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I’ve just installed my ‘Art Deco Uplighter’ in the home of the lucky person who bought it from my show!

To my surprise they actually wanted it as a downlighter – luckily that made very little difference to the way it needed to be affixed to the wall and I must admit it worked really well that way around. The halogen bulb throws a very attractive pattern on the wall and the light cast is just the right strength / warmth.

Here’s a very quick shot – I wish I had made more of them!!

Art Deco 'downlighter' in action

Art Deco ‘downlighter’ in action

 

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New steampunk poster

Here’s a shot of a new bespoke poster I’ve just produced for someone as a result of my recent exhibition.

Xmas steampunk poster

Xmas steampunk poster

It features a custom background to complement the wording, and has been framed in a white, A3 sized mount and frame.

Perfect for any steampunk-themed Xmas present – do get in touch if you want one for your very own!

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The exhibition of my steampunk lighting and general sculptures has now come to an end.

It was a fantastic 10 days – I met some fascinating people, swapped lots of ideas and stories with other artists, and, maybe best of all, even sold a few pieces!

Highlights were the ‘Art Deco’ lamp (I could have sold this four times over if I had more than just the one!) and also my new range of ‘Music Stand’ lamps (I am going to knock a few of these up n the next few weeks so will post some pictures /details etc).

My welded steel ‘Mr Bobbly Head’ sculpture (shown in the last post) has also sold, and is now installed in a wonderful new home here in St Albans. I will miss him!

The next artist to be features in the exhibition is the surrealistic photographer Roger Dorey – do go down and check out his amazing photos if you are anywhere near the show…

Roger Dorey

Roger Dorey

 

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This week saw the opening of the 10 day exhibition of my steampunk items and sculpture. After an extremely hectic couple of days setting up, I am really pleased with the results! We had an opening night Private View on the first day, attended by none other than the Mayor of St Albans as well as lots of friends and general punters. Smooth jazz for the evening was provided by my brother, who I must say did an excellent job! Here are just a few selected photos both from the night and also of some of the general works on show / for sale. Do get in touch if anything strikes your fancy!

Private-view-2

My brother playing jazz

David Hardy (portrait artist), Sam Sawdy (organsier), me, The Mayor of St Albans

David Hardy (portrait artist), Sam Sawdy (organsier), me, The Mayor of St Albans

10Key rings and light pulls

Key rings and light pulls

The 'Black Box' lamp

The ‘Black Box’ lamp

General view of some of the stuff

General view of some of the stuff

The 'Silver Box' lamp

The ‘Silver Box’ lamp

The 'Art Deco Uplighter' (the star of the show so far – I could have sold loads of these!)

The ‘Art Deco Uplighter’ (the star of the show so far – I could have sold loads of these!)

Another general view

Another general view

A shot with moody lighting

A shot with moody lighting

A few of the steampunk items

A few of the steampunk items

A new uplighter

A new uplighter

Steampunk coat hooks

Steampunk coat hooks

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A great opportunity has just cropped up in my area – a group of local artists have gained access to an empty shop and are running a two month long ‘pop up’ art show/sale.

My stuff (my steampunk-style lighting, welded metal sculpture, home and garden accessories etc) is being shown in the second week, 10th to 19th November.

Click here to download a flyer for my part of the show (Pop Up Shop Flyer) but see the shop website here for more details on all the artists taking part, opening times, location etc >>

My stuff!

My stuff!

 

 

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Here are a few quick shots of a new lamp creation.

My new lamp

My new lamp

My Can Olivas lamp got a lot of positive comments when it was on show at the recent Gadgets & Goggles exhibition, and I’ve long had a mind to make another in a similar style.

For a while I’ve had an old car exhaust manifold lying around, rusting nicely in the back garden, waiting for the perfect project to come along! It’s a bit of a strange one (even for me!) but I have to say that it works really well.

View from underneath

View from underneath

Like the Can Olivas it is really intended as a downligher, but could equally well be used pointing up. It’s really strange / interesting shape (I left things like a dent, a side clip etc in place to add to the overall look), but works well in the right setting. As with most of my lamps it uses a low voltage 20W halogen bulb, which emits a bright, clear glow.

Exhausting Lamp

Exhausting Lamp

I left the piece in its natural, rusty condition sealed this with a few coats of spray varnish.

Being an old exhaust, it tended to leak particles of dust and soot – hence I filled the end with a good plug of concrete, making it both neat and safe.

Sealing the exhaust tube

Sealing the exhaust tube

As ever this piece is for sale – do contact me if you think it might look right in your own home, studio or workplace!

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The Gadgets & Goggles exhibition at the Museum of St Albans is nearing an end… To celebrate the exhibition, a Grand Ball was held last weekend…

Gadgets & Goggles

Gadgets & Goggles

The night was fantastic, with a steampunk band (Ghostfire), a steampunk DJ, a bar, photobooths and nightime entrance to the exhibition.

Here’s a quick shot of the band, complete with period backdrop projections:

Ghostfire playing

There are photos of some of the amazing costumes from the night on the Museum’s Facebook page – see them here >>

Here’s an official shot from the night showing yours truly with the lovely RL…

St Albans Steampunk Ball

St Albans Steampunk Ball

And here’s a few taken in ‘the lab’  – amazing what you can knock together in 10 minutes before leaving the house!

Getting into character

Don’t you make those lamps…?

Is that a telescope...?!

Is that a telescope…?!

Finally, some goggles!

Finally, some goggles!

The exhibition ends next weekend (13th April) – do get along if you have the time before it shuts…

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