Thursday, September 21, 2017

Imagine Peace - International Peace Day

©2017 Barry Smith - 'Peace Tree' at the top mom the block with Peace Weather-grams and Peace Doves

International Peace Day has arrived - another annual opportunity to pause and imagine peace.

This year the world just seems to be in need of a lot more of it to counteract what seems to be an outbreak of mad threats and intolerance.

©2017 Barry Smith - I loved the small new green shoot that is in the foreground of one of
Fiona's Peace Weather-grams - a symbol of hope and small beginnings

At our place on the mountain we will just pause a few times today to wish, hope and imagine peace.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Desperately dry

©2017 Barry Smith - The weave and colour of an unfolding grevillea
It seems that we are in drought on the mountain - so many people are having to get water trucked to fill their tanks; the grass and plants are all struggling; as are the birds and animals. This is the first year that the nectarine crop was wiped out by bats whilst very green; and orchids and green bananas seems to be fodder for possums.

Even so nature seems to be able to persist and offer colour and texture as can be seen from a few shots from my walk this morning.

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©2017 Barry Smith - Like snow in spring
©2017 Barry Smith - Delicate perfection
©2017 Barry Smith - Contrast
©2017 Barry Smith - Unfurling
©2017 Barry Smith - A scatter of colour on the road
©2017 Barry Smith - Upside down Lorikeet
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©2017 Barry Smith - Gorgeous tiny trio
©2017 Barry Smith - Contrast of flowers, dried fungi and wood
Still I hope that over the coming weekend we get a little rain to wash off the dust and give the plants and animals a refresh.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Picking up the threads

It is a period we all go through - having a lot of commitments; creating havoc in our studio space; and needing to clean up to enable us to start again.

Well that happened to me over the weekend; and after cleaning the surfaces I discovered a number of projects I needed to finish including: Peace Doves (sort of doves!!!) for our peace tree; Peace Leaves for Fiona's dad to take to his meditation group; big copper leaves for the next in the Bending series; and bowls and leaves for a few sets of Daily Leaf Words.

The priority was the Peace Doves - I needed to make 10 new doves to add to the five that were still in in the tree from last year and the ones that had fallen out of the tree to make up 21 for International Peace Day.

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I got them done and as Fiona was hanging her Peace Weathergrams I hung the Peace Birds.

I managed to finish the 10 Peace Leaves for Fiona's dad to hand out before International Peace Day.

And I roughly cut out the silver-plated blanks for the Daily Leaf Words sets.

So all in all I feel I have reclaimed my garage-studio and am doing things I want to do - get feeling.

I ended this post with a lovely bit of patina just because it is beautiful.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Off to the gallery-shop

©2017 Barry Smith - A Trio of Funky Fish
Today was about delivering Artisan Lamps and Funky Fish to Entangle in Dayboro.

I tested the two tall Artisan Lamps and put globe surrounds on the top of both.

©2017 Barry Smith - Spirit Level Artisan Lamp 
©2017 Barry Smith - Fire hose nozzle Artisan Lamp
Nola at Entangle has agreed to sell my Funky Fish in the Entangle gallery-shop. So School of Funky Fish 2; a Trio of Funky Fish; and a Funky Fish will be delivered.

©2017 Barry Smith - School of Funky Fish
©2017 Barry Smith - A single Funky Fish
An below shows what it looks like to pack up 7 Artisan Lamps and 3 sets of Funky Fish for delivery.

©2017 Barry Smith - All packed and ready for delivery

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fragments from Carriage Works Sydney

I was in Sydney for a couple of days with Fiona as she participated in the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.   Fiona's work and that of the other members of her gallery looked gorgeous and attracted a lot of attention as you can see from Fiona's blog post.

I not only got the opportunity to experience the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair; but also the Carriage Works building in which it was housed. I was quite taken with the history that still exuded from the ceilings and wall as you can see from the photos below.

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It is so good to see that old industrial buildings can be put to multiple uses without erasing the history.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Two more completed and two almost there

I got a bit of time on Saturday and quite a lot today to work on a few more Artisan Lamps - four to be exact. I did manage to get the two simpler ones completed and tested; and got very close to completing the two larger and more complex lamps.

I quite like the simple gear and white industrial ceramic light fitting lamp below. The large very old and worn gear is made from steel and some form of compressed wood-like fibre.

©2017 Barry Smith - Simple industrial look Artisan Lamp
©2017 Barry Smith - Simple industrial look Artisan Lamp
With the lamp below I was able to use some vintage gas light fitting and a cube of hairy oak timber I had cut and set aside months ago.

©2017 Barry Smith - Simple brass and timber Artisan Lamp
©2017 Barry Smith - Simple brass and timber Artisan Lamp
The lamp below incorporates: a very very old fire fighting nozzle; a gas welding piece; and a multi belt cog. The fire fighting nozzle has been kept intact.

©2017 Barry Smith - Elegant fire nozzle Artisan Lamp
The more wood based lamp might appeal to someone in or has been in the carpentry industry. It features old wooden spirit levels and a broken square.

©2017 Barry Smith - Artisan Lamp based on timber working tools
The two larger pieces are yet to be tested. The photo below once again shows how most of the lamps start out with pretty grubby bits and pieces.

©2017 Barry Smith - Some of the bits and pieces that went into the four lamps - on the grinding-polishing bench

Friday, September 8, 2017

Blow-torch Artisan Lamps

I have been trying to grab a few moments to increase the number of Artisan Lamps for Entangle in Dayboro.

I managed to finish a couple of lamps made from plumbers blow-torches.

When I make these I try to do so without too much change to the original vintage blow-torches just in case in the future someone wants to dismantle the lamps and change them back to functional blow-torches.

The finished lamps.

©2017 Barry Smith - Blow-torch Artisan Lamp with brass rotary switch
©2017 Barry Smith - Blow-torch Artisan Lamp
The blow-torches don't look pretty before I start working on them.

©2017 Barry Smith - Blow-torches in the rough
Dismantled - ground and polished.

©2017 Barry Smith - Blow-torches in pieces
All lights working

©2017 Barry Smith - Blow-torch Artisan Lamp - testing the lights on the workbench
©2017 Barry Smith - Blow-torch Artisan Lamp - testing the lights on the workbench