Coastline Traces – Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail

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Sea Glass View, number 3 on the trail, stands on top of the sand dunes at Ainsdale and holds glasswork relating to the history of shipwrecks along the coast.

Coastline Traces – a sculpture trail spanning the 22 miles of Sefton Coastline was completed by myself and artist Sian Hughes in 2016.

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Wooden Henges, sculpture number 2, is located next to a bridge over a stream in Birkdale sands. It contains wire sculptures inspired by the huge amount of rare and endangered plants that can be found in this area of the coastal path.

Six sculptures have been unveiled at key points along the Sefton Coastal Path, designed jointly by us working with the local community. Each individual sculpture offers a unique creative response to a different aspect of the coastal heritage, history or landscape, offering an creative and informative view of the coast.

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Trackway is number 6 and can be found along the path at Hightown heading towards Gormleys Iron Men. Inspired by archaeological digs that have discovered evidence of Neolithic man inhabiting the area.

The sculptures all contain individual artworks developed through a programme of art workshops with the local community working with a variety of mediums.

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Sculpture number 1 is the Birdbench located at RSPB Marshside. Using cyanotytpes this piece celebrates the incredible birds that visit the area each.

Phill Gregson, talented local  wheelwright and woodsman brought his formidable skills and experience to help us realize this ambitious project.

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Clay Footprint Wall – number 5 and situated in Formby. These modern clay footprints are based on the Neolithic footprints found in the area.

Huge thanks goes to all the groups whom we worked with – Natural Alternatives, Go With The Flow and Free Flow art groups, Creative Alternatives, Bridge Inn Community Farm, Cambridge Road Children Center and Brunswick Youth Club. Special thanks to Verity Pulford Glass artist, Chris Turrell-Watts Ceramicist and photo credits and thanks go to Ted Oonk.

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The Lizard Bench -number 4, is located at the bottom of Fishermans path in Formby. Created with mosaics this artwork highlights the beautiful and rare sand lizard that lives on the Sefton coast.

Thanks also to Natural England, The National Trust, RSPB and Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership, with a special mention to Fiona Sunner and John Dempsey for being so wonderful and inspiring to work with.

For more information on this project please visit: Coastline Traces website

This project is part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership (SCLP), which is funded by the Heritage Lottery.

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Coastline Traces – Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail

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I am incredibly excited to have been awarded the Sefton Coastal Path Sculpture Trail commission along with my good friend and fellow artist Sian Hughes.

Over the next few months we will be working flat out to deliver numerous workshop for people from Sefton which will form parts of the six sculptures to be installed along the coastal path.

The Sefton Coast is an amazingly rich landscape with rare flora and fauna including the sand lizard, natterjack toad and red squirrel as well as important Neolithic and Mesolithic archaeological sites, shipwrecks and smuggling, asparagus and rabbits and all set against miles of stunning pristine beaches and sand dunes. We will be working with clay and resin, mosaic, glass scraffito, wire sculpture, cyanotypes and embossing aiming to create a visually exciting and information sculpture trail along the coastal path.

 The project is called Coastline Traces and we have a website and facebook page which we will be updating regularly with our progress. Please do follow, like and share us on:

www.coastlinetraces2015.wordpress.com and on Coastline Traces Facebook

 

Christmas Markets and Fairs in the North West

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Here is a taster of some of the events happening this year to get you feeling festive with highlights of some of my favourite artists and designers.

Mollie Brown has a stall at the Manchester Christmas Market which runs until the 22nd of December. You can find her near the town hall http://www.christmasmarkets.com/UK/manchester-christmas-market.html

Stylish handmade clothes made with and inspired by vintage materials. All designs are beautifully crafted and demonstrate an innovative and exciting appreciation of contrasting textures, colours, fabrics and patterns.

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Lucy E Wilson  a talented illustrator can be found at The Chapel Gallery Christmas Market in Ormskirk http://www.chapelgallery.org.uk/  Exquisite drawings and paintings of wildlife are lovingly depicted and show a wonderful application of paint and pen.

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You have another chance to buy Lucy’s work next weekend at The Winters Art Market, St Georges Hall Liverpool http://winterartsmarket.com/  Also showing here is the wonderful Marie Canning Ceramics who creates stunning ceramic sculptures and jewellery.  Delicately formed these precious objects are truly delightful. Showing an admirable sensitivity to shape and form and a strong skill base which results in an exciting approach to ceramic design.

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Also at St Georges Hall are the fine artists Anna Ketskemety and Vicki Le Bon. Working with concepts that relate directly to their profession practise, both artists have created fantastic unique art work.

Ketskemety creates intriguing drawings and paintings with a rich colour palette demonstrating a highly accomplished creative process and development. Le Bon works with drawn repeated patterns which evolve into compelling abstract images. These intuitive drawings are delivered in exciting formats including inside magnetic circular tins.

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At St Georges Hall you will also find charm and character in abundance in the work of Freida Mckitrick. Beautiful and quirky festive images of Liverpool are celebrated in Freida’s work and produced on cards, baubles and as framed prints.

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If you find yourself in Chester on Sunday 8th December pop into the Double Tree Hilton for the Contemporary Art and Craft Fair http://www.doubletreechester.co.uk/contemporary-arts-crafts-fair where you will find the wonderful work of Verity Pulford Glass and Ceramics.

A beautiful play of shadow and light, fused glass is layered in a technique that heightens your awareness to the rich sensitivity of colour and form that Pulford effortlessly portrays.

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Finally, before all that on Friday 6th December The Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead is hosting Glorious http://daybees.com/events/1504374/glorious-from-the-gallery-14-art-shop-at-williamson-art-gallery-museum/ where you can find the unique handmade work of Jackdaw and Jay.

Beautiful shapes with an emphasis towards nature are adorned with  visual references including maps of the locality. The clever use of delicate images with the strong shape designs makes these stunning jewellery pieces real show stoppers.

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