Me and beercanan are on our way to the legendary loch ness on the first ever festival train...well good. 15 hours of silent disco boozey times and board games.
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Sunday, 3 June 2012
the last 5 days have been crazy, i got asked to make a lochness monster costume for rockness festival happening next weekend and immediately joined on it i recruited 4 incredibly talented goldsmith students and our little crew has had to start from scratch learning to sew learning not to get bumped by fabric shop owners etc. We've almost finished now and have produced a monster of a monster at almost 35 ft long and fully collapsable with a mechanical head and room for all of us its only the count down now before we board the Rockness express up to Inverness entertaining crowds as we go.
It is with a black eyed dog sat upon my lap that i have decided to put back my jura adventure, as i am now off to sunny stockholme in july and also am moving into i prey a new and most magnificent studios.
Posted by Henry Wood at 04:20
Friday, 18 May 2012
Jura. August 2012
I intend on building a new collection of work on the remote wild outpost of Jura an Island in the heart of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland. The Island covers an area of 142 square miles of raw beauty, seductive and treacherous landscapes, mountains, rivers and rugged shore lines with miles of beaches and cliffs jutting out into the Atlantic ocean.
The aim is to strike out and navigate both geographical and internal landscapes creating works as a response to the journey, using only what i find creating honest monuments in dramatic surroundings. The materials will mostly come from the sea, as I will comb the beaches for wood and drag and carry it to a site where it will be worked on cut, pegged and lashed together to form huge figures and forms. This will be incredibly labour intensive as I plan to create work all over the island, with a piece also being taken up to the top of one of the resident mountains.
Inspired and lured by childhood tales of the great adventurers spirit of endurance and overcoming hardships to find reward. Informed too by knowledge that the western isles are famous for a place of spiritual retreat. Not just for the celtic saints who came hear to hear the voice of god in the silence, but of poets and authors such as George Orwell who retreated here to attain space and quiet so he could lay out his visionary and prophetic novel '1984'.
This adventure is a calling, a test of endurance and an opportunity to use my creativity unbridled without the distractions of contemporary life. A way to present hardship and toil and exposure of emotion and fragility when devoured and sown into the power, majesty and great nothingness of the landscape. I will produce works that will take me out of what I have previously been creating and challenge and test me, turn me around 180 degrees and let me grow and be uncertain about it.
Posted by Henry Wood at 05:51
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
working at the o.a.f 2012 has been a wonderful most extraordinary experience, i was completely brassak all the way through which gently coerced me to ride my bie the 8 odd miles up the old kent road through burmondey the shard, catch a horizon line over blackfriars bridge then hustle my way up past trafalger square to totemman court road and on to baker street, privileged adress of the Other art fair. The actual fair was placed in a huge bunker that bled gold, seriously. within this cavernous abyss a multitude of talent and persona was on display. it was brilliant. the best bit were our team team of volunteer cavaliers made up of most lovely goldsmithions.
Posted by Henry Wood at 06:29