Thursday, 5 October 2017

more recent comings and goings


Charred wood with pressed flowers, and beech nuts as an idea for a project in Tadpole village near Swindon where I am creating a series of way marker shrines which will incorporate collected items and pressed items.  Plus a series of workshops in the primary school with Jo Hartas (gardener) who will be overseeing the pressing and creating of lanterns, wreaths and other decorative forms for the project.







Leaf and Lichen Stick

Another idea for the way marker shrines



Teasels held on a marker


Knoppler oak galls inserted in charred wood


Acorns


Nettle leaf between two layers of perspex


Burning


the result


Lots of projects in the pipeline, for way markers, nature shrines, sculptures and the like.







Saturday, 3 June 2017

Natures Shrines



In Young Wood in Somerset, I have created a structure to collect and hold all the bounty of the forest, be that acorns and seeds to lichen and moss, bones and hairs.  The idea is that everyone visiting the wood can collect and collate, store and notate the finds in the woods.
As you can see from the photographs I had a good deal of help install the main structure from the Neroche Woodlanders Volunteers, a big thank you to them and of course Gavin Saunders who not only commissioned the piece but cut wood, cleaved, lifted and helped throughout, it would not of been possible without him.  To Jo Hartas who is the spirit behind the shrine collection and will soon go deep into the wood and do the first ordering of species and decorative art.


splicing the rope


manhandling the main piece


more manhandling


checking the inside









Monday, 6 March 2017

PitchFork Rebellion Monochord Instrument





Another one off the production line.  made from oak, letterpress letters and an old pitchfork that Louise Baker had lying around her studio. This one has one nylon string, held in place by a violin tuning peg, a piezo pic up under the bridge and standard 1/4 inch jack for output to an amplifier



Tuesday, 28 February 2017

New instruments in the making


So with the Gig coming up on the 9th March at CICCIC in Taunton with Tim Hill and Matt Saunders so I have some new instruments to play and show off with.  
Firstly the Suitcase Instrument which features a handle for ease of carrying and aesthetic reasons of course

It also has more strings, a selection of shorter strings for the higher notes and then the longer strings for variation and distortion.


This was followed by the "Hand of God"  I got over excited at the sight of this articulated hand that has lain around my studio for years and that was that.  I also included some alabaster inserts picked from a beach local to me.  This has three strings and is tuned to GDG for an open blues sound, played with either a bow or using a bottleneck.


Details of the Gig









Saturday, 11 February 2017

Wildlife Habitats for Bellway Homes.Cardiff


Butterfly home

I have finished these last year but have been awaiting time to deliver them, photographed here are the House Sparrow homes, the butterfly homes and the bee homes, the large four metre habitat hotel although delivered is impossible to photograph until it is in situ, these others have been photographed at Hurstone, as they will not been installed until later in the year.  But it is so good to have them out of the studio and away, I can now think about making some smaller things and another sound sculpture to play in 'Swine' for the gig on the 9th March at CICCIC in Taunton.
Being out of my studio for so long has done me no good and I am raring to get back in and start making again.


House sparrows homes


Bee Homes


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Open Studio and Amulets



We have an open studio on the 15th and 16th of December, Amulets will be for sale, lots of them.



Some of the amulets for sale  
bargain between £15 and £30 
If you are interested in any leave in the comments


Monday, 14 November 2016

Time proceeds and leaves no earthly mark or how I failed to attend to my blog


Ok confession time, I have been lax, very lax.  the spring has gone, summer and autumn too. I have produced a mountain of work both in America and Germany, Started a new band and made new instruments, had three exhibitions.  But nothing on my blog at all, so in some attempt to catch up I will post some images and a little text.



First in Connecticut at I-Park I met a 5' 8" sloughed snakeskin in the woods as I repaired on of my pieces


then I created these two sound funeral bird boxes, where the ashes of a loved one can be placed in an urn within a sculpture that houses birds.



I had an exhibition at Yale about sound




I then went to Darmstadt in Germany as part of an 'Art and Transformation' Symposium for three weeks with a number of other fantastic artists.  I produced 19 sculptures from Stumps with strings whereby the listener puts their ear to the root of the tree


to stumps that one just puts ones ear onto


zen type strings with stone bridges


ear harps


hanging ear harps






I had an exhibition at the Brewhouse for SAW with Louise Baker and Deborah Westmancoat


I carved a rail on a bridge as a memorial


I took the Sound Pavilion down in Taunton and was left with 'Ghost of Sound"



I made some more Amulets from steel, bronze and glass




New instrument made for my new band called SWINE  with Tim Hill, Farmer Glitch, Cliff Stapleton,  and Matt Saunders




I will now try to be more vigilant in posting