Up-cycled and found objects, Pistachio Queen

Today I finally finished making my Pistachio Queen!pistachio queen f She is made from stainless steel wire, silver plated wire, enamelled copper wire, a champagne cork, a piece of rusty metal picked up from the side of a road, drift wood and lots of pistachio shells.pistachio queen e
pistachio queen dI started her about 6 years ago when I saved and painted some pistachio shells gold and turquoise, and finally this year I’ve been adding to her parts when I’ve had the odd hour here and there.

On 31st May 204 I am running a workshop on making little characters out of wire incorporating up-cycled and found objects; while there may not be time in 5 or 6 hours to make something as complicated as the Pistachio Queen, you could come away with your own inventive person to hang in your home. Here are a few things I would be bringing along to the workshop if I was attending. The bits and bobs include washers, scribbles of fishing line found on the beach (make great hair!) bits of smoothed glass, zip pulls, fir cones, an old glasses lens… the possibilities are endless! You could always bring along sentimental items like scraps of favourite fabrics, broken jewellery or even old photos. The sky is the limit! For more information, please go to the contact me page or comment below.bits & bobs

Hidden Art Cornwall Design Fair

Over the August Bank Holiday (Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th) this year I’m taking part in the Hidden Art Design Fair at Godolphin House, near Helston. It is one of Cornwall’s oldest homes; a National Trust owned, grade one listed mansion (c1475. That’s old!) surrounded by rare & ancient gardens.

There will be contemporary Cornish design from over 100 designer-makers in the historic setting of Godolphin House & gardens.
Open 11am – 6pm daily (until 8pm Saturday)
Tickets £6, National Trust members £2. (includes entry to Godolphin House)

For more information please visit www.hiddenartcornwall.co.uk

Look at this !!!!!

Wow! A friend of mine visited L.A. earlier on in the year & showed me some images of this place yesterday. They’ve totally jammed up lots of my head space since then. It’s a place called Watts Towers, in L.A., it was constructed by a man called Simon Rodia between 1921 & 1955. He built it all by himself out of steel & concrete, with no help & no scaffolding! The tallest tower is nearly 100 feet tall.

I love it so much. The shapes & colors & the doodley freeness of it really exites me. It’s like he’s drawn lines in the air with the steel & concrete, & coloured it in with ceramic fragments & glass. I absolutelly have to go there one day.
http://www.greatbuildings.com/cgi-bin/gbi.cgi/Watts_Towers.html/cid_1136346248_watts_towers_front.html
I hope that link works…