159…A few of my favourite things

by frances doherty on October 4, 2016

Last week I did the annual Brighton Art Fair which this year was combined with Made. It is unusual to mix art and craft together but this was done well with the show being curated very carefully to get a good mix of high end work. The Corn exchange in Brighton is now being closed for renovation which is why the two shows were mixed together and there will not be a show next year.

I shared a stand again this year with Jane Denman, it’s a much easier way to do a show as you get more space to play with, and you can give each other breaks from time to time. Standing for 3 or 4 days at a show is a killer on the legs and feet.

Corner of our stand

Corner of our stand

This was one end of our stand, I had brought along the collaborative sculpture I had made with Alan Williams, and it stole the show this year. I sold it 3 times on the saturday and have been back in France frantically making more Artichokes so that I can have another sculpture in time for my next show…..in only 3 weeks.

The nice thing about being at a show is that you get a chance to meet lots of other makers and their work. These are some of the things I particulaly enjoyed seeing this year:

Amanda Corbett

Amanda Corbett

These textile mushrooms are amazing. They are so well observed and created. They got a lot of attention at the show, and in fact she won the peer prize at the weekend. Well deserved.

Jane Denman

Jane Denman

I really liked this painting. He’s called ‘Urban Warrior’ and looked down moodily at us all weekend.

On the stand opposite was a photographer,

Elvis models

Elvis models

and this photograph made me laugh. A shop in America of course.

Gill Varle

Gill Varle

These paper cut wallpieces were lovely too. I liked them so much in fact that I did a swop with one of my sculptures. The piece I got is black, and looks fantastic on my red walls. Swops are a great thing to do at shows as we could rarely afford to buy each others work.

On a completely different note, another of my favourite things is confit de canard. It’s a dish which you will find in nearly any french bistro, and it’s always delicious. Happily I have a lady at my local sunday market who supplies me with chicken carcasses each week to make my broth, and she sells duck too. I told her I wanted to have a go at making confit, and she said she would get the necessary bits for me. Next week she turned up with a bag full of duck skin and some chicken legs.

duck skin

duck skin

The duck skin is put into a pan with some water and simmered slowly. Eventually the water evaporates and the fat renders down.

Eventually the skin turns into crackling, it has a nickname of Gasgon popcorn, and it tastes wonderful.

a while later

a while later

 

The duck legs are salted and left overnight, then simmered for a couple of hours in the rendered duck fat.

duck in duck fat

duck in duck fat

When the duck is completely tender it’s left to cool,

Confit de canard

Confit de canard

before popping into a kilner jar with it’s own fat….this keeps it preserved for months. Sometimes these classic things are so much easier to make than you think……if of course you can get the ingredients.

This month (October) I will be showing with Made London at One Marylebone. If you would like a PV ticket for the thursday night/all day friday, or a 241 for the weekend, please send me an email at frances.doherty@gmail.com

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