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Small Town Vandals wont spoil our show!

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  Michelle Greenwood-Brown

recycled ceramic mosaic
Michelle Greenwood-Brown

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.

Art in the Sun Poster

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Aloha Teignmouth!

Aloha Teignmouth Stained Glass Hibiscus flower 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!

stained glass hibiscus flower red and yellow paintedThe 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 inseaside stained glass 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 stained glass door panel 1930ssharing the TAAG gallery with 3 very talented artist friends and we are all working on new pieces for that.

stained glass beach huts detail

Anyway, the sun is shining and recycled washing machines do not turn themselves into sculptures, so I will head out into the Sunday sunshine.

Sculpture Trail marks the start of the Summer Holidays

Recycled Crochet carrier bag sculpture

Recycled Crochet carrier bag sculpture

Every year I take part in TRAIL this is a sculpture trail along the sea front in Teignmouth, Devon with sculptures made entirely from recycled materials. Professional artists, community groups and local schools all take part and it is a fun and colourful display with a strong underlying environmental message.

I love taking part in this exhibition, I have exhibited yearly since 2009 and it really heralds the start of the summer holidays for me!

This year I have crocheted a giant squid out of recycled carrier bags (from supermarket recycling bins and friends cupboards), it stands 3m or so in the air suspended on the end of 2 old, broken fishing rods and has a couple of charity shop Barbie victims dangling from its tentacles, about to be eaten.

The trail is totally free and runs from 22nd July 2013 to 1st September 2013 along the beautiful Teignmouth seafront, please come and have a look if you are in the area, I am in the flower bed outside the Beachcomber cafe.

Beautiful day for installing a wishing tree!

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 recycled sculpturethe 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!

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Under the Weather

Spent a blustery afternoon on Teignmouth Sea Front today putting up my entry into the annual TRAIL sculpture exhibition. Open to anyone TRAIL has one main rule- your sculpture has to be at least 70% from recycled materials and have some kind of environmental message. Unfortunately we did not receive any funding this year, to the usual grand opening, winners prizes, posters and postcards are absent, but there are still over 30 sculptures to be enjoyed on a free TRAIL from Shaldon Botanical Gardens to Dawlish via Teignmouth sea front.

Every year I make use of my scrap waste glass (a by product of my stained glass business) and this year was no exception, I pieced hundreds of pieces of waste glass (too small to do anything else with) together into rain drop shapes and fused them in my kiln. I have made around 140 in total and these were all strung from a frame made of old office shelving brackets my dad found for me with an old chicken wire cloud filled with empty paint pots and flower pots from a local decorator. I hope my piece symbolises how the weather is affected by our actions on the ground and how much waste we produce. The weather is always awful on the day I put my sculpture up and at least today it wasn’t raining………but gale force winds forecast for tomorrow, so fingers crossed it will still be there!

More of my raindrops will be hung over the river at Dawlish in the week and after the exhibition finishes all of the raindrops will be sold off individually for The Helen Foundation, a local charity working to encourage and enable young people to participate in the arts. Lets just hope the weather, seagulls and passers by are kind to it! I will also have lots of work on exhibition in the TRAIL Inside indoor exhibition at the TAAG Gallery, Teignmouth from August to September 2011

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Pieces for ‘Landscapes’ at Otterton Mill

 

After a mammoth effort I got all my pieces for my latest exhibition to the gallery 4 hours before they started hanging, which is cutting it a bit fine! Otterton Mill is a lovely gallery space, craft shop, working Mill and award winning restaurant near Budleigh Salterton in Devon and this is my second exhibition with them, almost exactly a year a part. The works here are all inspired by local landscapes, from Poltimore House to Sidmouth beachand incorporate found objects, etching and acid etching, recycled glass. All the pieces are made using traditional stained glass leading techniques and some of them are framed in reclaimed tulip tree frames, commissioned from a local carpenter, which look lovely. I have 10 large pieces and several smaller items for exhibition and sale in the gallery, along side 2 other artists, the wonderful Robert Jennison and local artist Amy Cummins our work seems to compliment each other very well. I am glad I work in glass as it would be very daunting to be exhibiting paintings with such talented artists!

Anyway, below is a slide show of my pieces and the exhibition is free and runs from 5th March till 25th April, so please have a look if you are in the area.

Inspiration on the Cornish coast

We have just returned from a glorious camping trip to Maker Heights campsite, near Cawsands in Cornwall. It was a fabulous campsite, just a toilet block and a field where campfires were permitted, perfect! The kids had a wonderful time playing in the trees and walking down to the beach on the coast path and us adults played with fire and had a relaxing time. The site is an area of outstanding natural beauty and was used as various military garrassons until recently, due to its unparalelled view of the coastline and Devonport ship yard across the river in Plymouth.  They have various enterprises underway on the site, artist studios, local businesses and annual music festivals; an interesting place well worth a visit.

The coastline there was amazing and we had some great days on the beach in Cawsands. I intend to use this coastline as inspiration for some new pieces (I have lots of ideas already), unfortunately I dont have the time right now as I have 3 commissions on the go and lots of shops to restock………watch this space for some future work coming out of this lovely trip!

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I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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