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.
My work is reviewed by Dr Peter Wakelin in this quarter’s Planet Magazine.
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.
The wood is now silvering nicely and there are 102 birds in this flock.
The shadows are wonderful.
I bought Dave theatre tickets for his birthday and decided that, rather than giving him just the envelope to open, I’d make him a pair of ‘me’ and ‘him’ puppets who would present the tickets to him.
Early on, the heads were hidden in a shoe box between the times I was able to work on them.
I made little back-fastening gowns for both of them with our dates of birth sewn into the hems. Dave’s has an image of lichen printed on to linen and stitched to the garment, mine has an ammonite. The back is tied with bias-binding.