Making stuff out of stuff

Last year I joined the Tonbridge Creative and together we run the ArtSpring Gallery on the High Street. You can find us just past the castle where it starts to get really rather fancy.

The making bit is fun but like many artists I always struggle with putting on my business beret. At ArtSpring we are a lovely eclectic bunch of creatives, with jewellery, ceramics, glassware and pictures and we all contribute something completely unique. I manage the Social Media, mainly because I do it for the South East Open Studios. Personally, I am not a big fan of spending my life staring into a screen when there are so many exciting things to do. But I do love being connected to the creative world, opportunities, work processes and being the first to eyeball new pieces!

Being part of an art collective is marvellous. It can be lonely sitting in your well surrounded by tools and aspirations. So I like being part of something. Together we steward the gallery, do the publicity, find new artists and do all the really grown up mathsy stuff. I love it!

This castle was made to mark the occasion.

I took the essential shape of the main part of the castle, where all the bloody battles were fought, cut a piece of 0.7 mm silver sheet and battered it with a pattern tool to get a brick effect. I then formed the round turrets using various tools. Then I fired up my torch and soldered it to a big square piece of silver before filing off the edges. I attached tube wire to the castle roof shape so that it would act as a secure lid by fitting into the turrets. And finally added a flag...

Cheers! Vx

Snowing iniative


Setting up something festive and snowy! ...more