Autumn Events

Somerset Open Studios invite

It’s been a wonderful summer. I often feel a little sad at the end of this season, but what makes it more bearable for me is that autumn is beautiful and in UK we tend to have ‘indian summer’ weather in September. Tied in with that is Somerset Open Studios running 17 Sept – 2 Oct (see invite). It’s something to look forward to and work towards. I will be showing my work alongside Nick Weaver (elegant, organic wood furniture and sculptures) in my rejuvenated garden and studio. Our work compliments each other – we both use reclaimed and found materials that harmonise within natural surroundings. If you missed seeing our focal pieces earlier this year in the Mekong garden at Chelsea Flower Show, which received gold and best artisan awards, we will have these on show during Open Studios. I’m also looking forward to visiting a few other Open Studio venues when possible.

My work is currently on exhibition in ‘step in stone’ at Salisbury Arts Centre until 24 Sept. Curated by Amanda Wallwork and me, the exhibition tells the story of last year’s art-in-quarries project. Selected artworks by all 14 artists include re-created dioramas by Tessa Farmer and a GPS soundscape around the grounds by Ralph Hoyte. You can download this on your smartphone via this link.

I will be taking down my work from the Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail, Teignmouth seafront this weekend, so if you’re around that area before Saturday evening, take in a beach stroll, fish and chips and a look at the artworks before they disappear!

In October, I’m taking part in the Quartz Festival’s ‘Outside In’ exhibition (Queens College,Taunton), 5-15 Oct, with over 40 other South West artists and makers working in different media. The theme is the natural world.

I have decided to donate my Giant Spider sculpture to Carymoor Environmental Centre, (Castle Cary) where I know it will have a great permanent home. Originally created for Glastonbury Festival’s Greenfields ’10, it has travelled to various shows around UK since. Look out for it if you visit.

I hope you’ll be able to make it to one or more of these events – have a great start to autumn!

Press 2009 – 2011

Wildlife Artist of the Year Award ’09

Somerset Life Magazine article 2009:

garden beet – Sculptures for Gardens

Spaeda Magazine feature 2010:

bbc news – Glastonbury Festival’s Greenfields 2010 – Giant Spider

Green Diary – Glastonbury Giant Spider project

winkball.com – First 2 videos show me at work on Spider at Glastonbury

Mendip Times – Glastonbury Spider ’10

Somerset Life – Carymoor Environmental Sculpture Project 2010

Mendip Times – Carymoor Environmental Sculpture Project 2010

bbc news – Somerset Art Weeks 2010

bbc news – Insect sculptures stolen from Dobbies entrance

Spaeda – featured school project

Wincanton Window – Art for Life – Sustainable Sculptures in Historic Venues (2011)

Central Somerset Gazette – Scraptors at Pylle scrapyard (’11):

Wincanton Window – Scrap – The New Alchemy

Warminster Journal:

Period Living article – Salvo Fair 2011

TAAG – Devon Recycled Sculpture Trail 2011

Chronicle front page – Stackpool, Kidderminster – Community Insect Sculpture Project:

This is Somerset – Somerset Art Weeks 2011

Somerset Life Magazine – Art in the Garden, Somerset Art Weeks

Thinly Spread blog – Scraptors Stourhead Sculpture Trail ’11

This is Somerset – Stourhead Sculpture Trail ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’ ’11

Wincanton Window – Stourhead Sculpture Trail ’11

 

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/

A NETWORK OF THREADS WEAVING THROUGH ALL THINGS…

Now working on a series of tadpole forms (aprx 40cms each) which will eventually interconnect with various wires and thin copper sheet, whilst my son is on holiday with me.  I have a few other work commitments (such as Carymoor – see link) but I can make the tadpoles intermittently, day or evening.  The idea arose in spring when my pond was writhing with life: eggs, tadpoles and frogs – all threaded in and out of the blanket weed and lily pads.  Watching tadpoles reminds me of carefree days as a child, and I remain fascinated by the magic of their transformation.

