Sizzling Summer!

 Summer holiday fun..

It’s certainly sizzling hot at the moment- I don’t mind if I’m on the beach but being stuck on the M25 isn’t so much fun!!

Have been up to quite at lot recently including spending a few days volunteering at The Horniman Museum as part of my Summer fun.

I was helping in the Hands On Base and engaged with visitors about fossils, hats and carnival masks from around the world and musical instruments. I also explained objects such as a stuffed stoat, lion’s skull and snake vertebrae on the handling trolley.  I’ve never been hypnotised before but I had the opportunity as part of an art project involving objects from the museum’s collection. It was fascinating and very relaxing!

I fitted in a sketch of the Brazilian Favela installation too!

Sketch in ink and colour pencil of the Horniman clock tower and favela installation. Arts & Crafts

During a few trips to London I managed to squeeze in a few Art Gallery visits.

The Wellcome Collection is always worth a visit and really lives up to ‘The free destination for the incurably curious’. I mooched around the States Of Mind exhibition which had a great mix of art, science and history artefacts on view- maybe things to inspire my next piece of sculpture?

Alister and I also caught the Georgia O’Keefe  and Mona Hatoum exhibitions at The Tate Modern. Both very different work and very thought provoking. I especially liked O’Keefe’s early works with beautiful colours and forms and Hatoum’s powerful Undercurrent (red)2008 .

At the Southbank Centre Alister and I built and decorated our own shop as part of a big art project Home Sweet Home. We even got a real key to our shop and built it on a ‘plot’ in London. Great fun!

Other News

In other sizzling Summer news – the retro sale I had was well attended and some money was raised for Dementia U.K. I still have the knitting machine for sale though!!

In my crafty sessions with kids, we had fun making dog planters made from recycled plastic bottles. They were inspired by Saltycanary’s cat planters. Really cute! We covered the planter shapes with a thin paper mache layer then painted them.

Look out for dates of the next lot of crafts classes for children and adults coming soon!

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