Meanwhile back a t’mill Art Bird Boxes are go…

DSYR returned to Woodend Mill for another art bird box making session and despite the distraction of Mugly in a cone of shame achieved a good amount of creative work.

Painting continued apace for everyone and T-Jay got stuck in sticking timber joist details (stirring sticks from a local coffee shop) onto his Globe Theatre bird box. He looked to be regretting deciding to add so much details at some points and in need of a coffee himself. Tori added an authetic Shire map to the roof of her hobbit home and Eve’s pop art went bang with some beautiful freehand calligraphic brushwork. Holly revealed her drawing skills by showing her preparatory sketchbook work and Lily dazzled us with her decorative painting skills on Iron Man’s armour.

We reckon all the boxes will be finished next week, great timing for showing off as part of National Nest Box Week at Discovery Sunday at Dove Stone Reservoir on 22nd February.

 

Dove Stone Youth Rangers visit Woodend Mill

It’s nest box decoration time for the Dove Stone Youth Rangers and to make life easier all round we’re running the next few creative sessions at Woodend Mill (it saves moving the Art Birdboxes whilst the paint is still wet and gives the DSYR a chance to observe artists in their natural habitat!)

The DSYR arrived at Woodend Mill on a wet sunday and proceeded take over Jacqui’s new print making studio which had been temporarily transformed into a painting studio for the day. Once the distraction of playing with the abirdabode mascots (Percy and Mugly) the group dived into the paint and with Jacqui’s help mixed individual colours following a set of paint swatches. Once a base coat was applied to each Art Birdbox a quick tour of Richard’s and Jacqui’s studios took place whilst the paint dried.

Everyone was amazed by the creative layout (or mess) that is Richard’s ‘man cave’ (thank you Zak!) and were fascinated by all the different media, materials, equipment and completed and in progress artworks strewn around the studios. As it was very cold in the mill we swiftly returned to Jacqui’s print studio and continued painting until parents arrived to collect everyone (the parents were also amazed by the studios and had a chance to play with Percy and Mugly).

Same time, same place next week then!

 

 

 

Iron Man saves the birds

Lily’s Iron Man Nest Box is probably the most complicated in terms of shape and construction due to the number of parts required; one body, one head, two arms and two legs… But not only has it got to look like Tony Stark’s alter ego but Lily has chosen to make her nest box in the style of a Lego Iron Man.

I chose this because I think it would be a suitable size for a bird box and at the same time the design means it would be a unique shape. The colours are different and aesthetically pleasing.

The actual nest box part of Iron Man will be inside his torso (with the birds entering through the Arc Reactor of course) and this was the first and most straight forward part to be made.

Lily draw a very detailed set of plans and dimensions from her maquette and had no problem making the torso as a slightly tapered box shape. The legs were made in a similar way from thin plywood with the curved upper leg made from a piece of drain pipe. The most complex part to build was Iron Mans head but with Bronagh’s assistance to cut a number of rings for form the outer edge of Iron Man’s helmet and support some bendy ply to form Iron Man’s face the end result looked great.

Holly’s Dragon Castle Art Birdbox

Holly’s Art Birdbox will take the form of a fantasy castle guarded by a fearsome dragon carved in low relief.

My Birdbox

 My birdbox design is inspired by my love of reptiles, which leads to dragons, causing my design. My initial plan was to have a generic-looking birdbox with a dragon curled around it, as if it was trying to get inside, I upgraded this to a Castle to fit with a stereotypical dragon theme and worked from there.

 I started by making my maquette, which is slightly different to my final design, which has dividers to make the inner area smaller so it would be easier to warm up and take less materials to pad out.

Georgia’s Ray Zell comic strip art birdbox

Georgia’s Art Birdbox is a refined pyramid shape and will be decorated with comic strip artwork.

Georgia’s bird box

My inspiration to my bird was Pandora, Pandora is a comic in a magazine I collect, I didn’t want copy the cartoons in ther comic so I thought of a way to be more original, so what I did was try to create a cartoon girl in the style of Pandora e.g. the style of the body, face, clothes etc.

I did this by trying to base my girl on things that happened in the cartoon e.g. other charters, also using their features, after I had chosen the features I put them all in one character.

The girl on my box is my finished cartoon, with all the features I choose to put on the girl, I though of things such as, the shape of the girl, the face and features on the face, how the clothing will link to her personality.

For the background to my girl I am going to use manga, what i mean by that is to make the girl stand out more I was going to use the effect of lines going out from my girl, I am using this effect because I think it will bring my cartoon girl out more, it will also make her more bold and make her stand out throughout the box.    

Eve’s Pop Art Bird Box

Eve’s Pop Art Bird Box is a simple form based on a traditional nest box shape but made into a unique artwork the use of classic Pop Art imagery.

About Eve’s Bird box

My bird box is inspired by pop art. I chose pop art because I like the look of it and it stands out, its different and not many people have the idea of doing it.

I am just doing a normal, average bird box and then putting pop art on each of the sides. If you picture it in your head it doesn’t stand out a lot, but the way I am placing things and the colours I am using stand out a lot.

 The first thing I did was to make a maquette out of cardboard and taped it together. After that we made a plan for the actual bird box. It had all the measurements on it to work out how big the pieces of wood were. The week after Richard cut all the wood into the correct measurements. I have just screwed it together and I am now working on the detail because I am making that on a separate piece of wood to make it stand out. Next week I am going to cut all the detail out and stick it onto the actual bird box.

The last making day for DSYR

The last making day (and last session before Christmas) for DSYR was held at Oldham Civic Centre which proved to be a tight squeeze for the group and all the equipment needed for making Art Birdboxes. The group endeavored in the small space and by the end of the session most of the bird boxes where assembled and ready for decoration which will commence after the holidays. Holly cut out her very detailed Dragon from plywood ready for sculpting low relief 3D detail as well as drilling and cutting the crenelations for the top of her castle nest box. Bronagh shared her circle cutting skills with Lily and helped her cut all the parts for her Lego Iron Man bird box’s head using the trammel jig. Izzy added some fine detail to the Disney Fire station, while T-Jay battled to cut complicated angles on the twelve sided Globe Theatre roof. Katie made some detailed windmill sails whilst Georgia took on the role of group photographer and documented all the hard work. All this and some Christmas inspired fun made for a great last making session (just don’t ask why Dylan was doing wearing that hat as we have absolutely no idea!).

 

 

Jack Skellington the Birdbox- a head of two halves!

Bronagh’s Bird Box

My bird box is of Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I chose this because I love the film as it interests me because it is very unusual the animation is unique. Also every Christmas Eve I watch it before I go to sleep. I am also a fan of the creator, Tim Burton.

First things first I made my maquette which was completely different to my practical work ; this was because you could not bend the wood as my bird box is circular.

This is one of the more complex art bird boxes to construct as it is spherical in shape. Building it involved calculating the sizes of a series of circular layers required to build up the contours of the head using measurements taken from the maquette. The head required ten discs of 18mm plywood each cut to a specific size. Using the band-saw and a trammel jig cutting ten discs didn’t take too long.

The layers were then laminated with waterproof PVA glue in two sections so the inside Jack’s head will be accessible for cleaning! Once the glue had dried Richard turned the pile of discs into a rough sphere shape using the lathe and sander.