Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Light and shadow - home and away

©2017 Barry Smith - Reflected light and shadow from the edge of a large crystal platter by Toini Mouna (Arabia 1943) - seen in Stockholm design collection exhibition
I never tire of glimpses of shadows or shadow like images - whether created by morning light; or lighting creating edges or fragile replicas or contrasts.

This morning's walk started with a sullen, sodden, shadowy sky and ended in rain. The shadow valley was a lovely welcome back to the mountain.

©2017 Barry Smith - Grey morning valley
On our trip away I was caught on quite a few occasions by shadow edges and reflected shadow images. Some I saw are below.

©2017 Barry Smith - Shadows deep in a funnel shaped glass bowl
©2017 Barry Smith - A weaver through her weaving - Dovecot tapestry studio in Edinburgh
©2017 Barry Smith - Moss Circle by Caroline Dear 2010 at Dovecot
©2017 Barry Smith - Woven reeds by Caroline Dear at Dovecot 
©2017 Barry Smith - Shadow of a suspended sculpture 
©2017 Barry Smith - Flooding ethereal light deep in the waters of the salt mine outside Krakow
©2017 Barry Smith - Light and dark - in the salt mine outside Krakow
©2017 Barry Smith - Edge of a scroll of handmade paper in a student exhibition in Krakow
©2017 Barry Smith - Stylistic cat image in a shop display
©2017 Barry Smith - Wild weather in the highlands of Scotland
Though shadows catch the eye - so do the unfurling frangipani after rain.

©2017 Barry Smith

Sunday, November 19, 2017

On the wall

I was planning to make and post on an Artisan Lamp - made using one of the ceramic and metal light fittings from Krakow; but as I'm still feeling a little under the weather I decided instead to sort some photos from the trip and post on those.

Photos always seem to fall into categories - so I thought I'd post on bits and pieces that appeared on walls in Krakow

I like the weathered and even overwritten nature of some of the wall images - layers of life and layers of messages!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

A small collection

Fiona and I have returned to the quiet  of "the mountain" after a fews weeks overseas for work, relaxation and inspiration.

During the trip I kept my eye out for bits that I might include in small assemblages including Artisan Lamps. Because of luggage weight restrictions there was little that I could collect. However, from two "flea" markets in Krakow I managed to gather a small collection of antique ceramic and metal screw globe light fittings as you can see from the photos below.

©2017 Barry Smith - Antique ceramic and metal light fitting 
©2017 Barry Smith - A small collection of antique ceramic and metal light fitting 
©2017 Barry Smith - Some ceramic elements of antique light fitting 
©2017 Barry Smith - Components of an antique ceramic and metal light fitting 
©2017 Barry Smith - Antique ceramic and metal light fitting 
I could have purchased many other light fittings but many were either cracked and/or had essential parts missing. Even with the ones I purchased there is quite a bit of work to be done to ensure they are functional and safe to use in Artisan Lamps.

This little collection is a good reminder of our time spent in the city of Krakow - a city that at times has had such a tough and dark history; and yet today is a city that was generous to us, thrives and has a vibrant light art soul.

Friday, October 20, 2017

An opportunity to promote peace and joy

©2017 Barry Smith - Fiona's small gift packaging made from recycled book pages 
Recently we caught up briefly with 5 international visitors. We knew that as well as building links there would also be some exchanging of small gifts.

I took the opportunity to make and give folk some inspirational words for their pocket or wallet-purse. Peace and joy seemed the right way to go.

©2017 Barry Smith - Inspirational words for the pocket
I thought that giving a leaf with the symbol of tree of life not only wished the people long life; but also could be seen a a way of saying trees are important to life.

©2017 Barry Smith - Tree of life - a long life of peace and joy
A small gesture and a small post.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Product off to market

I managed to finish stashes of product to send off to Entangle and Maleny Additions; and also a bunch of leaves and Peace Leaves for giving away.

First the leaves and Peace Leaves on rust - just because I love the contrast of the silver against the beautiful rich rust background.

©2017 Barry Smith 
©2017 Barry Smith 
The work and grinding-polishing benches can often look quite full when one is doing quantities of stuff.

©2017 Barry Smith 
©2017 Barry Smith 
The final pieces looked good.

©2017 Barry Smith  - Leafspoons on sandstone
©2017 Barry Smith - Leaf Pate Knives on rust
©2017 Barry Smith  - Swing tags by Fiona
©2017 Barry Smith  - Swing tags by Fiona
It is strange that I often don't think that making 'product' is about art; and yet the folk who buy the individual pieces often remark how they love the unique, creative and handmade nature of the pieces.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The hard work of an installation on the block

Sculpture on the edge of the 'rock river' - the sculpture stands 2m tall
I roped in neighbours and a fellow artist to help with the task of installing the big (and heavy) post assemblage-sculpture in the photo above. A bit of a scruffy, generous and willing team.

The challenge was to take the sculpture from outside the studio-garage, down a steep flight of rural stairs and along two further terraces before lifting it into place. Fiona guided the team, gave a lift and push here and there, gave advice on orientation and straightness, and took most of the photos.

I had dug the hole in the cool cloud of an early morning.

The following photos show some aspects of the low-tech installation process.

Of course one needs  a photo of the detail

And a couple more of the sculpture from a couple of different parts of the house

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The circle of peace

What a wonderful surprise came in the post a couple of days ago. Luthien of Altered Alchemy sent me a stash of gorgeous and intricate Bookmarks for Peace for gifting on to other folk to promote peace.

I had sent Luthien a stash of Peace Leaves to be distributed for peace. Her beautiful response was not only to distribute the Peace Leaves; but also to make the stash of Bookmarks for peace.

These Bookmarks for Peace are part of the important circle of peace - they will just keep the peace ripples going.