Alphabet Soup: The Photographers – Lucy Hicks and Sally Wakelin

Some witty visual fun here for a Friday night.

Lucy Hicks,  daughte of Jacqui, turned out to be doing an alphabet project for her GCSE, which involved forming a letter from something beginning with that letter  (I’m sure there’s a name for this but can’t think what it is…).   She sent us these photos:



C P1010300


H P1010340


P P1010298


Q P1010323

(Superheroes flying) quickly (defying) quantum physics, ( well it’s) quaint…



S P1010287


Jacqui also sent us this photo of Lucy at work, which was too nice to pass up.



Quite coincidentally, Clive’s sister-in-law, Sally Wakelin, in a fairly impromptu fashion, embarked on some similar photos, tending to a theme of condiments:

ketchup Sally W


mustard Sally W




pepper Sally W


s-for-salt (Sally Wakelin)




I don’t know of I have a rather unsophisticated palate, but Ketchup and Mustard always make my mouth water, while Onion has a surprising, luminous calligraphic delicacy about it…


Have a good weekend!


the artlog exhibition of maquettes: part two

Welcome to the first exhibition at the Artlog. It evolved out of the interest of regular visitors in my practice of making articulated paper maquettes for use as compositional aids.  A few of them felt encouraged to produce maquettes of their own, and thereafter everything just blossomed.


Jodi le Bigre: metamorphosis

Leonard Greco: raising the dead

Chloe Refern: all the pretty little horses

Sally Wakelin: unfolding forms

Jodi le Bigre: metamorphosis. I’m interested in the way Jodi le Bigre’s meticulous draftsmanship extends even to the laying out of the beautifully drawn elements of her maquette on a single sheet. It seems almost an act of  vandalism to cut up such a lovely and intriguing thing, but since it’s the artist doing so, we must accept her choice. Some might be inclined to make a scan of the original intact sheet and cut up the copy, but Jodi’s finished maquette is of course even more precious for being constructed from the original painting. The artist has had some unexpected upheavals in her life recently, and this inventive and moving maquette has emerged from what must have been a difficult time for her, both personally and creatively. She wrote to me of  the experience of making the maquette:

‘Actually, I was happy to work on this, it was a good project to concentrate on through everything. I decided to use this as an opportunity to invent something that would bring me through hard times, something from a harsh and airy place that could pierce through any difficulty. It was lovely to have the changeability that a maquette affords.’

See more of Jodi’s work at her blog, HERE.
Leonard Greco: raising the dead. Leonard’s astonishing outpouring of maquettes has been a revelation. Every day at his blog new figures appear, and as this repertory company of maquette actors has grown, he’s assembled increasingly elaborate arrangements of them as his compositional blueprints for planned paintings. Leonard’s explorations draw on the Maya resurrection myth of the Maize God and his post-dismemberment fathering of the Hero Twins on a passing princess. There’s grand guignol and snaky priapism aplenty here, and so those of a nervous disposition may wish to avert their eyes.
See more of Leonard’s work at his blog, HERE.
Chloe Redfern: all the pretty little horses. More connections here, as it was Chloe who I turned to last year for the Christmas gifts Peter and I gave to our friends Liz and Graham Sangster when we visited them for the holiday. Chloe has been making beautiful horse maquettes and charting the process on her blog at Slightly Triangle. When she’s not making paper maquettes she produces delightful painted and stitched hanging decorations that you can find HERE, though she will make horse maquettes to order if you have a mind to ask her.
At the last moment Chloe sent images of this spirited hare, and he’s just too good to miss out.
Sally Wakelin: unfolding  forms. Sally is a jewellery maker and artist. She’s also a talented website designer, producing sites for a good many artists, mine included. You can see her silverwork HERE.
Just one of the aspects I’ve always loved about Sally’s jewellery is her skill at making jointed collars and bracelets of silver in which the interplay of individual elements is invariably beautiful and ingenious. She has the engineer’s gift of being able to envisage her creations at their earliest stages in three dimensions, an inheritance perhaps from her sculptor/architect  father, Dick. Her silver works are objects that ask to be touched and explored. The clasps are always cleverly hidden, and I once tried on a Sally Wakelin bracelet only to find I couldn’t get it off again until she showed me where the connection point was.
For this exhibition Sally has produced a paper maquette for a linked collar/bracelet that is as much a piece of sculpture as an item of personal adornment. This is something that my fingers would itch to play with were it to be lying on a table in front of me.
More Maquettes in Part Three, soon.