New Designs – It’s not what it seems!

I have various different projects on the go at the moment…a large commission, bird baths for the Bishops Palace garden festival in June and some new work for an exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey in September. All exciting stuff that is keeping my left and right brain buzzing and pinging.

During the in-between times I like to¬† experiment with various other mediums such as animation and digital photo manipulation. Some of you will remember my designs that I made into scarves a few years ago. This time I’ve made some more designs from photos of my mosaics and uploaded them to Redbubble where they are printed onto clothes, wall art, iphone cases, stationary and home-ware. I’ve picked out some favourites to show you but please visit the shop to see more of the products that are available with these designs.

The Golden Leaves this time is the only one without photo manipulation although the scarf is tiled with the photo on the Redbubble software. Please click the pictures to see more or purchase.

 

Golden Leaves Scarf

 

Starlings in the Wind Dress

 

Sunset Swirls chiffon top

 

Darkness is Gathering in a Swirl cushion

 

Leaf Swirl notebook

 

Fish Waves acrylic block

 

Spinning Moon Moths metal print

 

 

Wake of the Chorus drawstring bag

 

Whirl in a Whirlwind iphone case

Now I MUST get into my work-shed and fondle some glass!

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Voices of the Wind Exhibition

It is 14 days into my exhibition “Voices of the Wind”¬†at Somerset Crafts ¬†so I thought it would be a good time to share some photos of it with you.

Voices-of-the-Wind-exhibiti

Apart from my four new  pieces (in previous posts), I have selected some of my past work dating back to 2006 that fits in well with the theme.

“Spirit of the Leaves” is displayed in the window for maximum light and effect. “The Storm” is in full pelt on the easel in the window corner¬†with “Birds in the Rain” here in the foreground¬†:

"The Storm" meets "Spirit of the Leaves"

“The Storm” meets “Spirit of the Leaves”

Around the other side I have hung “Slipstream” (part 3), “In a Spin” and “Circling Flock” all of which you can see on my website

Here are the new wind inspired pieces beside Billy Rhodes’ gate that leads to all the other artists displays (and my¬†permanent display in the distance there) :

New pieces

New pieces

And these are my leaves made with stained glass and some of my hand-gilded gold glass that sit in the centre of the exhibition area:

leaves

leaves

The gallery is open every day. There are currently 19 of us who exhibit work at Somerset Crafts. We run it as a co-operative and take it in turns to steward. You can find us on the Somerset Levels at the Avalon Marshes Centre,  Shapwick Road, Nr. Glastonbury, Somerset. The scenery outside is stunning too!

The Somerset Levels near Westhay reserve

The Somerset Levels near Westhay reserve

Come visit soon ūüôā

Birds in the Rain

Another piece for my solo exhibition “Voices of the Wind” at Somerset Crafts to accompany The Storm. It is quite a small piece (A4) made with stained glass, float glass over painted board and mirror glass.

Here are 2 shots of it in different light (I feel an animation coming on!)

Birds in theRain (view 1)

Birds in the Rain (view 1)

Birds in the Rain (view 2)

Birds in the Rain (view 2)

As well as the similarities to my larger mosaic “The Storm” it also shares a likeness to “Rain”.

Here are both:

The Storm

The Storm

Rain

Rain

If you haven’t seen the animations I made of Rain and The Storm click the links.

I have to get my 4 mosaics –¬† Wind Whips, The Wind Eagle, The Shadow of the Wind¬†and Birds in the Rain framed this week in time for the exhibition which starts on May 1st.

I have just started to make some 3 dimensional leaves to include in the exhibition.

I’ll share them with you next time, come back soon

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The Wind Eagle

Whilst researching Norse myths for my ash tree trunk sculpture I came across a poem telling the origin of the wind. It went like this:

Hraesvelg, he is called,

who sits at heaven’s end,

a giant in eagle’s shape.

From his wings,

it is said, the winds

blow over all men

(The Sibyl’s Prophecy. 37)

It immediately appealed to me especially as my Larks series were based on an idea where the birds  made the colours of the skies.

