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The Alchemi Art Story

So you’re curious about the Alchemi Art Story? That’s fantastic, grab a brew, put your feet up and let me share a little…

I’m Mara, the Photographic Artist behind Alchemi Art

The Alchemi Art story started when I was a child and captivated by the magic of photography. My greatest delight was to get into my father’s darkroom which was full of the most amazing things. To me it was a place of magic and even more alluring as I wasn’t normally allowed inside. I mean what’s more enticing to an inquisitive child than somewhere they’re not allowed to go?

My fascination with all things photographic continued as I grew and started doing all the adulting that comes along when you get older. It was something that never quite went away even when I was too busy to use my cameras much.

Mara Louvain Robinson of Alchemi Art

Then Everything Changed

It was just an ordinary day and I was at work. My mobile rang and it was my mother’s number. That was unusual as she knew not to call me at work unless it was an emergency, so I answered. The conversation was brief, she just needed to hear my voice as the doctors had just told her she had cancer. My world collapsed when I heard those words. What I didn’t know was that they would spark changes I could never imagine.

Meet the Alchemi Art Team

People flourish when they have a supportive team around them and I’m no different. So let me introduce you to the Alchemi Art ‘team’. We have Pebbles my amazing Springer Spaniel dog (aka ‘Madame da Woof’). She’s a really old lady now, over 17 years old which is even more in doggy years. Her superpower is she’s an expert listener to my crazy ideas and has a way of convincing me I can achieve whatever I set my mind to. It’s all in her loving gaze.

Then we have Salem the cat (aka ‘His Lordship’), self-appointed studio supervisor from the warmest sleeping spot he can find. He’s also a really old gentleman and while Pebbles loves to build up my confidence, Salem sees it as his mission in life to keep me humble. You know, in the ways only a cat can!

Last, but certainly not least, is my husband Ian, (‘Master of Moral Support, Packer of Boxes and Vans’), my biggest cheerleader who makes me want to strive for the stars. Wow, that got all soppy, didn’t it? As I said everyone needs a supportive team and I’m very blessed with mine.

Mara and Pebbles

What’s all this Alchemi bit?

As you’ve probably guessed by now I might just have a weeny bit of an, ahem, obsession with photography and photographic processes. Especially old chemical forms which have always felt like some form of sorcery. The magi or magician takes some paper and chemicals then uses skills (plus some weird apparatus) to make images which miraculously appear as if by magic. So I decided to incorporate ‘Alchemi’ in the name of my studio as a reminder to always treasure that sense of wonder and magic.

Where does this magic happen

I’m based out of my own studio in the northeast of England on the beautiful Durham Heritage Coast. Fortunately for me, I only share my studio with Pebbles the dog and Salem the cat.  This means I can play whatever music I like whilst working, (although I frequently lose my comfy chair in the office).