Making

Pride Intaglio Lamp

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Developments in Alphabet Brush Pot Land

It’s full steam ahead in the studio from now until Christmas, keeping on top of orders and making sure everything makes it to it’s destination in time. Amongst the hustle and bustle I still find the time to come up with a new colourway for the Alphabet Brush Pots. Realistically, I can’t see these being available this side of 2017 but they’re something to look forward to in early 2018! WATCH THIS SPACE!

 
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Oak leaf motif

My weekends have been spent collecting and drawing oak leaves. This weekend I took it a step further and started to cut them out, eventually coming up with my own motif I could happily see as a wallpaper.

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We are recruiting!

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Part Time Production Assistant Wanted for Bridie Hall Ltd.

Bridie Hall is currently looking for a part time studio assistant for four days a week. They will be required to help out with the preparation and finishing of products along with maintaining a neat and tidy studio.

The studio assistant would ideally have a design, painting background with a basic understanding of gesso, gilding, lacquering, though not essential.  They will be working with a broad range of products, decoupage plates, intaglio boxes, geometric shapes, scented candles. Photography and styling know how would be an added advantage. The more skill they are willing to pick up and assist with the more work there will be going forward.

The candidate must be conscientious, meticulous, capable of listening to and following instructions carefully, have excellent attention to detail, be capable of prioritising their workload and able to be confidently left alone to carry out their work. A tidy and methodical approach to work is of upmost importance.

The studio is based in Bloomsbury, Central London, alongside interiors store Pentreath & Hall

Please email c.v. and anything you may think relevant to info@bridiehall.com

Application deadline: 31st August 2017 – Interviewing first week in September with immediate start.

 

Paid Internship for Bridie Hall Ltd.

Bridie Hall Ltd is offering a part-time paid internship running from September – December 2017.

The role is to be of assistance to Bridie Hall and Pentreath & Hall.

Working hours are 10am – 6pm from Tuesday – Friday.

Primarily operations focused. From packing and tracking orders to helping out on the shop floor during busy periods.

 A ‘can-do’ attitude is a must as tasks will be many and varied; prepare to roll your sleeves up!

Principally overseeing wholesale orders dispatched from Bridie Hall Ltd.

For more information, email: info@bridiehall.com with C.V. attached.

Application deadline: 31st August 2017 – Interviewing first week in September with immediate start.

 

 

Portraiture In Clay And Marveling At Marble

 

Eventually admitting defeat to myself that I am never going to be a draughtsman I finally looked to what has been staring me plainly in the face all these years – going three dimensional. I don’t know why I forget that for my graduation show for painting was all sculpture. Dead birds cast in wax if you’re asking.

So, over Summer I attended a ten week portraiture in clay course at City Lit. Working with clay and collecting pottery is a passion so I was excited to be learning a new way to create with it as it’s always been more a conventional utilitarian practice for me. It was also fascinating to learn to see in a different, more anatomical way. Being taught to look through the models skin and into their skull, building up the layers of muscle before applying the skin, I find this endlessly interesting. The process completely sucked me in, although the progress is by no means instant.

I’m looking forward to working on portraiture in this way and have set myself the rather ambitious task of sculpting the Roman Emperors portraits. I’ve been visiting the British Museum regularly to study their collection of marble busts, a completely different technique and medium but the aesthetic I am aiming for. They are so pure and perfect. I have a feeling at some point I’ll be spending a lot of time working on and perfecting the bases they will be displayed on. Oh and faux marble finish them – that could be a happy disaster!

 

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Paid Internship Offered at Bridie Hall Limited

 

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Bridie Hall Ltd is offering a part-time paid internship running from September – December 2016.

The role is to be of assistance to Bridie Hall and Pentreath & Hall.

Working hours are 10am – 5pm from Tuesday – Friday.

From packing and tracking orders to helping out on the shop floor during busy periods.

A ‘can-do’ attitude is a must as tasks will be many and varied; prepare to roll your sleeves up!

Principally overseeing wholesale orders dispatched from Bridie Hall Ltd.

For more information email: info@bridiehall.com with C.V. attached.

Nothing is Original.

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
― Jim Jarmusch

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Finding the ‘Flow’ before surrendering to the ‘Fear’

Oohh this title sounds so ‘self-help’!

I like to empty my mind and set to a task that re-connect my hands with my brain in the quest for the flow.

According to Wikipedia, the Flow is this;

“In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields (and has an especially big recognition in occupational therapy), though has existed for thousands of years under other guises, notably in some Eastern religions.[1] Achieving flow is often colloquially referred to as being in the zone.
According to Csikszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task, although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions.”

This week I’ve been building polyhedrons out of card while watching repeats of Mrs Marple. It takes a lot of mental preparation to build up to surrendering hours and hours to something like this. The dog is normally well walked and the house spotless and fridge re-ordered before I settle down.

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Can you say the alphabet backwards?

It has been astonishing but not wholly surprising to see the Alphabet brush pots being such a success, what a wonderfully fun thing to have produced. Making these has taught me a few good lessons in production logistics and bought me into contact with some brilliant people, long may it last. And I am bursting with pride to say that they are handmade in London (aside from the glass which is of course the finest blown crystal from Slovakia).

It gives me great pleasure to launch the new range of colours based on flowers. Carnation, Lilac, Cowslip, Bean Shoot, Peony and Periwinkle. 

Available now at Pentreath & Hall

 

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Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is – Jackson Pollock

 

Going by the quote if I am any good as an artist then I am indeed a white room!

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