I am familiar with the shape of the stone, when drawing I can almost move in the mass, navigating my way from side to side and upside down…a good place to be, to make decisions that are in tune with the material and it’s form and slowly (as always) the idea for the form get’s tighter, gains tension and flows in it’s space, but of course easier said then done….I am on my way.Read more
Easier start today, the first steps have been taken but it always take time to get back into the groove after a week full of…life. Several hours had passed and all of a sudden forms in the stone moved, oh wow, I love it when that happens, it seems to me the most exciting part of stone carving. Can see enough to orientate myself and that is where the true planning starts for me, I have something visual to hold on to and work with, I can make decisions and guide the forms into space available in the material, this stage is fairly loose and free, look forward to have a few days in which I am aiming to create a map of the forms in my mind that suit the stone/material and my idea. Go, go, go!Read more
Always a challenge to prioritise, I could happily get more involved into the world of mould making and casting as it is all new and exciting… but I consciously steer away from it, keeping an eye on the stone carving, which is as exciting and needs in depth planning. I enjoy the motion of gaining a deeper understanding through drawing and model making, relating plans to the actual big lumps of rock, realising that a solidly considered plan before taking to the power tools is what I want. At times I feel like walking in the dark, at times I can see where I am coming from and which direction I am taking. It is not easy for me to visualise the whole form available to me and to make decisions where I want to reduce. I am getting there slowly knowing it is time and effort well spend.Read more
Today, despite the school holidays and the obvious mayhem at home, I was able to have a few quiet hours in the studio. Yesterdays plans and models moving towards a more definite vision with the confidence that I can archive a form along those lines in stone. I can’t wait to get my tools on some rock but until this arctic weather has left us and I am able to work in my outdoor space I am going to carry on plotting in the studio.Read more
So it is starting to be spring, the workshop is waiting to be covered in dust, I am trying to gather my thoughts and come up with some plans for carvings. I have made inquiries about the cost of portuguese marble which I want to use for the planed sculptures as they will be for outdoors and cotswold stone is to vulnerable to withstand frost over a period of time. Marble is a fluid stone in it’s structure and I am hoping to transfer some of my ideas about material into the forms.
Stone has a liquid element and I am trying to put this into the quality of form, combined with the aim of lifting the material out of gravity.
Looking at the formation a drop of water goes through when falling onto a surface, beautiful forms appear, through drawing I pull these shapes into something new, I am not trying to imitate nature, I am aiming to make sense of it by understanding the possibilities and limitations of nature and giving it form as it makes sense to me.
And then there is the question of combining materials, bringing beeswax into stone. Would I dare to cast wax into precious marble, what would be the point? With that one I want to wait a bit longer, make more experiments and understand it’s properties more holistically, it is a journey of discovery after all.
Not long now before I am off to Germany to take part in the biannual Symposium.I am frantic with preparing for this time and I will work in my current style of contradiction/enhancement of materials,hoping to create something with stone,this time a carving and include cloth in some way as well.
The place has a very beautiful park, I am positive that my piece will relate in some way with the surroundings.Having been there before I feel much more in the know of what is expected of me over there and that is a good thing.Last time I hardly prepared a thing this time round I am in some knowledge of the place and people and inspiration comes naturally.My preparations and thoughts I am tuning in german,as it helps me to get into the mood of being over there againRead more