I’m Making Things again – what a joy. The past few months got so brim-full choc-a-bloc with working for other people that I almost forgot what this whole run-away-to-the-seaside art school adventure was all about. When I started to miss the clarity of my old job, I knew something was seriously wrong (anyone who knew me back then will tell you that clarity is not a word I’d have used at the time, much as I loved said job).
So… a line was drawn, space has been made in my week, coffee has been consumed in places other than my flat, the flower pots on my window sill have been re-potted with living things, and ideas have been gathered. David Nash says to start by doing something you’ve done before, to get you back into that space. So a new tool roll came along, and a set of sketch books got stitched. Time was spent looking back to pick out markers, signposts, clues.
Thinking about the dusty little room at R-Space where my work will be shown. Letting go of my first thoughts of clearing it all out, more interested in an intervention. Slotting into the gaps, layering over what’s already there (but maybe without that big placard).
I’m enjoying having a copy of Olivier Dupon’s The New Artisans from the Uni library, especially as it includes Manon Gignoux. Seeing her work again has set me off on numerous foraging outings to gather old linens, blankets and all manner of delicious treasure.
My part of the show will be a collection of brushes, and here are the beginnings…
You can see David Cleland’s pictures of the building here
Oh, and I’ve been offered a place in One Year On at New Designers. Another deadline. The challenge to have new work to show, and sell, by the end of June.