Saturday, 26 March 2011

Just got an E-mail.

This morning I recieved an email telling me how He has seen my work on the Underground Art Blog and he loves it... made my day..didn't even know I was on there!!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011


Week at Dartmouth.

I'm ecstatically over joyed with how this installation turned out. I hope you like it too!!!

Step One.

Step Two.


Sunday, 6 March 2011

Saturday, 5 March 2011

One eyed poodle.

Ying yang


My childhood ornament of little lamb, encased within this glasses case. Trapped, Sheepish.


The beginning of something big? I've started a collection of flower pictures, I was surprised to notice when in charity shops how many flower pictures you find! I know my collection is still small, but here's what happened!


Tuesday, 1 March 2011


This is something that I put together before Christmas, and just realised I never posted it!
I'm not overly thrilled with, but it is a work in progress!

Mark Dion - New England Digs

Over the course of five weeks in the spring of 2001, Mark Dion, along with photographer Bob Braine and nearly 90 volunteers, took to the shores, vacant lots, and farmland of New England. The result of these surveys is New England Digs, a multi-process exhibition that involved finding sites in Brockton, Providence, and New Bedford, collecting materials, cleaning them, and re-contextualizing the objects into a final exhibition.
Dion and volunteers spent a week at each site collecting contemporary detritus alongside 18th and 19th century debris like bits of glass and porcelain. The digging began in Providence, on the shores of the Seekonk River and Narragansett Bay where the dig team found large amounts of industrial debris and contemporary flotsam and jetsam. Next, the team moved to New Bedford to dig a giant hole, nearly seven feet deep, on the land where O'Malley's Tavern once stood, sifting through materials including mountains of broken glass and pottery shards, in hopes of reaching the former landmark's basement. Finally, the digs commenced in Brockton as mounds of farmland dirt that had been moved several times were raked down, revealing domestic objects, intact bottles and some industrial items.
In witnessing the digs themselves, it is evident that there is a distinct type of energy that prevails throughout the process, as people relish in the excitement of each new find. After the digs, each artifact is revisited again and discovered anew during the cleaning and classification stages. The process then comes to its fruition as the objects enter their final resting place, the finished display cabinets. In the end, the objects have traveled full circle from being once useful things to becoming trash to treasure to artwork. . . 

Lost Coat?

The King of Collecting has to be Mike Ballard!

Mike Ballard, you could argue, is an artist who is either contemptible, or brave, or both. In October he opened an exhibition – Whose Coat Is That Jacket You're Wearing? – consisting of 200-odd coats (or jackets) that Ballard has stolen in a decade-long kleptomaniac spree kicked off, he says, by his own favourite coat being nicked from a pub shortly after he came to live in London.

What is a Collection?

A collection is a group of resources that are related to each other in some identifiable way. The relationship might be through a topic, a place, a person, an organisation or a type of object.

A collection may be divided into smaller parts, or sub-collections, which may in turn be divided into smaller parts. For example, a library collection might be divided into fiction and non-fiction stock, with the non-fiction stock divided into lending and reference stock, while a museum might have collections of ceramics, textiles, coins and silverware, with the coins divided into categories or sub-collections by time period - Roman, Anglo-Saxon, medieval, etc.

How Many Items Make a Collection?

There is no minimum number of items for a collection - in theory it is possible to have a collection containing only one item! Collections can also be very large and, typically, large collections will divided into a number of sub-collections.

Physical or Digital?

The items in a collection can be physical (books, objects, paintings, etc.) or digital (e-books, digital images, databases). It is also possible for collections to be hybrids, and contain both physical and digital items. A collection may also contain digital items that are surrogates of physical items in that collection.

Whether physical, digital or a combination, the items do not have to be in the same location and can be distributed over multiple locations. Locations may also be a factor in creating sub-collections; a public library may have a number of branch libraries each with its own stock collection. 

Permanent or Temporary? 

A collection, whether physical, digital or combined, does not have to be a permanent resource. For example a collection of digital items may:
  • exist only for the duration of a search - the results display
  • be limited for a current subscription - an e-journals bundle
A collection of physical items may:
  • have existed in the past but the individual items have been distributed to other permanent collections - the findings from an archaeological excavation
  • be brought together from other collections on a temporary basis - an exhibition  
Exclusive or Inclusive?  
Items can belong to more than one collection or sub-collection at a time, although placed in a single physical location. A coin can be designated as part of a coin collection and part of the Roman collection. Likewise, a map could simultaneously be part of a library local studies collection, part of a maps collection and / or part of the reference collection. A donor bequest collection that either has no topic focus or has several could be split into several collections (theology, natural history, railways) but still retain its identity as a set of items collected and donated by someone.

Free Range Fundraising

Faith Reed has very generously shaven her head in aid to raise money for our London show. She raised £600!!!