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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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My friend Chris B had recently been coordinating an arts project in my area.

Working with a group of local students, the participants have scoured a local disused railway line (now used as a cycle track and general walking route) for lost and discarded items. Taking these back to base, they have then adapted them, wrapping them on various brightly coloured materials, and reinstalled them back along the railway.

Here are a few shots, taken on my phone so apologies for the less-than-fantastic quality!

Found Object Sculpture 1

Found Object Sculpture 1

Found Object Sculpture 2

Found Object Sculpture 2

Found Object Sculpture 3

Found Object Sculpture 3

Explanation

Explanation

More details on this and other projects can be found here:

http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/arts-and-entertainment/ST.aspx

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Last week The Cakes went all the way to Banbury to do a small slot at the excellent Ride a Cock Horse Folk Club.

Run by the very nice Derek and Mary, we were made to feel extremely welcome. It wasn’t the best gig of our lives – we have played and sounded much better in the past, but the environment was very pleasant indeed.

What particularly caught my eye in the upstairs room of The Mill Arts Centre that serves as the venue for the club were the following items of hand-made furniture. Made entirely from welded bits of scrap with dark wooden tops, it’s very much the sort of thing that I like and similar in style to a lot of the stuff I produce (albeit mine being on a much smaller scale so far!):

Bench 1

Bench 1

Bench 2

Bench 2

Bench 3

Bench 3

Bench 4

Bench 4

I’ve no idea who made these great pieces of furniture, but would love to find out if anyone out there knows. . . drop me a line/comment.

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Just heard a very good half hour programme on BBC Radio 4 (as detailed below) all about art made from litter – my kind of heaven!!

You can hear it on the BBC’s excellent ‘listen again’ service, available here –  better be quick though, as I think they only keep programmes up there for one week after transmission?

26 February 2009,  11:30: The Art of Litter
John Wilson explores the reasons why some artists use rubbish in their work and the messages they often communicate about waste, consumerism and the dispensability of modern life.

BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 95 FM and 198 Long Wave

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I’ve just been given the most fantastic present to aid me in my welding investigations! A set of handy tools (basically mole grips with different shaped ends/jaws) specifically designed to hold bits of metal together when welding them….

Gone are the days therefore of having to try to hold my work down by putting heavy things on top of them, nailing them in place to the top of workbench or rashly holding them in trembling gloved hands!!!

What things of beauty… (I’m guessing that serious welders know all about them already, but to me they are a revelation!).  Must get on and actually use them for something now – enough talk, more work…

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So, after the (relative) success of my Shears 1 sculpture, I promptly came across another set of old garden shears in a skip, this time with attractive wooden handles. Another rusty pole was obtained and the two pieces combined…

Shears II was instantly appropriated by a friend of mine who has just moved house and is starting a complete garden-makeover – here are a couple of photos…

In progress:

And in situ:

Next time, something a little more complex, I think!

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