Wednesday, 14 November 2018

ELLIE CHANEY "TINY VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY" BOOK LAUNCH, DEC 8th.

 Ellie Chaney's work for SJB3 is coming to fruition with a book launch
on Dec 8th at Ulverston Library.


"Tiny Voyages Of Discovery" is the result of  9 months in which Ellie has  been researching both freshwater and marine wildlife in the area.  The book is an illustrated journey down Dragley Beck out to the sea, inspired by the story of Lady Barrow who was an accomplished botanical illustrator in her own right.

Ellie's book is available as a softback and limited edition hardback, 

Join us  to meet Ellie and see what she has produced, and to hear more about the project. There'll also be the opportunity to  make your own bookplates to take home.










Thursday, 11 October 2018

LEX BLAKEWAY AND ANNA MARIA TRUTER

Felter Lex Blakeway was at the Cottage today. We were putting up
her  interpretation of a piece of work by Botanical Illustrator Ann Maria Truter, later Lady Barrow.

The drawing was sourced by Ellie Chaney as part of her SJB3 research, and Lex's piece will be  in permanent display at the Cottage, with occasional  visits to the Sir John Barrow Monument next summer.

Many thanks to Lex and to our Framer Diana Merrick.

Dan from Green Lane and me were talking earlier about developing the cottage in order to host small exhibitions, so hopefully Lex's piece will soon be part of a collection.

Those of you who were at Lex's SJB3 workshop at he Library during the summer will be interested in her upcoming programme of sessions at the Coronation Hall, where she will alternate with other artists including Artspace Green Room artist Fran Riley. More info from the Coro.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

PRINTMAKING AT THE COTTAGE WITH ELLIE CHANEY

Another sunday and more beautiful work from our visitors as Ellie Chaney led a drop-in  Block printing workshop.


Working on small blocks of soft lino our visitors made  highly detailed bookplate designs reflecting Ellie's interest in the flora and fauna in the land around the cottage.

There was a sense of effort and anticipation rewarded every time the small, high-contrast prints emerged fresh from between the blankets and plates of the in-house Bookpress.













"Had a wonderful couple of hours learning to use lino cutting tools & printing the results.
Ellie and John were so helpful, patient and made me feel that I could really achieve something. 
Such good fun and would definitely recommend coming down & experiencing their workshops. Looking forward to the next one."


We'll be following this session up in the autumn so look out for an announcement..














Wednesday, 12 September 2018

OUR WHITE BICYCLE. HOAD AND THE TOUR OF BRITAIN




A bit of cycledelia for starters...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JhZqWCqKs8

The Cycling Tour of Britain was due to pass through Ulverston on September 7th, and the stages across the country were marked with various artworks including bike designs on fields and the sides of hills.

Alex and me were asked to make one in the shadow of the Sir John Barrow Monument. We made various suggestions as to a safe and temporary material and in the end went for some recyclable layflat drainage tubing and several hundred tent pegs. The design came from a local school, the weather was decent, and by the time I'd been convinced to stick with the original site and scale (sorry mate) it was an enjoyable task.


We decided to avoid paths, bracken and rocks, and we needed space so the angle was the best on offer. And I should say that, yes, if you draw something with two large circles underneath something like Hoad Monument then you had better expect consequences, from some angles at least.

We were joined by spectators, well-wishers and even helpers (thanks to Emily, and to Simon, Sam, Theo and Sonny) These pics (larger images by Lindsay Ward) tell something of the story, and Paul Leviston's drone pic shows the finished piece.

It came down yesterday, having been up for a week. It's been well received, and featured strongly in the live ITV coverage, which gave the Tour, Ulverston - and us - an audience of millions.

Our thanks to UTC, Les Tallon the Monument Keeper, for the use of the Monument as store room and workshop, and to Townlands, Alan Edmondson and his sheep for the use of the land.


OUR NEXT EVENT: PRINTMAKING AT THE COTTAGE WITH ELLIE CHANEY


The latest arts session  from the SJB3 project takes place at the Sir John Barrow Cottage on Sunday 23rd Of September from 11am to 3pm.


Artist Ellie Chaney will be presenting a printmaking workshop in which visitors can design personal Book Plates inspired by those found in Sir John Barrow's books. You will learn simple printing techniques and  make some attractive and useful work, all in the unique and atmospheric of this beautiful 18th Century cottage at Dragley Beck.

Admission is free, materials are provided, and while the session is suitable for all ages and levels of experience children should be accompanied by an adult.

The SJB3 project is organised by Artspace and is supported by Arts Council England, The Sir John Fisher Foundation, Townlands Trust and Ulverston Town Council. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

ELLIE CHANEY AND GUESTS: DRAWING IN THE COTTAGE GARDEN


After seeing an example of Anna Marie Truter's botanical drawing during the course of Ellie's research it was clear that a drawing session at the Cottage would be appropriate.  In the absence of much of Truter's work, what better way to introduce and provide context for her story than to invite people to produce new work of their own.

And so on sunday Ellie Chaney invited visitors to meet in Truter's husband's family garden to search among its plants and overgrowth, and record what they found.

Drawing is fundamental; it's a way of  developing an understanding of the world by examining it and giving an account of what you see. A way of defining the relationship between you and what isn't you.

It can be difficult and requiring of a cold eye. It can be a way of passing on primary information about personal experience or objective reality.
Equally, it can provoke a shared experience.
And if you work in other disciplines, requiring a different kind of enquiry or response  it can be like calling home.


As always we also had a number of visitors who were there to see the cottage. Dan from Greenlane arrived to work on the garden, and when the session moved indoors to avoid the rain there were questions and conversations about the building, books opened and passed around, and addresses exchanged.

Ellie's session was a great example of what we are trying to do here, to reposition the cottage as a living space with a role in the life of the town. A site for creativity, expression and serious intent, but not just something colonised by artists. Something accessible and available, to be examined and remade by whoever walks through the door.

And the drawings produced were really good.  Scroll down for more pictures.

More of this I think.






"Lovely relaxing afternoon. Great to be given space to get back into drawing with no pressure."

"A very enjoyable time spent observing in the garden. Very tranquil."

"Fascinating. Definately taught me to look at plants in more detail."












Wednesday, 8 August 2018

BUGS AND BOTANICALS AT THE SJB COTTAGE. A FREE DRAWING WORKSHOP WITH ELLIE CHANEY

Coming up, Sunday the 12th at the Cottage.
Come and meet Ellie Chaney, explore the cottage garden and take part in her free drawing workshop...
All comers welcome, Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Use your own materials or ours.