Sunday, 27 June 2010

day off

I've taken a day off. 1st one for ages. Still sunny too.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Work, work, work

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

Day out of the studio

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

Had to happen...

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


Today the Giant Ant was finished. Not sure of the stats but it stands over 5ft tall, and must be 6ft long. The jaws are huge. Pictures will follow, but the client gets to see them first!