Wild City opened today at the Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol. Scenes of the Northern Slopes; Knowle West open green spaces, were composed from photos groups had taken through out the year and put into boxes to be hung at the centre and in the community. Landscape images are being projected at human height to you can walk into the images.
It will be in the gallery space at the Media Centre until early May when they will be taken out into shops and homes with directions on how to get to the Northern Slopes.
It’s open to everyone Monday – Friday. best to call in advance incase the space is being used.
For the next piece I will be working on I’ve been to visit Campbell Young Associates in Bristol to discover the art of wig making.
Hairs are aligned using a very impressive brush of sharp nails, keeping the thick tops of the hairs and thinner lighter ends in place. The mesh base is moulded to an individuals head and then individual strands of human hair are knotted into place taking growth direction and density of hair into account.
Each head has its own form to work the wig on. They used to be made in wood like this one but have been replaced by styrofoam.
I will be joining the Knowle West media Centre and the Guardians of the Northern Slopes to create an exhibition using photographic perspectives of the people in the area. The centre is an amazing space that has grown out of the local community and gives people access to digital technology. The residency will run between February and March 2014 and I’m very much looking forward to working with them.
The image comes from Wildfest! 2013 on the Northerns Slopes.
Object Atelier took the family of interactive furniture to four new homes in Bristol. The Rocking bench to a dentist, the Balance table to a theatre, the Tapas table to a bar and the puppet table to a school. They all gathered together at the Tobacco Factory for the weekend market. Take a look at more images of the pieces here or read about our journey here objectatelier.wordpress.com
We installed the puppet table at Begbrook Primary Academy in Bristol, transforming it into a drawing table complete with illustrated table cloth. All colouring pens are attached to each other to make a game of interaction and cooperation. Come and see it at the Tobacco Factory on the 10th February!
I’ve just spent a fantastic Norweigan winter at NKD in Dale. It was a great pleasure to share time and inspirations with Anna van Stuijvenberg, Barbara Caveng and of course Simon Jones. More pictures are up here and here.
It’s left me speechless.
I’ve tried to make a stool based on the process of greenwood broom making. It’s ended up shuffling around the studio as quite a little character, hanging out with the plastic brushes. I don’t like the way it’s turned out but it’s humoured me.
Created Object Atelier with Alexandra Parry. Building a family of interactive pieces and inspirations. The latests pieces were taken on an excursion of a french market to be tested out and talked with. See more images of the pieces here.
Whilst researching for Object Atelier, Alex and I chanced up an old clog making barn in the pyrenees, and was given a tour my the son of the maker. The barn was frozen in time so we could capture the process through the blanks left over. The arrival of plastic shoes and wellies rendered wooden shoe and their makers obsolete, there is one remaining workshop in the Ariege. They are surprisingly comfortable and effective at keeping out cold and mud.
Wooo! I will be undertaking a 3 month residency at the to the Nordic Artists Centre in 2012 joining Simon Jones. I will write more here as it happens.
After a serious amount of commitment to grow food at Banister House, the gardens are being to take shape. Well done all for all the hard work. Brilliant!
Tonight is the launch of the special works schools’ first publication. Come along!
Tuesday 2nd August 2011
2/3 Great Pulteney Street
London W1F 9LY
On 2nd August we publish our Preliminary Report, which gathers together field observations, speculative proposals, historical images and capsule essays.
First established by the Royal Engineers during the first world war as a place to teach, display and experiment with new techniques of camouflage. The school was eventually dismantled but has been brought back to life by this collection or artists, writers and designers.
For more information on the project visit http://www.camouflagepark.org/
After a splendid time in Metis the garden went up. The bubbling pumps to aerate the algae went down a treat.
Find out more about the garden here http://www.physicgarden.org.uk/ and we are just doing up the algae garden site here http://algaegarden.wordpress.com/
The Algae Garden will be shown at the International Garden Festival, Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens,
Gardens of Algae are believed to have begun with the Aztecs skimming edible and protein rich spirulina from the surface of Mexico’s Lake Texcoco it’s now being used for food and fuel production. Algae is commonly found in gardens, but rarely is it celebrated.
So we’ve made a garden to produce and show the variety of uses of algae. looking at the imaginative possibilities for productive gardens of locally produced energy and food.
The ALGAE Garden by Heather Ring, Dr. Brenda Parker, Synnøve Fredericks
First tester in Bentonite clay.
Playing with the recipe for ‘Bon Bon de Terre’.
Testing out the recipe for unsuspecting friends!
A selection if the Salt Ceramic materials Laura Harrison and I played with. It was surprisingly strong when baked and went on to become a drying jar for herbs.