The Rope of Words stand is almost complete – it just needs the unpaired negatives. If you are intrigued about what ‘unpaired negatives’ are, you’ll see them on Monday! You can just see the corner of the other half of the stand – the pebbles paintings and pebbles ready to be inscribed. More of that tomorrow as well!
We had planned the Rope of Words table to look like the shop scene in the book “where she carefully hung coddle with an egg beneath it”. If you look on the wall you’ll see the ostrich egg and the cut-out of coddle. Books and postcards are in a variety of containers and hey-ho, we are ready to go. We each had a little desk fan to cope with the heat!
I had bought the ostrich egg while in South Africa and I wanted it to match the one in the book. I could have bought a fresh one, but a large omelette has limited appeal, so for the same price I bought a cleaned out egg.
To paint an ostrich egg you have to sand it first to give it “tooth”. I used Annie Sloan paints and did watery splodges with walnut ink. I stressed it slightly and varnished it with Ronseal. b.t.w. the “bow-wow is incidental – another aspect of the story.
Art in Action is one of the most amazing events in the Arts. The organisers (London School of Economics) aim is to offer artists exposure and encouragement. Artists are there by invitation only and there are 400 artists from all forms of crafts and arts from glass blowing to metal sculpture and of course calligraphy! All the organisation is run by volunteers, from the young school cadets who help with parking to the tea-servers, cleaners, caterers etc. Artists demonstrate solidly for four days – Thursday to Sunday evening. We and our assistants are given fantastic meals and are encouraged all the way. My own helpers were Megan; who looked after the Rope of Words stand brilliantly – she had written the book; Dave who took Wednesday to assemble the stand and helped on Saturday and Sunday; Jude a friend from my village and Marion, a fellow calligrapher.
HUGE THANKS TO MY HELPERS!
It is very humbling and quite awesome to feel so valued as an artist and to be in such a wonderful community who supports the arts and the artists..