Thursday, August 21, 2014

a little gardening today

Bee! I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due—

The Frogs got Home last Week—
Are settled, and at work—
Birds, mostly back—
The Clover warm and thick—

You'll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me—
Yours, Fly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

in betweens

in between unpacking in the studio, building shelves, planting and planning another section of the garden, cleaning the fish pond and lovely spring type days i continue to find some gems out there ...

Nancy Fouts surreal imagery looks to me, like photo-shopped images but they are actually sculptures - funny, clever, perhaps disturbing - a mind of seemingly unbounded ideas that appeals to the unfettered imagination ...  i love the thinking ballerina.

and this - 'pipe dreams'
Nancy Fouts, Pipe Dreams

The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

found at inqmind
"Nancy Fouts' sculpted reinterpretations of inanimate objects and animals alike have a knack for sending the minds of her audiences on a wild roller-coaster ride of curiosity and intrigue.

Sometimes her sculptures re-contextualize notable works using contemporary details to polarizing affect. Sometimes her sculptures seem to be some sort of ambiguous social commentary linked to deeper meaning. But as the artist herself reassures us, her sculptures are in fact "not [that] deep, but it is entertaining and it makes people smile!"

With pieces like her literal tooth-brush, penis-holding golden Buddha, and her ballerina version of The Thinker, how can one stand to argue? All we can do is sit back and enjoy the wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts."
The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

The wonderful mind of Nancy Fouts

and this from wordlesstech
On the subject of her work, Fouts says; ‘My work is not a comment on religion, nature or indeed anything, it is all about manipulating the object to realise my idea. Everything starts with the idea.’
UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (12)

UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (9)

UN-THINK by Nancy Fouts (5)

my next question is how? .... they sure look like photographic images to me ....


Sunday, August 17, 2014


and excited, chomping at the bit to get into it 

here you see what i am up against - unpacking in the studio which comprises 3 rooms - below1 is the clean area ... heh (well, it will be) and below2 is the assemblage area - so much stuff 
not only have i been working in a small area, with small stashes to draw from i have also been collecting ! ....

in traipsing around the internet looking at assemblage, wishing to be inspired and challenged  i have been a bit despondent to see so much of the same same same ... notwithstanding  'masters' in this form whom i admire immensely such as my first love for assemblage thanks to Rosalie Gascoigne, love love love Louise Nevelson, fantastic Joseph Cornell, the wonderful amazing Dale Copeland,

Joseph is in great company! ...

and then, i found Ron Ulicny .... wow ... young vibrant assemblage that challenges, engages and makes you (me) smile.

love this ... so clever ...

as one who used to wear high heels - some far too high - AND roller skate (which i love) i can so relate ... smile and sigh

and now ... i am having a crisis of  art identity ... ... but thats a whole other story

Friday, August 15, 2014

wintering away

still cold with snow around  
working on an eZine - due out 3 october 2014
limited edition hardcopy (not online) 
in the spirit of eZine the aim is 
the look of handmade, the sound of a voice, the writings of a person

if you would like to be on the mailing list to receive information about each edition
OR if you would like to contribute - image, writing, art snippets

Sunday, August 10, 2014

red or blue?

red or blue porthole
with or without black square?
and then there is the lettering options

Saturday, August 9, 2014

we know we must just trust in process

or we would never start the journey in the first place ...
tidying up after the flood in the gallery

 this was day 1
by day 3 the water was halfway across the room

Studio work day tomorrow !!!
not too many things left to do now
a Georgie selfie

working on a few things -
workshop ideas and trials
an eZine
pOrtside Gallery paraphernalia and logos
a couple of photo books ...  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

a gaggle, a gathering, a group ....

barbies unite ....  (just unpacking in the studio - finding fun, and a viewpoint) ... small differences

Thursday, July 24, 2014

oh my ....

a tiny snapshopt of the whole ...
starting to unpack ... these boxes have been like this for a loooong while but now its time !
working around a few finishing touches -  that back wall (below) has to go up - i am thinking a pin wall  (we will be doing that tomorrow) .... V and I
am thinking of keeping this wall (below) as a noggin wall because it retains the wall of the sea freight container  and i love that the noggins are so practical in a studio !

 my family dont think everything will unpack into the studio ...
 hmmmm ....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

winter is often, not so blue

   exploring with the nokia 1520 ...  daffs with and without flash ...  

lots to discover with my new 'phone' ....   oh yes and a little bit more progress on the studio /gallery spaces ...   garden too ....
although it moves in small bits .... they soon add up to the big bit ... cant wait !!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

transfer dye workshop update

you may have read this post from a couple of days ago which talked about the fabulous workshop held by Wendy that was transfer dye. 

Here, a few more photos of outcomes that were achieved on the day but photographed later...     some really intruiging - tugging possibilities

i quite like the original colouring of the dye on the 'master' (the piece that was dyed and  is used to heat transfer pattern) such as this doily ...
remember one places dye on 'master' and then offsets onto material
here you can see the master was textile and then offset onto textile again .. the fern leaf is the master and you can see the offset below ...

 there is a lot of trial and error (as with all things), gaining knowledge and working through various materials, possibilities and options.  below is paper and a doily as a master - the paper painted with the dyes was then torn into a spiral shape and offset onto material. I do love what the paper offset did.

the doily was ironed onto the offset material which had some polyster thread through it so the doily actually melted into the offset and that was that !
and as always i extrapolate to paper ....  paper and books   .. the dye was painted onto calico; the calico was then torn into strips and the strips were heat offset onto arches 300gsm paper
luverly - i will add to these pages which are folded in an accordian style
and make a book or two ...  i LOVE the watercolour effect in shapes and lines that can only be achieved this way ... (thats the beauty of techniques) ....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

thermals rising

the pelicans today were doing that thermal sailing thing  .... they cover a large distance in the air in a short time although they look like they are soaring without moving....
 loving my office space - a few tweaks each day still ...

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