I've generally been blogging over here on Wordpress lately, but this is truly brilliant news, so I thought I'd blog twice...
I have some really exciting news which I can finally tell you ALL about!
August last year, I had THE BEST work day out, ever. It involved
travelling up to Seahouses in Northumberland to meet some lovely people
from the National Trust,
taking a tiny boat across the sea on a beautiful, sunny day, eating
cake delivered by post, a tour of a beautiful island and a really unique
exhibition space, all topped off by a seal watching expedition (and
fish and chips for tea)! It really will take some beating, although I
am, of course, open to offers.
result of all this northern adventuring is that from the end of June
until the end of October this year, a lovely chapel on the National
Trust's beautiful Farne Islands will be filled with a vast flock of my life-size, collaged birds! Similar to those I created for Yorkshire Sculpture Park
in 2010, but at least ten times as many and only species which can be
seen on the islands (no flamingos this time), the birds will be
suspended from the beams in the chapel so you'll be able to walk amongst
them as they swoop to and fro!
The Farne Islands are a tiny group
of islands just off the coast of Northumberland in the north-east of
England. They're one of the most magical places I have ever visited,
this is the breathtaking view looking back towards the mainland from the
Farnes, with Bamburgh Castle on the coast and the Cheviot Hills in the
islands are most famous for their incredible bird life - they have 23
species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin! Look - it is
impossible to keep yourself from beaming with joy at the sight of ONE,
let alone 37,000 pairs:
I'd been to the Farnes on holiday in my teens, so I knew a bit about
them when Simon Lee, the manager for this area of the Northumberland
coast, contacted me about creating a flock especially for this space.
Somehow one of my dream commissions has become reality - a seaside,
bird-based reality! It really couldn't be better.
The chapel is on
Inner Farne which was once home to St Cuthbert in 678 AD. Built in
1370, the chapel is dedicated to the saint and stands alongside the Pele
Tower which once housed monks and is now home to some of the National
Imagine this space filled to the rafters with birds!
Here are some more photos I took of the islands:
- SEALS! Unfortunately my camera failed at the last minute and I didn't
get many photos of them. Huge thanks to Simon, David, Claire and
everyone else for making it such a super day!
You can see more photos on the Pinterest board I've created here. Also well worth a look is the rangers' blog - they live on Inner Farne for eight months of the year (check out the photos of their mammoth supermarket shop just before they ventured out for the new season!).
You can follow @Northumb_Coast (National Trust's Northumberland Coast group of properties) and @NTSteely (head ranger for the islands).
I feel a puffin brooch in the offing. More importantly, I have A LOT of birds to collage...