Wednesday, 24 June 2009


back at camberwell the final MA show design takes its wonderfully democratic experience to extremes with all students taking part in its design and layout – art colleges are truly marvellous places.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009


the bench is 'opened' with a speech by the chair of the town council, an exhibition in the long shop museum and the cutting of a cake by the julia (long shop), neil (leison school) and me! photographs in the local paper to follow

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


the bench is finished (apart from the addition of wooden slats) it looks good in the space - the tone and texture of the seat compliment the existing pallet of the site and the organic shape brings out the structure of the trees and ground work its been a good day talking to the residents of the town as fixed it in place and it was especially nice to talk to the children I had worked with at the school as the came out at the end of the day


the stones arrived on site on monday and should be a bench by the end of wednesday - it is very exciting to see the stone pieces transformed from waste in a field to a practical piece of street furniture

Monday, 8 June 2009


spent the weekend reading and commenting on the ba textile students pdps as both part of the assessment process and research for my teaching qualification

Friday, 5 June 2009


a day at the stone masons sorting designs and cutting tape - nearly there

Wednesday, 3 June 2009


laying out the designs in their actual places on the actual stone


monday saw me the big G and 30 students at 9.30 in an empty church and at 3.30 we had a show and at 5.30 a private view - the work looked good with some exciting possibilities for the next 3 years - a little interesting learning took place - some students came and thought they knew everything but some learn and by the end realised learning had taken place and that they knew a little less. the 1st years BA textile and the surface design final show is in st margarets church in norwich - pop in

Monday, 1 June 2009


an interesting week – half term – work on the Leiston bench is going well with decisions about what and where to blast within the children’s designs well underway. a day on the Book Art MA organising the final show – reduced spaces and limited resources make for a tuned mind and exciting possibilities – lateral thinking all round. more revelations due to reading educational theory for the teaching certificate. I can see the reading around reflection leading to Buddha and enlightenment – but then doesn’t everything. finally my youngest child has broken his leg again – this time on a micro scoter – it was a pleasure to meet up again with the really good people at the children’s A&E department and the fracture clinic at ipswich hospital.