Art in Action
Art in Action is exactly what it says on the tin, lots of artists and makers demonstrating their practices to the public. It's a chance to see a broad range, from blacksmithing and beekeeping to green woodworking and millinery.
People making is the name of the game and so here’s Liam Reeves doing some glass blowing. Graduating from the Royal College of Art this year, Reeves has been studying and perfecting historical Murano techniques.
Here’s one he made earlier.
Sarah Cant brought all her tools, sketches and materials along with her finished millinery.
A bit of show-stopping wood carving here from Simon Clement. It’s called Chillingham Trophy and includes a life-size carved Chillingham bull skull.
Barbara Gunter-Jones creates these images by using fabric as cyanotypes. She coats the textile in light sensitive fluid and then exposing it to sunlight with objects arranged upon its surface.
Here’s the lovely silversmith Olivia Lowe hard at work (or kindly in her ‘hard a work’ pose for me).
This is a little example of Lowe’s making process. After beating out the flat sides into the correct shape and mitering the edges, the forms are clasped into shape for joining together.
It’s not just the professionals that are showing off, but members of the public are allowed to have a go as well. Here’s a chap using Martin Damen’s pole lathe…
...and then it snapped. Aaah, the public, never to be trusted!
This is Margo Selby’s loom mid-making.
Some more wood carving, this time from Andrew Pearson. This is called Fading Reverence, and includes the Queen (bottom left), Posh & Becks (second from right, bottom row) and a self-portrait (bottom right). What more could you possibly want?
Here’s Pearson at work. On the right is a sketch for a portrait he is in the process of making, the the work in progress is at the back.