Take down and look forward

Art Weeks is finished and many of us still busy in taking down work. I went to Malthouse Gallery at East Lambrook Garden today.. artists have already collected their work, there is only few posters left. I hope all hard working artists can now have a good rest and ready for the challenge ahead.

Here is the documentation of the event and exhibition at East Lambrook Garden:

From our photographer Nisha Haq: http://nishahaq.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/200913-saw-abundance-feast-at-east.html

From our Blogger Davina Jelley http://somersetartworksblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/the-abundant-feast.html

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Blaze of Glory: Final day at Aller Farmhouse

SAW blogger Davina review the final day of Art Weeks at Aller Farmhouse, meeting Leah Hislop, the creator of ‘Labyrinth’  http://somersetartworksblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/blaze-of-glory.html

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Photo by Davina Jelley

Crossovers

Pieces are steadily coming together.  The aim is to create a mass of giant growing forms, inspired by lichen, linked to the Eden concept and utilising found objects.  It involves hours of weaving, wrapping and forming, using soft and hard materials together, which is relatively new for me and occasionally  I wonder if I’ll ever get it finished.  Anyway, it’s becoming a daily activity and no matter what else the day holds, I try to spend a few hours on the Abundance work.  I’m hooked on what I’m making, and what I would really like is to have no other interruptions but life isn’t that simple..

Earlier this week we went to Esotera again to measure the installation area and confirm a few details with Zoe.  A landscape designer friend, Jason, came along to help work out where the grass might be allowed to grow a little, in order to create more of an enclosure for the work.  Owners Andrew and Shirley have been very accommodating with this.

Lichen with birch trees beyond Planning the long grass boundaries

Lichen sketch Giant lichen form in progress

On reading the other Abundance artist posts, I like the idea that there seems to be several crossovers in our work; connections which somehow tie the Trail together.

Abundance Feast

I received the initial proposal last week from artist Tasha Stevens about the idea of Abundance Feast, an event alongside the opening of Abundance X Exhibition, taking place at East Lambrook Manor Gardens on Friday 20 September. 6-8pm. I can’t wait for it to happen, it will be totally amazing evening. Information about how to take part in the event, please see the Art Weeks Festival Guide and on Abundance page at SAW website. http://www.somersetartworks.org.uk/abundanceImage

Revisiting Esotera

Today was a perfect day to revisit Esotera.  My first visit with Zoe was on a grim winter’s day.  But today blazing sunshine had brought out new flowers from bulbs, ferns were unravelling, ducks, chickens, fish and a very sociable cat ‘Gengis’ were all glorifying our brilliant 1st of May.

Ferns unravelling Free roaming chickens Gengis Fish loving the sunshine

As I wandered around, I could understand why Esotera gets so many visitors who stay for hours.  The owners and garden envelop you into their world – a place at peace with itself, whilst buzzing with the magic of life and I found it hard to leave!  Undecided about the exact location of my installation, with several possibilities, I took plenty of photos and absorbed the ambience.   It helped to confirm my ideas for the project, and 3 hours later I left, armed with a load of reclaimed materials for my work there, generously donated by the owners Shirley and Andrew.

Esotera Esotera Materials from Esotera

The work begins!

Spring Shoots for The Abundance Garden Trail

Spring Shoots for The Abundance Garden Trail

‘The first day of Spring was also the perfect date to launch SAW’s Abundance Garden Trail which will be a major aspect of this year’s art weeks.’ said our blogger Davina Jelley on the SAW Blog. 

On 21st March, 2013, we launched the project during the Spring Soiree event at Woodland Castle, Taunton. The event was well attended by more than 100 guests. During the event, the artists shared their idea of their new commission.

abundanceartistsPictured above are Friends of SAW Chair Lyn Mowat, Gillian Widden, Dilly Bradley NGS representative, Fiona Campbell, Zoe Li Abundance co-ordinator, Bryony Tidball, Sue Palmer, Leah Hislop and Kitty Hillier. Photo by kind permission of Sebastian King