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soon minions, soon

Decided to take a break from woodcuts and work on a new installation piece.  Took myself off to Chambers Street Museum to catch the end of the Ming Dynasty show, not a fan of carpets and big wall hangings but I did come across these little beauties.

ming researchLittle clay figures of servant boys, happy with my observation I went home to ‘think’!!

Before I married  I went to my aunts house as she is my last surviving relative in Edinburgh to collect my old, new borrowed, blue items.  I chose a blue crystal brooch to attach to the handbag I’d made from my mums old wedding dress, whilst raking around the nick knacks I found a creepy rubber child’s doll – apparently it was my dads favourite toy as a little boy and it was coming home with me!

Two years later and I decided to make a clay copy of the doll, with the intention of casting in resin.  The doll dated back to 1900’s and I was concerned about its durability – no need, they were made to last.  I filled it with water to check for leaks, then filled the head and feet with resin and stuffed the body with cotton wool, the cheeky chappie looked a lot better.  I then covered it with 6 layers of latex and ordered myself a big box of moulding plaster off Ebay.

original and castlatex coatdry latex mould

Being a die hard fan of Antony Gormley’s ‘The Field’ and anything Flux related it made sense to create more than just one. 4 latex moulds and a very messy kitchen later

I love the way that each cast originally started from one object but the grain of plaster, the water content or the thickness of latex would decide on the finished pieces.

Some looked shy, some cocky, some short and some tall.  Each seemed to have their own little personality.IMG_0047IMG_0035IMG_0031IMG_0022IMG_0019IMG_0016



So I grouped them like a school class photo.

There are currently 45 figures – as always your thoughts and comments will be appreciated



Woke up, fed up and seriously needing a kick start to the creative juices.  Following the close of Axolotl and the death of my lovely husband Derek, I have been sadly lacking in a project to get the proverbial teeth stuck into.  Luckily at the end of last year, when I really needed to lay down some foundations I actually enrolled in a class called images and ideas at the ECA – its only one morning a week but that goodness I had the forethought to sign up.

Going in with no ideas what-so-ever I decided to be a model student and so as they told me. I was given a copy of Stanley Spencer’s “Christ Carrying the Cross” to transcribe – I automatically hated it so turned it upside down to give it a more interesting perspective.  Working with ink and acrylic I covered a quarter of cartridge paper and started to map out negative shapes.

stanley spencer christ carrying the crossface 2

Ok so my behaving lasted about 20 minutes and I flicked through the pages of the book and found this little beauty

mark gertler merry-go-roundMark Gertler- Merry-go-round (oil on canvas from 1916) now at the Tate Gallery – and this bad boy flicked a switch.  It was described as a “hallucinatory horror” and immediately reminded me of my old favourite Nauman and his taxidermy merry-go-round that I saw at the Hamburger in Berlin –  no idea as yet where I am going with this but I have been photographing objects that could spin on an axis (at the Museum on Chamber Street).

round 8 celestial 1 round 1 round 2 celestial 2And heading down the organic route –

round 6As I love repetition I am also looking at the following

shaol 4 shaol 5 shoal 1 shoal 2 shoal 3 shoal 4

Here are some sketches from the Images and Ideas class – to stick to the brief I picked up colour from the Stanley Spencer and eyedropped it into my photoshopped images!!!

3 ladies blue 3 ladies merry-go-round peach