Friday, 30 November 2007
3 pod brooch, ceramic & titanium, 1993
(actual piece hangs vertically)
These, like so much of my work, were meant to be glazed white on the outside but when I realised glazes were environmentally un-friendly I stopped glazing anything. Instead, I biscuit fired them inside one of my large copper pods while I was annealling it (that's when you heat the metal to make it more pliable for working). I burned some paper in each pod to create a smoky dark interior. Some pieces were later painted instead using other people's leftover paint. Because they have only had a low firing they are still quite breakable and proably unsuitable for wearing, but I liked that. I fired the other groups fully but I kept this set like this as a small sculpture with the real fragility that found pod cases often have.
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
These photo's were taken from the carpark (in the car) at Braehead in October. We went there between hospital visiting hours so that Mr P wanted to investigate the indoor ski place. I stayed in the car and these were the views North, East and West. Very wet and cold but I liked the blues. It was strange how the sky changed from blue to grey/blue to just grey in 30 minutes.
My Uncle walked on Friday! 6 steps with the help of a giant zimmer. Maybe doesn't sound like much but it was HUGE for him so I had to record it here, I'm so thrilled for him. He's also getting himself from armchair to wheelchair, no more hoist. His next goal is to be able to roll over in bed. That would drive me crazy, I am a real fidgeter, I turn, wriggle, twist, wiggle my legs about. I'd go crazy if I had to lie on my back for even 5 minutes.
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Marjojo (Marion Michell)...
Lina Peterson & Polly Wales (collaboration)...
Susie MacMurray ...
Willemijn de Greef...
Unrelated, Kat Trappa, a whole blog dedicated to cat ladders found via Bibbi.
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Saved my energies today to enjoy Cranford!
Bit of a jump from having enthused about The Mighty Boosh yesterday but, Oh, I do love a BBC period drama. Not sure if this will be as fantastic as Bleak House was, it seems lighter with more comedy (there's no gossip like a 19th century gossip). It has a great cast and I'm enjoy it so far. See the trailer here.
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
It's hard for me to say which of these is random, and which is weird, or perhaps both? You be the judge.
2. That was my first social outing since the 7th of August. when K was here. A belated Day of the Dead party, I'm a Skeleton Bride. I fell asleep in a chair for 2hrs wearing an old net curtain and my trusty skeleton top, then I got a prize for most ghoulish and went home. Not my usual level of participation but no-one seemed to mind too much even though I've not spoken to most of them in person since I started getting sicker 6 months ago. Later I tried it with a wig...
3. The current temperature in my house averages 8ºc in the warmest area.
4. My hair is long and always gets onto things. When I was at Ikea I used to worry it would get on a cushion and someone dodgy would by it and then my hair, my DNA, would be found at the crime scene!!!
5. I have watched the punk/stationery village* part of The Mighty Boosh about 14 times in 2 days (online).
I'm a real Boosh nerd, I love it in the way you love things when you're in your teens and early twenties, where you learn the lines and bore people by inserting them into conversations. So it's probably a good thing I'm not out socialising these days. I'm loving the 3rd series, the first two episodes have already had gems that rate among my favourites. I watched series 1 on DVD even more, especially the Tundra episode, with the Tundra Rap, a classic. The conversion about the mink coat cracks me up every time. For me the cricket dance is right up there with David Brent's dance in The Office. I love the sweet bits when Vince and Howard have their little chats, and I loved the intro's in front of the red curtain, wish they still did them. I don't like the more aggressive or nasty bits, and some of the songs irritate me, but it's all worth it for the gems which I am hugely refraining from quoting at you :0).
*you can watch series 3 episode 2 online 'till next Wednesday then it'll be shown on BBC3
If they are willing and able, I tag: Mien, Susan (get well soon), Camilla, Christine and Megan,
Friday, 16 November 2007
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
This is Megan's MFA Thesis show...
Monday, 12 November 2007
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Sebastian Buescher: Pin, Untitled 2007
Silver, epoxy resin, ceramic, coral, fossil
Sebastian Buescher: Ring, Untitled 2006
Porcelain, silk, amazonite, amber, thread
To quote Sebastian... "The Pygmy Retrospective is a collection of my favourite pieces over the past three years. The work is taken from several collections and is meant to show my evolution, the introduction of new materials, processes and the development of my ideas. Since I view my work as emotional, pieces are linked to specific times of my life, sometimes hard and sometimes joyful.”
Friday, 9 November 2007
Sayumi Yokouchi: Urban Topographia 2 Brooch, 2007
Such a beautiful piece by Sayumi Yokouchi at Sienna Gallery, makes me feel calm and reminds me of the pale lichen on silver birch trees. Also at the gallery these strong pieces by Sondra Sherman, I love when people make the back of a brooch as beautiful as the front...
Sondra Sherman: Lavandula-Lavendar (back) 2007
Sondra Sherman: Corsage-Passiflora-PassionFlower 2007
Maria Phillips: Brooch, Striped Twin
Enameled steel, etched cedar, silver
Maria Phillips: Brooch, Cedar Floral
Enameled steel, etched cedar, silver, string
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Annamaria Zanella: Brooch - Cuore bionico rosso Silver, pigment
I'm not a fan of Annamaria's previous work (seen in The Scottish Gallery) but I really like this more piece shown on here on Klimt02. Makes me think of cupcakes and barnacles, two things my eye is always drawn to.
And since we're talking about brooches that conjure thoughts of cupcakes and barnacles, here's another one, shown here on Klimt02, this time by Karin Kato...
Karin Kato: Brooch - Nerosso 2006
Sand, resin, silver
Papercut in parchment and tracing papers (detail) 1991
In '91 I loved neutrals (still do), but the California part of me still enjoyed a good shot of colour. If I'd done a colour version of the cell drawing that those papercuts were based on, it would probably have looked like this...
drawing from the 4 day sketchbook 1991
colour added 2007
Marjojo, I'm not making work just now due to lack of my own home/health but I have talked to Mr P about the possibilty of having space in his heated house* to try finishing some half finished work that I've been unearthing. The theory being that the creative, messy, energetic stage has been done already and all that remains is the final touches, trimming, covers for books, taping seams, filling the gaps on drawings that were abandoned when new idea distracted me in another direction.
Given that I am bound to finish things differently now than I would have then, it will be like doing a collaboration, only I'll be doing it with myself so no scary 'I'm not worthy' feelings to wrestle with. That said, there are quite a few of you out there who I am REALLY keen to work collaboratively with in the future, when I am feeling more able, and more confident.
*I couldn't light a fire yesterday because even the old newspaper in my house was to damp. That's bad isn't it. Will have to use electric heaters to get my place drier so the pellets on my stove will light.