Wednesday

A visit to the fabricators...


Hiya all

Hope that you're having a lovely week - if not there's always cake! 

It's been a lovely, sunshiny Spring day which is marvellous because (in case you haven't noticed) I LOVE flowers, however this does mean that my days of wearing THE WORLDS BEST COAT are numbered (I was bloody boiling today!)

There is a scary quantity of work in the studio at the mo, but it's all TOO exciting so as long as I'm organised all will be well, current list is...
4 x public art projects
1 x branding project
1 x advertising project
2 x packaging projects

I'm also loving exploring screen printing, I've been working with Daler Rowney's System 3 drawing ink and screen block and then combining their printing medium 1:1 with my acrylic paints - see Instagram for images of what I've been up to. I don't think I'll have any time for screen printing this week as tomorrow I have a million (slight exaggeration) things to do and then Fri I'm lecturing at UCA, Sat is brunch with a lovely friend and then a party in the evening and Sun is a HUGE catch up with my uni friend and then a Skype gossip with a US pal in the evening. But the screen printing stuff is calling me... stay tuned...

The image above is from Mondays visit to the fabricators Setworks to look at lots of stuff for the public art project I'm doing in Berkshire (1 of the 4 big public art jobs at the mo) it's my favourite brass bug, I've sculpted nine different bugs and they're an element of the street furniture I've designed.

OK, heading off to cuddle the cats

Love 

Kerry x

Friday

Ideas Island


AGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

This week I discovered that I've been selected for the most INCREDIBLE artist residency, creating a series of drawings on my very own private island in Sweden! No one else will be there but me (and my partner Steve West) and it looks and sounds like heaven to me. The project is called Ideas Island, it was created by author and speaker Fredrik Härén and he selects creative people to stay for free for one week on his island to work on their ideas.

The island Vifärnaholme is a 7,000 sqm, private island close to Stockholm Sweden with its own hammock, beach and dock. The house is located in the middle of the island so it is only a few meters to the water on all sides and you access the island via rowing boat. "Even though it is one of the 10 most central private islands in Stockholm, the island feels very isolated and secluded once you are on it. In most directions you see nothing but water and trees, yet you always know you are close to civilization."

I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL JUNE! x

(Photo taken by Laura Shin)

Bespoke lighting


Hiya

I'm excited to share this animation by the magnificent Lazy Chief - it's SO exciting to see my drawings brought to life and flying across the screen! This is one of fifteen static gobo designs I've designed for The Lexicon town centre, a public art commission with Artscape Management.

I drew the moths from specimens collected in Bracknell in the 1980s and held at Reading Museum called the Dumbleton Collection. These drawings are screen printed onto glass and then fitted into a projector to shine the drawings in light down onto the pavements at night. I recently had the opportunity to test one of the designs on site (see below) and I can't wait until they're all in place.




Have a lovely weekend, mine will be a combination of walking, screen printing and going to see the Hockney show at the Tate HOORAH! x

Sunday

PR Launch







 





Hiya

Monday was the very scary/ exciting press launch for my public art commission in Bracknell Berkshire (find out more here). I had to present the project to tv, radio and newspapers and I actually really enjoyed it once I got started! 

I've also had to do a number of photoshoots for the project (favourite photos above - please be kind!) and I've been filmed for a series of videos introducing different elements of the project (which I hope to share with you soon.) 

It's such an exciting project, creating integrated artwork for The Lexicon across the 580,000 square foot site. I was commissioned by the lovely Artscape Management in late 2015 for the role of 'Artist in a Design Team'. This meant working alongside the landscape architects Gillespies, BDP architects and the contractors Mace and Knight Highwood to enhance the plans for the town centre. 

Initially I undertook a HUGE amount of research about Bracknell, as I really wanted to create a genuine and informed sense of place. I explored the history, culture and landscape of the area, alongside the plans for the town centre, as I needed to choose a theme for the project, and select where to place the work within the built environment. I quickly realised that it was the landscape that excited me, Bracknell as nine SSI's so a hugely diverse and important landscape with a huge array of flora and fauna.

I learnt that the north of Bracknell has a predominantly clay soil whilst the south is mostly acidic. This therefore attracts different wildlife to thrive in each area. I've used the High Street in the town centre as an arbitrary dividing line to reflect this, and created 36 paving slabs from granite and brass across the centre. The paving slabs above the High Street reflect those plants found in the northern clay soil, and those below the High Street reflect those found in the acidic southern soil.

I've also created 
- 15 x gobo lights of moths drawn from the Dumbleton Collection at Reading Museum.
- 5 x large street benches depicting a birch leaf in cast jesmonite with brass leaf veins and solid brass insect sculptures.
- 6 x 1m high brass lanterns depicting edible plants found in Bracknell for Eagle Lane - the restaurant/ cafe area.
AND...
- a 5m x 6m gate created from powder coated steel and brass depicting the paving slab botanical designs.

There's also LOTS more elements in the pipeline including underpasses, cladding and a beacon and I promise to share more soon... x

Thursday

Valentines - Charbonnel et Walker








Hello!

It's been so exciting to see my Valentines collaboration with Charbonnel et Walker back in store over the last month (you can find out more about the process of creating it here and here). The design focuses on the jewelled feathers of the peacock, and includes a crown on the head (as one of Charbonnel's iconic chocolate designs is a crown) and a feather detail along the edge of the box. I'm really proud of these boxes and excited to be collaborating with them again on new projects for 2018.

LOTS of work happening in the studio at the mo... I'm juggling 3 public art commissions, 2 packaging projects and 2 advertising jobs This week I have been drawing moths like a moth drawing machine! I'm creating 15 gobos (projected light drawings onto the ground) for a public art project and it's TOO exciting.

HURRAH! OK nuff chat back to work.....x

Samples, samples

Hello

Just wanted to share 1 of the 36 finished paving slabs for the town centre project I've been working on launching in Sept 2017. It's part of a series of public art commissions including 3 types of lighting, underpass, gate, cladding and street furniture. I'll be able to share more soon after the PR launch later this month, but for now here it is....


Lots happening in the studio at the moment, 3 public art commissions, 2 packaging projects and 2 advertising jobs. My 'to-do' list is currently terrifying and requiring ever increasing amounts of tea in order to complete, but the current projects are SO exciting and inspiring!

OK, London bound today for more meetings... wish me luck... x

(p.s. if you're in/ near/ can get to London then you MUST see the current exhibitions at The White Cube (Anselm Kiefer), The Fashion and Textile Museum (Josef Frank) and Thomas Dane (Anya Gallaccio) x

Cove Park

Hello

Just wanted to share some photos from my incredible time at Cove Park over looking Loch Long in Scotland. I was incredible lucky to be awarded a week long self funded residency kindly subsidised by Cove Park and it was a total dream to spend a week alone working in my sketchbook. 

I stayed in the one of the new Artists Centre two room apartments, which was really cosy and warm (the packed hot water bottle remained in my case). I had a lovely bedroom, with ensuite and kitchenette, and then next door a lovely big studio with sink. Both rooms had an entire wall of glass to take in the incredible view and let in lots of light. My days were full of long walks, audio books, hot tea and LOTS of drawing and each night the stars were spectacular.

I'm very grateful to have been given such a fantastic opportunity, if you ever get the chance to go to Cove Park YOU MUST GO! 

(OK - enough jabbering, there's a mountain of work to catch up with after my break xxx)