Thursday, 19 September 2013

Artist spoons out experiments

A big thank you to Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design who lined up this interview with Arts Reporter, Elissa Barnard of the Halifax Chronicle Herald Newspaper, who is such a lovely person to talk to.

The article below is the result of our chat.... (double click on the image to read the article) 

Halifax Chronicle Herald, 18 September 2013, D3

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Thank you to my Pozible Supporters

Id like to give a big thank you to all of you who went the extra mile by pledging your support to assist with my residency at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, in Halifax Canada.

The Mitchell House Historic Property. Original hand drawn and water colour postcard
I was overwhelmed by your response, and I raised enough to cover the cost of my airfare to Halifax, Canada.

The opportunity has been truly amazing. The province is full of inspiration and I have collected enough stuff for at least four more bodies of work (yes four!) which I envisage will keep me busy for quite some time. It also gave me the opportunity to learn new skills as I developed my ideas in the Wood and Metal studios.

Morris St Historic House C1875. Original hand drawn and water colour postcard
The residency has now finished which allows time to develop designs for the rewards that were available on Pozible.

These images are the post cards three Pozible supporters will receive in the mail over the next couple of weeks.

Old Town Clock in Halifax. Original hand drawn and water colour postcard
Thank you again

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Traversing Frontiers Exhibition at Mary E Black Gallery 6 - 22 September 20013

 Wow! Its hard to believe that ten weeks have passed and that I have finished my residency in Halifax.

This past week has been a blur as I have been putting the finishing touches to my artwork. I installed my pieces on Tuesday and the opening night (reception) was on Thursday 5 September 2013. We had a great crowd and it was fascinating to see all 10 participating artist's final work in the gallery.

Pictures from opening night can be viewed here.

For those who have been following the progress of my residency you will know that I have been exploring and researching landscapes, ladies and literature in Nova Scotia. The spoon has become a metaphor for the experiences and strength of pioneering women, symbolising nurturing and referring to the hardships and lack of food the pioneers experienced during the early years of Canada's history.

Below are some images of my final pieces in the show.

Top row: Adrift in a New Land
Canadian red clay, majolica, cobalt
Bottom row: Lost in the Backwoods / Deep stillness of the woods
Canadian red clay, majolica, cobalt, decal, leather, copper pins, found forest wood

Genteel Poverty
Cut and etched antique silver spoons, antique linen  

Nature Vs Nurture
Antique silver spoons, copper wire
Dimensions variable
Gallery installation view
Gallery installation view
For more images of my work and artwork in the exhibition by the ten participating artists click here.

I would also like to extend my thanks to all those who supported my Pozible project who helped to make this opportunity a reality. I have had the most amazing time. Nova Scotia has such gorgeous countryside, rich history and I have met so many fabulous people. 

It really has been a life changing experience!



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