Hello, my name is Natalie Parsley and I’m a Fine Artist from Taunton, Somerset. I graduated from Somerset College in 2009 where I gained a first class BA (hons) in Fine Art and graduated with my Masters in Fine Art from Plymouth University in 2012. At present I continue to practice in Somerset alongside working part-time as a bookseller and arts blogger.
My practice began on my degree in depicting everyday hand-tools. An interest in drawing everyday and banal objects soon became an obsession in using tools as both the subject matter and means to make the work (specifically, using a hammer to draw with and create marks during the mono printing process). I have grown up in Somerset where my grandparents had a farm so I was fortunate to have plenty of source material in the form of agricultural tools on my doorstep! Previous art projects have included working with the ‘Somerset Heritage Centre’ in Taunton where I researched hurdle making and thatching tools to create mono prints and work inspired by some museum modes of display and presentation.
Recently I have embarked on a ‘drawing-a-day’ project that has commenced over the last two years and continues to form the basis for making new mono-prints and drawings of animals, birds, objects and other curiosities.