Reforesting Nottingham

My piece for the M.E.G.A exhibition with Dialogue Collective.

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Reforesting Nottingham 

The floods came first. Turning the midlands into marshland, Lincoln into Venice, Hull into Atlantis. In Nottingham, warehouses and factories alongside the River Trent awaited their fate. Nature took back over, tall oak trees bursting through damaged corrugated roofs, whilst the City Ground was ironically abandoned to become of all things a forest.

Materials: wood (sapele, oak, yew, wengé, bubinga, London plane, purpleheart, bird’s-eye maple and walnut), oxidised silver and cotton cord.

M.E.G.A set-up

This week just gone I was in Munich with Dialogue Collective. We put on an exhibition called M.E.G.A (Make Earth Great Again) at the foundry as part of Munich Jewellery Week. Our theme was climate change and we all made different work in response to this. These photos show the set up of the exhibition:

Arriving in the rain on Friday

Arriving in the rain on Friday

Inside the foundry - lots of dust!

Inside the foundry - lots of dust!

Some of the collective making plans

Some of the collective making plans

Moving massive pallets of plaster to create our table.

Moving massive pallets of plaster to create our table.

Plaster in place.

Plaster in place.

Covering with boards

Covering with boards

Our M.E.G.A. Lotto hanging ready for visitors

Our M.E.G.A. Lotto hanging ready for visitors

Set up complete!

Set up complete!

And at night - we had an amazing soundtrack by Eric Busnel and plants, moss and candles around the room creating a brilliant atmosphere.

And at night - we had an amazing soundtrack by Eric Busnel and plants, moss and candles around the room creating a brilliant atmosphere.

Artists in conversation

This month I am featured in Findings magazine as part of their long running 'artists in conversation' series. It was lovely to be asked and very exciting to see it in print!

Christmas open studios

My first open studios at Cockpit Arts took place at the beginning of the month. It felt a little strange to be packing away my tools having only recently set up my new space! It was a lovely weekend chatting to visitors, getting to know other makers and generally feeling festive.

I am in studio 307 with Fflur Owen who makes beautiful leather pieces.

I am in studio 307 with Fflur Owen who makes beautiful leather pieces.

I got some big prints for open studios!

I got some big prints for open studios!

My space all set up.

My space all set up.

Lovely light coming through - I need to get a blind at some point.

Lovely light coming through - I need to get a blind at some point.

A piece by Fflur.

A piece by Fflur.

I still had access to my bench for a sneaky bit of making.

I still had access to my bench for a sneaky bit of making.

Our studio is right at the end of the corridor which is perfect for open studios!

Our studio is right at the end of the corridor which is perfect for open studios!

Cockpit looking and smelling (cinnamon and orange) very festive.

Cockpit looking and smelling (cinnamon and orange) very festive.