Had a nice surprise today when I opened my Crafts magazine – there was a supplement inside about Collect and I’m in it!
You can download a pdf version here.
I’ve finished all the making and now the pieces are safely packaged up ready for the trip down to London for the installation next week.
Here is a sneak preview of the work laid out on my lawn. Excuse the quality of the photos, but it’s really difficult to photograph something this big! I’d love some feedback so please do add any comments you may have.
I made a little test piece and have had it stuck to my window for a few weeks now as I’m using a different type of EVA and had a panic that it might not perform in the same way, but luckily it’s been fine. Phew.
I’ve completed the making of the piece (HUGE thanks to Ian at Kenyon – I would be still working on it 24/7 if it weren’t for your kind loan!) and am now trying to get the lacquering finished. I’m going down either on 24th April or 1st May to install it in situ in Duke of York Square. The Crafts Council have arranged for some expert installation people to put it up using a cherrypicker, which is all really exciting!
I will be giving a short talk about my work on 14th and 15th May in Duke of York Square from 1pm to 1.30 pm along with some of the other artists on the Collect Trail. This is to run alongside the Collect show at the Saatchi Gallery – I’m looking forward to seeing all the great contemporary craft there too. If you’re going to Collect come along on the Friday or Saturday and say hello!
Work has been progressing at an amazing pace this weekend thanks to the lovely Ian at Kenyon Group in Oldham who has loaned me an air-compressed gun and slugs which has sped the process up incredibly! It’s now taking about an hour and a half to do what was taking me all day – phew. Ian kindly took time out of his day to demonstrate all different types of equipment they stock and enlightened me about the processes of EVA production, which is actually a plant derivitive (made with tree roots, apparently!). Kenyon also raise money for an associated charity, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham so to return Ian’s kindness I’ll produce a piece later in the year for Kenyon to help raise money for the hospice. Many thanks!
The weather has been so nice this weekend that I’ve been able to put all the pieces out on the lawn to get an idea of how it’s going to look. It’s quite a challenge working at this scale and I won’t know exactly how it will be until we install it, which is quite worrying!
Number of burn injuries today: 0 – so far, must be getting better at this (or at least more careful)
Very much looking forward to the Ernesto Neto exhibition in the summer. I stumbled across an exhibition of his whilst visiting Rotterdam a few years ago which was one of the most fantastic installations I’ve ever experienced.
Meanwhile, I’ve finished one out of three of the panels and well on the way with number two! No photos as yet because I left my camera in Lancaster. Doh.
Number of burn injuries today: 2 but actually managed to burn my naked foot this morning – not recommended!