Interesting to see what happened to my knitting over almost three weeks at Bucks Open Studios. After installing the work I wondered if any bunnies or other animals would decide I had created a comfy lounging area for them. But although I spotted one snagged thread which I assume was from a cat landing, it seemed that I only had to worry about the weather.
The rain came and went during the period of the Open Studios, and it gave us some pretty heavy showers at times. The lace knitting is very stretchy naturally and started to sag a little over time, but with the added weight of water from the rain it sank right down into the tyres. Thanks to Janet for recording it as the rain stopped. The last picture in the gallery shows how the knitting sank into a bowl shape and the yarn took on a two-tone effect as it began to dry out.
I was also pleased with how the work looked once the grass, clover and daisies started to grow. I thought it looked better than when the grass had been freshly cut. It helped to 'bed-in' the tyres and was rather lovely when it started to grow through the holes of the lace.
Thursday 11 July – Sunday 17 August
Several pieces of my work have been selected for the Summer Open exhibition at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Oxfordshire.
The theme is the 'Colour Green', so of course my interpretation is the recycling and sustainability of materials. My work on show will include recycled clothes, electric blankets and video tapes. The exhibition will run from 11th July to 17th August 2013.
I installed my work in the sculpture garden on Friday. I'm very pleased with how it has all come together. Affixing the knitting to the tyres was more fiddly than I imagined. For a while it seemed that I was creating knotted sculpture with fishing line that I had got into a terrible tangle. But with the help of an extra pair of hands from my other half, we were able to get the technique down to a fine art and got the lashing finished.
I love the contrast of indoor and outdoor, hard and soft materials. It also looks like giant liquorice allsorts from a distance...
Come and visit ... Fernbank, Court Lane, Burnham, SL1 8DN
Thursday/Friday: 12noon to 4pm
Saturday/Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Until 23rd June