THE MODERN MINT BLOG
We take great pleasure in announcing the first ever Modern Mint Artist in Residence – the wonderful photographer Andrew Yates!
What is Andrew’s story?
At the age of six, with his first camera in hand (a Kodak Brownie, if you’re asking…) Andrew began developing his passion for capturing the wonderful moments of our lives.
After studying fine art and design Andrew travelled, his camera always with him.
Exploring the world and developing his style, he landed back in London in the early 90’s where he debuted in fashion and editorial photography, before moving into portraiture.
This technical nous and experience can be seen in some of his latest work, that we are so pleased to have available for you here at Modern Mint…
A move to Scotland ensued where his focus turned to wildlife, the countryside and its inhabitants.
Recently Andrew has made a new base for himself in Salisbury. This is where we met him when we presented the Modern Mint shop at the Christmas Market in 2015. We laughed at lot with him. His personable manner and strong spirit is reflected in the work puts into each photograph.
It is his choice to embrace the fine art Giclee printing process which seems to bring out the depth and vividness of his compositions.
We admire so much the themes he captures and his instinct for a striking moment, caught from behind the lens. It made him the stand out choice to be the first Modern Mint Artist in Residence.
We hope you will love these art works as much as we do. They are available signed, mounted and in several sizes to suit your home. Please note some are limited editions (and so well worth buying quick!)
Enjoy the wonderful countryside art work of our first Artist in Residence, Andrew Yates.
I compiled a list of books using Bookshop, a new online shop to rival Amazon. I like it because it is supporting independent bookshops, helping them out by giving them an audience whilst their own physical premises are closed. The books I’ve listed are not all about gardening, but worth a look through and an order anyway as they are wonderful and have seen me through lockdown – and I hope they bring you some joy too! Check out the books I recommend here.
Hedge laying is something I’ve been meaning to try for a long time, a type of pruning that can bring huge benefits to wildlife as well as looking amazing. So last year I went down to Dorset/the edge of Devon, to spend a day learning to lay a hedge. Hedge laying is a way of building a stock proof fence. It does take time, and some practical and physical skill, but once you get the hang of it I would think developing your instinct about what to prune and where to lay the branches is where the true proficiency arises… …
Fernando Caruncho is a garden designer from Madrid. I am always inspired by his work – his clean lines, ‘green architecture’, sense of proportion, balance and minimal plant palette. This seems to bring out the atmosphere of the garden, the space, intensifying its… spirit. I have written about him a lot – here, for example… and here. But recently I have discovered a few more interviews with him, so thought I would link to his words as he always has something interesting to say, the opposite of prosaic. This first interview from the Society of Garden Designers will give you …