I'm beginning to realise that by mapping my making for the gallery (and on this blog) in this public manner, I am for the first time, truly revealing the inherent madness of my personal practice with my need to make every element from scratch ...
The week began with me hand-making over 400 beads of varying sizes.
I saggar-fired a test few with seaweed, dried dog food (don't ask!), copper carbonate and salt, and once beeswaxed, the boring little grey lumps revealed their hidden colours. I particularly like the 'fusili' style bead, which was made by rolling the clay on St Patrick's reeds at an angle.
The beads will be strung across La Pachamama Santa Maria's cape, echoing the draping of Vasconcelos' Valkyrie in the main hall of the gallery.
Then it was time to get sewing. I concentrated on the red seaweed base
and the blue shoulder areas of the cape this week. A bit of colour therapy after sewing brown leather seaweed all last week.
And just to top it off, Andy and I spent a day with Neil and Patricia Millar building a 'mash up' between a Neolithic and a Nepalese kiln. She's not pretty, but underneath her dome lays a woven willow former. Thank goodness I had a lesson with Bob Johnston! We will be finishing the kiln this week (whilst we pit fire alongside) and then virgin firing her over the Easter break.
'Til next week,