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Environmental Artists | Nature meets waste

At WHT we love nothing more than artists who can produce sensational bodies of work using naturally occurring materials or even waste products such as plastic bottles, ocean detritus and outmoded CDs as their primary resource. American stick work artist Patrick Dougherty studied hospital and health administration before returning to North Carolina University to complete a degree in art history and sculpture. Using carpentry skills, he began exploring tree saplings as a sculptural material. Starting with single trees, his work soon evolved to a monumental scale and over the past 30 years, Dougherty has produced more than 250 giant scale artworks and become internationally acclaimed. Two beached fish on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were the marketing tool chosen to promote the UN Conference on Sustainable Development at the Rio+20 in 2012. Made entirely from plastic bottles, the enormous installations were backlit at night to create a vivid light display. Scheduled 20 years on from the original Earth summit in 1992, Rio+20 was “a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end …

Ceramics Masterclass | Photo Gallery

I did a ceramics masterclass recently with the wonderful Sydney-based ceramicist Alana Wilson via Megan Morton’s The School and it was so much fun! Alana specialises in pieces that look as if they’ve been unearthed from an archaeological dig, particularly because of her special, often experimental, glaze mixes she has perfected over the years. As she says on her website, her primary source of reference and influence are ancient vessels and archaeological artefacts. While it was this ‘look’ that attracted me to her work and the workshop in the first place, I pretty much love all ceramics and have always wanted to give it a go. Using paper-based clay, a few tools and our hands, we started by making a small Japanese teacup. The technique Alana taught us was coiling, which that has been used for thousands of years in places such as Africa, Greece, China and New Mexico. Basically you build a vessel using rolled strips of clay and moulding and forming it with your fingers, starting from the bottom up. With my next piece, I decided to …

4 Instagram Finds

Today I’m taking a peak at Instagram and would like to share four instagrammers I think are worthy of following: #hopeinthewoods – How many ways can you photograph wooden spoons? Brit Luke Hope knows how to make you swoon over a spoon with his hand-made wooden pieces which he styles to perfection. #woodlucker – Artists Ann Wood and Dean Lucker make ‘botanical paper constructions and interactive mechanical sculptures’. The photographs of their work, Minneapolis studio and home are exquisitely moody and predominantly filled with butterflies. #vegetarianfoodmaker – The words French and vegetarian aren’t usually associated together but The Vegetarian Food Maker makes mouth-watering food bowls and plates them up so beautifully that even a hardcore meat-lover would have to be impressed. #theslowtraveler – UK photographer Carolyn documents her travels, most recently around South America – like the image here from Buenos Aires – with misty grey and pastel tones.  

Interview: Anna Eidt | Altered Vintage Plates

Etsy maker Anna Eidt has truly had a ‘who’d have thought’ life in which she has overcome a terrible accident to forge a new creative direction – considerably different to the one she thought she was going to have. From vocal music teacher and choral conductor, Anna now specialises in painting traditional vintage plates and saucers with, shall we say, unconventional, phrases and images. Royal Doulton gets a shocking, subversive makeover and I love it! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us about your background I’m Nova Scotian born, transplanted to Ontario for work and love. I love quiet, cats, podcasts, yoga, swimming, decorating/interior design, and reading rad female authors of all genres. When and why did you begin exploring with the idea of altering vintage plates and saucers?  I have always loved drawing and crafting but my love of music was the dominant force until very recently. I trained to become a vocal music teacher and choral conductor and pursued that route professionally for four years until a bike accident left me with severe chronic migraine. Stuck …