Well I am very happy with trial number 2, it is turning out more like the idea I had in my head ( and that is always a good thing ). I am trying to dry it slowly so it won’t crack, and I am still undecided on glazing…..but now I know it has potential I can work on the other components that will make up this finished work…more to come in the next few weeks.
So far it’s been a successful January…I dropped off another pile of notebooks to Blackbird, and I opened the kiln today and all 20 small terracotta houses came out perfectly, so that’s 10 for Gallery de Novo and another 10 to be packed up for Gallery 33. I have 3 exhibitions in the next few months, and have been trialing some new ideas, making marquettes and I have been casting houses in a variety of materials. This is trial number 1, it is papercrete, and in a radical departure from my usual work..it is large approximately 50 cm high by 20 cm width on all sides. If all goes well I will have photos of trial number 2 soon.
Update on February post… After trialing several versions of notebooks in a couple of retail stores, and a craft market… I have finally settled on using my own hand – drawn font and designs, I have settled on the right amount of pages, and have found a reliable supplier of beautiful paper. AND now my first order of 25 is going to the fabulous Blackbird Gifts, you can find them on Facebook. …
I have been experimenting with some new mediums and ideas for a show next year during The Fringe Arts Festival, in March. It is a group show with the theme …shadow self…. I was playing around with gilt/guilt..and was applying silver leaf to all sorts of surfaces to see what would happen, and what ideas it might spark. You have to put in a few hours of making/playing to help the ideas flow, I have now kinda got that show and objects sorted ( in my head at least ).
But then…. I blinged my houses, and now am veering off in another direction for my gallery work, who knows were this craziness will end.
My work is included in the annual Otago Potters Group Show on at the community gallery in Dunedin for the next 2 weeks. It is a real community show, with all sorts of work, and methods and concepts.
Some of the potters, whose work is on show here in Dunedin have work in the prestigious Portage Award Show, on in Auckland this month. http://www.teuru.org.nz
“The Book Morgue ” Group exhibition opened at Dunedin bookbinders, Dutybound last night and will be open until Thursday. This exhibition is part of things happening around the Art +Book Symposium at Dunedin School of Art starting on Thursday night. There was 10 quite different works, some sculptural, some working directly from a physical book, and one cremation. All exhibited in a working bindery in the Warehouse precinct. The show was curated by Olivia and Micheala, two printmaking students who I worked with earlier this year in a teaching module.
My work…Lost Knowledge. ..is 12 paperclay scrolls with blue glaze installed in a small press.
This work starts to express some of the feelings around being made redundant from my job as a Bookbinder for the last 12 years.
Knowledge becomes lost, fragile and inaccessible. Hand binding as a profession is precarious.
Here is a link to Salon des Femmes latest group show, which was part of the OUSA White Night gallery and studio crawl. The Saloneers are a group of women who met at Art School and have been exhibiting as a group for several years. I enjoy being part of this group, as it gives me deadlines to meet, themes to be thought about, a big shove ( we all need those every now and then ), and mostly a opportunity to talk “art” and not be considered weird or even worse ……arty !!!!