Crafty Old Sugar!

 

An Icy Front
An Icy Front

 

I was watching a programme today which featured the Bowes Museum in County Durham.  The exhibition was about Sugarcraft as a sculptural medium.  I never realised that this craft was so old.  Apparently it was featured in the household of Princesse de Lamballe, Marie Therese Louise de Savoie-Carignan (1749-92) who was a favourite of the famous  Marie Antoinette.  The collection featured moulds and tools which the curator used to demonstrate.

 

Basket moulds
Basket moulds

 

The paste is pressed into the mould, then scraped round with a small brass tool and assembled.  These were used for table decorations and even deserts.

 

Cucumber basket
Cucumber basket

 

 

I love miniatures: my daughter and I used to have a lot of fun making miniature food with Fimo.

 

Butcher meat
Butcher meat

 

There has always been debate between Art and Craft and craft as an art form.  The Tate was founded by industrialist Henry Tate who made his fortune as a Sugar Refiner.

More information about the exhibition can be foound here;

 

http://www.historicfood.com/Royal-sugar-Sculpture.htm

 

 

 

Bahhhhh Woollies gone!

An early version
An early version

 

Can’t believe Woolworths will soon be going!  I and millions and millions and zillions of other will miss it terribly.  It was part of my childhood, well everyones childhood.  As a child I would stand outside  pointing to the toys in the window, whilst I waited for the bus.  It was the scene of my first childhood public tantrum.  Kicking and screaming I threw the doll with rubberised hair across the store as I lay threshing and sobbing in disgust on the floor!  I wanted a doll with rooted hair, but Mum couldn’t afford it, so I had to settle for the rubber one.  It was a hard lesson to learn (kicking and stropping doesn’t get you anywhere…) As it turned out, I grew to love that doll (Jennifer) I called her.  A relative drew string underwear on her (most weird when you think about it: a bit of a strange relative).  Jennifer was given to my younger sister as I grew older.  The first thing she did was poke poor dolls eyes out.  That doll really went through the mill, what with her faded biro penned stringed underwear and no eyes.  One of Woolies rejects.  Poor old Woolworths: part of everyone’s past and destined to not be part of the future.  99 years old.  Sure, it will be bought by someone or divided up, but it will never be Woolworths as we know it.  Still, at least we’ve got our memories…and they’re precious NOT cheap.

 

Which came first? the echo or the stain?

My website ‘Echostains’  was born on11th August 2003.  It was a personal project I began for my Visual Arts degree.  It lasted for 2years and is about to be resurrected.  It is ongoing.  Digging around the cellar recently, we unearthed the old ‘Echostains’ website, which fortunately we had put on disc before it disappeared into the ether.  The original concept explored visual communication through abstract art.  Whilst Googling what was left of my Echostains links, I came across a band called ‘Echostain’!  Now I don’t know when they started, but  project name and I intend keeping it as it describes succinctly my work – that’s how I came up with it!

echo-stain-conclusion

Here’s the blurb that accompanied it;

‘Echo Stains’ is a personal project that I completed in the second year of my Visual Arts BA Hons Degree. (1Ith August 2003).  I  have split the project into  three parts because the process was ongoing and progressive and each part inevitably merged seamlessly into the other, culminating in the final piece – the large  painting ‘Echo Stain’. The work is about communication – on all different  levels.

Lynda M Roberts BA Hons

Just a tick: just getting the lay of the land

Hi!  Now I don’t know what sort of a Blog this will turn out to be yet.  It will probably be a mixture of Art, Life, Ramblings, Witterings and Mutterings…with occasional Rantings.  I had an Art Blog before and used to post most days, but it disappeared.  It was more a collection of writings than a real internet Blog: a diary about my art: a blow by blow account.  The intention was to publish it in a Blog.  If I find it, I will put it on here, but for the time being I will take time out to survey all the wonderful snowy white scenery in my new ‘land’

Bored already with the white space.  Think the black background looks much better.  In effect I have eliminated the positive, accentuated the negative..now for Mr Inbetween.

http://www.roman-empire.net/decline/constantine-index.html

http://www.visityork.org/mustseeyork/

My Favorite Emperor
My Favorite Empero
  Thought I’d add a bit of decoration to brighten the place up!