I had probably over-booked myself for this past month. Looking towards July, I dared not envisage the potential horrors of meeting so many deadlines, doing a good job, juggling work and home life… and surviving!
It’s certainly been a challenge. My health has suffered a bit. But a lot has been achieved and I won a prize along the way (Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street)! I really did think I’d broken my back (or near enough) at the end of last Friday’s stint at the Larmer Tree Festival, when Elaine (friend & helper) and I completed decorating my Chameleon sculpture with bottle tops – having worked on it all day with loads of kind, enthusiastic, hard-working adult participants, as part of the ‘Adornable Art’ drop-in workshops. It was the culmination of a hectic week/fortnight/month for me, and we staggered away relieved, joyful, but on the verge of collapse!
Yesterday, after collecting Chameleon at the end of the Larmer Tree Festival, I took it to its next destination – the Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL – installing it in my favourite spot on Teignmouth seafront, with a view of the pier and sea. My giant recycled Spider had pride of place there last year and I think Chameleon will be happy crouching there for the Summer. My son and dog came with me and it felt like a mini break – walking along the seafront, collecting huge swathes of seaweed, flotsam and jetsam and breathing the sea air.
Several Exhibitions and Trails featuring my work are now ongoing or starting soon: Blue Cedar Gallery, Glastonbury ’til end July; Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street ’til 13 Aug; Gants Mill, Bruton ’til end Aug; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL, Teignmouth seafront ’til end Aug; Binham Grange Summer Exhibition, Minehead 6-29 Aug; Sculpture Trail at Stourhead National Trust Estate, Wiltshire 1-30 Sept; SAW at Stoberry Park, Wells 18 Sept-2 Oct; Quartz Art Exhibition, Taunton 28 Sept – 6 Oct.
I have some exciting commission work next week in Kidderminster, creating two large insect sculptures with public participation. It will mean a fair amount of commuting each day, but I feel I’ve broken the back of a gigantic dinosaur month!
PS Had some great feedback from Larmer Tree:
“…I think this was everyone’s fave WS – they all loved it and couldn’t stop talking about – I kept hearing about it on the grapevine, and when I saw it in situ it looked FANTASTIC – I was so, so pleased to see how well it all worked out, it’s one of the most impressive pieces of Adornable Art we’ve had in ages, so many thanks for that!”