Birds in the Square!

Jake’s cubic bird box has taken it’s form from a direct interpretation of the art movement of Cubism.

My design is a combination of cubes arranged around a central cube; I got the idea from various artists using cubism to express artwork.

A strong and solid sculptural form Jake created a central cube and four orbiting cubes from ply and using his maths and engineering training made a great geometric bird box. Tricky parts were making sure everything was cut straight and true and calculating the size of the cubes to make sure they were true cubes taking into account the various thickness of ply available.

The final stages of the making involved choosing a layout for the orbiting cubes- they would make a nice interchangeable design and cutting a square entrance hole to echo the orbiting cubes.

Luckily Greg was happy to assist with the painting of Jake’s bird box Jake was certainly more into the making than the painting, thank you Greg!

 

An All Time Low pop-punk art bird box…

Hannah has created a birdbox based on the logo for her favorite band (and as featured on what we suspect is her favorite t-shirt).

The inspiration for my bird box was the All Time Low ghosts logo. All Time Low is a band I listen to. I wanted to design a bird box based on something I loved. I did 3 ghosts, all different sizes.

I did this by trying to cut out the shapes of the ghosts so that they all mould together. However this proved to be difficult, so the ghosts don’t mould perfectly together, however they do fit together well. The ghost on the right is the smallest and the ghost in the middle is the biggest.

 The ghost on the left will be purple, the ghost in the middle will be blue and the ghost on the right will be red. The middle ghost will be the ghost the bird will nest in. One of the eyes will be the hole the bird goes into. The other eyes of the ghosts will be white. The base of the bird box will be black.

Choosing a cartoony graphic logo as inspiration has allowed Hannah to create a bird box with a really strong and clear sculptural form and great colours, as well as being a friendly and fun looking nest box.

The abirdabode Exhibition countdown begins…

It’s just ten days until the abirdabode exhibition opens at Gallery Oldham (on Saturday 14th March at 1pm) and we’re very busy getting everything ready. All the finished Art Bird Boxes are looking fantastic – we’re not going to reveal any of them here, you’ll have to come to the exhibition to see them!

We’re also preparing a display for the Art Bird Flock of over three hundred Art Birds created by people at Festival Oldham, Oldham Flower Festival, Well Good Arts Week and RSPB Dove Stone’s Discovery Sunday event. If you decorated one be sure to have a good explore of the Art Bird Flock and see if you can spot yours.

We’ll be at Gallery Oldham from 1pm till 4pm on Saturday 14th March along with many of the amazing Art Bird Box Artists from Dove Stone Youth Rangers, Barrier Breakers, Grassroots Community Project and Trinity House so please pop in and see us, admire the Art Bird Boxes and have a chat with their creators.

Hope to see you there…

The abirdabode Exhibition - Gallery Oldham March 14 to May 2nd

The abirdabode Exhibition – Gallery Oldham March 14 to May 2nd

 

 

 

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.

 

Busy, busy bird box building with Barrier Breakers

Not much time left to get the Barrier Breakers Bird Boxes built and so it was a busy, busy session.

Detailed painting continued apace and adding unique individual design touches to each art bird box kept everyone occupied. Michael proved he could paint just as well as he could cut out with the background designs for his Jurassic bird box, Brandon proved a skilled scroll saw operator and helped Adam cut out poppies for his WW1 memorial box. Katie’s love birds box looked fantastic and (Hi) Lee showed his delicate drawing skills in the decoration of his United shield whilst Nathan painted a lovely football pitch on the front of his rival City box.

Another Mane attraction was Sophie adding a wool lion’s mane to her cowardly bird box (we hope the birds don’t use it all for nest building or we may end up with a bald cowardly lion). Leah worked hard to paint all twelve Rugby Super League logos onto rugby balls to decorate her bird box (well all except for Hull Kingston Rovers…) and there’s now also a secret Lewis Hamilton hiding around one of the bird boxes to look out for!

One highlight of the evening was Kash making the tremendous achievement of using both the bandsaw and scroll saw to cut his Polish shield, despite initially being very nervous of the saws he persevered and afterwards said it was ‘easy peasy’. Great work Kash!

We were also thrilled that Greg said he could see the different personalitiles of the group coming out through the bird boxes they had created which is perfect. Creative engagement of this type should allow for individual artistic expression and that fact that Greg, who knows the group really well could see this in the work created really touched us and made us even more proud to be part of the groups achievements.

Trinity Terrace completed!

At Trinity House this week painting was completed and fine detail added using different roof tile, door, window and ‘very posh’ fanlight stencils.

Following last weeks request we also added chimneys to the houses along with a wire aerial for Eleanor. Joyce had the great idea of using one of the spare chimneys as a door step – we’ll just need a really tiny donkey stone to polish it now!

Once the basic painting was completed it was time to add some individual details to the designs; Joyce added a detailed door with fanlight, Edna added some shrubs, grass and flowers to enhance her birdabode’s garden and Brian painted a redwing and wagtail on the side of his house – possibly the start of a graffiti career?

Working at Trinity house has been great fun and we were really pleased that the staff were so positive regarding the engagement by the residents, they’re planning to deliver more similar art activities and we’re hoping to be able to pop back soon and offer some advice and support.

Our last session was topped off when at lunchtime Edna made an impromptu speach in front of everyone thanking us and saying how much she’d enjoyed working on her bird box.

Thank you so much to everyone at Trinity House and hope to see you at the abirdabode exhibition soon to admire the completed Trinity Terrace!

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!