maddy pethick

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Flux Lab, UWE, Bristol, August 2014

Early in August I spent a wonderful week in Bristol as a participant at Flux Lab in an exploration of Fluxus history and contemporary practice.  

The course was organised by Sarah Bodman at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England and led by Jeff Rathermel the Executive Director at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Over the course of the week we explored the possibilities of cheap recycled materials, simple publication production and exercises to generate content, multiples, ready-mades, collaborative editions and performance scores. Activities were underpinned through a history of Fluxus and surveying contemporary artists working in the spirit of Fluxus.

It was useful for me to reconsider my own work, and that of Pineapple Falls, existing in a kind of spirit of Fluxus. My skills benefitted from further exploration into traditional book and box making with Jeff as I hadn’t attended classes since Mary Bartlett’s in 2007 at Dartington Craft Education; a short course organised by our tutors on the MA in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts. Since then I had been hacking what I’d learned from Mary and will no doubt do the same with skills learned from Jeff.

The beautiful box we made under Jeff’s instruction provided us with individual assembly containers for a Happening of exchanges with Flux gifts made through the week - text pieces, scores, multiples, ready mades and poems.  We also collaborated on an edition of 20 double pamphlets ‘Duchamp is a Jerk’ containing collage, scores, stickers, lino & letterpress prints, rubber stampings, string prints, mad-libs, a hacked Fluxus manifesto, golden embossing and hand-stamped playing cards. It was such a clever way that Jeff facilitated the generation of content of the book through a carousel of practical activities. Here, I had a go at new things I felt I might want to explore in the future. The edition was assembled in a binding bee on the last day - a copy is held by CFPR at UWE with an additional copy being sent to artist Picasso Gaglione who had loaned rubber stamps for the edition. 

I really should also be telling you that I’ve spent time with another typewriter, learned loads of stuff about glue, binding materials, tools, paper bag/envelope stuff, stationery tips, made homemade stickers,  added to a critical bibliography, not to mention the repetitive scoffing of cakes and cans of rhubarb pop - all lovely! 

An amazing week which has allowed me new starting points for making and sharing work and has helped make sense of my desire to ‘bag up’ everything - I want to apply skills and knowledge developed to expanding multiples and simple publications and to explore how Pineapple Falls operates in the spirit of Fluxus.

New friends have been made who I’m looking forward to working with again.  Plus, I have two new nom de plumes - Elizabeth Pitkin and Dward who are alive and well and making multiples and poems for Pineapple Falls in South Devon.  

A brilliant course - could not recommend enough.  Jeff is back at UWE next year with another!

 

— 1 month ago
Pineapple Falls is open!
Books, junk journals, sound artefacts, crap posters, cards and collage salads.
Our shopette at Plymouth City Market is now open!  This is the result of a collaboration with Paul Hearn - since Christmas we have developed Pineapple Falls through broadcasting, making, tinkering, collecting, business plan writing and lots of asking ourselves ‘what ifs?’ Pineapple Falls trades from stall 214 on the first Saturday of each month. The shop is a channel to locate, share and sell our work and a place to meet others with shared interests.  It also provides us an additional, temporary workspace outside of the house - plus we get to spend the day together eating pork pies and chocolate and working out the next steps.  We have a till, a toy one, we are aware of what that may or may not mean.  Made some sales, had nice visitors, typed up some market notes for new page-works and made plans for developing the shop further.  Next one - Saturday August 2nd!

Pineapple Falls is open!

Books, junk journals, sound artefacts, crap posters, cards and collage salads.

Our shopette at Plymouth City Market is now open!  This is the result of a collaboration with Paul Hearn - since Christmas we have developed Pineapple Falls through broadcasting, making, tinkering, collecting, business plan writing and lots of asking ourselves ‘what ifs?’ Pineapple Falls trades from stall 214 on the first Saturday of each month. The shop is a channel to locate, share and sell our work and a place to meet others with shared interests.  It also provides us an additional, temporary workspace outside of the house - plus we get to spend the day together eating pork pies and chocolate and working out the next steps.  We have a till, a toy one, we are aware of what that may or may not mean.  Made some sales, had nice visitors, typed up some market notes for new page-works and made plans for developing the shop further.  Next one - Saturday August 2nd!

