Horn finds a New Home in Hillcommon

Thursday 17th October saw an early start at Little Yarford Farmhouse, with the artist,  garden owners,  new owner of the Horn, and ‘the removal men’  (a team from Mark Butterfield Furniture) on site at 08.30 , AND it wasn’t raining!

Paul Ridge of Hazelmere, Hillcommon, is the new owner of the Horn of Plenty, and plans to install it on his land.

Paul said; ‘ When I first saw the Horn of Plenty I loved its shape, scale and how it looks different from every angle.’

The removal proved to be surprisingly straightforward (from a non participant),  although we nearly lost a man in the pond!

Although some of these pictures are blurred, I like them, and I was walking backwards at speed on wet grass!

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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

The rain it raineth……..

It rained all day until about 15.00 and then the sun came out. Not a single visitor (unless they came after I’d gone home). I can’t sit around all day, and so I went looking for ideas for my next project.

How about these for sculptural forms and colour? Horse chestnuts and a Hawthorn with big orange berries.

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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

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Shaggy dog stories ?

A wet day, but at least the rain wasn’t torrential. A thick mist blanketed the Quantocks Hills obscuring our view from the tump. With the weather still being quite warm, the garden itself was steaming. The ‘Horn’ has now gone all shaggy in the rain, with the ends of the raffia hanging down vertically, and now resembles a wet, shaggy dog. P1020392

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First day of Somerset Art Week 2013

First day of art week and it wasn’t raining!

I managed to get some more photos before any visitors arrived.

What I find interesting, is how different this sculpture looks depending on your viewing point/how trees and plants obscure or partially obscure your view. It was very difficult trying to get the best overall position for this work and I kept asking Denise to help me reposition it and then went wandering off into the garden to view it again from all angles. She was very patient with me…..This is when I could have done with a technical team to do the moving….communicating via our mobiles!

The more I look at this work, the more aquatic or possibly prehistoric it becomes……the slightly blurred picture with the Gunnera definitely looks vaguely like a  giant sea-slug, slithering off into the undergrowth, or is this just me?

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