|I understand that weather related puns are an obligation at the moment. Hopefully it'll be a while before I drive to the studio with -6 as the temperature. Studio is only heated by the welder! Once the thaw sets in I will need to restock Rufford - nice big flowers this time. Also the White Gallery in Bollington and Creative Recycling in Cholton need a visit. Before long there will another ant in the world!|
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
There are times when an open 8ft roller door is great. There are other times when it does nothing to keep the cold out. This week its cold and looks like it'll stay that way for a bit. On the plus side theres been no snow in Nottingham.
Check out the link - http://www.cat.org.uk/visitus/vcindex2.tmpl?sku=VC_04 - and then rush of to Wales to see my work at CAT.
Fixed the welder. Got sunburn!
Saturday, 20 November 2010
|Busy week, but mostly at Donington ensuring all those little beeltes were safe! Then studio today - and bust the welder. No chance of fixing it until monday at the earliest. Tried everything I know to repair it (that don't take long). Now going for sulking, with some swearing. That's taking longer.|
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Last week I delivered Hercules the Horse and a dozen other pieces to CAT. Sadly the driving rain and poor light did not do anything for photography, but I hope some pictures will follow.
The Lighthouse Works, Queen Street, Astwood Bank, Redditch is now open. A former needle factory now houses Garry Jones' studio and the Lighthouse Works Gallery. In addition to the giant needle centrepiece there are a number of frailloop sculptures, including a snail or two...
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales with be the temporary home for some of my work for the next few months, if fact until Easter. This is a selling exhibition, so if you see some you like you can take it home (having parted with the appropriate cash)! Don't worry about leaving a space, I'll just need to create another piece to fill the gap.
Photos to follow.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Hello folks. I'm back from a hard week WRG work on a very disused canal in Somerset (just). I learnt to drive a little tractor with a trailer - both forwards and backwards and moved a few tons of wood. Picture to follow. Now into a couple of very busy weeks. In the meantime could you follow the link and instructions to vote for a very talented friend.
Category is Mixed Media, 5th picture along, title Instructions - Bracelet for cakes
Saturday, 23 October 2010
|Greetings! I know I've not said much here for a while, but I have been working away in the studio preparing for the Christmas show at Rufford in Nottinghamshire. I've also been getting ready to deliver to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. At the same time I have been looking for a new home for the frailloop studio. It has outgrown the cave at TAO and needs to stretch its wings!|
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
We had a couple of weeks away, up to Scotland, then over to Orkney and home. The picture should show a landscape from the hotel at John O'Groats looking towards the Orkneys. We saw lots of seals, around the coast to the right of the picture, most places around the Orkney Mainland and then found a few more as we headed home.
Now back to the studio. Maybe time to trade up for a bigger workshop? I wonder whats out there...
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
It's not really! I'm nice and busy and I've been making plenty of noise in the studio. However the client has not seen the pieces I'm working on so it would be unfair to publish photos of them here first. But I've just completed them and I'm very pleased with them.
I've also been very busy working on another bike - this time I've gone lowrider. It was raining hard and I didn't think I would be able to get a reasonable picture. Again, with luck, I should be able to get a photo this week.
And finally I've been working on a 6ft needle. This will be the piece that welcomes visitors to the brand new needle forge gallery that will be opening very soon.
Friday, 13 August 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Saturday, 31 July 2010
As a diversion this week I've been trying out a new medium - paint. On Tuesday I went through a white period, but today was my blue period. I would love to post a picture of my work today, but I'm unable to. The press will view it on Tuesday/Wednesday of this coming week and then some photos will be published.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Now that 'Hush' has gone to be sited I have an empty studio. Had is better as I have started the lowrider bike and (on a smaller scale) a new flying bird.
Having run out of welding gas today I had time out in the sun. Lots of little jobs to get done and a visit to Red Hill Marina - for fun. Sadly the cafe was closed, but it was good to just sit and look at the River Soar.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Boy can it rain when it wants! Outside working on project hush when the heavens opened. Didn't stop me finishing, ahead of collection first thing Monday morning.
