Image by the ever talented Tom Houser
Monday, 25 October 2010
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
On September 28th I was asked by Vanessa Carlos and Susie Allan-Huxley to have people wear my work as part of a performance for the Royal Academy's Contemporary Circle Fundraising event.
As most of you know, my taxidermy works are part sculpture, part performance piece. To wear one of my taxidermy creations is to take part in a performance. To be the performer. No small task, but one that my gallant models: Rob Storey, Sean Heart, Ryan Strong and Dominic Parczuk carried out with perfect ease.
It was a spectacular night with three other performance artists taking part, and a spectacular arrangement of creatively displayed canapes and drinks to be had. All of the guests seemed to enjoy interacting with the models/performers and we had many very interesting conversations with many different people, which is the whole point of my work really!
Any case, looks like our work that night left it's impression on Jacosta Jones over at the Independent Magazine because look what we found on page 7 in Saturday's Art Magazine:
I've had better reviews, but eh...
To see more photos from the night, check out Dafydd Jones' website HERE.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
Finally the cat's out of the bag, and I can share the exciting news!
Bill (of Bill and Flick at TOBL) approached me about making an engagement ring out of one of the fox molars I use for my jewellery a few months ago. After lots of hard work, and back and forth, I finally finnished it off, and Bill gave it to her the other night!
Unfortunately I couldn't seem to really capture all of it's details successfully in my photos, so here's the breakdown:
- 18K Rich Colour Red Gold hand finished ring base with a cast fox's molar.
- One brilliant cut half carat diamond set into the crevice of the fox's tooth.
- Two small emeralds set on the inside of the ring. (why the extra stones? because Flick is a synesthete and for her 3 = green! pretty fucking cool right? Bill's idea of course...)
- "The Owl and the Pussycat" is hand engraved around the emeralds on the inside of the ring. Now, Bill hasn't shared the meaning of this with me, but you can just about make out the engraving in this photo below --- doesn't it look great?!
As you can see, I also thinned out the shank of the ring by hand to give it a more elegant line, and make it extra comfortable for everyday wear.
Below is another image of it in it's little velvet box that I think is a bit clearer. But if you want to see it up close and personal, head on over to Taste of Bitter Love Cafe, have one of the best coffees in London and ask for Flick!
If you think you might be interested in a one-of-a-kind hand made engagement ring, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. Prices start at £2,500 depending on the style etc.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
It's that time again!
This time around I'm looking for people interested in working 2 days a week (possibly more) up until January!
image from Smithsonian Institute Archives
Please get in touch if you have experience working with jewellery ie: filing and finishing silver, and would like to gain first hand experience in a very small studio working directly under me!
Unfortunately I still can't pay, but lunch will be provided as well as copious amounts of tea/coffee and biscuits!
Applicants will be eager to learn, good with their hands, and adapt well to a variety of roles and tasks.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and Cover Letter!
Please note: I do not teach taxidermy as part of my internship program.
I am accepting CVs up until the end of October, and will be conducting interviews the first week of November.
I look forward to hearing from you--- X Reid
Monday, 4 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
OK, so between getting horrifically ill this past month, and trying to finish off a collection of orders and commissions this month, I totally forgot to post this interview with Phillipa Snow (my fave blogger!) for Art Wednesday.
Check it out:
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Panasonic is one funny cat... whenever she's in the house she's this fat purring ball of love, but the second she steps outside? She turns into a wild huntress!
Unfortunately I never seem to be with camera to capture her as she climbs through the back window from the yard into the house with an unfortunate victim in her little mouth, but here she is after dropping it in the front room for us! Isn't this guy massive??
Last night I made the trek down to Brixton, to meet up with my good friend Tom Houser. Despite having worked non-stop from 5am until my arrival at 6pm, Tom had found time to whip up a marvelous homemade chowder for us to nibble on while we went over his designs for the official RP/Encore lookbook/poster. The perfect remedy for all this wet weather we've been having in London!
Here are some images of posters he took inspiration from:
Growing up I collected those DK Eyewitness books etc... I fucking love the layout etc!
Tom's final draft to be posted soon!