Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Ear Harps

After all that bronze working , they have been safely delivered to Trowbridge and now back to the ear harps.
I finished the small one and made a larger one today.
Whittling in the sunshine preparing for my trip to America next week.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Trowbridge Bronze Beer Caps

Crazy stuff, from making ear trumpets to etching and patinering the bronzes for the Trowbridge Bronze Beer Cap Trail.
After a tricky period where the foundry told me they couldn't cast the finest of the letters in my patterns, to me having to learn how to do bronze etching, a journey which has been fantastic as I have learnt a new skill, and one I  would love to develop. My Silhouette Cameo came into its own, creating the very small and tricky lettering and cutting it in vinyl, hours of painstaking application of vinyl as a resist to the 80 bronzes, placing the bronzes in Ferric Chloride and the wonders of etching, cleaning, and then the use of nitic acid to produce a patination to the finished pieces, and finally wet and drying the surfaces to produce the worn effect I wanted.  I have to also say a huge thank you to Sara for all the hard work she put in and also Billie-Daisy for helping out too.

These are to be set into the paving around a new housing estate in Trowbridge, built by Newlands, and with a public art policy.  The site was the old Ushers Bottling factory hence the beer cap trail.

So to date we have installed, new fencing with a diamond design, individual ceramic numbers for each house, slate diamonds with images, the centenary seats with the text, and now the bronzes, next up tree grill and guards, a terrific project and huge thanks to Tom Sheppard at Newlands and Diana Hatton, the public art consultant for all their help and support.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Ear Harps

ash ear harp

oak ear harp

Well the Aussie fight back didn't amount to enough and a lovely victory for England.  In the meantime I have been making ear harps, strange wooden things that are strung in a branch of a tree and a hollow ear trumpet is inserted into the branch, when one plays the strings and puts the trumpet to ones ear so the sound is amplified, and the beautiful sounds of the strings are heard.

Here are pictures of Louise Baker and myself enjoying the aforementioned sounds.  More of these to make over the ensuing days days before the bronze etching begins.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Harp in Tree

So the aussies are fighting back and I have been in the studio creating a piece for Heydon Wood to go with the aeolian harp and camera obscura.
This one see a rectangle of larch cut from a larch tree that is soon to be felled.  The rectangle of wood gave me the opportunity to create another musical instrument that will sit inside the tree, a handle in place to pull it out and play it.
It has an oak plectrum for playing it either in situ or taken and strolled around the wood.

Later in the week I will be making ear trumpets that will be drilled and set into the larch trees so the trees can be listen too.