Nearly ready for Chichester Art Trail

After much hard work and preparation we are nearly ready for the Chichester Art Trail which starts tomorrow and runs over the this weekend and next and this Bank Holiday Monday.  My husband Alan (Alan Frost Photography) and I are exhibiting from our studio at Venue 79 in Fishbourne.

Entry will be via the garden (another work in progress!) and the first thing you will see is this:

 

You can come and guess how many lighters I have collected from Chichester Harbour during 2017 but over the years (2008-2017) during the Great British Beach Clean (every 3rd weekend of September volunteers removed and recorded  10,240 cigarette lighters and tobacco pouches.  Source: Marine Conservation Society
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Business Cards ordered

Who knew it would be such a palaver!  I wanted to display two images – one showing my mixed media painting and the other to display my work using found objects.  It was not too hard to choose a layout which suited this but choosing images that were a suitable size to fit the card and still allow the required text was a little more time consuming.  Luckily my husband deals with such technological matters but it took him a good half a day to get it right!

The main image is a mixed media painting inspired by a visit to Birling Gap.

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The reverse is “Crow” made from Chichester Harbour found objects.  I think the two images compliment each other and give an impression of what I like to do.

The cards themselves are made from recycled T shirt fabric which I felt fitted well with my pledge to do my bit for the environment.  Thanks to www.moo.com.

 

Her Dark Materials

My first set of “Found Materials” works are back from Terry at ReFrame and I am delighted with them!  Thank you Terry!

Thank you to Elaine Bolt for her encouragement – you will see a little of the ceramics made with her at West Dean College recently.  These pieces will be on display at Venue 79  of the Chichester Art Trail over the first two weekends of May together with my mixed media and collage work and the beautiful monochrome photographs of my husband Alan Frost.  It will be interesting to see how his work and mine work together – there is definite similarity in terms of colour choice but whilst his is about technical perfection my work is much more rustic!

I am looking forward to seeing the last pieces framed and also to the arrival of a wooden plinth for my trio of sculptures … watch this space!

I hope that these items will not only appeal to some people as pieces of art but also raise awareness of the amount of debris that is thrown into the sea.  All of the found elements here came from the Chichester Harbour Area – I walk here most days with our dog and carry one bag for collecting discarded plastic and the like and the other for the items that I feel I can use – thank you to Chichester Harbour Conservancy for the work that they are doing in this beautiful area of West Sussex – perhaps more of us can do our bit by collecting rubbish when we are out and about.  Here are the lids I picked up this morning during an hour at Church Norton.  Maybe you can beat the number that I found?

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Getting ready for my first exhibition

Over two weekends (5 days) in May, I will be part of the Chichester Art Trail exhibiting from our home with my husband Alan.  As some of you will know, I have found that I cannot label myself in any particular way and struggled with what I should show.  The final decision is to present three different types of work and canvas feedback from visitors to the Art Trail to see what they did and didn’t like.  The first work to come back from the framers is the most traditional – three pieces in mixed media.  I used found twine from the beach and acrylic ink to start with, and then built up a series of layers with more ink, cold wax and charcoal powder.  Here are the results:

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The next task is to finalise titles and then decide on pricing.  The tricky bit!!

 

My first foray into ceramics

In anticipation of spending four days with Elaine Bolt at West Dean College, I decided it would be prudent to learn a little about the subject first.  So I contacted Elaine and arrange to spend a day with Elaine Bolt at her studio in Brighton.

I had a wonderful time!  Elaine was a lovely lady and a great teacher who allowed me to run with the ideas that I had.  I wanted to use some of my found materials and incorporate them with ceramic.  First of all, I had the idea of using a piece of boot leather that I had found at Eastbourne.  I like the way it was twisted, I liked the holes and I liked the patina of the sea-salted leather.  I decided to form a vase and wrap the leather around it.  I chose porcelain here so that the white would contrast with the dark tones of the leather.  Here it is ready to be fired with the leather alongside:

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Another idea was to display a series of chip forks that I had found.  Oddly, these were found all bound together in a ridged plastic sleeve.  The fact that they had been squashed together meant that the action of the sea had made marks on the wood where the ridges had been.  I made a plaque from stoneware and covered it with slip to darken it.  Here it is with the forks (and an additional found piece) being auditioned to check the placement of the fixing holes.  Once fired, the pieces can be added to the plaque with wire.

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Finally, I had a lovely piece of rubber shoe sole!  It’s lovely to me anyway!!  I wanted to try and replicate the colour, pattern and texture of this piece in different ways – firstly with ceramic.  This time I used a mixture of porcelain and stoneware to get the light and dark.  Here is the original and the clay piece – the second is larger at this stage to allow for shrinkage in firing:

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These are all interesting experiments. Elaine warned me that you can never be sure of the outcome and for a first timer, I guess I am particularly at risk but I look forward to being reunited with the fired pieces next week! Armed with a very small bit of knowledge (I realise that there is a huge amount to learn if I am to pursue this new area of interest) I can now plan what I would like to achieve during my next course. I think this idea has legs!  Thank you Elaine!