Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Monday, 15 July 2019

NewBridge Books has moved!

NewBridge Books has found a new home in the heart of Gateshead Town Centre!

Location: The NewBridge Project: Gateshead | 232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AQ
Open: Wednesday – Friday, 12-6pm

The unique NewBridge Books artist bookshop has moved out of its premises in BALTIC 39, and moved to High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

NewBridge Books offers a selection of diverse, original and hard-to-find national and international contemporary art publications, fostering critically-engaged creativity in the region by providing both a resource and outlet for artists, writers, critics and researchers.

The shop is unique to the North East of England providing a platform for independent publishers and artists who self-publish. Some of my published books are sold at NewBridge Books along with a variety of artists’ books, zines, writing and magazines. The bookshop also hosts a programme of regular events and exhibitions related to print culture. I look forward to attending some of these, and potentially doing my own events there too!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

The collage commences for marginendeavour

It has taken a while to prepare the billboard with the raised text, but we have now reached the time to begin collaging.

We have begun from the centre, and are collaging towards the outside of the billboard, rather like radiating beams..


Cheeseburn Open Weekend July 2019 - Becky Mackenzie Ceramics

Over the past couple of Open Weekends at Cheeseburn, Northumberland-based ceramicist Becky Mackenzie has been exhibiting her work. Becky Mackenzie is a ceramic designer and maker specialising in elegant and minimal pieces in very fine porcelain, bone china and earthenware.

Such thin and delicate forms are created through the slip casting process. However, it is not possible to achieve the signs of the hands using slip casting alone. She achieves this by first throwing a vessel. The resulting form has traces of the hand; the human element that went into creating the form. Mackenzie then pours the slip into the form and, when set, the indentations and gestures made by the hands when throwing the pot are transferred to the cast.

I really enjoy the non-decorative simplicity of the forms and the signs of the making process that are evident in the vessels themselves. I'm also rather partial to the colour scheme!


Monday, 8 July 2019

Cheeseburn Open Weekend July 2019 - Simon Hitchens in the gallery

I spent another excellent weekend working at Cheeseburn Open Weekend. The grounds looked stunning, with the colourful flowers in full bloom and the grass as lush as ever. The glorious sunshine added to the joy of the two days.

Based predominantly at the main reception with Tia and Ell, I had the pleasure of meeting and greeting hundreds of visitors to Cheeseburn, and the satisfaction of seeing them leave with huge smiles and many positive comments. There was plenty to keep people happy, even without the art!

This weekend saw the end of the Simon Hitchens exhibition in the gallery. His intricate drawings in the 'Thinking Beyond Rock' collection remind me of spirographs. They have been created by tracing the shadows of a rock over the course of an entire day. Every 15 minutes Hitchens traces the line of the shadow cast by the rock, and over the duration of the day as the shadow moves, the lines track the movement of the sun.

Simon explains, “The natural world is an endless source of inspiration to me, and a direct tool I use to create my work. For example, the current body of work I am pursuing requires sunlight as the source for image making, drawing shadows cast by a rock between sunrise and sunset. The resultant drawings are unique in time and space to a given location on the planet, recording the relentless rotation of the earth beneath our feet.”

Monday, 1 July 2019

The text is in position; may the collaging commence!

The text is in position; may the collaging commence!

Cheeseburn Open Weekend - Sustainable Ceramics

I was delighted that visitors to Cheeseburn Open Weekend were so positive about the range of bird boxes produced by Sustainable Ceramics. Looking forward to seeing them at Cheeseburn again next weekend.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Cheeseburn Open Weekend

It's been a really busy week for Sustainable Ceramics getting ready for Cheeseburn Open Weekend this weekend.

In order to give an impression of what the bird boxes look like when they are installed in trees, Sustainable Ceramics created a number of minute bird boxes that could be displayed in Bonsai trees. 

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Collage Drawing (It will get easier)

Getting ready for the weekend at Cheeseburn Sculpture

In the run up to the next open weekend at Cheeseburn (this weekend - 29th and 30th June 2019),  local maker David Kirkland tests out his new kiln with his latest batch of sustainable ceramic bird boxes. The excitement (and tension) mounts as the lid door opens to reveal...

Sustainable Ceramics will have a range of bird boxes for sale at Cheeseburn over the summer. For more information about the Cheeseburn Open Weekends, please visit http://cheeseburn.com/

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Last day to visit Newcastle University BA Fine Art Degree Show

The work of 58 emerging artists at the culmination of four-years study on the Newcastle University BA in Fine Art can be seen today until 4pm.