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IMG_6363Can you imagine anything more beautiful than shafts of sunshine shimmering through spectacular glass ? We are delighted that Miranda Ellis has brought some of her stunning art pieces to our garden as an exhibition for this season.

A little bit about -Miranda Ellis Glass

I’m a sculptor working mainly in glass, influenced by the natural world and inspired by restricted views that occur in the landscape.

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An idea for a project may come from the beach or walking in the woods where a found or submerged object will start a creative process. The pattern of wood or a manufactured object texturing a surface or being used itself to be cast directly into glass,reusing and giving a new life to something that has been discarded, as well as working from scratch on a creative idea.

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The process can be exciting but the realisation of an idea can take weeks or months to complete.

My background is in ceramics, figurative sculpture, 3D design and mould making, including refractory moulds that are used for glass casting.

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This year for me has seen the opening of my new studio with gallery space which is open to the public, just west of the pier ‘Two horse’ 236 Kings Road Arches, Brighton Artists Quarter.

I’m delighted to have my work in such an exciting garden.

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Www.mirandaellisglass .com

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On the High Seas

We are very much looking forward to the quirky sculptor Paul Cox coming to our garden this summer . And to kick start his season , he is  joining us for our Little Paper House on the Prairie event and shall be bringing some very large paper boats to float on our ponds and across the grassy swathes.. The seas will lap our shores !

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Who is he and what does he do?

Paul is an award winning sculptor specialising in mixed Media construction. He was awarded the Henry Moore scholarship to study postgraduate sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London. His sculptural work is represented internationally in public and private collections.

Paul lives and works in the South-east where he runs a workshop that produces his one off sculptural work and a range of affordable unique items for home and garden . Paul sells his affordable range directly to the public at craft fairs, art markets, open houses and gardens.

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He will be exhibiting in our garden throughout the summer and autumn and at our unusual plant and art fair on 31st august ! From larger commissioned pieces to smaller sized garden stakes and individual decorative pieces you can be sure you will be amused and captivated

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What other people say….

“The art world has been accused of taking itself to seriously, so its refreshing to discover an artist whose work has a tongue in cheek approach”.

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Sussex Life Magazine

“Art should provoke emotions and enrich our lives and Paul offers sculpture with an undeniable boyish charm that is infectious. It is impossible not to smile at, or interact with, his idiosyncratic style. paul’s sculpture thrives on a sense of play, but his work should not be regarded as a novelty. He is a dedicated artist who consciously chooses not to take himself to seriously, providing a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art market”.

Nicolas Toovey 2012

Read More about Paul Cox and see more images of his work on his website www.paul-cox.co.uk.

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img2052014 sees Sussex Prairies joining  the Chelsea Fringe Brighton for a week of paper related happenings….we are now making our Little Paper House on the Prairie – a wheeled paper house and mini prairie garden which will be wheeled out into the garden  for some prairie perambulations accompanied by the biggest garden gallery of outdoor paper artworks ever .

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When ?

for a whole week 31st may until 8th June  2014 Sussex Prairies will be celebrating all things papery ,  with paper related workshops and events. Weave with paper with Jackie Sweet ,make a paper kiln to fire prairie chickens with Sabine Dahn , design your own notebooks -Pages in Stages with Alison Crosthwaite and show the Egyptians how we  really make paper with The Wolf and Jill Tattersall ! Our artist in Residence Anne Kelly , textile artist extraordinaire, will also be setting up her prairie wagon for a ho down of textile and paper delights too.

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deep in the heart of Sussex our chief designer and wonderful volunteer , Ron, starts the tricky business of drawing up the plans for making the paper house. Working with a motley assortment of recycled wood and old window frames this talented architect prepares the blueprint for the architectural spectacle to come….

