The private view, the exhibition and my wood carvings



The nicest picture so far of 'Sandscape'
The nicest picture so far of 'Sandscape'

I had a lovely time at the Private View for the Shepway Fringe Showcase last week, it is always so weird to see your work hanging in a space that isn’t your workplace. In fact its nice to see the work hanging at all as I tend to only hang the pieces when I’m taking photos!

 

The exhibition was opened by the leader of the local council (I think that’s who she was as I couldn’t really hear very well) and lots of people were there to have a look at the art on display, drink the free drinks (Pimms or a soft drink) and chat to the artists and other people.

The leader of Shepway Council (I think) opening the exhibition
The leader of Shepway Council (I think) opening the exhibition

 

I bumped into a friend of mine who I haven’t seen in absolutely ages, let me put it into perspective, he now has a two year old son – the last time I saw him it wasn’t even in the offing! Lets say its been a while.

 

It was lovely to chat with him and find out what he’s been up to, and to get an invite to his show which starts this week. He is a fellow sculptor based in Folkestone so it was good to quiz him about what’s happening around and about as he knows a lot more than I do. We also had a chat about some of the Triennial work as he has seen most of it and I haven’t yet.

My piece 'Sandscape' and friends
My piece 'Sandscape' and friends

 

 

On the evening I felt like I’d taken loads and loads of images, however, going through them to find the ones for this post its seems like I’ve hardly taken any at all. I got a couple of pictures of my pieces hanging and some general ones of the work in the space.

 

 

There was quite a mix of work in the exhibition, as always I find myself looking at the framing on peoples work and thinking how I would have framed them myself – force of habit I think.

I also look at the paintings that don’t have frames and try to see why people have chosen to not frame their work, sometimes its obvious, sometimes its not. Then there are those pictures whose frame really, really don’t suit them.

Looking down from the upstairs balcony at the work on the staircase
Looking down from the upstairs balcony at the work on the staircase
Looking along the top corridor
Looking along the top corridor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought that the exhibition was thoughtfully hung it what is a tricky space as its a lobby downstairs, all the way up the stairwell, then a corridor at the top. The only thing I found a little odd was that although most people seemed to have submitted two pieces of work some were hung together and others were split up. My pieces, for example are on opposite walls in the downstairs lobby area.

At the top of the stairs
At the top of the stairs
Panel of Fences hanging under a light
Panel of Fences hanging under a light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m really pleased that I managed to get my pieces made and submitted in time and I’m also looking forward to going to see more exhibitions over the summer. I also have my eye on a couple of exhibitions that I would like to submit work to, I better get making!

If you would like to go and have a look at the exhibition its at the Shepway District Council Offices, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent. Its open office hours Monday to Friday. Simply go to reception and ask to see the exhibition. If you do go have a look come back and let me know what you think.

 

 

 

 

Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .

 

The Folkestone Triennial has a Fringe and I have a vested interest as two of my wood carvings are….

Panel of Fences, carved in Jelutong with blue wood dye
Panel of Fences, carved in Jelutong with blue wood dye

…. being exhibited in a Fringe Exhibition.

My work is being shown in The Shepway Fringe Showcase which is being held at the Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue in Folkestone.

I am really quite chuffed since I worked out that this is actually my first ever exhibition of carved wood pieces.

Anyone who knows me well knows that the biggest thing out of all of this is that I followed the process all the way through from spotting the exhibition was asking for exhibitors to applying with work that had already been sold with a promise to make similar.

To actually getting the work made and not only delivering it, but delivering it on time – a massive thing for me as in the past work that I’ve not been commissioned for usually doesn’t even get made! That is all about to change though – keep your eyes peeled.

I must apologise here for the quality of the photos of the two pieces as they were taken very early one morning when I didn’t have much time left before I had to leave to deliver.

Above is my lovely ‘Panel of Fences’ carved in Jelutong wood and dyed with blue wood dye, coincidentally blue is the only wood dye I currently own so expect more blue work as I had to buy a whole box of it!

The slight obsession with fences comes from my local beach here in Greatstone. The dunes at between the houses/road and the beach are mostly held together by fencing and the roots of the grass that grows all over it, as the wind blows more sand in and the dunes get higher they replace the fencing. It snakes along the tops of the dunes and along the front of the dunes and across the middle, its everywhere. I have more work coming along this theme, keep an eye on the website as its updated and you’ll see some more.

Sandscape carving in Jelutong
Sandscape carving in Jelutong

The second piece being shown is ‘Sandscape’ (I know really original name!) it is carved in Jelutong and is based on the patterns left in the sand as the tide leaves the beach. The sea probably makes lovely patterns as the tide comes in but I can’t see them!!!

I really love my sandscape panels,its one of the first areas that started me back on a more arty/sculptury route.

The best thing about them is when you get bored of looking at them one way up you can just turn the panel round and get a completely different view. It really stops you getting bored of a piece knowing that you have 4 potential pictures in one.

The really exciting thing about this exhibition is that the Private View is THIS EVENING. I know, I know. I’ve been battling with my uncooperative laptop all day to try to get this post written and posted as I thought it’d be a bit stupid of me to post about the private view without having told you about it before I went.

The exhibition is open Monday – Friday office hours only, well it is based in the Council offices after all!

So wish me luck and hopefully I’ll have some pics to share with you in a post quite soon.

If you do go and have a look at the exhibition do please come back here and let me know what you think of it.

 

Photograph from location shoot

Here is a sneak peak of the pictures I took while on location at Parkwood the other week.

This Sculpted Mirror is made from European Oak. I make all the wooden parts of the mirror starting from a plank, making the moulding, carving the design and putting it all together. I also cut the mirror myself – which is nerve racking for me at the best of times!

Sculpted Mirror In Oak
Sculpted Mirror In Oak

I really enjoyed taking the time to go on location and take these photographs, I had forgotten what fun it can be. It also takes away all the worry of lighting and backdrops, the only thing you have to worry about is what you have reflected in the mirrors. Quite a few of the images ended up with very strange reflections!

Of course you have to pick a decent day to do the shoot, we were really lucky in that the  day was nice and sunny and it didn’t start to rain until we were leaving. Magic.