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Am feeling very proud of NTU Students realised design and performance project.
The Fire Bird. Two Primary schools came to experience this immersive environment and the follow this version of a Russian classic folk tale.Windows Phone_20171127_002

Tree of Golden Apples

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Enchanted Birch Forest

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The path through to Baba Yaga’s lair

 

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Phew, got through the first month. Steep learning (Online Learning Resources and Administrative Duties), but students are great, at least when they are there.                         I am now enjoying the role though because the timetable is so erratic, the diary                is my main focus.

I am loving the journey to work which involves a walk through Nottingham Arboretum. Now that we are into late autumn, the journey home is after dark which has its own beauties.                                                                                                                                                      The novelty of being salaried is amazing. No Invoice writing, and no chasing up of late payers. A treat indeed. As for taxes, I am proud to pay them. If only they were really spent on what they should be. NHS, Education, Welfare for the vulnerable.                    Sadly this is not the case now in the U.k. so much if hived off for the officer accounts of major shareholders.Windows Phone_20171027_001.jpg

Had a bit of a treat by leaving my phone behind as I travelled to London for a couple of nights. Bit of a treat really to be in-accessible . I was really able to focus on where I was and what I was doing. The Main events being:-

The Scythian Exhibitions at The British Museum.

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The Mask as a manifestation of The Ancestor, The Animal as Avatar and Guide. Artistry as an augmentation of reality and connect-ability with the unknown. Transformations and Transitions. The skill of The Maker.  Materials metals, leather, felt and Wood.

‘Big Big Train’ at Cadogan Hall

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More manifestations of the Skills of the Makers. Prog Rock as Art of and for ‘The People’. Superb musicianship allied with empathy, aesthetics and theatricality.  A Big Show.  Of course my personal delight to see my masks appearing in their final walk down.

And  at The V&A

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Ancient  materials, exquisite technologies.   A bit of a theme emerging here, the very ancient allied with the utterly modern to create something new and relevant.                   Art by and for real people, usefulness and aesthetics making connections with something beyond normal experience.

 

Bum Face mask now finished.

 

First Image is of a painted ‘Bum-Face’ with Costume

Second new painted ‘Bum-Face’ for Simon in Limerick.

Third image is of my own brown paper ‘Bum-Face’ still waiting knicker trims.

And finally, where it all started in a back street shop in Venice.

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Having been asked to make a copy of my ‘Bum-Face’ mask.   I here show the stages of    the replication process. The plaster mould already exists.  This will be a painted mask.

Into the negative mould, there has to be several layers of brown paper, blue cellulose, more brown paper. Then after drying, springing the mask out of the mould. Cutting, trimming and   filling.  3 layers of gesso, sanding most of that off, two layers of base coat, then glazing with several layers of coloured acrylic glazes.  2 coats of shellac on interior to waterproof. Spray varnish on exterior. Glue in a sweat band and foam on interior and then it will be really to send of to the client. So all in all, with drying times, a mask takes at least six days to complete.

 

Today I have visited Northampton to see some of the National Leather Collection.
Some wonderful work, From Mandy Havers sculptures, Coptic Shoes, Samuel Pepys wallet. Jugs, Truncheon case, Spanish gilded wall coverings, shagreen and so much more. Beautiful things which just make  me want to put my hands to sue and Make things myself.

Northampton was lovely today, is it late summer or early Autumn?  People were delightful and I met several ‘enthusiasts’ with whom to talk about Leather. What an amazing material it is.

I shall be returning once the new Museum is properly open and ready to share even more of their collection.  A good day indeed.

 

August Bank Holiday: Clearing Spaces for incoming work. Three work-places and three major pieces of employment over the next few months. Making the conditions right for new creative responses to new  challenges.

Puppet Festival activities , ntu  teaching,  New leather-works.                                              Not to mention continuing researches into comedy, printing and whatever turn up.

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Windows Phone_20170828_003Studio Two, the shared space where I do the clean work, drawing, some construction, thinking and talking to the painters who hang out here.