Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A sad day for straws

I'm moving house next weekend and I have no space for hoarding. They've been in boxes for 11months since the Tactile Bosch show. I was feeling ruthless - on Sunday, my 22000 drinking straws had to go.

So we drove to the recycling centre in St. Philips and I asked one of the attendants where I could recycle them. He told me to leave them with him and he'd take them to 'plastics'. Two or three minutes later, I returned to dump some more rubbish in 'household waste' and there were my straws, unceremoniously tipped out in the skip. He didn't even recycle the cardboard boxes. I actually got a little unexpectedly choked up and lay awake thinking about my trusty straws for hours that night, wishing I'd kept just one bundle for good measure. 

I'm finally over it now. Here they are, headed for drinking straw Heaven. Thank you straws, it was good while it lasted.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

GREY AREA - FaB 2012

It's been a long time since I last posted... Since 'Strange Things Happen' in November, I've felt unable to make new work. But a few months have passed now and I'm finding myself busier and busier with all sorts of art-based activities (even if it's not directly making at the moment)...

Right now, it's full steam ahead to organise an exhibition, which I am co-curating with Megan Hoyle. It's going to be called Grey Area and is showing as part of the Fringe Arts Bath Festival (FaB) 25th May - 10th June 2012.
We are working with some fantastic artists based in Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Sussex and Hampshire - a right mixed bag! We are going to be presenting installation, film, sound and performance in some crazy awkward little rooms in an old Pet Shop. An exciting challenge; wish us luck!


Monday, 19 December 2011

Strange Things Happen PHOTOS

Some images from the recent exhibition at tactileBosch in Cardiff.
Installation, drawing and performance.
Some watery installations - straws, taps and the sound of running water in the former laundry house.
All credit to Ronny Schon for the photos!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Strange things happen

Life has been manic - settling in to a new routine in the fantastic city of Bristol!
I'm going to be showing some work in an exhibition in Cardiff in a couple of weeks (my first adventure into the Welsh art world!) It'll be at an exciting art space called tactileBOSCH. Will post pictures here after the show! Maybe see you at the opening...

Thursday, 20 October 2011


It's happening again... they're everywhere!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Clusters of screws

Another little cluster of screws has snuck up on a windowsill of the Truman Brewery.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


An extraordinarily diverse exhibition spanning the length and depth of painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video and live art. Seventy Feet showcases the work of thirty-five emerging artists, recent graduates from Bath School of Art and Design. Three years in production - here it is.

Alongside the main exhibition is the Seventy Feet Project Space, which facilitates a dynamic live art pro
gramme for the duration of the show. A timetable of events will be available in the space and on our website throughout the week (going live soon).

Private View
07.07.11 6 - 10pm

Open Daily
08 - 10.07.11 10am - 7pm
11.07.11 10am - 4pm

F Block T3
Free Range Graduate Art Show
Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane
E1 6QL

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Un-stringing Strum

The removal of the rubber bands. Sad but somehow amazing - had to document it!

Friday, 17 June 2011

New Work - May

Here are the pieces I have up for my degree show. There are four pieces in total!

Re-strung vertically, with a simple vinyl instruction in the corner. Touch is encouraged. When the bands are 'strummed' they vibrate and blur.

AN ACCUMULATION OF STRAWS (91 rubber bands, 22750 drinking straws)
Each bundle is a standard pack of 250 straws. Similar to the elastic band piece, the straws have a really mad optical quality about them. They look soft from the side and have a honeycomb effect from above.

Originally part of the installation 'Around', I edited down the piece to a simple cluster of used screws.

My first foray into film. This is an uncomplicated film - a bit of fun I hope. Bendy straws jammed into a set of taps, with water running through continuously...