Thursday, 1 December 2016

Three Ways Community Special School Bath Project

We are delighted to have been asked to submit ideas for artwork at Three Ways Community Special School in Bath which is a Specialist School for Physical and Sensory and a School of Creativity.  We were given a tour and we were inspired by the state of the art buildings and facilities, the dedication of the staff and the charm of the pupils we met. Some were making Christmas wreaths to sell in the Bath Christmas Fare. Last year they made £800.  Creativity is important at Three Ways and they have a taste for the wacky as shown by the teapot above. Below is some artwork by pupils and a general view of the grounds. We have designs on the long fence - perhaps a multi headed creature which can be added to in future years by succeeding generations.  An exciting project.

                                              Below some artwork made with pasta twirls

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Golden train for Stourhead

We are about to put in our two last installations at Stourhead , the National Trust property in Wiltshire as part of the sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget" to commemorate the effect of World War 1 on the community. We are creating a nursery scene to commemorate the life of Harry Hoare who was brought up at Stourhead and was  the heir to the estate. He was killed in November 2017 in Palestine. The pieces in the nursery will have intimations of that sad end. This is the golden train that  will be part of the installation. Harry Hoare died after being wounded trying  to rescue horses at Mughar Ridge in Palestine.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Scraptors collages for sale

These are  some collages we are selling through the  Litterarti online shop in Bristol which is selling range of  items made from recycled materials - brooches, earrings and finger puppets. The  blue and white china below came mainly from the mud at Wapping in London at low tide. Also we  throw hardly anything away.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Our band about to float at Stourhead

Next week we plan  to float our band at Stourhead the National Trust estate in Wiltshire as one of the installations in our sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget" commemorating the effect of World War 1 on the community

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The band progresses for Stourhead

We are working on our band for the sculpture trail at Stourhead the National Trust garden in Wiltshire. The trail "Stourhead will never forget" commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community. The band  will stand on a raft in an arm of the big lake. At the moment the site  is being drained to enable the clearing of silt.The band will commemorate the concerts given at Stourhead to entertain convalescent troops. We also have in mind the bands formed by soldiers from all sides near the front. Below is an image of a German band near Noyon in France. Noyon, only 60 miles north of Paris, was occupied by the Germans for most of that war. The performances of all armies often had men in drag and scratch instruments as in this image. We are also working on another and final installation which will commemorate Harry Hoare, heir to the estate, killed in Palestine in November 1917. The trail will remain in place until November 2017. We have chosen a nursery theme to commemorate him.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Our Last installations for Stourhead

Here is a pic of the Scraptors Scratch Band in progress ,which we intend to install very soon at Stourhead . It is our penultimate installation ...more news soon .

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Band on the move

 Our band on the move. We loaded it on to a trailer to move the players from Anthony's house to Paul and Rachel's. The band will be on a floating  raft at Stourhead the National Trust property n Wiltshire to add to our installations already in place. This is a sculpture trail  "Stourhead will never forget" that commemorates the effect of World War 1 on the community. The band commemorates the concerts given there to entertain wounded troops and also the bands that were formed by troops from all sides behind the lines. They often fashioned instruments from what came to hand.....Work  in progress. We were given some organ pipes from a  church that was replacing an old one and we will use them for one of the instruments. The bottom picture shows Paul's drawing of the concept.See page above for more about the trail already in situ.