‘Start by not knowing’, the Dove Arts artists’ residency in June, turned into ‘SixUnravel’ for the presentation of our work. Here is some of it.
Bird Masks by Sophie Willoughby and modelled by the public
Shannon Leah Watson’s workshop ‘Can you teach me how to knit’ – dishcloths made from torn up charity shop pillowcases (Sue Palmer’s video on the screen)
Kathryn John’s signpost, which bemuses the dog walkers that come through on the footpath,
Fiona Hingston’s ‘Wigwork’; on the left as featured in Sue Palmer’s video, and right, modeled by one of the knitters….
Sue Palmer’s video ‘Who is this, who is coming?’
and Bron Bradshaw’s Tree Guardian.
Also on the meadow: the extraordinary Treehouse Library, finished in the nick of time, with its display of specially commissioned books
Fiona Hingston came over today to help me sort out the woodwork workshop, with a view to setting up a small letterpress studio in the space created. At the end of a long and satisfying tidying session it seemed appropriate to take down Fiona’s Pressings from last year’s Amazing Space exhibition. The first one we took down startled us completely. The glass that they had been behind had reflected the landscape, to the extent that you couldn’t quite see what was happening to the pieces themselves. What we could now see on the one pictured above was that the the leaves, picked in the summer, had had their very own change to Autumn behind the glass; such subtle shades and incredibly beautiful. They also smelled of Autumn. The next four had not changed so much as they had been gathered earlier in the year, and had already had their Autumn:
Lovely to see them so clearly again, and I shall miss them! Thank you, Fiona, they are brilliant.
A visit from Bournemouth Arts Club
The last four days have been all about light and I’ve been running round Amazing Space with my camera, completely captivated. Here’s a selection since Monday. We finish on Sunday: last chance to come and see the show if you haven’t already!
Pauline’s ceramic long tailed tits reflected
Dawn in the studio
Mini prints – some of them
Tony and Bron’s pieces talk to each other
Pennie’s shed in the evening light
Autumn is really here now
Dove Tales and pennants
Dove Tales again, this time in the morning
Jennifer Newbury’s story of the Dove
Visitors’ Book with long shadow
more long shadows
Anne Hawkins, the first person to sign onto a Dove course in the 1970’s, with May Payne
The last of Bron’s willow pattern plates finds a new home
Bron’s etchings and ceramics
Fiona’s pressings with Michael’s fiddlesticks reflected
Autumn was at its loveliest for the Dove Weekend of Workshops. 40 people came over the 2 days, and there was barely a break in proceedings,the atmosphere was so concentrated.
In case you were wondering, this is not a pile of rubbish at the back of the workshops: it is the still life arrangement for the Abstract Drawing course, run by Pennie Elfick. Somehow, the above translated into this (or maybe this was a different exercise: I wasn’t paying attention…)
Pennie’s second course was colour mixing in oils. She took two different pigments of each of the primary colours, and 3 hours later, these were the results. In the garden, Michael Fairfax was teaching making musical instruments from willow pollard. Shavings flew for an hour or twoAnd then instruments started to emerge. This was actually made from apple, a far harder wood to work as it was very dry, but Teresa managed it and came up with this made to measure instrument.Here is Clare’s willow harp In the studio, Variations on the Fold book were being carefully constructed, tutored by Jane Paterson. Jane is being urged to run a handmade books class – at the moment there isn’t one here since my handmade books class became the independent group ABCD (Artists’ Book Club Dove). Outside, Fiona Hingston’s Walking and Making groups were coming up with the following The day was impossibly beautiful, and the rich autumnal colours of the gathered materials only added to this. No pictures of the Ever Useful Coptic binding course, as the photographer was also the tutor (Bron Bradshaw); the students were so concentrated, that there was no time to even think of photos. But books were produced, and I hope they will prove to be ever useful.
Good comments in the feedback forms, and great enthusiasm for this kind of workshop format. So keep an eye on the Dove Arts page: we may be advertising another weekend, although not until the Spring. Thanks to everyone who came and who taught: it was a great weekend with a wonderful atmosphere.