It's about time I gave you an update on what's happening in Kev World. As lockdown eases slightly and we're coming to terms with the new (temporary) 'normal', I've been working on some exciting projects and keeping busy with stockmaking as usual - I thought I'd show you a few things that may give you some ideas.
I've been working on a couple of enormous critters - one commissioned, one just on a whim - here they are:
If you were wondering how one makes a huge dragonfly, the answer is with 5mm thick plate steel - the wings are big about 800mm in length each! I made a template first and then used this to cut out the four. Each was free-handed because I want them all to look the same but at the same time look individual... just like nature makes them. Here are a few in-progress pics:
I've been lucky enough to work on lots of commissions during lockdown. Some of these I'd already been briefed on and had dimensions and details already; some I did socially-distanced s...
I thought I'd write a piece about how things are in Kev World right now - showing a few things I've been working on and updating you on the situation as it stands right now... weird but wonderful is the mood here at the moment: weird in that all face-to-face contact is out of the window for the foreseeable; wonderful in that I've had lots of lovely commissions, some great images in from you guys and the weather is still blooming gorgeous... thank goodness for that!
How amazing is this picture? Sent in by a customer, it certainly shows the butterfly, hornet and bulrushes in their best light!
After asking you to send some pictures in of my work in its new home, I've been delighted with the shots that I've received - here are a few of them below. The spider's certainly made himself at home and I'm loving the bulrushes that have been given their own plinth/stage - looks really effective.
Thanks so much to everyone that's sent pictures through.
Hi all, what an amazing (if not temperamental in terms of the weather), start to the new year. Can you believe that we're already two months down!? I thought it was about time I did a round up of things that I've been working on, and a look ahead to things coming up as we rapidly approach Spring!
Before we commence though, here's an introduction to the newest member of 'team Colbear' - it's Moose! He's proving to be quite popular and, when doing installations of finished projects at customers' properties, I have several times been requested to bring him along... he's certainly never going to go short of treats! From the moment I first brought him to work with me, Moose has fitted in extremely well - only thing he's not liked so far is his new coat (he does feel the cold in the drafty old workshop) - still, he's great company and I'm hoping he can accompany me out and about this year. If you fancy meeting Moose, please do give me a bell and come to the workshop - he's quite happy to show...
What an amazing start to the new year! I hope you all had superb Christmases and that you've begun the year with as much enthusiasm as I have? There's nothing quite like being a #maker and looking forward to every new #challenge.
As a quick overview, here's a gallery of some of the #projects that I've already worked on in the first three weeks of 2020:
The #angelwing #gates have been delivered and installed by the customers - can't wait to see them in situ;
the low #table is made from two different base elements to reflect the house in which it'll live - it has a cut-out #glass top to allow the family's two children to snuggle up close and get crafty;
the organic form #canopy has been #zinc coated and works to protect the #door over which it sits;
the thumb-print #Juliette #balcony was an idea that I had to help a mother see a part of her daughter, who lives overseas, every time she pulls up to her house
In other exciting news, I'm doing (so far), 4 #RoyalHorticul...
Can you believe it's that time of year again? I'm already two weeks through my 6-week weekend residence at #BlackthorpeBarn and it's going amazingly well!
As is usual at this time of year, I'm spending my weekends from 9th November through to 15th December at the magically #festive place that is Blackthorpe Barn, and I've brought lots of new products as well as old favourites with me.
As I've got one of my favourite events coming up this weekend, I thought I'd write a quick piece about the reasons for loading up the trailer and bringing my work to you.
Helmingham Hall is an incredible place and I can't wait to exhibit there on Sunday - this'll be the last chance for you to look around the gardens as they close up for the winter after that:
When I exhibit around the local area, whether it be Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex, I get to meet the most interesting people and to show them examples of my work. 2 years ago, when I exhibited at Helmingham Hall, I met an interesting architect who lived in an old, converted oast house that's now a small complex of apartments. Just recently, she's been in touch and commissioned me to create a balustrade for her ... can you believe I got to work indoors!?
I hope you're having a great summer? I can tell you, welding in 102 degrees Fahrenheit is not the most enjoyable experience!
I've managed to get out and about quite a lot recently which has been amazing - always great to meet people face-to-face and to share some of my creations across the region - if you've seen me at the Suffolk Show or Glemham Hall, just to name a couple of great places, you can't fail to have missed the spider - he looks great in lots of settings!
So, that brings me on to the subject of this blog post - my creations that their new homes:
When I'm commissioned to create something for a client, I like to visit the space where my creation will end up - it's important to me that I get a feel for the surroundings, and meet the clients in their own places. As well as lots of research into history and artistic styles, for example, I like to understand what it is my clients will expect from their final piece - whether it's a simple handrail to a complex creation that...
It's springtime and heading towards summer - the time of year when all of us makers gradually creep out of our workshops, having spent the winter working on stock to be offered up to the sun and the outside world, and emerge into the light!
Here's a round-up of where you can find me this year...
Halesworth Garden Market
Saturday 27th April
"Nurseries, plant specialists and artisans coming from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex offering a huge range of plants, individually crafted garden pieces, vintage tools and lots more" - that's how they describe it, who am I to reword!?
The Essex Craft and Design Show
Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May
"Artists, designer makers and craftsmen will be showcasing and selling the very best in fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many other contemporary crafts" - we certainly will!
Helmingham Hall Spring Plant Fair
Sunday May 26th
"Join us for our 2019 Plant Heritage Plant Fair & Artisan Market which is set to be bigger and better than...