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Joining the  Outdoor Prairie Art  Gallery : how to do it ?

we are inviting everyone from the age of 0 to 106 to create artworks to accompany the paper house on its prairie garden travels. All you need to do is send us a picture of a house or home (could be a picture of a castle,igloo,tree house,tent, semi detached , bungalow,mud hut,cave  etc ) on an A4 sheet of paper with your name, address and age on the back of it . We shall laminate your artwork, stick it on a garden label , and it will accompany the Paper House out in the wilds of the prairies for a week in wind,sun ,rain and shine. There will be Golden Prairie Family season tickets to win in the different age categories as well as art kits for the best artworks ! so let your imagination run wild. All artworks can be collected from Sussex Prairie garden after the 8th June, but sadly we cannot return them to you in the post.Remember, all pictures will be subject to all the elements so may not be in perfect condition after their adventure !

Coming Soon !

* Pictures from the Frontline with Ron  – The Paper House -his own grand design

*Art – but not as we know it…

*Papier Mache- one step beyond…img202

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005So glad that I met Cathy Hart  exhibiting her work at Chelsea this year because I managed to persuade her to bring her quirky creations down to Sussex to bend their way into our psyche ! Its the wendy bendy time ! The thing about Cathy’s work to me is that it reminded me of my sister Anna’s Etch a Sketch (something I always wanted for myself !) . You know , gardening should not be taken too seriously. There are a lot of people getting very stuffy about gardens, sculpture and what makes for art , good and bad. It is my view that we should open our minds just a bit and embrace it all  ! Make doodles in your mind and love a little and  laugh a lot ! That’s all folks !

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Cathy says on her website “Cathy’s  scaled up birds, dogs and butterflies are influenced by 1970s cartoons, fairy-tales, theatre and clowning. These whimsical creations capture the fun and frivolity of play.   We are in a culture where everything created is about more complexity. Cathy’s work goes in the other direction,towards simplicity. It is minimalistic, distinctive, creative, personal, alive, 2D, 3D, primary, moving, living, definitive, unique with a craftedness within its own art.  ‘For adults who have grown up enough to
be children again’ C.S.Lewis”

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so you can see why I felt it would be a perfect and fun set of work to exhibit in the freedom of our borders ! The fun thing about the work is that it has a lightness and openness of form.. so much so, that it slots into a planting scheme and you can see it and the plants without interruption, due to its transparency. Dog lovers will also be in their element as the sculptures capture so completely the  character of the breeds. I think we have terriers, greyhounds, cavalier King Charles at the very least.

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so if you are looking for the fun and frolicsome look no further ! You can read more about Cathy Hart on her website at www.cathy-hart.com or better still come and see her work in the countryside here on the Prairies during our open season this year.

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When Serena contacted me to ask if she could show her work in our garden I felt very honoured . Now I have a stunning array of her work in our house garden for the winter and spring months. A canny collection of exceptionally diverse and imaginatively wrought beasts and birds fashioned from a salvaged collection of old tools, artifacts and ironworks.

Serena Thirkell is the great-great-granddaughter of the Pre- Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, whose stained glass windows can be seen in St Michael’s Church, Brighton and who is buried in St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean. (there are two wonderfully designed windows in the church too !)

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Scrap metal pieces take on a bizarre life of their own as they become the crazed stretch poodle or the marvellously composed Blade Swan. The poodle is composed of a spinning series of cogs,spiralling crazily around to form the coiled curls of a poodlesque fur coat .Luckily he has a food dish full of bolts and screws to nourish him !

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  Cowering in the shadow of the hornbeam hedges the Mudflapper snaps its mouth menacingly and with his multi -fork legs dangerously  akimbo looks as if he has settled in perfectly.Something industrial becomes something entirely magical and enchanted in Serena’s hands.

The Trojan Horse and now its Blue Foal are poised for flight in the front border ,and you can imagine them cantering serenely through the grasses and out on to the prairie beyond, arching their graceful necks and swishing their tails. The metallic clatter of hooves strikes fear into the highwayman’s soul !

And presiding over the whole scene like an all seeing spectre , the Hectapus, ghoulish and menacing.

Read More about Serena, her work , background , inspiration and where she is exhibiting on her website at www.serenathirkell.co.uk

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Our constantly changing garden gallery will see the arrival of this amazing ceramic sculptor ready for our opening season this year.

Ken Jaquiery in his own words :

“Nature is the great creator of beauty. Every trip out of the house is another opportunity to discover nature’s creations.

