Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Artist Yvette Is Keen to Map out Her Life Experiences

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Artist Yvette Is Keen to Map out Her Life Experiences

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YVETTE Hawkins's seemingly complicated life story is told in an exhibition of simple beauty.

Its title, 43 Houses and a Ford Escort, hints at the route she has travelled before settling in Gateshead and having her work on show in twin exhibitions at Blandford Square, Newcastle.

"I was born in Lincoln, but I've lived in 43 houses," she says, putting it in a nutshell.

Her dad, she explains, was born in Plymouth but joined the RAF and was posted to Korea where he met Yvette's mother.

The couple had Yvette and her brother before parting company and both have children from other relationships, meaning Yvette has six half brothers and sisters.

She is not in touch with her mother, who lives in South Korea - where Yvette has also lived for a time - but her father lives in Newcastle.

The Ford Escort entered the picture after her father had got it into his head to buy a house in the Scottish Borders.

The kids were loaded into the car and they all headed north from Grantham to view the house, which turned out to be in a very dilapidated state.

"We stayed in the car for four or five nights.

Then my dad asked us where we wanted to live. It was always the plan that we'd have a proper family home because we'd lived in a lot of holiday homes and caravan sites.

"The last proper house we'd lived in was in Cramlington so we said Newcastle, although I was going to say London."

Perhaps it was the thought of that long journey south in the old Escort - long since sold, although Yvette still remembers the registration number - that made the capital seem a less appealing destination.

So Yvette finally settled in the North East, graduating from Newcastle University in 2007 with a degree in fine art and working in art administration before launching herself as an artist full-time.

So far she has been very successful. Her paper-based sculptures caught the eye of a company which runs casino hotels in Atlantic City, USA. …

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