— 2 months ago with 1 note
Found Manifesto (Leisure Crafts) edited

Basket weaving

Carving wooden animals

Coconut craft

Fruit and vegetable figures

Mobiles

Painting bottles and glasses

Decorating eggs

Painting with lacquer

Paper, scissors and paste

Pipe-cleaner figures

Puppets

Rag dolls

String and raffia figures

Straw stars

Things to make from odds and ends

Tinfoil decorations

Candle making

Mosaics

Painting on Wood

Making shadow puppets

Pebbles to pearls

Soft toys

Craftwork in plastic

Collage

Macrame 1

Macrame 2

Bead threading and bead looming

Painting china

Fun with shells

Pin and thread

Picture Framing

Paper flowers

Painting Stones

Making lampshades

Flowercraft

Fun with seeds

Fantasies in plastic

From the Leisure Craft Series, Verdant Green as listed in Painting Stones (1975) Doris Epple - originally a German edition Bemalte Steine by Doris Epple, Christophorus-Verlag/Herder Verlag

— 3 months ago with 1 note

New Manifestos

The paper bag kite manifesto and the papier mâché thing manifesto.

— 3 months ago
Back to the charity shop 
Returned the objects back to the charity shop today. 
Took these to the Mare and Foal Sanctuary to hang out with other objects. 
Bought a small ceramic cat and a hippo funny planter with pink eyes.
50p each.
Met a lady and helped her make some decisions about de-cluttering.
Tried on a cable knit navy blue jumper.
Small edit needed for video now and seeking plant for hippo.
Small ceramic cat is a new piece for fusty moves.

Back to the charity shop 

Returned the objects back to the charity shop today. 

Took these to the Mare and Foal Sanctuary to hang out with other objects. 

Bought a small ceramic cat and a hippo funny planter with pink eyes.

50p each.

Met a lady and helped her make some decisions about de-cluttering.

Tried on a cable knit navy blue jumper.

Small edit needed for video now and seeking plant for hippo.

Small ceramic cat is a new piece for fusty moves.

— 4 months ago
Pineapple Falls 

Pieced together master for first little publication for the opening of our monthly Pineapple Falls little shop at Plymouth City Market.

Pineapple Falls

Pieced together master for first little publication for the opening of our monthly Pineapple Falls little shop at Plymouth City Market.

— 4 months ago with 1 note
Thinking about studio space

Or more like environments to make and test work. 

This is a picture of a charming sweet box positioned in front of a tea tray on top of the kitchen work surface at KARST during my artist residency last week.

It’s a lovely arrangement and it’s here on my blog as a reminder that I need to sometimes work in other environments whether that is through bookable spaces, residencies or just turning up somewhere to make the work - like the charity shop changing room or the middle of the moor.

Thinking about studio space

Or more like environments to make and test work.

This is a picture of a charming sweet box positioned in front of a tea tray on top of the kitchen work surface at KARST during my artist residency last week.

It’s a lovely arrangement and it’s here on my blog as a reminder that I need to sometimes work in other environments whether that is through bookable spaces, residencies or just turning up somewhere to make the work - like the charity shop changing room or the middle of the moor.

— 4 months ago with 1 note
Scalloping a Fancy 

Scallops: series of rounded projections / notches between them - formed by curves along edge. trace of point whose direction of motion changes

Using a carved glass platter as a template, I chalked a scalloped trim to the floor.

The line traced the edges of the studio floor and formed a continuous loop. 

The fancy line allowed casual sundries to fall in  - stray elastic bands, wavy line sweet wrappers, pinky paint splodges and tiny pieces of paper.

The completed drawing meandering along the perimeter of the room was like a fancy lacy place mat or an enormous welcoming doily that had elegantly floated to the floor.

KARST studio residency, Thursday morning, first thing.

Scalloping a Fancy

Scallops: series of rounded projections / notches between them - formed by curves along edge. trace of point whose direction of motion changes

Using a carved glass platter as a template, I chalked a scalloped trim to the floor.

The line traced the edges of the studio floor and formed a continuous loop.

The fancy line allowed casual sundries to fall in - stray elastic bands, wavy line sweet wrappers, pinky paint splodges and tiny pieces of paper.

The completed drawing meandering along the perimeter of the room was like a fancy lacy place mat or an enormous welcoming doily that had elegantly floated to the floor.

KARST studio residency, Thursday morning, first thing.

— 4 months ago
Artist Studio Residency

Following a successful application to KARST’s Artist Residency Programme, I am spending a week developing a new video piece in an individual studio space at KARST. 

The residency is enabling me to have time and space to test a new performance to camera. This experimental project forms part of a body of work exploring the movement of objects to create compositions devised through ludic co-ordinates. 

