Collage, Organisation, Process, Sketchbook, Studio

Some Sketchbook Scans

Still thinking about how great this weekend was, full-on-studio-time. So good to commit days and elongated hours to it, not just snatching some time here and there, or never going at all. I completed six frames, started and finished – ready to hang. That’s never happened! On top of that I created a couple of collages, and wrote lots of notes in my sketchbook. Completely productive and fulfilling!

Here’s some of the scanned sketchbook pages:

 

Don’t know where this came from in my head, but I like it. Poo Bin / Camping. Using unwanted photographs and a nice thin pen. These two go hand in hand. You know when you’re in multitasking flow, and you have things going on in different areas of the place you’re working in, and things like this just appear out of you? No? I didn’t either – that’s why this weekend was so great!

 

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Art, Organisation, Process, Studio, Thoughts

Triangle Multiples

Today is the THIRD day IN A ROW that I’ve been in my beautiful studio. It feels great! I’ve made more time for it, and a free weekend has been a lovely way to ease myself into making more time for studio and creating. I have made some things I really like, and which were fun to make. Working with multiples, thinking about an exhibition / arts trail event, where I show all the ‘multiple’ work I’ve been creating. Mostly centred around the Poppy pieces, but also on other multiples, things I have collected, like these metal triangles, which were in an old frame, keeping the back on and in place. Some of them are rusting, they are very sharp, and I used some extra strong and thin double sided tape to attach them on. It seems to fix most things, although some of the objects I have created are 3D and I’m playing with a glue gun today, to test the fix of that.

 

I have started a shopping list, what do I need to make what I want to make, and have on-hand in the studio instead of being out and up and down Gloucester road shopping for big rolls of paper. Also I’m measuring up my old frames to find big paper for, or glass to fill the frames with, if it’s been smashed or used for something else.

 

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Art, Poppies, Studio, Text Project

Lovely week in the Studio

Creating a wall using hung drawings I’m working on (although they do flap about too much)

Frames ready to be cleaned/painted

Text project artwork, taken out of crappy frames and ready to go into re-restored frames. (Restored with love this time, not a deadline. )

Spraying the frames – smooth, matt finish.

Here’s a few, complete. I like hanging them and seeing them collectively, rather than wrapping them in cling-film straight away, ready for selling at Bristol Harbourside Market (more about that later, but for now, here’s the Facebook and the Twitter)

Sweet peas from the garden – one of the last batches. Lovely to have them in the studio

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Art, color, Exhibitions, Process, Studio

Glue Quilts

I have been prolific today. I was in the studio till 8pm, inspired, I kept finding more things to do and I’m only home now because I’m hungry for fish and chips mmm. A Friday night treat from Bishopston Fish Bar!

Today, I have: caught up on last night’s Big Brother with my neighbour Mia, taken home all the crockery from my studio and put it all in my dishwasher, recycled, taken rubbish to the dump (I’m the ‘head housekeeper’ of the studio you see), done a layer of papier mache on the balloons ready for the Big Lebowski festival tonight at The Lanes, Bristol, put up a wall in the studio, painted that wall, watched 4 episodes of the L word whilst doing most of the above, made a friend a birthday present collage, bound my birthday blind-drawing papers, wrote this blog, started my glue molds,

So these ‘glue molds’, they are for my my exhibition: Surface/Space/Time’ at The Crypt Gallery, London (26th Aug – 9th Sept) which is curated by and also showing the work of Sam Clift who is a nice chap that I went to uni with.

I have been meaning to get on with starting the glue molds for months. I created some whilst at uni, and made this small quilt with them:


The idea I have for the exhibition is very similar, but with edited colors and on a much larger scale. The patchwork is made by filling big spoons with a mix of PVA, water and ink. They take AGES to dry, and the final stage sewing the patches together (but i’m thinking about spray-mount??)


Today I started working out the quantities of glue to water I need to make the perfect mixture for the molds. I have five plastic cups, 1-5, 1 has 30 parts water to 70 parts glue, 2= 40:60, 3= 50:50, 4= 60:40, 5= 70:30 I need the mold to be the perfectly supple, and not brittle. I have poured the liquids into 5 different ladels, and I’ll wait (about a week?) to see which mixture makes the perfect consistency of mold. Process! It’s been a long time since I focussed on process. It’s where my heart lies with my art, and it felt really good to get into this again today.

 

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Art, Process, Studio, Text Project, Thoughts

Mono printing

I have been working pretty hard on my ‘Text Project’ and needed some escape from that. I’ve chosen it to be mundane and repetitive, and I love that, but sometimes I do need to release some more creativity within some other format. And yesterday, this came through mono printing. I used my little roller, and a piece of acetate to ink up, it’s so easy and mess-free. I used some sequins too, and got involved with drawing a lot of small squares, again – very repetitive, I can’t get away from it! The little pictures are not hanging on a washing-line type of structure in my studio – I have always wanted a studio with things hanging from washing lines, and now I have it. I’m so lucky.

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Studio

Spring Studio

Some pictures of my studio… Here are some gorgeous frames, the ornate one is a frame that my step-dad donated to me (thank you!) and the solid wood frame I found in a skip outside the Architecture Center, by Arnolfini, here in Bristol. Complete with map! (Which I hope to sell on Ebay)


Here is where I do my sitting down. I treated my studio to a big tidy-up this week, It feels fresh and spring-cleaned. Must keep it like this so I don’t waste time tidying. You can see more frames here, under the school desk, got to fill them up.


Some text pieces, I have had a development in that area, as fantastic online shop Hunkydory Home want to sell my text project! I’m selling ‘You’re My Cup of Tea’, ‘Love’, ‘Hello’, and ‘This is it’ with them, and want to get lots ready and in-stock as I’m being optimistic about them selling like hotcakes (that would make another nice text piece! I’m going to start talking in idioms only now)
Some Receipt Mountains on the wall, and my monsters are hanging around too.

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Barfoot and Duggan, Studio

No pics

My camera died and I feel like it’s not a real blog post if it has no picture.

Barfoot and Duggan have sent off 2 grant applications, for lots of money. Will we get it? Yes! We should hear anytime between now and March.

I took the carpet up in my studio, sneezed a lot. Found mouse droppings and brown patches. It’s not less granny’s lounge and more nice wooden floor. Thinking of putting down some latex flooring though, wipe clean.

I love Bristol, this is really my home now, I have met great friends, I have met my muse! And it doesn’t get much better than that.

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Bristol, Studio, Thoughts

Carboot Circus

I am working on the things I’m going to sell at Carboot Circus. So much to make, and it’s limitless – I can make as much or as little as I like. Feeling like this is not the thing i want to be making, but knowing that it’s not far off.

The aesthetic is simple, but i am keeping to the three important elements of the things I make;

  1. Accumulation obsession
  2. Color importance
  3. Labour intensity

So that’s good! Thinking about studiospaces – There are possibilities of finding a free one here in Bristol, run down buildings and disused basements. If i had the space, i would make the big, messy and scary things.

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