Project Hush is in 2 parts. The other bit is begining to weather. It was tough to get hold of enough sheet steel and it was all painted or galv. But put the grinder over the whole piece, with little effect. Then moved on to a mix of salt and battery acid. That worked as the picture shows!
Thursday, 15 July 2010
What a day! The tree is in place. A wonderful setting in a school in London. Lots of other art work around already. The children created some wonderful drawings which lead to lots of interesting bugs, insects and a line of ants.
Then a crash right in front of us on the motorway. Felt like a long wait for the emergency services. Just very glad it was not for me.
Picture thanks to Roxanne.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
I'm getting filmed tomorrow by the BBC. It's a shame they can't show Project Hush, but hopefully the school tree and other pieces will keep them heppy. I'm not sure what will be required of me, but I've been told lots of flames and sparkes give good TV!
Should I cut open the gas bottle with the crew present? Maybe I'll save that for a quiet day...
I will let you know when its due go to air.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
It's very odd that making giant ants is so uninteresting. Between us Obi and I need to create 5 huge ants. I'm working on the legs. But each ant has 6 legs, so 30 scaffold poles needed to be bent to the right curve. Each legs each has 2 'knees' - cut out of sheet steel and hammered into shape. 60 needed. Then they need to be welded into shape. 8 feet of weld per leg, 48 ft per ant. 240 ft in total.
But then I walk past the giant ant and think that 6 will look outstanding.
I'm sooooooooooooooo glad I'm not making spiders.
Friday, 18 June 2010
Having been busy with ants legs and knees for the past week it was good to spend a day away from the studio with the group of artist that is Nottingham Creative 2. Notts council funded year long group to develop a sellected group of creative folks.
Surprised to find how tired I am, but how good it was get out and see some new people.
Strange to be talking about work after July!
Monday, 14 June 2010
I've managed to break a coil spring in the vans suspension. Not the heaviest load its carried, or even over rough ground when it broke. Quite a bang from the back of the van and felt it go. Off to the garage tomorrow.
On the plus side the old springs should make nice dogs/cats. With luck they'll pay for the repair.
Monday, 7 June 2010
The busier I get, the harder it is to find something interesting to write. You'd think more work would make it easier to find something to say.
Don't know what to say about cleaning up 24 5ft scaffold poles. They'll be ant legs by the end of the week! If you are coming along to the Patchings Festival you'll know what I'm doing... I think I'm about 60ft short of scaffold for the ants - all contributions welcome, rustier the better!
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
|Took a look on ebay last night, just on the off chance, and found this lot of scaffold with 10 minutes to go. 9 minutes later put in a snipe bid. On the way to studio this morning took a (hands free) call about collection. 280 miles later arrived at studio with 250 foot of rusty scaffold. It'll make some great ants legs.|
Monday, 24 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
This weekend I will be taking part in this festival - 1 til 6 Saturday and Sunday. Come and see me, the glass and metal dragon, various other pieces of steel sculpture and lots of other artists and artwork.
For those that don't know Lady Bay is a nice bit of Nottingham, between West Bridgford and the Trent.
Looks like it'll be sunny too.
Friday, 14 May 2010
This afternoon I was interviewed by Jo Davies on Radio Nottingham. OK - not just me, but help my ego. For the next few days I think you can hear me on listen again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007r8qs . I think I appear about 3.20pm (not that you should not listen to the rest of Jo's program). The photo (which I hope is attached) was taken by Dan Sinclair. Jo is hidden behind the dragons head.
It was good to help publicise the Lady Bay Festival and let the dragon (even if was only just the head) out to see the world for the first time.
The stag party I passed heading in to the Jury's Inn Hotel may well find that it wasn't the only one out in Nottingham tonight...
