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.

Jewel wears Jewel

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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...

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...

Time – A four letter word

    'Time is a created thing.To say I don't have time, is like saying I don't want to'  Lao Tzu I always seem to be wanting more time. But in reality it is the quality of time that I am striving for, as I have all the time I can have. It is how I deal with what I...

Auckland Meet-up

From the left: Kylie, myself (Kim), and Mandy Lessons: The importance of connection. For knowledge and healing. We are all in this together.      

Dead in my tracks. 30-5-17

  So instead of working today I had the chance to visit Auckland Art Gallery, for the ‘The Body Laid Bare’ masterpieces from Tate. Everyone I had spoken to re the exhibition had raved about how great it was. Emphasizing the fact that time had to be taken to really...

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