On further research I discovered that it is also an Anebeki Native American Indian legend and this was probably the earlier legend. This is it in a condensed form:

One day Gluscabi, out hunting in his canoe became cross at the wind that was blowing his boat to the shore. When he got home he asked his grandmother Woodchuck¬†what made the wind blow and she told him it is his grandfather Wuchowsen, the wind eagle, whom he would find if he walked into the wind. So Gluscabi¬†struggled towards the wind that was blowing stronger than ever before.¬†As he climbed the mountains¬† he eventually¬†¬†found his grandfather, the wind eagle, and he shouted to him “Grandfather, you are doing a fantastic job making the wind blow so strong.”¬† The eagle was so proud that he flapped his wings even harder, so it was hard for Gluscabi to stand on the mountain top. “Like this?” he said. Gluscabi said “yes, but I think you will do better over on that peak over there, I will take you there.”¬† And with that he picked up the eagle and carried him over to a crevice in the rock where he dropped his grandfather ¬†and let him get stuck there.

As Gluscabi returned home he was pleased there was no wind, but soon the air became hot, it was hard to breathe and the river began to smell bad. His grandmother asked him what he had done and when Gluscabi  told her, she explained to him that the wind is made to keep the air clean and cool and helps to keep life healthy.

So Gluscabi returned to the eagle who was still restrained in the rock crevice, and because he felt ashamed at what he had done, he pretended to be his grandfather’s nephew. He freed his grandfather and¬†set him back on his original mountain peak so he could flap his winds and make the wind¬†¬†again.¬† Gluscabi said “uncle, it is good to have windy days ¬†but sometimes it is good to have still days.” ¬†The wind eagle agreed and since then we have both windy days and still days.

My first sketch for the wind eagle looked more like a young eagle drying his wings!

first-drawing-for-wind-eagl

I needed to get more energy into the eagle. Imagine the strength he would need to make the wind. So I sketched out many more (most of which are¬†terrible so I can’t share them)¬†eventually I scribbled out this one…

second-sketch

It was better, so I played about with his form and then made a colour cartoon…

Drawing for Wind Eagle

Drawing for Wind Eagle

The final mosaic …

The Wind Eagle

The Wind Eagle

Come back soon and see the third mosaic for my Voices of the Wind exhibition

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Wind Whips

I’m working on a¬†new series of mosaics for my¬† showcase exhibition “Voices of the Wind” at Somerset Crafts in May. It’s a tight deadline but I’m hoping to produce at least 4 new pieces¬†.

My first piece is called “Wind Whips“.

This was the first drawing:

First Sketch for Wind Whips

First Sketch for Wind Whips

I liked the black “whips” streaming out from the grasses and whipping around in the wind. It was a spontaneous sketch, just a doodle really, with the wind in my head!

But I wanted a different format. I felt that the grasses had to have more impact, take up more space, almost as if they were suffocating me. As I sketched out another picture, some of the paintings by Surrealist Max Ernst¬†began to surface in my¬†thoughts,¬† especially his¬†painting “La Joie de Vivre (The Joy of Life)”,¬†where the grasses fill the canvas and the spaces¬†in your head. In his painting you get lost in the grasses¬†and you are fascinated and (in days gone by) disturbed by¬†the strange¬†bugs and insects.

You can see how my mind was working¬†as I made my second sketch. There had to be enough sky to show the wind lines and the streaming “whips” but ¬†I had to keep adding more grass to the bottom of the picture¬†to get that¬†feeling of suffocation.

second sketch (cartoon) for wind whips

second sketch (cartoon) for wind whips

Looking at the sketch now I could see that the bird wasn’t quite in the right place. So I re-placed him on my cement board when I traced out the cartoon. I also decided to follow the field line to make the sky more wavy and windy.

Detail of Wind Whips in progress

Detail of Wind Whips in progress

Then I threw caution to the winds by letting the sky break free to follow some of the whips!

detail2-wind-whips-progress

… and¬†finally

Wind Whips

Wind Whips

Detail of Wind Whips

Detail of Wind Whips

Come back soon to see my second new piece for the series.

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