Aller Farmhouse Day 14

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

It is a sad and happy day today….. I am extremely happy because the Labyrinth is complete. But very sad as my journey has come to an end for Aller Farmhouse and the making of my work.

It has been a wonderful experience, a real adventure! I have made lots of mistakes, learnt new things and met some pretty amazing people throughout these last few months.

Now time for celebration at the private view tomorrow and then a well deserved rest before the next journey begins.

“Desires, memories, fears, passions form labyrinths in which we lose and find and then lose ourselves again”.

 

Aller Farmhouse Day 13

” The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination”

Yikes where did the time go….day thirteen and nearly finished. The sun has come out which I am so happy about and a good report for the weekend, excellent (there is light at the end of that tunnel!).

Today has been just making the installation tidy… though I have added a growth from the frame into the ground to make the installation appear as if it is sprouting off the frame.

 

Aller Farmhouse Day 12

“As thunder rumbled, wondered I:
How come this grumble from the sky?
And lightning flashed and tore asunder,
This very sky that I stand under! ”

You would not believe this from the photographs (but do check the time lapse video if you don’t believe me!), but today was a TOTAL wash out, thunder, lighting and all!……

Because of this very reason I was not expecting any visitors today. But nah some very brave art lovers did visit me today despite the soggy grimness of it all!

I did get a good shot of a visitor inside my web, I am loving how the dark shadow of the figure is framed by the bright yellow.

 

Aller Farmhouse Day 11

“…the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”

Back and refreshed after a day off and well what can we say about the weather report…. It lies! Today unfortunately was a miserable day….. though i did receive some encouragement from neighbours and passers by, which was much appreciated thank you!

I have made the entrance more like an archway today, making it stand out by using varied thickness of threads. Now is the time of tying loose ends, making some areas more defined and shaped.

Aller Farmhouse Day 10

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I’ve a many curious things to shew when you are there.”
Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.” ”

Day ten at Aller today and I have run out of wool….. nah only joking. I have more at home, but I have used all that I took on day one and I really didn’t think I would use all that! Amazing. Also I am spotting that daddy long legs are using my work to rest and keep dry.

Richard has also been working very hard in the garden today as you can see in the time lapse film for today!

I was also having a but of another wonder around the garden and this plant caught my eye, it looks really terrific in the rain.

It was a short day today and I will be taking a rest tomorrow from Aller, as the weather report is looking extremely grim! but will be back on Wednesday.

 

Labour of love come to fruition

Garden of Eden

The last fortnight has been a rather mad whirlwind leading to SAW’s opening, managing both my venues between other day-to-day commitments, testing my sanity.  Miraculously, the Garden of Eden came together on time.  With the support and help of good friends and a few late nights finishing off, I managed to complete my 3  installations at Esotera, set up at Thornreed Studio (venue 94), get to the Abundance micro feast at East Lambrook, do a talk and workshop on the first Saturday and thoroughly enjoy chatting to visitors for the past week.  Thanks to Pauline Watson and team, the Harveys (owners at Esotera) and Hicks & Don (wine sponsors) for their hard work, food and drink contributions to the private view, it was a lovely event.

I asked a photographer (from 35mil) to take some pics of the work.  We re-scheduled 3 times due to poor weather and it was third time lucky when the sun finally broke through after a dull, cold day.  Dappled sunlight heightens the enchantment on the largest piece – lichen-inspired work set in a copse of silver birch trees.  What’s really needed now is more sunshine to do its magic over this last coming weekend to encourage a wider, more abundant audience.

I’ve received many appreciative, insightful comments about the Garden of Eden and yesterday was a particularly good day at Esotera, with a large range of visitors of all ages.   A friend even made a visit from above in a glider.   Grass is starting to grow through my main installation, and although I regularly collect some of the leaves/debri that fall onto the work (especially after high winds last week), they almost enhance it.   The work is settling into the site – perhaps it should remain a permanent feature!   Gengis the cat is enjoying the extra attention and Scruffy – one of the free-roaming chickens – has an odd habit of pecking at visitors’ feet/legs!   Ahh sweet!

I am feeling positive about the whole experience, apart from poor weather at times bringing less visitors (and a few recoiling when faced with the NGS entrance fee).   It has been hard work, challenging, great fun, addictive even – and I think, successful.

Garden of Eden - detail Garden of Eden nestled amongst silver birch trees

Garden of EdenDetail DetailLichen-inspired formsDetail

Garden of Eden

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