Artist Rima Staines uses paint, wood, word, music, animation, clock-making, puppetry and story to attempt to build a gate through the hedge between the worlds. She holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Book Arts & Crafts...
Artist Rima Staines uses paint, wood, word, music, animation, clock-making, puppetry and story to attempt to build a gate through the hedge between the worlds. She holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Book Arts & Crafts from the London University of the Arts. Her artwork has appeared on book covers such as Catherynne M. Valente’s Ventriloquism and Dark Mountain Volume 2, and in magazines such as Earthlines Magazine, Scheherezade’s Bequest, The Land Magazine, Plant Healer Magazine, Taproot, Marvels & Tales, Illustration Magazine and Tiny Pencil. Her book illustrations include The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre by Jack Zipes, Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales by Sibelan Forrester et al., and Dark Mountain Volumes 2, 3 & 4. Her paintings have been exhibited at shows from Scotland to France.
With her partner Tom Hirons (a storyteller, wilderness-rites of passage guide, acupuncturist and poet) Rima successfully funded Hedgespoken (A Vehicle for the Imagination) in the autumn of 2014. Hedgespoken is a travelling off-grid theatre project based in Devon, UK, housed in a beautiful old Bedford RL truck that will serve as both theatre and home. Their book, Sometimes A Wild God, featuring Tom's poetry and Rima's black and white line drawings, was published by Hedgespoken Press in Fall 2015.
Rima’s inspirations include the world and language of folktale; the faces of the people who pass her on the street; the folk music and art of Old Europe and beyond; peasant and nomadic living; magics of every feather; wilderness and plant-lore; the margins of thought, experience, community and spirituality; and the beauty there is to be found in otherness. She keeps a much loved and popularly followed blog at Intothehermitage.blogspot.com.