Objects for this new work were acquired from a charity shop earlier in the year and comprise of:

1 x over sized, red, ornamental brandy glass
1 x frilly blue glass platter
1 x clear, flat, glass dish
a quintet of Ikea ʻSue Pryceʼ blue lidded plastic food containers

I’m planning to use this testing space to devise and capture a performance to camera - the objects being arranged and re-arranged for the lens.  The charity shop remains significant referenced in the context of archive and supplier of stuff. 

I’m going to be tracing the development of this project on an a-n blog through Artists Talking. This blog will continue beyond the residency to allow me space to write about my attraction to objects being moved by hand around a table surface - thinking here of my fascination with puzzles and board games, ouija and planchettes, the magicianʼs sleight of hand and covert gestures of the croupier.

Pictured above: sourcing the objects at St Luke’s Hospice shop - all objects were hanging out together on one shelf in the bric-a-brac section.


KARST’s artist residency programme supports visual artists, writers and curators working within the realm of contemporary art.  Selected applicants are provided with an individual studio / project space for the duration of the residency.

http://www.karst-projects.org/

Artist Studio Residency

Following a successful application to KARST’s Artist Residency Programme, I am spending a week developing a new video piece in an individual studio space at KARST.

The residency is enabling me to have time and space to test a new performance to camera. This experimental project forms part of a body of work exploring the movement of objects to create compositions devised through ludic co-ordinates.

Objects for this new work were acquired from a charity shop earlier in the year and comprise of:

1 x over sized, red, ornamental brandy glass
1 x frilly blue glass platter
1 x clear, flat, glass dish
a quintet of Ikea ʻSue Pryceʼ blue lidded plastic food containers

I’m planning to use this testing space to devise and capture a performance to camera - the objects being arranged and re-arranged for the lens. The charity shop remains significant referenced in the context of archive and supplier of stuff.

I’m going to be tracing the development of this project on an a-n blog through Artists Talking. This blog will continue beyond the residency to allow me space to write about my attraction to objects being moved by hand around a table surface - thinking here of my fascination with puzzles and board games, ouija and planchettes, the magicianʼs sleight of hand and covert gestures of the croupier.

Pictured above: sourcing the objects at St Luke’s Hospice shop - all objects were hanging out together on one shelf in the bric-a-brac section.


KARST’s artist residency programme supports visual artists, writers and curators working within the realm of contemporary art. Selected applicants are provided with an individual studio / project space for the duration of the residency.

http://www.karst-projects.org/

— 5 months ago
More pieces for Fusty Moves

Collected ten new pieces of bric-brac for my experimental board game today. A blue and white beau man (pictured), ladies, rabbits, bird, windmill and castle cottages.

More pieces for Fusty Moves

Collected ten new pieces of bric-brac for my experimental board game today. A blue and white beau man (pictured), ladies, rabbits, bird, windmill and castle cottages.

— 5 months ago with 1 note
Stuck on Concertinas

More concertinas. Here exploring possibilities with one double sided, full bleed page from an old knitting magazine. Lovely details of exaggerated mascara, frilly cuffs and strapped sandals.

Stuck on Concertinas

More concertinas. Here exploring possibilities with one double sided, full bleed page from an old knitting magazine. Lovely details of exaggerated mascara, frilly cuffs and strapped sandals.

— 5 months ago
found manifesto (showing sound)

Sound, too, can be represented by texture, and with older children there may be advantages in exposing children to a situation for which they are unlikely to have developed preconceived ideas. Children will normally accept that sound can be drawn if they hear tape recordings of sounds such as morse code, for here a line represents a long sound and a dot a short sound.

Music, too, can be interpreted by drawn symbols. A soft melody is likely to be shown by an undulating line, a short, fast-moving rhythm is likely to become a zigzag line . The use of texture to depict sound is not really unfamiliar to children, as comic cartoon illustrators frequently represent motion and noise by texture.

Once a grammar of symbols peculiar to each child has been built up, the representation of more complicated sounds should be possible. Screeching of brakes, explosions, breaking glass, wood being sawn, can all be interpreted in either paint or other two-dimensional media. A tape recorder will prove a great asset with this kind of work.

Page 28.

Source unknown - text retrieved as scrap from my collage stash.

— 5 months ago
New Concertinas

Making little concertinas again. Here is a glimpse of one book pieced together through folding and glueing of strips from two knitting patterns. Lovely fragmentation reveals simple details of knitwear models - rings, hair slide, fancy silk scarf haircuts and exaggerated shirt collars.

New Concertinas

Making little concertinas again. Here is a glimpse of one book pieced together through folding and glueing of strips from two knitting patterns. Lovely fragmentation reveals simple details of knitwear models - rings, hair slide, fancy silk scarf haircuts and exaggerated shirt collars.

— 5 months ago