Author Archive | gillian widden

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Collecting teasels is an ongoing project but has been quite problematical what with the bad weather and finding a plentiful source. Brean Down has proved fruitful although the ones on higher ground have been damaged but the wind and rain. I’ve started cutting them off the main plants and test spraying them black before assembling […]

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Having been lucky enough to have been awarded a second bursary with Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers (http://www.bhaam.org.uk/), I plan to produce work in response to the growing of the ‘hooked’ teasels (Dipsacus sativus), which were used to raise the nap on cloth.  I now need to up my pace collecting hedgerow teasels in order […]

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Thurlbear Wood has been so wet and muddy recently, that I have been choosing to walk elsewhere but, yesterday I revisited the area in which I had my exhibition last November. One of the oaks has lost several large branches through the snow/wind and someone has created an artwork. Is this work in response to […]

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Since dismantling the exhibition in Thurlbear Woods, some of the work has been left outside my front door. This sparked a conversation with the men from the recycling lorry who had been looking at it every week, and wondering what it was! It’s conversations like these that makes it worthwhile being an artist.

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Having photographed all the sticks with words these are the family favourites: MY FRIEND RUTH SHAMANISM, WITCHDOCTORS, HEALING RITUALS, MAGIC WITCH HUNT AT WEST HATCH DARK DESERTED WIRED BLACK SMOKING SAVE THE ASH TREETLE FEELTE BEETLE STRENGTH WITHIN NATURE FOR NATURE TO LOOK AT WIERD, BLACK, WATTER SURPENT SMELLS OF BACON VERY BIG SCORCHED BLACK […]

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The exhibition in Thurlbear Woods finishes today, so as dusk fell, I went to the woods with my family and brought home all the wooden labels that had been written on by visitors over the last sixteen days. One hundred and twenty eight visitors wrote something onto the charred sticks, and here is the complete […]

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            The ‘Private View’ in the public woods followed by tea and cakes in front of the aga! Nature starting to appreciate other uses for ‘art.’

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Before graduating I joined Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers (www.bhaam.org.uk), and was lucky to be awarded a bursary to produce work in response to the crafts and industries of the Blackdown Hills past and present. In total twenty three artists and makers were awarded bursaries under the project title Skills Unearthed.  I decided to continue […]

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On Thursday 20th September I was busy in food shopping mode in Lidl when my mobile rang and I found myself talking to BBC Radio Somerset! They wanted to interview me for somerset Art week as a recent graduate, and to talk about my exhibition in the White Space at Somerset College. My interview by […]

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As part of Somerset Art Week I was asked to participate in a Post graduate exhibition at the White Space Gallery in Somerset College, entitled ‘Thread.’ Five Fine Art, and one Graphic Design student were selected to take part in this exhibition. Playing the Black Notes

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