Sunday, 7 August 2011

Art in Action

Continuing on the July round-up, I've got some images from Art in Action that was held on the 21-24th at Waterperry House, nr. Wheatley in Oxfordshire.
This is an annual arts festival with lots of live demonstrations, exhibits and practical classes from a wide range of craft disiplines.
It's a visual feast and provides good inspiration for your own endeavours.

A fabulous tent of stone sculpture's from Zimbabwe's Chapungu Sculpture Park, the pieces were incredibly tactile, such softness from a hard medium.

 A beautiful hand-crafted sailing boat
In the 'Best of the Best' tent are the pieces that have been taken from all disciplines, the quality of all the items are stunning and it's a real joy to see them up close.

"Flight to Infinity" Jacques Coenye
Batik on Primissima cotton

"Akasha-The Bridge" Brian Wright

"Drawn Valley View:Blue" Dionne Swift
Drawn & painted devore velvet

"The White Lady" Katie Pirson
Whitework embroidery

"Ghost Grass" Barbara Gunter-Jones
Cyanotype photogram on silk & cotton

"Towards the Light" Barbara Jackson

"Horizon Curve - Red" Phil Atrill

Interactive Colour Mirka Golden-Hann
A very interesting piece, there are 36 vessels, 1 for every year of the artists life, all colours that are personal to her and arranged in an autobiographical way.  It is also interactive though so that the viewer can arrange the small bowls in a meaningful way to themselves.  Colour is subjective, intimate and has different meanings for us all.

"Ocean Vessel" Graham Muir
Blown & carved glass sculpture

"Imperfect Offering #6" Ed Burke

"Catriona's Garden" Sarah Morpeth
Handmade book, pages handcut & painted before binding

"In Memoriam 2010" Cathryn Shilling
Fused & slumped glass, dichroic glass flowers on a fused glass ground

"Preening Mallard Drake" Philip Nelson
Carved & painted out of one solid piece of wood

"Branches" Rachel Welford
Sandblasted & water-jet cut glass and mirror

"DNA Helix in Aquamarine" Louis Thompson

"Illuminated Rose Window-Cornflower" Helen White
Platinum leaf, palladium leaf, palladium pwder & watercolour on wellum with pearls & amethyst

"Water Marks" Sue Lancaster
Machine embroidered hanging

"The Quietest Shade of Black" Roanna Wells

"Scope IV" Liam Reeves
Glass plate

All from Sarah Morpeth's stand

By now the kids had had enough (although I did manage to get the 7yo engaged in some good art critique's!  What we liked and why and how they were made which seemed to grab her interest) so it was picnic time in the lovely gardens alongside the house.

Another lovely day out, if a little too hot for my liking, being over 6 months pregnant!
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