Monday, 5 July 2010

Afternoon Tea

Today I went strawberry picking...

they tasted sooooo good, so i turned them into jam!

Strawberry Jam
800g strawberries
1kg jam sugar
Knob of butter

Mash the strawberries in a saucepan using a potato masher.
Mix in the sugar.
Heat on the hob, but DO NOT boil. Add the knob of butter when the strawberries get warm.

Now you can let it boil...but when it does, only boil for 4 minutes.
Quickly remove the pan from the hob and pour the mix into jam jars, and add a pretty gingham lid, and a mental label designed by your boyfriend....

Cherry and Plain Scones
450g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
55g butter
2 tbsp caster sugar
250 ml milk
3 tbsp milk for glazing
a handful of cherries

After mixing all of the ingredients together, i rolled it out to 1cm thickness.

...then i chopped out circles.

Cherry scones, brushed lightly with milk to give a golden tan.

Plain scones, also brushed with milk.

After a brief twenty minutes in the oven, at gas mark 7, these little joys emerged...

nom nom nom

delicious served with my strawberry jam and clotted cream, and a hot cup of tea to wash it down.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

My Degree Show

Four Houses (Detail) 2010
Plaster, Resin, Wax, Concrete

Wow, I suck at blogging it seems. I MUST be more frequent with this! Anyhow, I had my degree show...about a month ago now! June 7-11th. It's crazy how long I've worked towards it, and it went like the click of a finger! I'm very proud of the outcome though, especially my houses :)

Wax House

Resin House

Concrete House

Neighbourhood (73 Houses) 2009-2010
Mixed Media

Neighbourhood (73 Houses) 2009-2010
Mixed Media

Three Houses, 2010
Resin, Gold Glitter, Hundreds and Thousands, Enamel Paint
Neighbourhood (73 Houses)
Mixed Media

My work was made up of casts of dolls' houses. The casting process inevitably enacts the creation of a replica of an object that no longer exists and accordingly its memory is made tangible. Evoking a memory of the transitional period between childhood and adulthood, my work attempts to create an element of play through the choice of materials, colour, size and weight.