Rachel Evans Mosaics - April
At the beginning of April, I travelled to Westhay in Somerset to attend one of Kate Rattray Mosaics' courses. The course I chose was a mosaic sculpture course to assist in creating 3D starling mosaics for a Sculpture trail, due to be on show at the end of May. I wanted to learn more about armatures and the materials you need to create sculpture for outdoors. I much prefer learning in a hand on course, rather than reading it in books (Although I do read about how to do things too). It was useful to realise actually how much I already knew! The structure was made using thick wire, chicken wire and thinner wire to stitch it together - all these things, I have done before but in other contexts. The most useful part of the course was learning about the tile adhesive that Kate uses to create the smooth surface for tiling on but also that the fibre-glass mesh that tiles are delivered on can be cut into strips and used with the tile adhesive to create this structure. I will keep this from now on! I also met lots of lovely people and thoroughly enjoyed the day :)
As well as this, I went to Walford Mill to see Cleo Mussi's exhibition 'Spring Boody'. It was really interesting to see a very different style of mosaic and how chunky her work was compared to mine. The scale was very impressive. I particularly liked her floral work because of the way she had used the patterned china. The colours were dramatic and I spent some time looking at them to take it all in! Below: Tussie Mussie by Cleo Mussi.
Also this month I have been really getting into drawing. I was inspired to create some Zentangle style drawings after speaking to my collegue about what she had been doing with the art club at school. I also went on a drawing expedition to the Harold Hillier Gardens and some very cute baby rabbits posed for me - although I had to draw quickly, as they kept popping in out of their hole. I also drew some beautiful Magnolia Athene.
Life drawing this month really pushed me out of my comfort zone! The model was continually moving through a series of belly dancing poses, which meant I had to really loosen up and draw quickly - great practice! I also attended the urban sketch meet at the National Oceanography Centre. It was an open day, so we were lucky enough to be able to access areas the public are not normally allowed to. There were wonderful, yet intimidating, views of the docks from the café. I chose just one boat to focus on, which shortly drove off! So, I gave up on that and headed to the exhibits to draw some people. A very enjoyable meet and it was lovely to see what everyone else had drawn too! On top of this, I have done a few more sketches in my other sketchbook, including an owl sketch because I couldn't sleep and drawn with pebbles on the beach at Lyme Regis.
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