July 2015 - George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Grayson Perry Pots

July has been a pretty crazy month, I have had meetings and work coming in left, right and centre. It also marked a year that my partner Matthew and I have been together so I decided to mix business and pleasure by going on a little road trip to Kent. Via Air BNB (Link Air BNB - https://www.airbnb.co.uk/) we found this adorable American Style Tiny House which had been featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. The concept of these tiny spaces fascinates me, if you don't watch the programme you should. (Link: George Clarkes Amazing Spaces - http://www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-amazing-spaces)

George Clarkes Amazing Spaces  Inside George Clake's Amazing Spaces This tiny house in Kent was owned and built by Anthony & Diane Stathamn who were the perfect hosts; friendly, helpful, a lovely couple. It literally had everything we needed including a queen sized bed, fully working kitchen and bathroom squeezed in, yet it still felt so spacious!  As you can see from the pictures, it really was a unique place to stay.

Just down the road from us was the Turner Contemporary Gallery exhibiting 'Provincial Punk' by the one and only Grayson Perry!  (Link: Turner Contemporary - https://www.turnercontemporary.org/) (Link: Grayson Perry - https://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/grayson-perry) Grayson Perry Photo Stephen White Turner Contempory Margate Turner Contemporary

This English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing has always been of interest to me, especially as he was also born in my hometown Essex. Many see ceramics as a traditional and elegant craft but Grayson's classic ceramic forms are full of crude adaptations of sex, politics and violence and I love it!

It felt incredible it is to witness the work of someone you admire. My favourite piece from the exhibition has to be, 'We are What We Buy' 2000, not because it is about  the rise of art collector Charles Saatchi but because each person is documented simply by three things which can immediately brand a person; their choice of clothes, car and home address.

Grayson Perry - We are what we buy Saatchi Gallery Grayson Perry Photo Benedict Johnson Turner Contempory

We also made a special trip to the Shell Grotto in Margate. Words cannot describe how unbelievable this place was. I am not going to say to much as I urge you to experience it yourself. For now here's a few photos taken by Matthew to entice you. Photography by Matthew Simcox (Link: http://www.matthewsimcox.com/)

Shell Grotto Margate. IMG_1979. IMG_1984IMG_1972. IMG_2039. IMG_2009

This month my Grandad ripened to the marvellous age of 80! He is the world's biggest Liquorice Allsorts fan so without doubt I knew I had to create this liquorice explosion. I'll admit, "I'm a creator not a baker" but I was pretty pleased with the outcome and so was he, Happy Birthday Grandad! Amanda Cotton Cake!

On Monday 13th I collected yet another placenta from a new client, Natalie. Natalie's placenta travelled all the way down from Manchester to Euston Station, London where I collected it from her friend. Placenta Pick Up Natalie Not only does Natalie want me to create a Placenta Photo Frame but she has also commissioned me to create a heart from her umbilical cord.  I have never crafted an umbilical cord, therefore, I was a little unsure but for a first attempt, I couldn't be happier with result. Natalie Umbillical Coard Natalie and I, are currently deciding how it shall be presented so keep an eye out for next month's blog to see the final design.