Monday, 22 December 2014

more on seeds

<< The dried remainders of the broad beans we grew this summer - and hidden within:  pink-black seeds.

The seed-head above - I found it recently while weeding one of our flowerbeds. No clue what it is though. It's about 3cm wide. Maybe next year, we'll find out what's hiding within...

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Curators on sculpture today

An article by Katia David on sculpture network:

To mark its 10-year anniversary, sculpture network started 2014 by publishing curators' thoughts on sculpture being made in Europe today. An international jury composed by, Luis Chillida (ES), Judith Collins (UK), Florian Matzner (DE) and Oliver Wick (CH), selected the texts.

This month you can read Katia David's (Germany) ideas and see images of artists who illustrate them. [...]
Read on in english or in german.

Curators on sculpture today

from top left:
Gisela von Bruchhausen, Concento Spaziale, 2012
Rainer Fest, Transformation, 2013 (above)
Sabine J Bieli, Orbit (left)

photos: Bert Herden

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Echo (learning to fly)

Drawing of a winged shape and its dotted mirror image (studio pics). Currently shown at Cupola gallery in Sheffield together with some ink drawings until 10 January 2015.

materials: fine wool thread, nylon, acrylic glass
dimensions: 150cm x 12.5cm x 18.5cm (h x d x w)

Friday, 28 November 2014

Echo [learning to fly] @ Cupola

Two suspended white 3-d pieces and four ink drawings are included in Cupola's next show.

Preview: 28 November 19:30
Exhibition dates: 29 November - 10 January 2015

Cupola Gallery, 178-178a Middlewood Road, S6 1TD Sheffield

Opening times:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sundays: 12 - 4pm - Now until Christmas day.
Late Night Opening: Thursday December 11 and 18 until 8pm

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ink drawings

Pen on paper - writing without words.
While the white 3-D drawings need careful drafting and planning I don't know beforehand what will come out when I set pen on paper. It's just the impulse of hand and fingers and the flow of ink that direct the drawing. Quite meditative and a good contrast, not only colourwise, to the 3-D pieces I'm about to make.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Thursday, 28 August 2014


Another 'drawing' in white, Cell, a 'ball' hovering in mid-air, slightly curling up and sliced on one side. 19cm wide. Find more images in this album.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Oval reflection

Oval reflection is on its way to Sweden. It is a piece similar to Globe. Yet instead of screen printed the silk threads are cyanotyped and then processed with sunlight.

Dimensions: 17.5cm x 34cm x 14cm

Find more images here. []

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

light & matter

These images are by-products of work in progress; more images in the album light reflections on f-b.

Friday, 15 August 2014


Tuesday, 29 July's post updated

Captured in the garden, the seed head of an opium poppy and seeds of a wildflower (?), pitch black and about 3-4mm wide. The flowers of May and June go to seed.

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Thursday, 3 July 2014


The setting sun projects light through the old glass of a window on a wall in my studio.

See more images here

Monday, 23 June 2014


Three of five pieces displayed in Berlin on the occasion of a studio event/show 22 - 25 May 2014 with Marion Ehrsam, Sibylle Hoessler and Montagehalle.

Click thumbs - and find more images on face-book.

  • 'Thoughts fly' - letters drawn in 2-D are the base for words spelled in mid-air.
  • 'Waves' - letters stitched in the base become a 3-D drawing of undulating lines.
  • 'Oscillator' - a zigzag line in 2-D is the base for two lines spiralling in 3-D. (Sold)
Altogether these three work as a trilogy: denken - f├╝hlen - wollen | thinking - feeling - willing.

Thursday, 19 June 2014


This post has been patiently waiting to be published since mid-May. A pic of a piece that joined me on a trip to Berlin at the end of May. Waves - 150cm x 24cm x 15cm

This was for a small but beautiful event/show in Marion's studio in Berlin. More images coming soon.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Oval reflection
A small but beautiful studio event/show in Berlin during the Kulturfestival Wedding-Moabit 2014.

22 - 25 May 2014

With Marion Ehrsam, Sibylle Hoessler, Sabine J Bieli and Montagehalle

More images 

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Wooly letters

Spelling in the air - one of a series of smaller experimental pieces - sketches of ideas. I thought this would be an easy one but the idea of it proved to be simpler than making the actual piece... Dimensions 150cm x 27cm x 9cm

Depending on where you stand this is readable - or just a chaotic pile of marks. And with additional lighting the letters throw a clear shadow - not visible in these pics as they are taken with just a dusky daylight.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

drawing lines in the space

Grub [ca. 24.5 x 16 x 150cm]

Similar to One to Three and Orbit this small sculpture 'translates' a 2-d drawing to 3-d. Only, instead of small fibres tracing the shape, the form is outlined by threaded lines. This study is based on an oil pastel drawing I made a while ago.
PS: This piece has been sold.

All three 'drawings' mentioned above are currently shown in Process @ Cupola Gallery in Sheffield.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

One To Three
Process @ Cupola Gallery

19 April - 24 May 2014,
Evening Opening 25 April 7:30pm onwards

Cupola Gallery | 178 Middlewood Road | Hillsborough | Sheffield | S6 1TD

Find out more about One To Three and Orbit,
the pieces displayed at this show.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Some views

... of a 'brick' in the air - a broken 'brick's 'hull' drawn with wool and nylon. Pics I made a while ago; not easy to take images in a space that is crammed with 'stuff'...

In the meantime I have been 'drawing' another piece. And all these recent sculptures will be delivered to Cupola gallery in Sheffield tomorrow.

PS:  And ... I already hear them - all those voices concerned about dust and how to keep these sculptures clean. If I could I would make these pieces out of dust - like the dusty particles dancing in the sun. For now I'm just curious how the 'woolly drawings' will gain substance by gathering dust.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The uncommon of the common

This stone is so common, yet so special. A 'manshaped' clump of clay, probably broken and then washed by the sea. What remains is a smooth irregular shape without any symmetry whatsoever. It looks different from each and every angle. This was the challenge recently - see yesterday's post, in contrast to its predecessor.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A 'brick' in the air

'One to Three' from below [30cm]
A first snapshot of 'One to Three', a sculpture modelled on the brick in January's posts.

Taking images of this piece is a further task. While I try to capture what is barely visible - it really depends on the lighting - I realize that I'm reverting the process once more: Having mapped the 'real thing' I then remodelled it to its 'ethereal' 3-D version. Taking pictures means bouncing back to 2-D again.

PS:This sculpture has been sold.

'The real thing' from above [10cm]

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Thinking thread

Searching about for threads with a texture that is fit for my purpose I remembered the Tangutica seed heads, see post 2 February. The pic shows a close up of the threadlike seeds.

So, recently time went into fine-tuning techniques and finding the 'right' materials, thread and glue. Now, it's stitching, crocheting, knotting -  things are taking shape.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

More winter harvest

The scanned skeleton of a leave. An interlude while setting sail for another threaded drawing.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

winter harvest

Winter 'blossom', the seed head of a clematis tangutica, eyed and picked while working in January's garden. And below a clematis seed head in time lapse, from this page.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

small cosmos

The same brick as in the previous post, turned up side down and over again. Sketched and drawn on paper, tracing its shape further feels like discovering a small cosmos of its own.
PS: more here

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Tracing the shape of a brick, 10 cm wide. A smooth yet irregular shape, washed and transformed by the sea. Wrapped in paper and so I can trace its contour; then scanned.