In April we were delighted to host Blythe Brett, a young artist and theatre design practitioner currently working in Cambridge and London, UK. Her credits include work on a little TV show you might know... Game of Thrones? Shes is also a charming person and positive force around Tolne Gjæstgivergaard.. lets find out more about her and her work..
TGGG: Blythe! Tell us more about yourself and your work..
Blythe: I am a young artist and theatre design practitioner currently working in Cambridge and London, UK. I studied at the Royal Drawing School and at the moment I am taking a year out to work, travel and start exploring my own specific artwork. I really got into designing and building immersive installation pieces over the last couple of years and I am working on a couple of installation projects this summer. My drawing is also big part of my design process and I’m trying to keep up with some small projects in detailed and abstract forms.
TGGG: How did you end up in Tolne?
Blythe: I had always wanted to visit Denmark and get to know the landscape and the people, so it became part of my travel plans in Europe. My sister recommended workaway.com and I looked up any artistic/creative placements in the north, Tolne came up straight away! It looked like a great place and staying for 3 weeks would give me time to do some exploring and meet other volunteers from around the world.
TGGG: What were your first impressions of the place?
Blythe: Getting off the train at Tolne I saw the house straight away, it was so big! Walking up the front steps I was greeted by another volunteer who welcomed me. The front room of Tolne is really beautiful, the light streams in through the windows into the open space with its mix of tables and chairs. Home-come-café is the feel of the place, I loved the huge kitchen and the gallery I helped clear out. The ceramic studio is a dream for any artist.
TGGG: Tell us a story that happened while you were at Tolne GGG..
Blythe: A couple of days after I arrived I walked out to the local pine forest with 2 of the other volunteers, they were working on a print and film project together. Having the lakes and the Tolne forest all around the house was incredible, but we got very lost on our way back to Tolne and wandered through farms and fields. I remember we had absolutely no idea where we were!
TGGG: Any plans for the future?
Blythe: Next year I’m off to study Design for Performance in Cardiff and then hopefully make my way as a freelance theatre designer. I am keen to keep up my installation work and my drawing of course, and I aim to work abroad with theatre companies in Europe and the US. There is so much exciting new theatre work going on and I want to pursue my work in physical and immersive theatre practices. I am travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer with Temper Theatre Company, hit me up if you are there!
You can see more of Blythes work at: www.blythebrett.com Instagram: @blythejessie