Monday, 5 June 2017

New Hope, New Beginnings





















NEW HOPE   NEW BEGINNINGS was originally going to be an Easter community engagement project, creating multiple soft personalised rings as a symbol of unity and shared endeavour, focusing on what 'hope' means to us as a community and as individuals (to counter the negativity and division fostered by events in 2016).

Once I started playing with materials, and reflecting on past practice, I realised that really I wanted to just make art of my own for a change and step back from engagement.  Claim a space for creative analysis and play (without any brief or funding criteria!). 


I have been developing proposals for a new body of work that will bring together key elements that I've used throughout my work, combining materials (hard/soft, transparent/perforated, textured/marked) in a process of layering using geometric forms. I aim to document the process photographically and hopefully work towards creating some relief panels, developing a new language that I can take into every aspect of my working practice, from public art to corporate commissions. 







Thursday, 28 January 2016

2015 - 2016 Catch Up (Part 2)

Now we need to introduce the lovely ladies from Wandsworth Asian Women's Association and the South London Tamil Welfare Group.  Both groups involved in the heART of libraries pilot project in 2014.  Very keen to learn about the world of iPads, if a little apprehensive at first ...



Workshops were led by community artist Jeni Walker and David Owens from Wandsworth City Learning Centre, supported by lovely librarian Therese Rajadurai from Tooting Library.  

These photos from the workshops made a great temporary installation in the computer room in Tooting library and were recently featured in the Spanish edition of Homify.








Darryl Bedford from Oak Lodge School converted me to the kaleidoscope effect app, having been a little reticent at first.  The women's groups photographed some of their jewellery, fabrics and a variety of other items to create some wonderful effects that were printed onto banner material and used as tablecloths for the Asian feast event in Tooting library. 



Due to the apparent lack of seating in the library, I had always been keen to use some furniture with printed upholstery as part of the public art exhibition from May - June 2015.  I ended up buying six second hand Dwell chairs and adding a vinyl graphic to the surface instead.  A very popular part of the exhibition, both using the wonderful photos by Sasha Mihalova from the feast event and some of the kaleidoscope images from the workshop.  The library liked them so much that they kept three of the chairs, with two of the others being exhibited throughout February at Orleans House Gallery in Richmond.













Tuesday, 5 January 2016

2015 - 2016 Catch Up (Part 1)

Sadly ignored for too many months, I am now returning to mull over and savour the many  wonderful outcomes of 2015 with a view to building something equally satisfying and surprising on their foundations ...

It is now obvious that when life gets busy blogging hasn't been my greatest strength.  FB and Flickr no problem. I think that possibly my feeling that a degree of analysis and more detailed explanation is needed has led to a snowballing effect, which has left me with a  mountain of things to show and say, creating a blockage that obviously needs to be flushed away with the beginning of a new year.


I will therefore purge myself with a cross section of the tastiest delights from a memorable year that involved working with many wonderful people.  Thought I might group things together unexpectedly to bring some new order of enlightenment but seem to be trying to make things more difficult before I even start!  It might be best to just begin wherever the feeling takes me and end when I have nothing more to show or say. Could take all year or just a few posts with a sprinkling of detail where absolutely necessary ....



Lets start with a joyous video of the Garratt Park School students enjoying the music section of Balham Library, preparing for our first 'Out of Place' iPad session early last year ...




.. and then maybe Pocklington Arts Group having a round of applause for libraries directed by film maker Stephanie Webber.  Can't help but love them!


Some wonderful iPad drawings by Sally Booth ...


    













Bill from Pocklington pacing words to stairs and the beautiful voice of his wife.




Handprint Theatre working with children from Oak Lodge School at Balham library.


And maybe finally from Balham a video by Tahmina, a year 11 student from Oak Lodge School capturing the sound and movement of our first visit to the library (when it was closed to the public), working with musician Antonio Testa exploring the space through rhythm.