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‘After’ Poems by Robert Gibb

Out of the blue, I was contacted by Robert Gibb, an American contemporary poet, who wanted to use one of my teasel images for the cover of his latest book of poetry. The book was published early this year and I now have my own copy courtesy of the publishers. Robert told me that he […]

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Finishing touches

Last teasels added and all ready for Quartz (

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The Big Tease

I have just spent the last two days working with Queens College Junior School ( Years 3 – 6),  creating an artwork as part of the Quartz Festival. This installation required over 7,000 teasels which were ‘planted’, in the lawn outside the main entrance to the school. My work last year required thousands of wild […]

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The Teasel Dress No 1

It was difficult deciding just how long the skirt should be in relation to the bodice, but I think it’s ok. I now need to see if I can make a stand to hang it from….probably tubular metal and sprayed black so then there will be no need to hang it from the ceiling. So […]

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Taking Shape

  School holidays can be very distracting but I had a whole day to myself yesterday and made the most of it. I have now threaded the dried calyxes (can you have a plural?) onto stiff wire and have started wrapping the wire around the upper part of the dress. It looks rather like a […]

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Tops and tails

I’m in the process of taking the tails off the teasels. The tops and tails will create two different pieces of work. I’m making up bags of 500 teasels heads which will be used for an installation (using several thousand teasels) as part of Quartz Festival at Queens College. This piece of work that will […]

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Mannequin, manakin, manikin, or mannikin ?

Well I now have one of the above……whatever the spelling……courtesy of Ebay. At the moment,  I perceive her as a sort of Lara Croft type individual, and I purchased her outfit from a charity shop.She needs to be feisty, as my son is using her for target practice! I have also started to slice up […]

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