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.
ready to turn
layers and layers
We’re pleased to announce that Grassroots Community Allotment in Failsworth will be joining the abirdabode project in the next few weeks.
Grassroots is an amazing venue with allotments, an orchard, chickens and bees. Situated right next to the Rochdale Canal it offers a number of habitats for birds and wildlife that we can explore for inspiration.
We’re hoping some of the Grassroots members who took part in the Catalyst Junk Sculpture project a few years ago will get involved again along with some brand new participants. We can’t wait to see what they create!
On Saturday abirdabode braved the slightly inclement weather conditions to set up the Big Art Birdbox at Oldham Flower Festival.
The day started of with quite a bit of rain and we were worried that no–one would venture out after the amazing sunshine of the previous week; this combined with the insane thunder and lightning that seems to have woken everyone in the middle of the night on Friday made us doubt we would be busy. How wrong we were!
Oldhamers are not afraid of a little bit of rain and the day was brilliant. Participants of all ages joined us throughout the day, including some who had decorated a bird at Festival Oldham. They created some amazing decorated art birds for the front of the Big Art Birdbox, including the most realistic woodpecker so far, some amazingly coloured and patterned pigeons and a beautiful stripey bullfinch. We also had a celebrity guest make a decorated bird; Joe Swift created an aboriginal art inspired version of his namesake, the Swift.
Thank you for everyone who joined us and chatted to us and decorated a bird – it was a great day and we hope the herbs you planted with Get Oldham Growing team are flourishing!
I can draw with my eyes closed too
We made these
Checking it’s correct
What’s in there?
Almost at the top
What’s the point?
What a woodpecker
82 decorated birds!
Robin at the base
I did this
Mark in prime position
The first abirdabode creative engagement drop-in took place at Festival Oldham’s Rooted Festival on Saturday
We were located in the Gallery Oldham Gardens next to the RSPB gazebo and the big abirdabode looked great against the greenery. It now housed a mini art gallery of three art bird boxes enhanced by bird song emitting from within.
For the festival we invited visitors to use paint pens to decorate the wooden bird silhouettes to enhance the front of the big abirdabode and despite the rather damp weather conditions lots of visitors got involved.
Inspired by bird recognition sheets, birds they had seen in their gardens, the art birdboxes and their amazing imaginations by the end of the day we had a multitude of birds decorating the outside of the big abirdabode. Fantastic plumage on display included beautiful patterns, abstract scribbles, detailed realistic representations and even a 1D bird all in colours and variations as amazing and attractive as the real birds that inspired us.
Painted in the rain
abig abirdabode decorated
We made these
Mahdlo Brownies at abirdabode
Investigating abig abirdabode
Abirdabode is an art project and an environmental project under one roof
During 2014 and 2015, we will be running a series of workshops and creative activities exploring urban and rural habitats, trying different art forms and making beautiful art bird boxes for our feathered friends in Oldham.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved: drop-in sessions decorating human scale bird boxes, group activities designing and building bird boxes, environmental visits exploring local habitats and green spaces.
The Abirdabode Project will culminate in an amazing exhibition at Gallery Oldham of the work created, following which the bird boxes will be released into the wild to decorate, amaze and provide homes and safe nest sites for our local birds.
If you or a group you are part of would like to get involved, contact Richard or Jacqui at email@example.com. Or you can ring them – Jacqui on 07801 837281 or Richard on 07932 050926.