The abirdabode exhibition launch, a very busy day at Gallery Oldham!

What do you call a group of Art Birdbox Artists and friends? An imagination, a creativity, an achievement, an excitement?

 Whatever you choose to call them there was a huge gathering of artists and friends at Gallery Oldham on Saturday 14th March for the launch of the abirdabode exhibition.

Between 1pm and 4pm over 200 visitors flocked to the gallery to see the art bird boxes, meet the art bird box artists, have a chat and to show off their creations to family and friends. (Apparently this is the best attendance for an exhibition launch at the Gallery ever! Thank you T-Jay for clicking people in!)

Along with the Art Birdbox Artists some of the young people who decorated Art Birds dropped in to see the show and to find their creations in the Art Bird Flock. We were honoured that amongst the Art Bird Flock were hidden eleven very special realistic Art Birds created by Gordon Haigh especially for the show!

Putting the exhibition together took a lot of hard work and dedication and wouldn’t have happened without the support of Joy, Ian, Steve and Andy from Gallery Oldham – thank you all. Thank you also to Oldham Arts Development, especially Annie for your support (and fabulous bird dresses) and Shonagh for believing in the project (and handing out bird seed!).

And an especially big thank you to all the amazing Art Bird Artists who took part in the project, your hard work, creativity and good humour have been an inspiration to us and to everyone who has visited the show. It was great to see you at the opening and to show you how fantastic your work looked in the gallery.

 We hope you are all as proud of your achievements as we are!

The exhibition is open to the public until 2nd May so there’s still plenty of time to visit!

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T-Jay recreates Shakespeare’s Globe

T-Jay has created a really great bird box based on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and what a challenge it has been!

The Globe Theatre proved quite easy to find plans and images for but translating them into 3D has taken T-Jay on a real creative journey, during which he has worked really hard and proved his perseverance by refusing to compromise on the accuracy of his bird box. Whether we end up with a thatch roof remains to be seen…

Challenges have included making the box a dodecagon ( a twleve sided shape and a new word for us all), making the roof a tapered dodecagon. This required using some interesting compound angles which challenged Richard as much as T-Jay and made the box a real collaboration between them!

Once constructed the challenges continue as T-Jay insists on decorating the box with timber joist details (to reflect the original timber frame construction) and we think T-Jay will be doing some overtime at Woodend Mill during half term to get his nest box finished.

So far the box looks great and we’re sure all the hard work and dedication will be more than worth while.

T-Jay has also proved an invaluable assistant on the project working with Barrier Breakers to share the skills he’s gained making the Globe Theatre (and also proving his worth pulling the abirdabode Partridge in a Pear Tree carriage for the Oldham Reindeer Parade).

 

 

A Moulin Rouge for the birds

Katie’s Moulin Rouge bird box has been complicated to make due to compound angles for both the roof and the sides (but especially for the roof). Luckily Katie proved to be a bit of a maths whizz in calculating the sizes of the triangles and the proportions of the bird box are extremely striking and sure to make a great artwork.

Katie says

The inspiration for my bird box is from the film, Moulin Rouge. I am recreating the windmill. With sails, the body and design.

 The windmill, will be the colour of a very deep red, with black details for the windows. The roof will be a very dirty colour of grey.

 The reason that I chose to do the Moulin Rouge windmill is because I am a huge fan of the movie and I thought that the shape and design of the body would be a perfect size for the birds to inhabit. It has a very tall and sturdy structure to it.

 

Tori’s hobbit habitat bird box

Tori’s art bird box is inspired by her love of the Lord of the Rings films and based on the a Hobbit home of the type that might be found in the Shire on Middle earth.

The Hobbit and LOTR birdbox!

My Bird box was inspired by the Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit films. It is based on bag End, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ house. I decided to keep the door round instead of making it the hole for the birds to enter because it is such a recognized feature if Bag End. Instead I’ve made the windows the place for the birds to enter.

Tori’s done a great job in developing her design from the maquette stage where it was very angular and really embraced the possibilities and process of making curved forms from timber.

Tori has expanded the idea of a friendly home by making her nest box a communal and designed for house sparrows – the Hobbits of the bird world. As well as working really hard to make what is quite a complex bird box Tori also used the design as part of her school work and produced some excellent 3D CAD plans from her maquette.

You can admired all the finished nest box at the abirdabode exhibition starting Saturday 14th March.

 

 

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!

 

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.