The Blandford Avenue Marquee Covid Policy
As a group of 6 six artists we propose to implement the following precautions against Covid for ourselves and guests so that all can feel as secure as possible when visiting.
1. On arrival we will ask visitors to record their name, and phone number for track and trace.
2. We will provide hand disinfectant and request that visitors use it.
3. Artists and visitors are encouraged to wear face masks at all times even though this will be an outside venue.
4. Social distancing would be appreciated unless you are a family group.
5. A one way system will apply.
6. Seats will be available if you need to wait for entry into the marquee. There is a front and back garden so lots of space to spread out in and a rather special garden to wander around in.
7. Visitor numbers will be restricted in accordance with government guidelines applicable at the time.
8. Cash will be accepted but please disinfect your hands again before handling it. We will also have a card reader available.
I have been working with Silver and mixed metal for over 12 years now and focus mainly on jewellery, and some spoons. I have a workshop at home but am also a regular visitor to the JASSO workshop, of which I am a member.
Anticipating and dreading the long winter lockdown I signed up for Artweeks and decided to change my approach to my making for the exhibition.
As a metal worker you accumulate a lot of off-cuts and scrap which generally get recyccled - sold to and melted down by one of the many metal merchants.. I also seem to have hoarded a large number of semi precious stones over the years, of all shapes, sizes and colours. So I made the decision toavoid buying new sheet silver and wire and use as much of my scrap and stones as possible.
A different approach to design was needed - and the work is under way.
I love working with metal and really enjoy using different techniques to form my pieces, particularly forging, stonesetting and reticulation. There is something fascinating about seeing a rod of metal be transformed into a spoon with hammering, or the surface of a piece of sheet become like a moonscape with controlled heating.