Many events seem to follow this same ‘network of threads’ theme.  Some interconnecting circumstances make me feel very much part of the greater scheme.  Last year I was commissioned to make a Bumblebee sculpture as a surprise anniversary present for a beekeeper.  Now the same lady, Christina, has taken part in designing the site-specific sculpture with me at Carymoor Environmental Centre, based on dragonfly metamorphosis.  A series of unforeseen events led to this happening, yet it seems such a neat twist of fate!

My concerns about whether I was using enough recycled materials for the Carymoor sculpture project were also coincidentally put to rest.  Whilst browsing on the net I came across another wire artist Elizabeth Berrien’s site.  She states:  “Wire Sculpture is about as green and environmentally responsible as metal art can get.  Artists who make airy, open-work wire sculptures from copper, aluminium or steel wire consume less than 1% of the materials of solid metal art, creating substantial works of art from tiny amounts of wire.  When wire sculptures are fabricated via “cold-formed” techniques, with all joinery performed by hand, the wire art becomes even greener, since welding equipment is not involved, no harmful chemical emissions are released.”  Even better then, when a lot of the wire is itself recycled!  Sorted!

Carymoor Environmental/Arts Project

I am currently involved in an exciting project at Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary.  An intergenerational project aimed at pulling together members of the community from different age groups, its common goal is to create a permanent art work for Carymoor, under my leadership.

To view images and  further details visit:  http://carymoorartproject.blogspot.com/

Carymoor Environmental Centre – Free Wire Workshops!

I have been asked to run some free workshops at Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary for people in two age categories.  If you are interested, or know anyone who’d like to benefit from the workshops, please get in touch or pass on the following details (see below):

“Saw Projects – Making Matters at Carymoor Environmental Centre

Free Environmental Sculpture Worshops

SAW has engaged Somerset artist Fiona Campbell http://www.fionacampbellart.co.uk/ to work with volunteers to explore, develop and create art work inspired by Carymoor Environmental Centre. This is an intergenerational project where over 50s and under 25s are invited to volunteer their time, learn new creative skills and contribute towards a permanent art work for Carymoor. The workshops will be run from 10am – 4.30pm on Thursday 12 August and Fri 13 August.  These are two separate workshops, pick one date.

For those interested in having more involvement in the project there is an ideas development and taster session with on Thurs 29 July 2-4.30pm.

Art work from the workshops will be on display at the open day on Saturday 25 September, with a link into Somerset Art Weeks”

All activity to take place at:

Carymoor Environmental Centre

Dimmer Lane, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7NR

Booking essential, for booking and further info contact:

email info@carymoor.org.uk

or telephone 01963 350143

www.carymoor.org.uk


New Workshops

Over the following months I will be running various workshops – some in schools and some within the wider community.  I am particularly excited by an intergenerational project I’ll be involved in during August at the Carymoor Environmental Centre.  Aimed at pulling communities and different age groups together, volunteers will be able to participate in my workshops (using recycled materials) and take part in a final site specific sculpture in the grounds.  The Carymoor Centre sits like a gem in a wonderful oasis.  It is a transformed nature reserve, built on top of a disused landfill site, next to a waste and recycling depot near Castle Cary.  It is a truly inspired example of biodiversity, humming with life – newts, dragonflies, kingfishers, butterflies, moths, plants etc.. all reminding us how we can make changes for the better…

If you’d like to take part in a workshop, there are still spaces in the following:

GINGER FIG GALLERY, BATH PLACE, TAUNTON:  Friday 18th June or Wednesday 18th August, 10 – 4.  Contact: (01823) 326798

CARYMOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE:  Thursday 12th August or Friday 13th August, 10 – 4.30.  Contact: (01963) 350143

PS:  At the end of May I ran several 2-hour workshops at Wells Cathedral Junior School with Years 4 & 5.  A lovely school to work in – the students were a dream to teach!  See results below: