Tag Archive | Jacqui Symons

Shoals of Prosperity installation in Beijing

Origami Fish Indigo Beijing 2The installation of suspended origami I created for Pacific Place in Hong Kong has gone to a new home.  The six-metre long fish made of 5000 small origami fish is going to be displayed permanently in a development in Beijing called Indigo.

Owned by Swire Properties, the same company that owns Pacific Place, Indigo is a similar mall to the one in Hong Kong, featuring shops, restaurants and leisure outlets alongside hotels, apartments and a large park.

I was a bit nervous about it being installed without me there to manage but they have done a magnificent job and it all looks as it should.  Guess the hanging instructions must have made sense!

Making the origami fish

Making the origami fish

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Origami fish - detail

Origami fish – detail

Artists’ Proof Exhibition

screenprint jacqui symonsMy new series of screenprints are being exhibited at Bank Quay House in Warrington.  Part of a group show, the Complete Printmakers from Hot Bed Press will be exhibiting alongside the Wrexham Regional Print Centre.

The exhibition runs from 4th April – 26th May 2014 at Bank Quay House, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1NN.  Go to their website for opening times and further details.

Manchester City Centre Screenprint

These photos show the different stages of creating this six colour screen print.  All the layers except for the last one are paper stencils handcut by me.  The greys only have a touch of burnt sienna and/or yellow ochre in to make them warm greys rather than a bluey, cold grey.

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More urban sketching

The latest sketches from Manchester city centre.  Tried using just a 0.3 pen so without any pencil or rubbing out allowed…

Less accurate but a better result, I think!

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Urban sketching in Manchester

In a bid to speed up my drawing (and get better at it), I tripped in to Manchester city centre today to attend my first urban sketching event.

Mass confusion ensued at Victoria train station as there was also a walking group meeting at the same place and time.  I’m not entirely sure that some bemused walkers didn’t end up sketching all day and some urban sketchers wondered why not many people in their group were sketching…

A fellow Woodend Mill artist Hugh Winterbottom also agreed to come – we spent about half an hour trying to find a good spot to sketch from but eventually agreed on this view looking towards the Cathedral and Harvey Nichols down Fennel Street.

Urban sketch - Manchester Fennel Street

Depressingly, this is as far as I got in an hour.  So much for trying to be quicker and have a freer style.

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Ho hum, I’ll keep trying.  I’m going to redraw this viewpoint again sitting in the relative comfort of the studio, which is against the philosophy of the ‘urban sketcher’ (drawing on location and not from photographs –  I suspect this will be easier in the warmer weather!).

I left early (cos I’m soft) so didn’t get a look at everyone’s sketches (you all get together at the end to compare drawings) but I’m sure some pictures will be available on the Manchester Urban Sketchers’ Facebook page soon, which is here.

Another quick sketch I did whilst waiting for train…

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Royal Brompton Hospital – mosaic commission

RBH-wshop-05Having completed two sets of workshops at the Royal Brompton Hospital in June, I trotted off to London this week to pick up the final completed mosaics and to present the final designs to rb&h Arts.

For the workshops, I spent two days working with patients, visitors, staff and passers-by to develop designs and ideas for the final artwork and then two days making mosaics, using a leaf shape as a basic template.  During the workshops we made over 70 mosaic leaves which will all be incorporated into the final artwork.

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I also created 50 mosaic ‘packs’ for people to take away and use or for people that couldn’t make it down to the workshops.  These consisted of a bag of mosaics, a leaf template on brown paper,  a pot of PVA, a glue brush and a set of mosaic instructions.  The packs proved really popular and they were all used which was fantastic!

I’ve created a design based on the same leaf template but at a much larger scale.  Each ‘leaf’ incorporates the mosaics created during the workshops and these leaves will be displayed around the courtyard.  I’ve used every single one of the mosaics made which at the last count was 93 individual pieces.

Next job – reverse the mosaics made during the workshops as these were made using the double indirect method.  I’ll use the indirect method to make the larger pieces.

I also delivered some of my leaf prints to the hospital as they are being used for a small exhibition in the foyer there alongside promoting the mosaic project.

 

Images © rb&hArts at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust


How to make a show garden in one minute and 32 seconds

Actually, this is just two days work from the build of the ‘A Day at the Seaside’ show garden at RHS Tatton 2013.  The timelapse shows the arrival of the plants and myself, Peter Castle and my dad (in the orange!) starting to position them.  Note the Green Charter lads doing a sterling job filling and sanding the boardwalk on what was the hottest day of the build.