158…Studio calling

by frances doherty on August 16, 2016

I’ve just noticed how long it has been since the last blog, and this has been a combination of not being in the studio and simply not having the time. Work wise I had a run of shows this year from the beginning of May right into July which meant abandoning the garden for weeks at a time. Consequently everytime I’ve been back in France I’ve had to spend time clearing the jungle rather than working in the studio. Usually the studio comes first, but there comes a point when you can’t concentrate on making because the work is continually calling from outside. During the summer I usually have small groups of Workawayers helping me with the gardening, but because I have been back and forth so much, I haven’t had as many as usual.

We also went off on a canoeing trip this summer (the scariest thing I’ve ever done) to the river Tay in Scotland. I’ll definetely do it again! ….and, we’ve just been off camping down on the coast of lower Normandy, an area we love. Some years ago on a cycling trip we found a campsite just outside Trouville called ‘Chant des oiseaux’ with its own little beach.

Chant des oiseaux

Chant des oiseaux

This was the view from my tent. It overlooks the shipping lane into Le Havre and all night long there is a twinkling line of lights as the ships line up to go into the port. To the right is a long flight of steps down to the beach. At low tide you can walk along the beach and into Trouville…..at high tide you have to clamber back along the rocks. Great fun!

This summer I was part of ‘London Revealed’. This was a project run by Fantasy High Street in combination with Team London Bridge. I was one of four artists chosen to show a piece of work in the London Bridge area.

Blending in

Blending in

The sculptures were intially revelaled on the embankment and we had to try to make it look as if it were growing from the ground. This involved tracking down some turf in a very hot week…..I never realised how tricky this would be. Luckily I eventually found some and here is Alan (who made the sculpture in collaboration with me) blending it into the lawn.  A couple of days later we had to move it to Melior Street Gardens.

Melior Street Gardens

Melior Street Gardens

The other 3 sculptures have also been placed in suprising places around the London Bridge area, and remain there to be discovered until August 28th. If you would like to see the other sculptures and interviews with the organisers and artists…please click this link       https://youtu.be/8-iiGnlmezY

Finally back in France and yesterday I spent the day cleaning the studio. This is always a prelude to starting work. Today I will throw a couple of bases and then tomorrow I will start proper. Meanwhile, I also have a couple of workawayers here, and we’re making a late start on the garden. It is too late for my vegetable garden, but I did manage to get squashes in, so at least I will have plenty of autumn veg. Yesterday they cut the hedge that seperates my garden from the road (before we get the annual letter from the Mayor telling us to cut it or else) and today they are starting on the weeds in the vegetable garden.

Aeron and Tomako

Aeron and Tomako

Aeron is from Belgium, his main language is Flemish but his english is good, Tomako is from China and Japan and her english is excellent too. Neither of them have any garden experience, but they are getting stuck right in and working hard. Hopefully the garden will start coming back into shape within a week or two. It’s great having people from a mix of countries together, it makes for really interesting conversations.

I know I haven’t put anything up on the auction for a month or so….but bear with me, a new sculpture will be up for grabs soon.

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