Now for something completely different – a collaborative effort.
A long time ago, in a faraway county, I used to have a ‘proper job’. My line of work was stressful and I’d return from long journeys, over moor, hill and valley, exhausted in body and mind. In my free time, I relaxed with my craftwork – glueing shells and driftwood onto picture frames; hand-making paper from organic material, designing greetings cards etc.
The activity that fascinated me most was papier-mâché. Forming 3D objects out of stuff that would normally be discarded – old newsprint, shredded junk mail and strips of tissue paper – seemed akin to magic or alchemy.
Starting with simple bowls, I worked out how to embed flotsam I’d picked up on the shore – painting the finished article with The Artist’s leftover acrylics.
I was keen to try my hand at a pig – it’s the thing most people think of, whenever you mention the medium. I was surprised to find it more tricky than I’d anticipated, given that young children make them at school! I’m not known for following instructions and found the laws of physics frustrating but – through trial and disaster – I succeeded, eventually:
At the time Martin was self-employed, involved in community art and painting commissioned pictures, from home. I went to work one morning, leaving a couple of undecorated pigs primed and ready for painting that evening. When I returned I found this:
Unable to resist, he’d hijacked my project! But, given the results, how could I complain? We dubbed them Hot to Trot and Pig Iron – which fools most people into thinking it really is made of metal, until they pick it up.
We entertained ourselves by thinking up ironic names for other joint creations – ‘The Duke and Duchess of Pork’ and Mystic Pig (after Mystic Meg, the English astrologer, whose predictions appeared in the infamous News Of The World. Did she see that scandal coming, I wonder?) There’s even a WIP, with twine wrapped round it, entitled ‘Hide Bound’, somewhere in the shed.
For one reason and another, pig production stalled and life moved on. But writing this has reminded me how much fun it is – I still have boxes of materials, (carted from house to house,) under the studio table.
Maybe I’ll dig them out….
Find The Logo
The Artist has stamped his logo on one of the images above – can you spot it?
Last week both Treasure Maps were signed with the logo, along the lower edge. In A Place in the Country it’s on a rock to the bottom left of the barn.
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