Sculptor Sarah Smith (who will also be exhibiting in our garden this season !!)  introduced me to clay as a medium for sculpting when I attended her Introduction to Sculpture course at the Field Studies Council’s Malham Tarn Field Centre. It is a medium that is pliable, can be carved, shaped by hand or tools and added to. I have found a medium that I can use to create art work of any size or shape I wish. In saying that, using clay doesn’t mean you can make anything with ease. Each piece of work that I have made, I have had to learn how to use the clay to get the result I wanted. Learning to use clay for sculpting will be an ongoing process.

I have also been inspired by the work of Monica Young.

Monica was a little lady who made big sculptural pots. Her style was similar to the lines and shapes I had been incorporating into the jewellery and bone carving I had made in the past. The scale of her work appealed to me too. Monica had built her pots by using the coiling method.  Coiling is a versatile and strong way of building pots, by controlling the drying of the clay, pots can be built to any size or shape. I have concentrated on learning how to coil clay pots, in the hope of being able to make work to the same scale as Monica.

I’m often asked where I get my ideas from. Nature and the world around me are my inspiration. When I come across something I like the camera enables me to bring an idea home and adapt it to my sculptures. Then from one idea I find there is no limit to the variations that grow from the first sculpture. I enjoy the challenge of making a sculpture and I get a great deal of pleasure from other people enjoying the result of my work. Just as body adornment can enhance a person’s natural beauty, sculpture can enhance the beauty of our homes. I aspire to create beautiful sculptures that can enable people to improve the aesthetics and ambience in their homes.”

More of Ken’s work can be seen on his website at www.kenjaq.com

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the main culprit

There is a place called Du Du. I saw it advertised on a rare traffic sign. But the sort of du du I want to talk about is the kind manufactured in copious quantities by the entire cow population of India as they wander to and fro through people’s lives,houses,rubbish tips and market places. The cow does many things and is a sacred beast granted. But it makes a prodigious amount of poo.Now I have discovered an ancient and  crazy art  which I believe is as yet unexplored and un tapped. Namely ,the fashionable and scary art of making solid poo  igloos . Chris Ofili the artist famed for working with elephant dung could learn a few tricks here. On the outskirts of every village /small holding/collection of huts/houses/plastic bag tents/grass wigwams there is the same thing : and it is beautiful.Imagine a solid block of poo crafted into a huge monolithic and dense sculpture . Entirely made of cattle dung (maybe goat and sheep too ?) it is dense,not smelly really (but everything is relative) and carved with simple and delicate patterns. Sitting like a dried out block of parmesan I wonder how you deal with it on a daily basis. Do you slice off cake like slices  for fire lighting ? do you hack off a chunk like a block of ice ? or is it just some crazy currency and the sort of hedge fund of rural life ? certainly its worth for gardening is high and a golden ingot like that would be much sought after by us gardeners for growing our bananas !

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the cow pat scenario is much easier to get to grips with (unless it is wet,sticky and stuck to the bottom of your sandal) you can see these frisbee like things drying in the most unlikely of places but then why not ? these are the perfect firelighter of choice. Dry and crisply dehydrated you will see them stacked at crazy angles and in bonfire type heaps ready for action.Collection of said pats might be tricky one would think in the wet state, but with a blazing indian sun i guess you only have to wait a while until you can scoop it up and carry the dinner plate sized thing back to your treasury.

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walking in any area of India is fraught with danger as you hopscotch between the poo.On my last trip i inadvertently got out of the car in a village and stood straight in an open sewer. Not an experience I would wish to repeat. The evil residue stubbornly refused to be washed or scraped off my shoes.This time it was the car itself that fell into a sewer. Driving quietly into the quaint little town of Bundi we were checking out the likely accommodation venues and suddenly the car lurched to one side and there was a hellish bang. Scrambling out of a car leaning perilously to one side it was obvious that the open sewer previously covered by an (insubstantial paving stone , had caved in and we were stuck in a rut ! the car tilted drunkenly into the filthy maw. Unspecified horrors floated by. Paul managed to commandeer  some wiry but slim indian onlookers  to help him manhandle the thing out. on dry land the car did not seem to have sustained any damage . Apart from a charming fragrance of course.

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