Collage

New Years Day Collage

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Yep, there is is. The first collage of 2013. I’m not going to overcommit to a ‘one a day’ thingy, but I want to commit to generally ‘doing more’ collaging. The stripy orange bit is an airplane sick bag, the chap+house from a skating mag, a building from a real photo and a bit of orange from a note pad. I signed it and everything!

 

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3D, Silly

Plasticine Model Making

Even the cheapest plasticine is good. This stuff will never dry, so needed to be transported carefully back from NZ, and dusted regularly! I tried putting the burger in the over, but it just went soft, not hard. I think the solution is a layer of clear varnish. I’ve also been given the tip that sculpting with tin foil and then a layer of plasticine on-top saves your stock of plasticine.

Here’s some silly things I made. This brought me lots of flow and is a great thing to do if weening yourself off watching too much TV!

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Interesting and Inspiring

Gary Schott

Gary Schott’s film about his work has inspired me. It shows a lot of the artist at work in his metal smithing studio. Very exciting to see someone making like this. He is Mechanism based, but a huge importance is on the mechanism being aesthetically pleasing and also that there is humour withiin the work – it’s quite rediculous and also intimate. A contraption which caresses your nose. Ephemeral and physical. I like the goggles with his name on. “My goal is to create an object that is seamingly simple.” Me too Gary, me too.

Gary Schott’s website / Wonder Object – his blog

Walley Film’s website

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Art, Drawing, Photography

What I’m working on

Intricate, time-consuming drawing. Using china markers, a grey/lilac colored pencil and some un-watered down water colour paint. I might say that this is the start of a project, I want to create a body of work to exhibit next year, possibly at one of the Bristol open studio events, or one of the Arts Trails. Every piece will be in the same vein as this one – an accumulation and a collection of hours, doing the drawings little and often, each piece will hold around ten hours of my time, spread over around a month. Little and often. Little and often.

Stone paintings: some stones left over from knocking down a massive wall. Like an attractive paper weight, and a good surface to work with. This one ain’t done, I want to fill it with lots of lines, like a precise Davenport!

Poppies: after collecting them for years and years, I’m at stage one of experimenting with my collected poppy petals (thousands) but this trial looked a bit Ikea – not quite what I’m going for, but maybe people would purchase?

Inky shower door: Better than glass because it’s got edges you see. Like my glue mould work from a couple of years back, I’m not working in ladles any more, but instead I’m using the flat surface. working with Drawing inks and clear glue (not pva!) I’m going to be adding lots to this. It takes a long long time to dry, so it’s another ongoing thing.

Tax disks, another thing I’ve collected long-term. Scavenged from scrap yards, it’s about time I got them out and made something with them. I’ll start by plonking them on my desk.

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Text Project

Text Project

By taking quirky and inspiring mottos and sayings, mixing them with my own process of entering a dazed state of making through repetitive actions, this is my Text Project. I often have a market stall the Tobacco Factory Sunday markets, and various school fetes throughout Bristol.
Each piece is completely unique, with the lines drawn free-hand and each letter is hand cut. I use vivid-colored card for each design and a good quality mount. A simple yet elegant design for the home, and all made lovingly in Bristol
I have lots of popular pieces in stock. As well as this, I offer a bespoke service, so feel free to commission me.
I charge £6 for each 4” tall letter, and the mounting is at cost-price, i.e. an A3 sized piece would cost around £8 to mount. I arrange framing through Niche Frames, Bristol who can offer a large and varied range of framing options.
If you live out of Bristol, the cost of postage and packaging will be around £10 depending on the size of piece you select, although i prefer to hand-deliver as the work is easily damaged in the post. I will deliver for free if you live in the Bristol area!
if there is anything you‘d like to ask, feel free:
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3D, Art, Interesting and Inspiring

Henrietta Swift: Sweet Tooth

Henrietta Swift is a designer/illustrator who recently graduated from the university of Brighton. She has great ideas. Here is her ‘Sweet Tooth’ piece, wher she visually represents the phrase ‘Sweet Tooth’  aimed at educating kids in brushing their teeth. She made an oversized tooth pinata and toothbrush for the hitting stick. I love pinatas!

See HERE for the ‘Product Design’ section of her website. She is a clever one, designing happy faces for lightswitches, planet badges, serindipity teacups and an ADVENT JUMPER!

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Text Project

Text Project commissions and smaller font

Blimey, commissions are flying in for my text project! I created a very special half-size piece for a friend. (not something I am going to offer up to customers – it was so fiddly!) And i kept the waste intact, to create a kind of stencil. I like using everything all up – making use of wastage, so let’s see what I can make with this.

And dear blog readers, it is Christmas soon! What would make a better present than something handmade, and if you haven’t got time, I can make something on your behalf! Any word/saying/quote. £6 per letter + the cost price of mounting + wrapping. And if you are in the Bristol area, I hand-deliver for free.

I have recently completed a few ‘love’ pieces, and some nice girly named artworks.  it’s nice when people commission me, otherwise I always use the same colors and feel like it gets a bit tired.

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Art, Process, Thoughts

Process

I forget sometimes how process-led I am. It’s important for me to savor the process of the making; it is just as important as the finished piece. And i love the process of cooking. Obviously eating is pretty good, but the real enjoyment is in making.

I especially love the terribly boring things. You would not believe the stillness my brain has whilst doing these dull things. It’s like a little vacation. I get sucked in.

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