Sunday, December 4, 2016

It must be the gift buying season

©2016 Barry Smith - Lint and grindings from the grinding and polishing bench
This blog post is a refection of the fact that some folk are into gift buying at the moment. Only a few weeks ago I delivered some leafspoons, leaf pate knives, leaf letter openers and ladles to Maleny Additions. However I was asked could I bring in more stock as they had all but sold out. So it was a matter of getting down into the garage-studio and getting into production.

©2016 Barry Smith - Cut out and ready for folding, hammering etc
©2016 Barry Smith  - Graond and machine polished - ready for final polish
And as you can see from the photos below a stash of stuff was produced, tagged (courtesy of Fiona) and delivered to the shop.

©2016 Barry Smith - Leafspoons
©2016 Barry Smith - Pairs of cake fork and spoon - bit of a new work - will see how they go
©2016 Barry Smith - Leaf Letteropeners
©2016 Barry Smith - Leaf Pate Knives
©2016 Barry Smith - Ladles
Whilst the leaf spoons, leaf pate knives and leaf letter openers are not the greatest pieces of hammered metal art folk seem to like them because they are different and hand made.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Keeping waterways clean - library installation

©2016 Barry Smith - From rubbish to statement art - the rubbish in the photos above were collected by Ananda Marga River School students, cut up into smaller pieces and set in the resin
This morning Fiona and I set up an installation of about 240 small resin art pieces. The installation is in a display cabinet in our local Maleny Library for the month of December. The pieces were produced at the Amanda Marga River School workshops by 120 students on 21 November.

The photos below show that the installation tells an interesting story about water and rubbish.





©2016 Barry Smith - Installation curator!!!
The pieces were first exhibited along with the prints and weather grams produced at the workshops. The workshops works were part of the international collaborative exhibition with the Japanese environmental artist Shimokawa Sensi. Photos below show some of the Tatebayashi Sister Cities delegation checking out the students' artwork.




It is grand that the environmental artwork of the students has had the chance to tell their environmental story a couple of times now.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Light - waking the day

©2016 Barry Smith - Morning dew, soft light and clear water in and on an Avian Font
The photos in this post are from an early morning walk I took on the block. I was taken by the gentle quality of the light and how the day was just waking up - bird calls, a few bees getting busy, light filtered through foliage and the dew that had not yet been burnt off by the sun.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Heads turned to the rising sun
©2016 Barry Smith  - A single new pink frangipani blossom
©2016 Barry Smith - Cascading colour on the gravel slope
©2016 Barry Smith - Shaft of light through the agapanthus
©2016 Barry Smith - Light, colour and morning dew
©2016 Barry Smith  - Crisp white coffee flower
©2016 Barry Smith - A bee in the early sunlight - on the coffee bush - not sure what it hopes to extract from the unopened coffee blossom
Amazing that one does not even need to venture beyond the boundaries of home to be energised by nature.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The art of building



For Fiona and I art has taken many forms this weekend including: taking down the Japanese exhibition; delivering garden stuff to Entangle; hammering; sewing words for Fiona; having visitors to our gallery shop; and also building.

I had planned a working-bee to build the brick section of a stand for an outdoor  pizza oven at the local neighbourhood centre on Saturday. There were to be four of us but only 3 of us materialised - Adam helped move all the blocks to the site and set down the first course but had to go and attend to family duties - then there was Fiona's dad and myself finishing the last three quarters of the job; so we called in Fiona.

We went from a stack of Hebel blocks to the finished three bay stand for the oven. But of course we had a thunder and rain storm in the middle of the job. Graham worked hard with us but was also the photographer - unfortunately he is not in any of the photos.








I guess that job means Graham, Fiona and I have developed another set of skills given we had never laid Hebel blocks before.

Today Fiona and I made a three hour round trip to deliver the seven garden assemblages (three fonts and 4 quirky objects) to Entangle in Dayboro.


Nice to see the sign and my jewellery below in the Entangle gallery shop.



Things continue to sell through the efforts of Nola of Entangle.

The art of building



For Fiona and I art has taken many forms this weekend including: taking down the Japanese exhibition; delivering garden stuff to Entangle; hammering; sewing words for Fiona; having visitors to our gallery shop; and also building.

I had planned a working-bee to build the brick section of a stand for an outdoor  pizza oven at the local neighbourhood centre on Saturday. There were to be four of us but in the end there was Fiona's dad and myself finishing the last three quarters of the job; so we called in Fiona.

We went from a stack of Hebel blocks to the finished three bay stand for the oven. But of course we had a thunder and rain storm in the middle of the job. Graham worked hard with us but was also the photographer - unfortunately he is not in any of the photos.








I guess that job means Graham, Fiona and I have developed another set of skills given we had never laid Hebel blocks before.

Today Fiona and I made a three hour round trip to deliver the seven garden assemblages (three fonts and 4 quirky objects) to Entangle in Dayboro.


Nice to see the sign and my jewellery below in the Entangle gallery shop.



Things continue to sell through the efforts of Nola of Entangle.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pendants of love and healing

©2016 Barry Smith - Bound book - metal pages bound for filing
I was asked to make a book-pendant (a pendant with 4 metal pages) with some words of healing and love in it. The person wanted to give it to a friend who is seriously ill. Her mother had told her how I had made one for a friend of her; and how her friend treasured it and wore it all the time so she could feel calm and loved.

The words to be stamped in the book-pendant were up to me so I chose: calm, hope, healing, love and peace.

When making these book pendants I give the selection of metal special attention as I some way I want to add a touch of energy to the pendant.  As you can see from the photo below even special recycled metal can look a bit dodgy before grinding and polishing.

©2016 Barry Smith - Pages cut and page 3 ready for stamping
Fortunately I usually know that quality silver-plated metal is going to come up well as you can see from the photo below.

©2016 Barry Smith - Before the final polish - page three stamped with healing words
When I was cutting up metal for the page to be stamped I came across some heart decorations - I thought these were a bit of a metaphor of the friend in the middle surrounded by love.

©2016 Barry Smith - Found hearts
The bits were polished ready for assembly.

©2016 Barry Smith - Books and earrings ready for assembly
They look good with their chains and ear-wires etc.

©2016 Barry Smith - Pendants of healing and love
And of course I tend to make more than one to give a choice.

©2016 Barry Smith - Pendant of healing and love (5.5cm long and 2.5cm wide)

©2016 Barry Smith - Pendant of healing and love (5.5cm long and 2cm wide)
It was a calming thing for me to do these today after quite a busy week.