Pedal to the… MEDAL!

Pedal to the… MEDAL!

I’ve just come back from the XXXIV (that’s 34th, kids) International Medal Federation (FIDEM) congress which was held this year in Gent, Belgium and thought it about time I did another one of these posts. I’ve been a member of FIDEM for 7 years, but it was my ‘first time’ attending a congress. The congresses, held biannually, are hosted each time by a different country, providing a great opportunity to…

Hard luck

Hard luck

This is the final post in my series of four posts on the medals I exhibited at the Pah Homestead in the Medal Artists New Zealand 25th Anniversary exhibition. Note the past tense above? Yeah well, the exhibition is over so if you meant to see it, but never made it – hard luck! Which quite nicely brings me to the topic of this post – the last medal I…

Another stick to beat myself up with…

Another stick to beat myself up with…

Blog post three of four about the medals I have currently showing in ‘Regroup, reflect, regenerate’ at the Pah Homestead in Auckland, NZ until 20th September 2015 http://www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/exhibitions/ Like ‘Lifted’, the medal described in the last blog post of this series, this medal ‘Another stick to beat yourself up with’ was made in response to a particular personal situation, but is also something for which probably quite a few of…

Lifted

Lifted

‘Lifted’ – the second installment of my ‘what does it meeean’ series of posts about the medal sculpture I have on show in New Zealand. http://www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz In all honesty, the idea for this medal was one I didn’t put much thought into before I actually started sculpting it, just got cracking. However, once the initial shape was sculpted it kicked around for a few months and took on various forms…

Something Fishy

 Ok, so as promised in my previous post, I’m going to give a bit of background on some of my most recent medals that are currently on display at the Pah Homestead in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the Medal Artists of New Zealand’ 25th Anniversary show ‘Regroup, Reflect, Regenerate’.This post will be the first in a series of four about the medals and for all the reasons I…

But what does it meeean…

I don’t usually like to write about the meaning behind a piece of work. I believe that the strength of the work is in whether it can speak for itself. Even if what it communicates is on a purely visual, humorous or technical appreciation level. Having said that, it’d be nice to think a little more can be taken from it! I’ve often been surprised when people tell me what…

Exhibition opening real soon!

I’ve got work in a show coming up soon ‘Regroup Reflect Regenerate’, the 25th Anniversary Show of the Medal Artists of New Zealand. It’s on from 21 July – 20 September 2015 at Pah Homestead. Opening: Tuesday 21 July, 6pm. I think you should all check it out, but can imagine that you may be thinking: Medal Art – what the hell is that? To me, it’s a great, quick,…

Medals made it!

My medals have finally made it from the foundry in Limehouse Basin, London all the way to Auckland, New Zealand. They had quite the journey. The four medals were held up in customs for over a week while officials assessed whether they were entering the country to be sold, who was in charge of them and tax that had to be paid. A stressful time as all the work that…

A new start… promise

Ok, so suffice to say, I’ve neglected this site a bit! It’s been a while… I’ve just given her a new lick of paint and I’m making a promise that I’ll try a bit harder. I think part of the problem was that I felt a bit ‘cornered’ by the subject matter – It’s hard just to write about art that I’m making or art shows I’ve been to, because in reality I haven’t…

Teepee Firing

Ok, so this firing actually occured all the way back in 2007, but I came across all my notes and photos the other day and thought it was too interesting not to share with y’all. All the way back in ’07 the Urban Archaeology Collective had an exhibition ‘Urban Archaeology: Digging It‘ showing at Corban Estate Arts Centre. The Urban Archaeology Collective always had a strong experimental focus and exploring…