making a sellotape figure

1. Wrapping my friend in clingfilm.  She was remarkably calm despite the wrap getting near to her eyes and mouth.

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IMG_0938The 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.

IMG_0957 IMG_0961All 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.


crow coffee pots

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.


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racket and jackie

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.

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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.

IMG_1864A painting of the end-ties on site.

IMG_5400A 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.

IMG_7606 IMG_7608 IMG_7607 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.