Saturday, January 31, 2015
Salvaged lead is my latest great discovery to get excited about. Bought in sheets by the weight (indescribably heavy, I struggled to get a small roll of it to the car). I can see myself using this for a while to come. The magic is in it's pliability. It's really soft and can be cut with general use scissors. Also of course the patina.
Another great discovery: in my fathers garage - these hole punch tools which are for paper or leather but to work on the lead.
A dilemma : to use textiles or not?
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Just a small selection of the detail photos I took when visiting the home of Jayne and Kevin and their two teenage sons. Such an amazing house, but then what do you expect from an interior designer and architect? The beautiful use of natural materials, exposed brick detail and salvaged furniture. What I hadn't bet on though was the modesty - for example how weird is it to discover someone you've known for sixteen years is a talented sculptor/shortlisted for art prize photographer/collector and just basically all round impressive artist? I mean hasn't the guy heard of social media - online networks where you MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS YOU ARE A STAR????? Not to worry Kevin, I'm about to showcase your work to the world on the world's loneliest, least visited blog....
Detail of garden sculpture using copper piping and lead roof sheeting.
Collection of spent bullet cartridges lining a shelf in the study alcove in one of the coolest assemblage of a salvage collection I've ever seen.
Loved all these little collections of salvaged items and the little vignettes they've ended up forming.
The haunting image that got itself shortlisted for the Olive Cotton Award 2009.
A small thrill to see my own work sharing the same space with a John Forrester Clack painting.
Work in progress on the side of the house: an organic design made up from plastic container refuse.