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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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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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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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The other day I was walking past an area of public field that had recently been levelled with the help of some brought-in soil. Judging by the amount if scrap iron that was visible poking out of the new soil, I guess it had come from some form of landfill site. Far from being disgusted by the presence of this unsightly rubbish in the spoil, I found rummaging through and collecting potentially useful bits of it a fantastically fun exercise!!

Here is a selection of the most interesting bits I came across, all of which I hope to use in the re-birth of my long-overdue Gate of Confusion project…

The total hoard!

The total hoard!

In particular I like this bits – the rod has ends made of  lead ! Any ideas / comments re what they might be would be gratefully appreciated!?

Any ideas!?

Any ideas!?

I also liked this bit, of twisted rod with again some peculiarly interesting ends…

Huh?

Huh?

Say what?

Say what?

And for any new readers out there, here is what they will soon be added to (I hope!):

The Gate of Confusion!

The Gate of Confusion!

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Words fail me on Mati Karmin’s – one of Estonia’s foremost sculptors – use of recycled materials (Mines! That’s right, the explosive kind!) in the constuction of his art and furniture… Utter genius!

Check out his website here >>

Mati Karmin's Mines!

Mati Karmin's Mines!

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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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Following on from my iron work guitar stand, here’s a similar thing I’ve just made for Karen in King Alfred’s Cakes for her flute:

This one is made in the following way:

  1. The legs are made from three old drill bits, welded together in a triptych of 120 degrees.
  2. These are then welded to a base assembly, formed from an old Ikea candlestick (bought from a sale bin for the grand sum of 30p!)
  3. The metal upright, which slides into the barrel of the flute, is made from another old drill bit (a differently patterned bit, possibly for wood?) with the end point filed away. This is secured into the candle holder base (in the place/position a candle would normally occupy) with some judiciously poured melted lead (which also adds a nice bit of stabilising weight)
  4. A coat of matt black paint finishes the whole thing off. . .

Here is a Work In Progress shot, as well as the finished (or so I thought!) item.

flute stand in progress

flute stand in progress

first version completed

first version completed

When I showed it to Karen she was worried that the sharp drill bit may scratch the inside of her flute, and also that the bottom resting area was not quite wide enough. Taking these iterations on board, here’s the second/final version – I welded a much wider base plate (made from an old washer) in place , and I found a transparent plastic sheath to cover the drill shaft. It’s not quite as attractive with this sheath in place, but it is removable and I may be able to find something better to cover it with in the future?

Here’s the second iteration (minus the sheath) – below that is a comparison shot showing how it looks with the protective sheath removed/in place

Second version completed

Second version completed

Side views

Side views

It’s not exactly portable (most flute stands unscrew into manageable pieces) bit I hope it adds a bt of old world character on stage!?

Now I just need to make something for Carol the cello player – stay tuned for when inspiration hits me!

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