Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sandra Blow studio tour............

Having visited the Sandra Blow exhibition at the Exchange in Penzance back in August I was pleased to be able to visit her studio in St Ives today.  This tour was part of the events during the September Festival happening at the moment but tours can be booked at other times by emailing the Sandra Blow estate....
The talk was really informative with several people attending actually having know Sandra Blow during her time in St Ives.  It was fantastic to see where the vast canvases were created & also to learn how they were got out of the building!
The courtyard is not visible from the road as there are sturdy wooden doors enclosing the buildings behind.  A modern construction takes up the larger area which was the working studio space. (These pictures are from my phone so not the best quality)

                           Ticking was used on this piece...note the cushion near by!  I love the simplicity of this & subtle colouring

I was lucky enough to be able to try on a jacket belonging to Sandra Blow designed by Vivienne Westwood....she had some very stylish clothes!

Pieces waiting for collage...

Part of the old studio door at Porthmeor Studios before the renovation..

These pictures were taken of a rolled up piece of plastic at the back of the studio...obviously used many times with lots of layers of colour!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Open Studio time again....

Sharon McSwiney
Metalwork & Jewellery
Venue 6
Myrtle Cottage, Hellesvean St Ives TR26 2HG
OPEN 10am – 5pm
Wed 17th September
Sat 20th & Sun 21st
Wed 24th September

Monday, 1 September 2014

Interesting metalwork at Heartlands...

Yesterday we visited the 'Heartlands' development at Pool near Camborne.  We went to see an Interiors/vintage fair but had a quick look around Heartlands too. Definitely need another visit to explore properly!  Really loved some of the textures on the metalwork art pieces...might try some rubbings next time on the David Mackie work?


This distinctive artwork at the centre of Heartlands goes against the grain of the ‘please do not touch’ approach often found in galleries. The twelve totem poles have two sides on each of the structures blank to allow visitors to add their own creative input to the piece.
Artist Nicky Neate worked with local school, Pool Academy to create the Matter of Time Totems which were crafted from 150-year old pitch pine wooden beams originally used at Holman’s of Camborne in the 19th Century.
Matter of Time Totems Heartlands

Using discarded metal objects found on the disused mine at Robinson’s Shaft before construction of Heartlands had commenced, students worked closely with the artist to create a graphical alphabet with each object relating to a letter. Once the alphabet was complete, the students created a poem which was translated into these special hieroglyphics and turned into copper, steel and zinc stencils to decorate the totems.
Visitors to Heartlands will not only be asked to uncover the poem by decoding the symbols, but also be invited to graffiti the empty space on the totem poles, leaving their own distinctive mark on this inspirational new cultural space.

Seams & Veins by David Mackie

This art piece involves twelve Cornish granite boulders inlaid with bronze symbols and motifs representing the Diaspora counties where Cornish miners emigrated to including North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Entitled ‘Seams and Veins’, the boulders (originally sourced from Delank Quarry in Bodmin) also display a poem by Cornish artist and poet, Bob Devereux. This specially-commissioned work pays respect to the Cornish miners who “followed lodes across the globe”, taking their unique skills with them to make “fortunes mining the rand gold reef”.
The designs for the bronze motifs which have been inlaid into the granite boulders were created and inspired by local community groups including University of the 3rd Age, Redruth School, Pool Academy, Camborne Science and Community College, St John’s Primary School and Cornwall College, Camborne.
The Seams and Veins boulders are within Heartlands’ five Diaspora Gardens, positioned to follow the patterns of the mineral lodes running deep underground. The inlaid bronze on each of the boulders is an alloy of copper and tin, key minerals in Cornish mining.