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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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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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I’ve been doing a lot of sorting out in ‘Star Command’ recently (my loft / general dumping ground which is meant to be being converted to my new office!) – amazing what one finds during the course of such activity!

Amongst a million old back-up disks from various defunct computers, here are some old photos of what I think were my first ever welded sculpture attempts. Taken sometime in 2005, the photos are really small as I am guessing that was the limit of my digital camera technology back then!

The first set is of ‘DeerDog’, a hybrid animal that combines the characteristics of a dog and a deer! Made from all sorts of rusty iron parts (mainly old garden implements and a bits of bicycles) I was always really pleased with the ‘cheeky’ look of this little fella – friendly, attentive and playful!

DeerDog!

DeerDog!

DeerDog head on

DeerDog head on

Down boy!

Down boy!

The second set is a of a ladybug-like creation, made from an old wok, some cutlery, parts of an old cooker and a coat hook. I remember the wok was really hard to weld to successfully – I am guessing it is stainless steel? I’d be really interested to see it now and see if the shiny parts have rusted at all?

Bug!

Bug!

Bug close up

Bug close up

These were made and sited in the parents’ garden of an old friend I have unfortuantely lost touch with – I’d love to know if they are still there and, if so, how they look now!?…

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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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Some friends of mine have just started a very cool community/showcase site for the visual arts that I feel compelled to mention.

Called visualart:now, the site has lots and lots of stuff to commend it to both the practicing visual artist or pure enthusiast alike.

In addition to allowing one to merely upload images of work and sell it online (which lots of sites seem to do these days), this one adds a lot of value by having numerous additional features such as relevant articles, interviews with established artists, an events diary and a forum. Most useful to the struggling freelancer is the ‘jobs/opportunities’ listing, which I’ve already taken full advantage of! The site is also incredibly easy and logical to use.

So, enough enthusing – I’m off to get the camera and put some of my more recent items of scrap sculpture up there!!

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