It really is great to have a show that is up for a few months, giving friends time to visit and me to get the word out. As you can see from previous Blogs, I started work on “A Day at the Beach” a year ago. It didn’t travel in a straight line, infact there were times when I thought I had really veered totally off track but once the show was up I realized that I had managed to stay pretty close to my vision, incorporate most of my desires and the plus was being imposed things that I learnt from and that improved the final work immensely. After working these past two years in such a small space in NYC it was a pleasure to be able to spread out in such a wonderful incredibley well lit location. This photo was taken from a balcony in the space I worked in. Normaly behind the scenes at The National Glass centre is a hive of students from the University who use the space for Art and Glass and there were some very interesting artists still working on their thesis or on residencies but my preparation time from June 6th till July 11th was a winding down time so there was plenty of room for me to set up things as they would be in the final exhibit.
Initialy I was very comfortable with handling the large pieces of glass I was working on but after a couple of mishaps lost my bravo. I then listened more carefully to the great advice I was given by the experts there and eventualy felt much more comfortable again. More important than any of this was the amazing people I worked and became friends with. My next blog will be devoted to them.
“A Day at The Beach ” is debuting at The National Glass Centre Museum in Sunderland Saturday 11th July and I will be there and hope all who can will be there too from 2 to 4pm. However the show will continue through October 4th so if you can’t make it this Saturday then try to visit sometime this summer. There is not just lots to see here but there is also lots to do, with fabulous classes and demonstrations by some great artists. I’ve spoken in other blogs about my inspiration for the Installation coming from a day spent at the beach with the children from my old Junior School, Fulwell Juniors but there are many other aspects of the preparation of this show have been equally inspiring. The quality of the artists who work here at NGC and who have helped with many parts of the show is first class, there are too many to talk about in this one blog so let me just mention James Maskrey www.sunderland.ac.uk/…/mrjamesmaskrey/ James is an expert in Glass blowing and he has blown all the Pot Pies inspired by the Sand Castle building and other pieces that were best blown rather than cast or cut.
Castle number 2. As I said before, each castle really had its own personality. Must talk about the moats… I mentioned to the children that there were no moats and explained that one only had to dig down and water could be found , after this a lot of attention was given to digging moats. This was probably one of the things I enjoyed the most as a child too… discovering what was underground.
I was thrown off completely by the Sandcastles that were made and didn’t quite know what to make of them. They were very different from the Castles I had grown up with, but I learnt a lot and have grown to love all 6 of them, each one was unique. The thing that struck me the most was the groups that were formed by the children. Looking back through my photos you could really see who were the most industrious , who were the clowns, who were the most serious, most stylish, etc,etc…It will be up to you to decide which is which, today lets look at castle number 1. Castle number 1 became 2 Castles as one boy struck out on his own, however when everything was sackaged by a group of very small children they all pulled together and rebuilt a Castle together. This castle I used as the inspiration for the Chess Game which you will hear more about later.
When I worked alot on the makeup backstage for the shows. I was often booked by Nian Fish at KCD. So I was happy to hear from her a few weeks ago and to discover that her and her daughter Natane have formed a production company N&N films.
As per “in the past” she had a really interesting and fun assignment for me, as you can see from the Betsey Johnson CFDA fashion movie they made which I am my team worked on.
The fashion was from the 60’s till today, so we had a ball with the makeup.
I was lucky to be able to have the help of the makeup artist Kelly Tabone ( who trained as a student of mine a few years ago) Kelly helped pull an excellent team together.
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For the show at NGC. I decided on the theme of Sandcastles, hoping to have the space for a large round Sandcastle made out of glass, a piece that would make the children stare in awe and wonder and dream and would be interesting enough to become a permanent part of NGC. So the project began with a sandcastle building competition on Seaburn beach in what was pretty typical British weather. The children were great sports and fortunately mostly oblivious to the weather, they just happened to be from Fulwell Juniors the school I had attended 58years previously and were able to walk to the beach from their school. Talk about a trip down memory lane. The school is still as beautiful all these years later both inside and out, with great teachers . Doing childrens portraits and working on collaborative pieces together with children for auction has always been an important part of my life. http://lindamasongallery.com/giving-back/ http://lindamasongallery.com/portfolio/collaborative-portraits/ http://lindamasongallery.com/portraits/
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the beach , we always remain the children we were and hopefully I’m not just speaking for myself!
Everyone asks me what I am doing these days and I must admit I’m having fun. Doing an assortment of things with a variety of different groups of people.
I shall be doing a few posts to try to explain the most enigmatic of my projects. “A Day At The Beach” a Multi media show done in collaboration with the children of my old Junior School, that will be taking place from July 11th at The National Glass Centre in my home town of Sunderland in Northern England. I hope that these posts will not be too late for those of you in Europe to work this visit into your calendar this summer and that I shall have the good fortune of seeing you there. If you are not able to make the opening on July 11th (or maybe the evening of the 10th, Im not quite sure yet) I will be around till July 17th So let me know and I’ll meet you at The Glass centre. There are beautiful beaches in Sunderland and we are promised a heat wave so bring your bathing suites.