Monday, November 23, 2009

post-exhibition exhaustion...

Finally getting around to up-dating after the exhibition. Well, it was a bit of a last minute rush (under-statement of the year) but got finished at 2pm on the day in question, got the last two pieces loaded and transported to Nenagh. Every spare cushion, blanket, etc in the place was used to wrap the precious pieces, so many hours of polishing could be wasted with one bump of the road (and many's the bump to be found between here and Nenagh, most of them in our own lane). With great help from the Arts Officer, we put the pieces in place - she has a really good eye, and despite the size of the place none of the pieces were dwarfed - rushed home, spruced up, a few gulps of rescue remedy and off again. Thankfully, there was a great turn-out and the response was really good. Massive sigh of relief to be at this side of it all, now all we have to do is wait for some red dots...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

exhibition invitation

Invitations are out for exhibition, look good, so hopefully plenty will turn up on the night... It's in the County Council offices in Nenagh (on the Limerick road) at 8pm on Thursday 12th November... all are welcome!
Did part of the installation on Tuesday, so just need to put the finishing touches to the other pieces, get them loaded and transported safely to Nenagh. Still lots of midnight oil to be burned between now and then.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

creative copper workshop idea

The germ of an idea for a new workshop... John, a friend of ours called to temper tools with his home-made forge (completely made from scrapped pieces, the man's a genius - can make just about anything from just about anything) and the conversation turned to copper- and tin-smithing. Turns out John has done a lot of this and would be willing to give a workshop in same. He has made lots of things; bowls, fish, birds, leaves, etc and reckons any of these could be made on a two-day workshop. He also does a traditional method of copper soldering and would cover this too in the workshop. We'll put the word out and see what interest there is, reckon there should be plenty of interest as it's a really lovely material. John's going to come for one of the evening classes and show everyone the art of tempering tools. It's great to know how it's done as there were buckets of chisels knocking around here that appeared to be useless and have now been given a new lease of life.
Meanwhile, work continues on the stuff for the exhibition... The candle is being burned at both ends as the installation has to be started this week... It'll get done, it'll get done.... Back to the grindstone, literally....