It’s always a little sad taking down an exhibition. Kitty Hillier and I took our work down yesterday from ‘Mystery and Mutability’, an exhibition we jointly installed for a month at Bridgwater Arts Centre. Our work went very well together – bouncing off each other – and got some lovely feedback (“…fresh, dynamic, exquisite, inspiring, tactile, fab, loved it…”). Sales not great but it seems the general state of things these days… Anyway, moving on with plenty more happening in the coming months, (see Exhibitions, Trails..) I now have a few of my smaller pieces (some new) in the Ginger Fig Gallery, Bath Place, Taunton in the capable hands of Catherine and co.
Just embarking on a new set of work for the Stourhead Sculpture Trail, amongst other venues. ‘Heron’ is starting to take shape, after sourcing some interesting scrap steel forms for it. I’ve rummaged for old tools, clambered over scrap heaps and filled a corner of my garden and studio, thanks to Pylle Motors and friends for kind donations of scrap steel, including a ton of horseshoes!
I’m still looking for recycled bottle tops, buttons and beads for my planned giant ‘Chameleon’. Made of steel, wire and colourful recycled materials, it will hopefully be decorative and fun. It has a few venues booked, so an exciting Summer ahead! Mid-construction, ‘Chameleon’ is due to go on tour to the Salvo Fair, Knebworth (24-26 June), where visitors can watch me making the structure! The final decorative touches will be added by members of the public and me at the Larmer Tree Festival (15 July). The effect will be hopefully vaguely mosaic and jewel-like (Gaudi-esque with a flavour of African beaded wirework). The aim is to create further awareness and enjoyment of art and recycling. ‘Chameleon’ then tours to the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail ’11, and last but very importantly, it will be installed on a mossy fallen tree trunk overlooking one of Stourhead’s lakes. This features as part of a Sculpture Trail in September entitled “Beyond the Garden Gate”. Though contemporary in style, it will reflect its surroundings, and be reflected by them.
Inspired by weavers’ nests I’ve used recycled materials to create my own:
These are currently on display in ‘Mystery and Mutability’ at Bridgwater Arts Centre with other work by Kitty Hillier and me until 26th May.