The Creative Unconsciousness
February 2017
Rhed was interviewed by The Creative Unconsciousness, an online blog which explores the thought processes and lives of artists through a series of questions and answers. www.thecreativeunconscious.com/interviews/2017/2/8/rhed-fawell


Exhibitions
Happy Birthday Edward Lear, Poetry Cafe, London, 2012
Euro Arts Open studios, London, June 2012
Penny Fielding Gallery and Interiors, London, 2012
Concourse Gallery, Southampton, 2012
The Original Gallery, London, September 2012
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Suffork, 2012
Humbug, Archane Gallery, London 2012
A Leap of Faith, Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2013
Expose, Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2013
Euroarts Open studios, London, June 2013
Going Underground, East London Printmakers, Shoredith, London, 2013
Pullman, Kings Cross, London, 2013
In Transition, Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2014
Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugul 2014
Edge of Ordinary, Espacio Gallery, Shoredith, London, 2014
East London Printmakers Annual Show, Embassy Tea Gallery, London,  E8 3RH 2014
Columbia Road Gallery 7 Ezra Street, London, 2015
Battersea Affordable Art Fair (Columbia Road Gallery 2014, 2015)
Bristol Affordable Art Fair (Columbia Road Gallery 2015)
Euro Arts Open studios, London, June 2015
East London Printmakers Annual Show, Embassy Tea Gallery, London,  E8 3RH 2015


Edinburgh Collage Collective
ECC was founded and set up by Rhed Fawell and is a not-for-profit Art Collective comprising of a group of collage artists that share a similar creative vision in their methods, materials and/or visual narratives.

The collective and its nine members are rapidly building an online presence through the website and social media channels which share the work of our artist members as well as encourage others to engage and participate in the work we produce.

Through the collective’s regular meetings, we actively collaborate on collage projects as well as discuss our plans for the future of the collective and how to achieve our collective aims. Our aim as a small artist run collective is to actively encourage a dialogue around ‘contemporary collage’ and the benefits that socially engaged practice can have on the local community.

As well as organising ECC members exhibitions, site-specific projects and events, we are also committed to arranging community events which allow for collaboration between ECC members and the general public. Our aim is for these events to reach out to a diverse section of the public, including disadvantaged groups and Edinburgh-based charities and organisations.

www.edinburghcollagecollective.com


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