ART & CRAFT

Christmas at The Woodworks

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The Woodworks Project is a charity in Bath, teaching furniture restoration and upholstery skills to people with physical or mental health difficulties and those who have been through drug or alcohol rehabilitation.

The shop sells donations and a few other items on a commission basis to help support the workshop.

This year, I made a series of stained glass decorations to make the shop sparkle in what has been a truly wet and miserable December.

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Stained glass fields

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410 x 445mm

My first attempt at working with glass but it certainly won’t be my last – providing I keep a pack of plasters handy.
The design was based on a drawing by Diana Croft: Distant Fields
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Red brass pot

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I’m all for learning new skills and my first attempt at fine metalwork didn’t go too badly. However, taking a decent photo of it proved to be much trickier.
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Cards

Using the same method as for my Mean Reds painting, I created a small range of greetings cards, selling them via Folksy and Etsy (not currently available).

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John’s Book

I probably spent longer making this than my nephew ever spent looking at it. The images were mainly sewn from felt scraps, along with anything else I fancied at the time. I’m not the most patient of people but whenever I see the octopus on page 8 I realise that I must have far more patience than I give myself credit for.

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The Mean Reds

The title of this poem (but not the content) was inspired by a line from Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The artwork won a competition in Living Etc magazine and was featured in the August 2009 issue.

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Once upon a time I did a Bachelor’s degree in sculpture. After making one chair simply because I needed somewhere to sit, my work became very furniture and interior based and I became really focussed on the relationship between reality and perspective. In particular, the argument that goes on in your head when you try to draw but what you know doesn’t match what you see. For example, look at any window around you. The corner angles (probably) all measure 90 degrees but I’ll bet that none of them look the same from where you’re sitting.

I was also interested in holes in the floor. But that’s another story.

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4am

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Floored

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