Published November 10, 2016
Art , Art in Devon , Sculpture , Teignmouth
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, anchor, armistice day, art, boats, coast, craft, design, Devon, poppies, poppy, rememberance, seaside, stained glass, war dead, world war 1
Published August 3, 2014
Tags: art exhibition, coast, Devon, environmental sculpture, free sculpture trail, recycled sculptures, sculpture, seaside, summer, Teignmouth, vandalism
Several of the sculptures in our TRAIL were vandalised last night, I think it is the first time we have really been affected in this way! My Do Do had been pushed over, thankfully no unrepairable damage done and its all intact. Liz Lockyear’s Igloo was used as a party room by the local al fresco drinkers; which I found quite amusing until I realised they had also collapsed the structure by pulling it down, which is miserable for her and she had to do lots of repairing today, its back up, but not quite as sturdy as it was before. Several of the other sculptures had minor injuries, but mostly suffered shock. It is our 10th year and there has been so much good news for us with TRAIL being included in the United Nations Its Our World online art exhibition (a huge international event for young people aged between 4 and 19) so we will not let some thoughtless people bring us down!
I wish people would take Michelle Greenwood-Brown’s advice to Love your Planet!
recycled ceramic mosaic
In better news our Art in the Sun exhibition is looking glorious and open all week from 10-5pm. It is a lovely setting with a barn and woodland full of art. Its being held at Ben Yates parents home and he has a fabulous darkened room with all of his light up sculptures making it a magical experience for young and old.
Published June 22, 2014
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, beach, beach huts, bespoke, blue., cliff, coast, commission, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, exhibitions, front door, green, hand painted, Hawaiian, hibiscus flower, landscape, lead, painted glass, panel, recycled, red, sculpture, sculpture trail, seaside, south Devon, south west coast, stained glass, stained glass panels, summer, summer shows, Teignmouth, traditional methods, tropical, window decoration
Having relocated 12 miles from Exeter to South Devon last winter it is amazing to have our first summer in our seaside house! I am finally back into a good work routine (these things are so dependant on the delicate family/ life balance) and I am preparing for a packed summer of shows and exhibitions!
The new house and my exhibition schedule have crossed over in a serendipitous way and I am making some panels which just so happen to be the right size for windows in our house, so I can install them at home after they have been on tour. Aloha Teignmouth has been designed for my kitchen door. We live in a 30’s semi with original internal doors and these doors have lovely proportions; but I cannot live with the existing frosted glass and view of the recycling boxes behind (what self respecting glass worker would) so I have made this homage to all things Hawaiian and tropical. This playful panel is intended to liven up our white and black kitchen scheme, obscure the less attractive aspects of modern life from indoors and is a great chance for me to work ‘off brief’. The view of the cliffs and beach huts in the background of the panel is the view out of the main kitchen window; I do like it when I get to reference the settings of the windows in some way, windows after all are part of the houses architecture.
The outside world keeps on turning and Gloss Gallery summer show is already up and running, which I am pleased to be part of and as the summer holidays grow nearer I am feverishly working on my recycled sculpture for TRAIL 2014 and working towards my first Devon Open Studios in Teignmouth, I will be sharing the TAAG gallery with 3 very talented artist friends and we are all working on new pieces for that.
Anyway, the sun is shining and recycled washing machines do not turn themselves into sculptures, so I will head out into the Sunday sunshine.
Published September 2, 2012
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, beach, clootie tree, coast, craft, design, Devon, Exhibition, handmade, landscape, public sculpture, recycled, recycled sculpture, recycled sculpture trail, sculpture, sculpture trail, sea, seaside, south west coast, stained glass panels, TRAIL, wishes, wishing tree
I had to go and take my Wishing Tree down today from its sea front home in Teignmouth as the TRAIL exhibition has ended . I had no idea that it would be so popular and we estimate it has around 2,500 wishes (based on the number of rags we put in the bins) I could not keep up with demand and many thanks to Liz Lockyear, the organiser of the event for endlessly filling the bin for me and to Roger Smith (founders of TAAG ) for mending my sculpture when it got so heavy with wet wishes in the rain that it fell over! TRAIL had to run without funding from anywhere this summer and it is in danger of having to stop running, which seems very sad when the public enjoy the exhibition so much.
Anyway, it really doesn’t look like a tree any more; more like a Fraggle Rock monster! But it is now safely erected in my garden, wishes intact and you are cordially invited to add your own wish to my tree/monster during Devon Open Studios which runs from the 8th – 23rd September.
My Kaleidoboat sculpture (which won TRAIL in 2010) will also be on display and I have moved it to my front garden so people can easily find my house!
The slide show takes you through the wishing tree from the start till now, who knows what will happen to it next!
Published August 11, 2012
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, beach, bespoke, design, Exeter, Exhibition, free sculpture trail, landscape, make a wish, palm tree, public participation sculpture, reclaimed, recycled, recycled sculpture, sculpture, sculpture trail, seaside, south west coast, wishing tree
3 weeks have passed since I erected my sculpture on Teignmouth sea front and look how it has changed!!! I had no idea if anyone would want to join in with my interactive piece, but it turns out that they really, really have! Today’s photo is on the left, 3 weeks ago on the right. See my previous post to see how and why I made it.
Literally hundreds of wishes have been tied to my tree, at least 4 pairs of curtains, an old double duvet cover and goodness knows what else; I am really chuffed that now people have started bringing their own strange trinkets and special bits to add to the tree. Thanks to unknown members of the public who have refilled the bin with scraps of material in between my visits!
There is still plenty of time to add your own wish to my tree, it will be on the sea front till September and if it is still in good shape, back at mine for Open Studios in September.
This sculpture is part of the TRAIL recycled sculpture trail on Teignmouth sea front. We also have an indoor gallery at TAAG in Teignmouth town centre.
Published July 23, 2012
Tags: free sculpture trail, installing sculpture, making art, making sculpture, palm tree, recycled sculpture, recycling, sculpture trail, seaside, summer, sunshine, TRAIL, used wine corks
Installed my entry to this year’s TRAIL sculpture trail along the Teignmouth sea front in South Devon today. My children have helped me with it from the start and we have had great time making it from old chicken wire (a recycled previous sculpture), used wine corks, old material and jewellery recycled from unsaleable donations to local charity shops. Many thanks to my friends and their families who have been saving me wine corks for months!
The idea behind the tree came from a real tree I saw whilst on honeymoon in Cyprus that was festooned with ribbons, rags, trinkets and tiny paper prayers which had been hung on the tree as prayers for the dead and sick. The tree was striking, otherworldly and a bit magical and the image stayed with me and has finally bubbled out as a sculpture!
I invite passers by to come and collect a ribbon of material from the supply on the site and tie them to a tree whilst making a wish for someone or the future. I like the idea of the public being able to be involved with and to alter the sculpture, hopefully lots of them will want to join in! Lots of people got involved this morning while we were putting it up, I hope people enjoy it. Its in the shape of a palm tree as the local landmark tree is the Torquay Palm.
TRAIL is a free recycled sculpture trail that runs along Teignmouth Seafront for the summer holidays and the rule is that it must be made from recycled materials. All kinds of people take part from international artists to local schools and disabled groups. This may well be the last year of TRAIL as it has not received any funding this year and as it is a free walking trail there is no revenue unfortunately! My next post will be all about the other artists work, but its been a long day, so for now so long!