A hectic month!

Various work events have all coincided this September – completing the Carymoor Intergenerational Sculpture Project, preparing and running my venue for Somerset Art Weeks (with Sunday workshops), installing work at Stourhead and weekly Art Classes I teach – to name a few!

Now over half way through, my Open Studios  (venue 113 – part of Somerset Art Weeks) has been well attended.  Sales a little slow, but glad that my ‘prize-winning’ Dung Beetle and Ball has sold and plenty of positive feedback!  Some photos below illustrate my Exhibition and one of my SAW Sunday Workshops,  running again this weekend (12-1pm).

The Carymoor Intergenerational Sculpture Project overlapped with this, so I spent a few hairy days and nights exerting myself in order to complete and instal a public sculpture at the Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary.  The Open Morning on 25th September included the unveiling of the sculpture and a display of participants’ wirework I set up.  The day was a great success and art work much admired:

Earlier this month Stourhead asked me to put some work in their gardens as part of their Artist-themed event this month, so I gladly installed Dung Beetle and Ball I and Bumblebee III amongst the flowers in their exotic walled garden for a few weeks:

Various wire workshops are scheduled over the next couple of months – including one at Ginger Fig Gallery, Taunton on 15th November.  Please contact me if you’re interested.  I’m also involved in the Great Crane Project through SAW, which is very exciting!  More to follow…

Recycled Steel and Wire Sculpture at Carymoor… the Natural Way

On Saturday 25th September, Carymoor Environmental Centre (Castle Cary, Somerset) will be holding an Open Day featuring the premier viewing of a newly installed Carymoor sculpture, an exciting intergenerational art project I have been running over the Summer.  Art work from the workshops will also be on display at Carymoor’s Open Day as part of Somerset Art Weeks.  Combined with one of Carymoor’s quarterly nature days, entitled ‘Goats, Tigers and Elephants – a celebration of Somerset’s Moths,’ it should be a fascinating event!

Initially instigated by Somerset Art Works via ‘The Company of Voices’ project and inspired by the magic of Carymoor, I led a series of taster, workshop and sculpture sessions involving groups of volunteers from different age groups. In addition to making individual pieces, all participants contributed to the creation of a large recycled steel and wire sculpture depicting a dragonfly emerging from a nymph cast. This 3 metre piece will be suspended over the beautiful pond area in the Carymoor sensory garden. The sculpture will not only be a visual delight but will also help to educate future visitors of all ages about sustainability and the benefits of recycling that are at the heart of Carymoor’s philosophy.

The day also offers a beginner’s exploration of the weird and wonderful world of moths and their caterpillars, looking at which moths have arrived in the moth trap overnight, with a walk of the site to highlight the plants most useful to them. There will also be moth-themed family-friendly activities going on in and around the centre and fun quizzes for children.

A wonderful opportunity to visit the Centre, there will be refreshments available, including homemade soup from the gardens and Julia’s delicious homemade cakes.  The Centre will be open between 10am and 2pm. For more information email info@carymoor.org.uk or phone 01963 350143.  Check out our blog:  http://carymoorartproject.blogspot.com/