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
I have joined forces with the Lady Bay Scout Group to create something for the Lady Bay Festival. I have also been joined by Barbara - who works with recycled glass. Following some workshops and drawings by the group the theme of dragons gave out very strongly. So we have started work on a recycled steel dragon, with glass features.
Today my studio will be visited by the first small group of cubs. So before then I will need to have tidied up, made some room so they can get in and cut the dragons body. But first I have deliveries and collection to make.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
I've just been told I had made it through the selection round for Nottingham Creative - A craft mentoring/training/helping boot project run by the council - and have to take some work along to the interview stage. Watch this space for updates!
Don't hold your breath. It's a few weeks away.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
End of a odd week. Started with the BCTF, then following up a few leads - some from the BCTF, but the most promising came from a chat with a nice British Waterways guy who helped me with wheel hubs!
Most of the week I have a good reason for not creating much, but I have managed to make a few more little flowers and almost finished a mini version of my dragon. You'll have to wait til I finish for the picture. Monday is delivery day, but if things good well I'll drop by the studio. If for no other reason I will need to bank a cheque.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Back home and with a good nights sleep behind me. Good event, better than last year. A positive feel around the stands with lots creative work on show. I had the chance to meet Duncan Thurlby - our work shares a few galleries - and he was the worthy winner of the WOW award.
Booked a larger stand for next year. I would like to bring a few large pieces and aim to pick up some exhibitions. Just need some ideas now...
I also came home with this wonderful squirrel. The work of Garry Jones, ceramics to make ewe smile.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Arrived in Harrogate and now set up and ready for lots of orders. Some serious panicing as I crafted a tree, but never measured it, or the space in the van. However the eye is still good as it was spot on.
Second panic was the size of the stand. The tree is tall enough to arch over me, so it's quite tall. Last year the stands had supporting bars. Luckily not this year and the tree fits, and looks good.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
As if by magic just under under 6 metres of scrap floorboards, 6 ex-extinguishers, 2 skip slavaged tie rods and 4 ex-farm bolts turn into this. Not the best photo in the world, but its not easy to leave an extra set of shelves around the house with them getting in the way...
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Less than 2 weeks to go before Frailloop shows it's wonders to the world at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. Think I need to craft some shelving. Hope its dry tomorrow - the thought of hunting through a soggy pile of second-hand timber is not nice.
Given my current ability to cut, slice or damage my hands how long before I find a sharp nail?!
Sunday, 28 March 2010
My cut thumb is healing well, but I have to be careful not to get it dirty or to work it too hard. I found I could not use my snips to cut sheet metal - the handle pushes in the wrong place. However I was able to bend bar so made progress on the musical tower.
I've only got a couple of weeks to get ready for the British Craft Trade Fair. I have made a tree and a couple of dogs for the stand. I also want to have lots of small steel flowers. I thought they would great covering the floor, but now wonder if the large, blank white walls will dwarf them. Plan B. Make some shelves from...
I visited the Creative Recycling Gallery in Manchester on Thursday to deliver new pieces. The pictures shows some of my work in their wonderful garden.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
|Frailloop is returning to school. Gavin has been commissioned to create a tree from scrap pieces. On Friday he will be it to the school in Salisbury and planting it firmly in the ground. Photos to follow. The thumb has plasters, latex gloves and tape. Heres hoping for a dry day and good stitches!|
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
|First serious accident in the studio. Well not that bad really but enough to send me off to A+E with about a 5cm cut. When cleaning up a piece of large bore pipe the burr caught the brush head on the angle-grinder which whipped it cross my hand. Never keen about the sight of blood, mine above all others.|
Saturday, 13 March 2010
|End of a busy week. Prep'ing for next week which is a bit lively. The picture is the last piece I made today - a flower, standing a not so mighty 280mm tall It was once a fire door, bit of sheet metal, bbq grill and engine bolt! I only used a little bit of the fire door and a 1/3rd of the bolt, I you may have guessed that.|