Hello Haarlem!

It’s been a while, but that’s not to say I have not been busy. I have been moving and settling into my new studio. But to say studio is to understate. My new art space, or Haarlem Art Space, is a space of colour and collaboration, a place where cakes are baked and ideas are shared.

Haarlem is nestled amongst the lush green landscape, just shy of Wirksworth town centre in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. A small town with a big, big soul.

Haarlem is special for many reasons, it’s one of those things that doesn’t quite fit into words, but you just feel it when you enter the building. Of course, it is the people that make the building and you can’t help but feel that every person that lives here, (and we do live here) is somehow meant to be here, like imaginary collective bricks that make up the walls, a perfect fit. And every brick has something to bring, some value and purpose to keeps the Haarlem fire burning. And the cakes coming!

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Repetition in Nature

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I’m not sure where the idea for this came from, I feel it must be the forest floor. You can find a lot when you’re scrambling through the woods; nuts, seeds, tracks, breadcrumbs…

I love the detail found in nature, subtle repetition that makes up this natural construction.

I found myself in some kind of meditative trance making these forms. Little pin pricks, piercing the clay with an addictive sound. I’m imagining them in contrasting, unnatural colours, like candy disguised as natural organisms but actually they’re full of E numbers.

OH MYCOLOGY!

Image source: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/34592/species-id-buckyball-like-fungus

Image source: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/34592/species-id-buckyball-like-fungus

There is nothing more exciting for me than stumbling upon some interesting fungi. I’ve decided I am going to become an expert and my research begins here. The CLATHRUS RUBER, also known as the latticed stinkhorn. Red in colour, a Saprobic that feeds on decaying plant material. Originally European, though it has been introduced to other areas such as North and South Africa, Asia and South America. What is fascinating about this fun guy, (oh i went there) is that the body initially appears like a whitish "egg" attached to the ground at the base by cords called Rhizomorphs. Clathrus bursts through the egg like some kind of weird alien creature, revealing its true majestic nature to the forest.

As with many fungi species, this is not meant for your tummy. Apparently its quite pongy so I don’t think any mistakes will be made.

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Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathrus_ruber#/media/File:Clathrus_ruber_61319.jpg

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathrus_ruber#/media/File:Clathrus_ruber_61319.jpg

New Studio

I have finally found a new nest, for a few months at least. You can find me tucked away up a cobbled street in Belper with the lovely Creatii. (www.creartii.co.uk)

After a busy few weeks with crazy sales thanks to the amazing Jealous Curator, I have decided to focus on 'for the hell of it' sculpture for a while. First stop, ceramic totem poles. Can't wait to see these in full colour.