Saturday, 29 June 2013

Altered book project - long tailed tits

Etched brass long tailed tit

My completed page for the year long altered book project I've been involved with...I should be receiving my original book back soon - looking forward to seeing what the other artists have done with it!?

Late at The Tate...

Last night we popped into Tate St Ives for a FREE entry into the exhibitions...
this is something that happens on the last friday of May, June & September (The Barbara Hepworth Museum is included too but we ran out of time!)

Before going in we couldn't resist a quick wander on the beach...
where this fella was looking for a tasty morsel? (We did not share our chips!!!) 

Some of the beach times this time....
the large limpet would make a fab brooch????
Maybe my next addition to the range...

One of the artist's in the Summer exhibition is American Allen Ruppersberg.  We we're familiar with his work before...the piece included in the show is 'The Never Ending Book 2007'.  This consists of 1000's of digital copied images from books from the artist's own library.  These are displayed stacked in boxes on coloured props.  Visitors are invited to choose up to 6 of the pages to take away with them.  The idea then being to create your own 'book'.  After being reminded not to sit on the exhibits & being given a chair (my back was aching!) The above are the pages I came away with.

The other part we really enjoyed was watching the video of a new ballet 'The Ultimate Form' choreographed by Linder & Kenneth Tindell of Northern Ballet.  The costumes are created by Pam Hogg & the fab music was Stuart McCallum of The Cinematic Orchestra.  I would love to see a live performance!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Block pictures on oak...

Now I've got my studio sorted I'm able to make some work...
These have been planned for a while now ever since friend Roy Dutton supplied me with the oak pieces (actually off cuts from floor boards!) it's another way of presenting my metalwork.  Previously I have painted blocks but I think this more natural finish sets off the copper & brass rather nicely.  I have applied a coating of wax to the oak protects it & also highlights the grain.

Each metalwork piece is unique as it isn't possible to replicate the effects created when soldering/heating the metal.  The details have been etched into the surface then punched & stamped decoration adds more embellishment.  The metal is then lacquered.
The blocks measure approx. 15cm x 15cm each.

On display at the Drill Hall shop....

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Talking of the garden....

It's very exciting having a new garden to create...there are a few established plants there already but plenty of room to add lots more!  I'm planning to have a limited palette of pinks, blues, purples & white (at the moment anyway!)....although some marigolds have sneaked in...

I've never really been into roses before but the beautiful soft pink one has won me over! 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Introducing...The Garden Studio

I've finally been able to start working properly in my new 'Garden Studio' as I'm calling it! It's more than just a did have rather a sauna like appearance with the all wood interior but after a white wash it's now a bit more like a beach hut. I've started putting some of my bits & bobs in there for inspiration (plus creating more space in the cottage!) the kilner jars will I'm sure have things added to the collections...

Some leaf decos to solder...

Gran's buttons...framed pieces

My organised etching drawers!

Everyone should have a pink flamingo in their studio!

Feathers...sea glass...flotsam...

Rather nice bunting... house warming present from a friend

Some framed pieces from creative play days...

Pieces I've been working on this afternoon.
We've also installed a workbench into the Drill Hall shop so I can make pieces there too when it's quiet.  I haven't quite got used to not being able to create all the time!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

My last Cheltenham Arts Market

I've been a regular exhibitor at the Cheltenham Arts Markets since they began a couple of years was my last event as the commute from St Ives would just be too far.  As I'm around for Open Studios I took the opportunity to show my work for the last time...a little thin on the ground as have sold several pieces during the week. A successful day despite the showers - more like April than June! 

 I hope this event continues to be a success & I shall miss all the regular exhibitor & customers!!

Panel creation at COS

I've enjoyed my time at Cheltenham Open day left tomorrow!

These are details of the piece I have made this week...several of the sections were created during my demonstration last Sunday.

Tomorrow from 11am - 12pm I shall be making some of the 'Love Birds'
Do come along & get involved, remember COS is only every 2 years!
Sue Brown will also be giving an enamelling demo at 2pm - 3pm tomorrow.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Demos at COS

Today both Sue Brown & I gave demonstrations in 'the shed' at Cheltenham...I soldered & textured some metalwork sections which will develop into a long panel during the week (hopefully!).  

Unfortunately my stock has been a little limited at this event as opening the new shop has taken a lot of my work plus the successful final weekend at The Fold/Malvern Spring Garden Show.  I'm sure with a few weeks of concentrated effort in my new studio I will be able to create more pieces!

If you missed us today don't worry there will be another opportunity next Sunday 16th June:
Metalwork 11am - 12pm (Love Bird wall pieces)
Enamelling 2pm - 3pm

It's been lovely to work in another artist's workspace, especially one so inspiring!

Prepared copper & brass sections ready for soldering...

The pieces produced this morning...

This afternoon it was Sue's turn & she gave a comprehensive demo of the enamelling techniques she uses in her work. 
Safety first!

Sue checking the kiln temperature before firing...

A successful demonstration!