Pottery from the past year…

So, I’ve finally managed to get around to photographing all the little collections of pots I’ve been gleefully taking home with me over the past year… Most of them are in happy use in my kitchen!

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Taken on my kitchen windowsill with some beautiful Nepali lokhta paper as a ground.

Cyanotypes

At one stage in my life I decided I was going to be a photographer.. in the end I didn’t pursue that thought very far but I’ve always been really fascinated by ancient photographic processes.  For an overview of this kind of thing and the wonderful and ethereal images that can be produced there’s still an online resource connected to the fantastic British Library exhibition from around 2009-10.

The other day I finally fulfilled my ambition to do a class in cyanotype printing – an early form of photogram producing delicious deep blue and white images using very simple and easy to use chemicals.  I didn’t take many shots during the class but admit that I got more carried away with the mess on the emulsioning table as it slopped about and developed in various stages.  I’ve included a shot of the work as it was coming out of the darkroom – a selection from our whole class…

Nouvelles Objets (ish)

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A belated post of a load of fun winter market stock by As The Crow Flies industries… Speaking of industrious – I just went to the Watershed to see the incredible early Russian film ‘Turksib‘ with a live score by Bronnt Industries Kapital.  Absolutely mesmerising and beautiful.  Everything is rendered so clear and pure in black and white; it gives far more space to simply observe and engage with what’s going on.

Paintworks Spring Art Market

Well, the sun shone brightly on the day of the market – possibly for the first time with any true gusto this spring, which could account for the slow trickle of art and craft lovers milling through…. However, there were lots of lovely make and do-ers there to meet and peruse.  Here’s how my bike-powered stall was looking in early March…  Soon might be trying to tout my wares at the Bristol Vintage Velo ride fete and perhaps even Colston Hall’s ‘Made in Bristol’ market later this month.  Must admit I’d almost rather be taking part in the vintage dress-up country bike tour rather than trying to sell things!

 

 


Checkout Market

Checkout at Central Reservation – 6th June 2010

Took part in the rather wondrous art market Checkout at a great temporary contemporary art space (Central Reservation) in Stokes Croft a couple of weeks back.

Really inspiring to be at a market with so many other diverse artists and makers.  Good space… Checkout my stall…

buttons buttons…

browsing through some photos of buttons and things, thought i would post up a range of different styles:

having so much fun with photos…

well, what a day of fun…virtually unheard of in recent months at work (sorry LBL, very disloyal, but have any of us been having fun?).  I even got to work within the realms of 9am just at the prospect of spending the afternoon waltzing round Montpelier park attempting to create funkalicious photos with which to populate a schools’ education pack i am designing… Not the most usual LBL activity.

So, after a morning of the usual stuff I met up with my friend Sy and went to take photos of his skate shoes…  I’ve never tried taking portrait shots before, weirdly its actually more self-conscious making being behind the lens than in front of it as you have to be in charge of the situation and have avision of what you want to create and then communicate that.  I think in retrospect I may stick to the very large repertoire of inanimate, or at the very least mute, subjects available in the world so that they can’t scrutinise my techniques.  However, the results were pretty good.  Also think I need to move away from the fish-eye lens fascination as, entertaining though it is, the novelty is bound to wear thin at some juncture.

Sarah, LBL’s wonderful intern who I have discovered writes a very delicious looking blog about tea and cakes and all things nice, was extremely obliging and ditched her beautiful floral gear to climb into her brother’s swimming shorts and boyfriend’s cricket jumper and proceeded to gamely jump off climbing frames…What the results of this will all say to today’s disaffected teen in terms of cool I am not entirely sure but I think the photos look great.  Whoop whoop, how to sell the idea of ethical sportswear production using two people who are not exactly ambassadors of sporting prowess or urban nike-toting bling.  Oh well, making good use of sunshiney afternoons is always a good thing.