Like many others who do not live within walking distance of the beach, I am taking the opportunity to work with my existing collection of found objects. I like the idea of making jewellery but also making art in the form of jewellery. Some of my finds are rusty or delicate and some hold the secrets of untold years in the sea, sent to my bit of coast from who knows where. And some of these pieces are not suitable for wearing so here they are presented as if they could be.
I thought some of you might be interested in the journey between my finding objects and a finished piece of work. Sometimes I pick up an item immediately knowing how I can use it, but, more often than not, the idea develops over time.
On each of my last two walks at Church Norton, I found a small plastic square inscribed “P.W.C” – 6 days apart and on different ends of the beach. I believe P.W.C stands for Portsmouth Water Company.
I had no definite idea when I found the first, but when I found the second, I immediately knew how I was going to use these rigid plastic squares. The uniform shape and size and the rigidity brought to mind covers for a small book! Next, I started to think about what form the book would take, how I would hold the pages in place and how I would secure the finished article – it seemed an obvious choice to try and use the drilled holes.
After some experimentation, I decided that rather than have conventional flat pages, I would consider some sort of Origami form. Using the squares as inspiration, I created the inside pages and found a format that I liked and that suited the “covers”. Here is the outcome:
I have a few mobile phone parts with which I may be able to construct something similar so I’m off now to have a play!
Delighted to say that the hanging is complete and the exhibition “creative redemption” at the Oxmarket Gallery will open at 10.00 tomorrow.
As well as my mixed media collages, assemblages and sculptures, I added a few items that were not for sale but show the visitors the sort of things that I find:
The left hand images shows three oil filters in various stages of composition and the right hand image is of an old workman’s boot to which I have added a found jumble of fishing wire and seaweed.
I am looking forward to spending time with the other artists and chatting to visitors about the exhibition of the next three weeks.
I am very excited to say that I will be taking part in “creative redemption” at The Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester. As their site says,
“This is a moving exhibition by artists all of whom, in their own way, have benefitted from the restorative powers of their personal creative process. In the honesty of revealing the wounded condition, powerfully sensitive works of art have been born; beautiful in their own right, but also serving to offer empathy, encouragement and hope.
With refreshing honesty, Helen Frost, Christine Habib, Nicola Hancock, Helio Teles and Julie Turner have revealed the wounded condition through their individual response, presenting a highly sensitive and powerful collection of works.”
Here is an example of each of their work:
The exhibition runs from – Tuesday – Sunday 10 – 4.30 and there is a “Meet the Artist” session with tea and cakes Saturday 2nd February 2 – 4 p.m. We hope to see you there!
On the last day, I made some more paper collages and then moved on to working with fabric. Caroline Bartlett was very helpful in experimenting and suggesting a way of using the screens to print images that were looser and more akin to drawing. This was more appealing to me and I returned to my group of chosen objects:
Working on a screen I used three different tools to draw these and came out with an image which I felt better suited my style of working:
I felt that this had possibilities although this version is a little too busy. I prefer the reverse – as is often the case!
So I will now write up my notes, process my photographs and take a little time to digest all that I have learned, but, in the meantime, a big thank you to Caroline and the rest of the group – many lessons learned by all!