I’m running a wire workshop at the Ginger Fig Gallery (1B Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER – 01823 326 798) tomorrow, Monday 31st October from 10 – 4. If anybody would like to join in, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Gallery direct. See images below of work by previous participants:
I recently completed a Bat Sculpture at the Tamar Valley Centre, Cornwall, with the help of some participants during a workshop there. The ever-depleting Bat population, existence of rare Horseshoe Bats in redundant mines in the Tamar Valley and Halloween inspired the subject. Strangely, I had a brief face-to-face conversation with a little Natterer Bat in September and as a result have formed a special fondness for Bats. They have always intrigued me, but this vulnerable creature, struggling to get its bearings with a broken wing, was inches away from me on the grass, where I quietly approached it. As it listened to my daft sounds, it seemed to calm down. A specialist Bat Man came to deal with it, and I now have a need to sculpt Bat-like creatures – winged and magnificent. Some will hopefully feature in a new Sculpture Trail planned with my Scraptors group early next year at Cookswood quarry in Somerset.
Another commission of mine has also been completed – two large insects soon to be installed in Stackpool Park, Kidderminster. These were created with the help of participants over four days at Stackpool Park in the summer (see previous post) and I recently spent 10 days finishing them off. Dragonfly will be mounted on the tall Chimney Stack and Waterboatman will be placed in the lake there. Will post better pics when installed in situ:
All my Exhibitions are now over for a while. I took down two last week and two yesterday – the largest being our Scraptors Sculpture Trail at Stourhead (a mammoth operation, but all went smoothly). The de-installations distinctly marked the passing of summer. I’m very pleased to report several sales – some big (my scrap steel Heron will have a lovely new home shortly with large pond, rushes, chickens, ducks and bees) – and commissions to keep me busy and the household fed ’til winter.
I managed to visit three Somerset Art Weeks venues in between manning our own at Stoberry Park, and was blown away by a couple of artists’ work. Rowena Pearce‘s (Shave Farm Studios, Bruton) woodcut prints/paintings/handmade booklets on photosynthesis, worms and ants were beautiful (and conceptually just up my street). Her husband’s poetry features within her work creating a perfect union. Hiro Takahashi‘s intricate ceramic sculptures are also fascinating objects – I love the concept of her soul houses as “symbols of refuge”. My Cocoons are rooted along similar lines.
Our Scraptors group are planning two new Trails in the South West. We will be raising funds through crowd-financing – a great concept if it works! We had such fantastic feedback for our Stourhead Trail and it seems to have been well-documented by visitors. One photographer (Sally aka “moominmama’s handbag” – love the name!) has added lyrics from Joanna Newsom’s Bridges and Balloons song and poetry by Edward Lear to accompany her beautiful images (see below). As Brian Eno suggested in an interview the other day – we are moving further towards a sharing, collaborative world and the ‘Big Society’ is already happening in forms we don’t even recognise. There are whole new conversations taking place…
“Yesterday I discovered by accident the scraptors trail at Stourhead,
and was bowled over. I saw it in the early evening light and it was
magical and magnificent. Congratulations to all of you for such an
inspiring collection of work, and especially to you for your organic
pieces which I loved. I hope Stourhead will display your work again,
and hope you’ll find other venues for it.” Rosie Jackson