1. Wrapping my friend in clingfilm. She was remarkably calm despite the wrap getting near to her eyes and mouth.
Half wrapped in Sellotape.
The finished cast of the head.
One hand was made mitten-like, the other was wrapped in very thin tape so we could make separate fingers.
All body parts finished. They’ll be taped together in position once I’ve decided on the stance of the figure. I intend this figure to be one a a few that hang from the ceiling of the Chapel at next year’s show of puppet-inspired work. I will be looking into the possibility of lighting them from within with LED lights and of creating elongated, and hybrid casts too.
A pair of enamel Turkish coffee pots that I bought from Whole Foods Market in Kensington and decorated with Marabu ceramic pens. A Christmas present for my elder daughter.
I’ve been busy trying to make a new website. If it works for me I’ll be transferring it to the proper .com address at some point. The plan is that I’ll be able to keep it more up-to-date and can try pages out before committing to them. It’s another WordPress site, here’s the current link: http://philipparobbins.com/wp/
The finished Racket and Jackie puppets.
Racket has a knitted body over his pale green inner sleeve. It’s a mix of arran and mohair to achieve the right colour, but it’s a little too like he’s clothed – I shall be knitting him a pure mohair coat soon.
Racket and his puppet.
Jackie still has only her blue sleeve – I’ve not decided what she will wear, but at least she can now go on display with a little more dignity.
Some work for my studio walls, on newspaper to give the puppets a ready-made background.
Hilary who deserves some fuller hair and a dress.
Thomas. A little finer-featured here than in reality.
Jackie. Still without a body, on her stand.
Me. “Do Something”.
Flock is a sculpture which has been a long time in the making.
It was conceived as an idea while I was working at Stormy Castle in Gower and is intended as a sculpture which can be adapted to its environment; taking a regimented form, flowing against existing structures or placed as a sinuous streak in the landscape. Using ‘end-ties’ which hold the shuttering while pouring large quantities of concrete the flock mimics in metal the wading birds seen all around the site as building work was taking place.
A painting of the end-ties on site.
A year ago: 2 end-ties and freshly cut and drilled blocks.
The wood is now silvering nicely and there are 102 birds in this flock.
I am hoping to be able to photograph the Flock in a variety of places – a beach, an open industrial space – but at nearly 19 stone and in 102 pieces it will need some planning.
The shadows are wonderful.