Playing with new ideas

I had a fun morning yesterday playing with some new ideas that have been floating about in my head for aaaaaaaages. A long time ago I started collecting the little round offcuts from my husband’s woodwork – apart from being lovely tactile shapes they have so many possibilities in my mind! Stacking blocks, oversized beads, stands for my work at shows, and plinths for little tiny works of art.

My 18 month old daughter is *obsessed* with balloons at the moment and I imagined her grabbing hold of one and floating off on a little adventure, and this is what I came up with:

 

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I’ve also been playing with little wire 3D birds for a while but kept them hidden from everybody – but here is one I made yesterday:

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Based on my favourite chicken at the moment, Great Aunt Eleanor (because she looks like a Victorian Great Aunt!) I forgot to give her any eyes, but as an experiment I think she works quite well!

 

I’m looking forward to making more of these and putting them into my Etsy shop asap.

 

Oh by the way – I made some lovely new mobiles which I’m ever so proud of, here is a picture of one:

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Which is available to buy from my Etsy shop HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m off to have another look at the beautiful ‘Line Up’ which I went to see the other day and can highly recommend a visit to – but hurry up as it’s only on until March 6th.

 

I’m taking part in the Present Makers 2011 Exhibition at the Thelma Hulber Gallery in Honiton, it runs from 26 November – 23 December.

 

Private view 26 November 3 – 5pm.

 

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Elmfield House,

Dowell Street,

Honiton,

EX14  1LX

01404 45006

www.thelmahulbert.com

 

 

 

South West Contemporary Art Fair 2010.

This year is absolutelly flying by, and suddenly, the South West Contemporary Art Fair, (SWCAF) which I signed up for nearly a year ago, is only a week away!
This year it is being held at the Civic Hall in Totnes, on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October, from 10:30 – 5 both days.

Please visit the website for a list of artists taking part this year: www.swcaf.co.uk

This is the first time I’ve done anything like this before with my pictures (I know from doing various shows with my jewellry & textiles how exhausting they are!!!) so am a little bit nervous, but very much looking forward to meeting lots of people.

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…