HANDSHAKE 4

 

Mandy Flood

I am happiest when tinkering, making and exploring ideas through a process of discovery and problem solving. Unfortunately, there never seems enough hours in the workshop to realise all the ideas. Therefore, I am always eager to get back to the bench.

The aesthetics of decay and obsolescence along with the beauty of impermanence form the provocation for my making. I use enamel in an experimental way to expand preconceptions of a finished surface, so asking questions about beauty and value.

HS4 will be the start of many conversations. Those with my mentor, those with fellow handshakers and a whole lot with myself. Who knows what the outcome will be, but with all good conversations I am sure there will be a lot of coffee, a few beers, late nights and maybe the odd melt down. Oh yes, and a lot more tinkering at the bench.

Was it worth it ?

Was it worth it ?         On coming to the end of this HS4 journey, that is the question that I am often asked. I have thought up a few ‘wordy’ responses but in reality the simple response is YES. What is 'of worth' to one can be so different to...

Jewel wears Jewel

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Volkers email

Simply this is a copy of Volkers last email. We have got a great grove going on. We speak at the opposite ends of the day about all things, from football, the heat, the cold and the devil called 'schmuck'. Volker wanted an image and so I sent this one really quickly....

Polarity

Contrary- perversely inclined to disagree or do the opposite of what is expected or desired. It seems the title of ‘Polarity’ has exposed words that I use to hear. I really wasn’t a rebellious child but I now live in New Zealand when others don’t. I see a beauty in...

Chain Makers 1880s Black Country Birmingham

Repetition is something I struggle with. So I thought I would make a chain, to face the thing I don't enjoy. My attention span is that of a small child, unless  chocolate is involved. So to move away from making chain I did some internet research. Chain making was...

Hitting the books

  So much spinning around with the final HS4 fast approaching. It is time to revert to the trusted workbook approach. It is a discipline I have let go for too long. However, getting back into it, is meditative and constructive at the same time. It is as much of...

‘schmuck’ or not

‘to push it into wearable - no ..... just let it go without thinking about wearability maybe later on if you have really have a want or idea you can go for 'schmuck' again’ Volkers words on crit with Otto Kunzli 14th April 2018. So with words from Volker and crits...

Holding on, Letting go

When having to move workshop space the reality of the stuff I keep was more than apparent. There were test pieces going back to 2010, nestled safely in the back of unopened drawers. The ‘you never know when’ classification of storage obviously applied to these wee...

Hot off the Bench

When fully immersed in something, the challenge is to see past what you believe the focus to be. I have just gone through the first group show of Handshake 4. What is seen on opening is so much more. The group show is the culmination of thoughts, trials, failures,...

Whats going on ?

http://artweekauckland.co.nz/events/east/5639574185312256 Sarah Walker-Holt, Lucy Pierpoint, Mandy Flood, Dorothy de Lautour, Caroline Griffth,Eileen Leary, Lisa Higgins, Maca Burnal Tracy Watson, Michelle Wilkinson, Laura Jer, Ingrid van Heusden A varied bunch of...

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