Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Social Bonds (Unearthing project / Tate Exchange)

From discussing 'social justice' last Saturday to 'restoring social bond through communal activity' and our voices this week. Still working with London clay, more objects were made by participants at Tate Exchange and in response to these themes, found objects on the river bed (see previous post) and clay pieces modelled last weekend.

collection display (part of)

Knots which recorded dancers moves last Saturday now became illustrations of what connects us. Conversation happened through making and talking, and between objects too - I think they had a great time relating with each other (see below).

More info on the project can be found on other posts on this blog as well as this and this link.

beachcombed bounty and clay fragments

early Victorian porcelain and London clay pipes (fragments)

found object and three types of clay

clay knot, pipes and unknown metal object

two chains

knot and hook

clay and ceramic

clay and iron

grey clay

London clay knots

more knots

last ties

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

making clay slip (Unearthing project instructible)

allow plastic clay to completely dry - see previous post for making it

add water and soda ash and start stirring

sieve through fine mesh, add dispex and stir some more

slip made!

pour slip into casting mould

job done

... and fired - orange is the locally sourced London clay

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Spatial Justice (Unearthing project / Tate Exchange)

warming up

displaying unearthed collections

Eva laying out the beach combed bounty

found objects

more found objects and inspiration for tea trollety dancers

modelled dancing score

another modelled dancing score

Tanztheater Adrian Look (TAL) and tea trolley moves

modelling a move - finger dance

modelling another move (TAL)

spatial justice in action - tea trolley dancing

spatial justice in action - Tanztheater Adrian Look

Rebecca and Eva introducing speakers 
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and Yoriko Otomo

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

making plastic clay (Unearthing project instructible)

collect clay - see previous post

grate the clay (or break lumps with hammer) & allow to dry

soak dried clay

sieve through fine mesh and spread on plaster bat

allow to dry overnight

plastic clay is now ready

remove from bat

allow plaster bat to dry out before reusing

Saturday, 25 February 2017

mud to mud (Unearthing project / Walton-on-the-Naze)

I’ve started collecting London clay for Unearthing, a collaborative project with The People’s Bureau at Tate Modern and Stave Hill Ecological Park – see previous posts.

A few months back I collected clay from the river bed near London Bridge. On this occasion I got some in its pure unadulterated state from the beach in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. The Naze is a beautiful and very unstable landscape, eroded by tidal waters, exposing red crag and London clay then reclaimed by the sea. Recent storms have also left the clay exposed on the beach, a not so uncommon sight in winter months. 

While foraging for small lumps of clay, I came across bricks, yellow in colour, looking like traditional London brick. I also came across a wall made from misshapen ones, rejects from a local brickery maybe. Some of these were being washed out to sea. This was ecology in action - clay, shaped into bricks, becoming clay again - a 50 million year old cycle.

I walked back home to process the clay. I felt like a complete vandal when I started grating it in order to dry it. I then soaked it, sieved it and dried it again on a plaster bat to make plastic clay, ready for modelling and firing. There’s only once thing for it! To clear my conscience, I’ll simply have to walk to the beach and throw my work in the water! I’m not getting in the way of nature doing it’s thing!