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I went to see another exhibition today, the MA Students Show at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.

It was a great show.  Very diverse work from all the students but one thing that the work had in common was that it was all wonderfully  made.  One student had used the technique of knitting to created a knitted “beanpole”, along with knitted gardening implements and watering can.  There were beautiful textiles on display, especially from a talented designer called Wines Chan, who has worked with a dye technique using organic material.  She also aims to make her clothes from one piece of material, in order to eliminate waste.  Ceramics were also represented in the exhibition, ranging from larger, Majolica style pieces from one designer, to tiny delicate white pieces which had been cast from baby booties.  The ceramicist making the “baby bootie” pieces is exploring the physical  fragility of the parental child relationship.

Orli Ivanov another MA Ceramicist has created three STUNNING figurative pieces of sculpture.  Each piece explores the complexity of the human condition.  Two of the sculptures are very large in scale and are dynamic and slightly disturbing.  Orli uses the texture of unfired clay to great effect,  exaggerating the imperfection of the  human composition and existence.

I apologise for not writing about all of  the wonderful craftspeople exhibiting in the James Hockey Gallery, UCA, Farnham.  The Exhibition is really WORTH A VISIT.

ONLY TWO (ish) WEEKS UNTIL I CAN START MAKING MY PIECES – SO I STILL HAVE TIME TO DO A LOT MORE DESIGNING.

Just wanted to post some photographs that I took at the Wallace Collection yesterday.  Thinking about CURLY TAIL ANIMALS, I came across wonderful stylised animals on, of all places, guns displayed in the armoury section of the museum.

I am excited about all the inspiration gathered from the Wallace Collection – but need to get DRAWING instead of sitting on the couch feeling very pleased with myself.

What a cute little lion head!

A bear head.

I am astounded by the amount of detailing on each gun.  The “triggers” (sorry I don’t know the technical terms) were very ornate on some guns, and as I will show you tomorrow had zoomorphic qualities.  Anyway, there are some marvellous carvings of animals on this trigger.

OK enough swanning about visiting music festivals and galleries – time to get back  to my illustration and design

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