Saturday, 9 January 2010
Last week gorgeous girl and I went to "The Beetroot Tree" at Draycott in Derbyshire on my birthday. Most of the time it isn't cool to come to galleries with me but because it was my birthday I got to choose!
The glass work is by Gill Hobson and I liked these impressive large pieces (some) mounted on stone plinths. Not to sound too morbid I thought they'd make delightful headstones!
Loving the ceramics by Karen Shapley whose work is inspired by the rituals of tea.
Her pieces often include fabrics or vintage spoons, sugar tongs etc...
I also liked the work of Judith Williamson who clearly gets through a lot of biscuits and chocolates to release the tins to make delightful pieces like this!
And closer - see that giveaway "Fox's" name on one of the petals?
After lunch we went to the Djanogly gallery in Nottingham to see this ...
This was a slightly crazy set up where you breathed at your peril for fear the arrangements would fall . All the exhibits seemed to be made up of the pieces from the cupboard under the stairs balanced against each other. As life's now back to normal after all the festivities I set up my own arrangement as I was cleaning today : - hoover, polish, mop, bucket and window cleaner but it all collapsed as I ran for the camera! But is it art?
It's still snowing and I had to laugh at this in one of the housey magazines - suggesting we fill a pair of gloves with some greenery and hang it up on the gate as a nice welcome gesture for guests. I'd love to know if anyone tried it. I didn't think shoving some hastily grabbed vegetation into my old gardening gloves frozen rigid would have the same effect as a pair of beautiful fairisles!
It is very, very cold here and although the snow looks lovely it has not been fun defrosting hte car at 7.30 each morning. The last couple of mornings I've not been able to unlock the drivers door or the passenger door, but surprise surprise, I could open the boot. I looked at gorgeous girl and she looked at me, her face blank, clearly not realising what was coming next. Right, I said, I'm going in. So in I went head first into the hatchback. Not my most elegant entry! Needless to say yesterday I insisted on GG going in first.
Hope the snow isn't putting you in inelegant poses!