April 2015

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Before

Stacks of folded paper and newly printed covers ready to be hand sewn.

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After

Lovely sewn, trimmed and packaged notebooks and business cards ready to go off to Guild.
I  am very happpy to be one of their Pop Up guests for May.
I hope I have done this right : ) ta dah !!! here is the link to the Guild page…… http:// guilddunedin.tumblr.com

March 2015

In association with the Salon des Femmes  http://salondesfemmes.blogspot.co.nz   and The Fringe Festival http://www.dunedinfringe.nz  We have a group show ” Shadow Self ” at Mint Gallery 6th to 19th March. We installed the work on Friday, and it was the first time I had seen all the work together. I am always amazed at the range of materials and approaches to the theme.
After my many tragic attempts at making a new piece of work for this show…… I had to rethink the whole thing….and I came to the conclusion that being an Artist is actually being a Problem Solver. I revisited my original notes and drawings and found that what I wanted to say with this piece , was still valid. So then I went back over my materials choices, size and proportions and found I could still keep the original conceptual ideas with a change of materials. And , as always happens to me….Plan C had a much better outcome than the original Plan A anyway.

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Guilt/Gilt 1
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Guilt/Gilt 2
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Guilt/Gilt 3

Jane Armour Guilt/Gilt I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t feel guilt over some aspect of their lives. In this small sculpture I have placed this guilt in the domestic realm, a house form. I have put a small Gilt porcelain house,  honed to an imperfect but contained form at its centre.  Covered,  but still visible, by a Felt house,  that blanket of comfort we want to give our lives. This is contained within a Metal exoskeleton,  the seemingly rigid persona we project to others. The dichotomy of what we Want to do and  what we Have to do…

Open Veiwing ( plus a few drinks ) Friday 13th March 2015 at Mint Gallery in Moray Place 5-7 pm…

February 2015

February was the first of a few shows I am booked for this year. I was part of a group showing,  at Gallery 33 in Wanaka. I  showed a modified version of my 1m2 work, I was happy to see the final installation in the gallery. And the lovely Jane who runs the gallery sent through this photo.

Houses installed at Gallery 33
1 m 2 ÷10 installed at Gallery 33

The disaster that was January ….

inside terracotta houseAfter allowing the house to dry slowly, I  glazed and fired it, the only thing I can say is…the inside looks great!!.

Unlike the outside, which didn’t end up the way I had pictured it in my head. So needless to say lots of lessons learnt. Time for plan C …..

Tragic!!
Tragic!!

More January 2015

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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.

January 2015

image 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. image image image image 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.