Artwork for Jed Picksley
H-Art week is a great excuse to make some bold and peculiar wearable items
The generous scale of exhibiting in the Kingsland Church always encourages me to make some very big dragons!
Some of my work is durable enough to live outside, or inside with toddlers!
I will be making new work as I sit in Kingsland St Michael and All Angels church, happy to run impromptu workshops with keen collaborators, young and old.
My mythical animal forms come in all scales from literally thumbnail to hefty life-size
spiders webs made form recycled metals
One of my many unique driftwood islands, here featuring trees, a dragon and a crystal fruit
3 of my many sculptures, ranging from £5 to £50
My work is led by the delight and ethics of only using recycled materials. The material came first - back in 1998 the pavements of Edinburgh where I lived were covered in old fat tube televisions, as everyone bought new slim flat screen televisions. Each old tube set contained at least 4 coils of attractive and malleable varnished copper wire. I hoarded the material, and messed around with it for years before inventing saleable objects! Now I can make anything anyone asks for, and people who don't know me have been buying them since 1999!
Everyone could be an artist, but not all of us make the time for it. I do not exhibit every year, but as works constantly build up in my home, it's great to try and move them on sometimes!
In this gallery context, I am a wire worker, strictly using recycled wire, no soldering, no tools, just three-dimensional scribbles. I am primarily "at play", only coincidentally "creating art".
I am also a miniaturist, enjoying creating characters and landscapes I can then retreat to in my imagination! Every time a piece of jewellery or machinery breaks, elements are released that I can imagine being parts of a world at a different scale.
I am also an artist, delighted by the success of my three dimensional works. I have also drawn, painted, sketched and collaged all my life, but those mediums are far more competitive and hard to trade in!
At school my art teachers wanted me to take art further, but my language and literature teachers wanted me to specialise in that. I was confident that I would always make art for fun (and money!), so my first years of further education took the language and literature route. 25 years later, I have both written for and illustrated for other people's books, and continue to surf a hotch-potch of income streams, livlihoods and interests. Living now on the borders of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys, H-art is an opportunity that helps keep the art-side of my life alive. I am delighted to also inspire others to mix art into their ordinary lives too.
Whitby Gothic Weekend, H-Art Week
None at present. Very happy to talk with any gallery owners or shop-managers.