Walking the City

This blog helps me think, which is why I do it.   Reading over my last couple of posts was like viewing someone else’s problems and seeing the ******** obvious, which was obscured to me because I was right on top of it.

It helps if you just write things down.

So anyway, yes, finding the motivation to do stuff and then  getting the work out there…

I hardly ever apply for exhibitions as I usually work in group shows with people I know. So it was quite fortunate timing that I saw a local call out for an exhibition that was actually free to enter and virtually on my doorstep. What a rarity.

It wasn’t a theme I would normally choose and I really didn’t have the time to start completely new work while still working on The Sheffield piece ( which I haven’t done much to by the way as I keep getting frustratingly distracted by inane stuff)   But I managed to rework an old piece and deliver it while I was in town anyway.

6 weeks into the year and I’m finally shifting myself.

Loverpool    On til 19th February.

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Working with Teabags

WW teabag book 005.r My recent work came about while absent mindedly putting teabags to one side, ready to bin or compost them.  When trying to work something out, I make tea.

Realising it was such a huge part of my working life, I wanted to incorporate it into my work.

The first attempts were simply glueing them together and painting on them, but ideas are developing, the more I work.

I had already experimented with making pages of a book, but I wanted to take it further – making the covers and bindings completely out of the tea bag material.

 

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With my work, I tend to play around with ideas and this in turn this produces a spin off of several projects.

The theme of my earlier work ( and still is to some extent ) is travel. So I thought about using a format of wings, that I’d used in larger scale project a couple of years ago – A Means of Travel and how I personally  pass the time during any  journey.  I read…..and I listen to music.

What music sums up travelling….and how can I pass that on without actually using sound?

Looking at lyrics  that were loosely based on travelling, I chose ‘King of the Road’ because it has a relaxed, drifting sort of feel. Even though it is an old song, people from all ages and different geographical  areas seem to know it. Combining the lyrics with the shape, I had the onset of a project.

The first draft of the work was shown at Tate Liverpool, during the Liverpool Independents Biennial 2010.

I  emailed the image, with simple instructions on how to cut the shape out,  to several overseas friends, asking them to photograph the object in a place that was known to them. I also asked them to describe, in their own language, how they travelled to that place.

I photocopied the images that came back to me, cutting them into the shape of wings and created an installation of over a 1000 of the cut outs  This was shown at METAL Liverpool inFebruary 2011.