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TOYAH’S BLOG : MAR 2017
On Saturday my HARE was collected ready for the launch of the CIRENCESTER HARE FESTIVAL on the 9th March and I have to say seeing the sculpture go made me tearful.
It has been three months of really fun, satisfying problem solving, learning new skills and using every spare second available to get him finished. I fell completely in love with him.
There is rumour he will be exhibited outside The Cheltenham Everyman Theatre for the next 6 months. After that he will be auctioned to raise money for a children’s charity, which I am very happy about. The web page will keep you posted on this.
He is called WHEREVER HE IS SHE WILL FIND HIM AND HOLD HIM IN HER ARMS.
I want to thank Sean Chapman, who was my assistant for 6 valuable days and is accomplished in acrylics, a medium I have virtually never worked with before (I am experienced in water colour). Sean guided me and taught me to be brave with the paints.
The particularly scary thing for me was working on a 3D sculpture and finding perspective. I found this a constant challenge, for Sean it was fine, but even he had moments of “no, lets do this again!”
In December I did many drawings for potential designs. Gardens, forests, seasonal visions but they didn’t quite represent what was in my heart and then I thought….well the Hare is looking at the sky…what if someone was looking back at him…..and what if the distance and the improbability of that distance didn’t matter to their relationship….…love transcends everything……then I had it…..A CHILD ON THE MOON!
This inspired me to create many mood boards. Stills from feature films, photos of my own hair in the morning, children’s wonderfully miss matched clothing attire, morning mists effecting skylines etc.
Before Christmas I visited a friends alternative Christmas tree exhibition in the church where my parents rest in the graveyard. My friend was raising money for the stained glass window. The window has one of the oldest representations of the Virgin Mary in glass and I was intrigued by the cloak she was wrapped in……. the design on the cloak made it into the child’s dress.
Presently I am on the 80s INVASION TOUR and loving it!
I love my set:
GOOD MORNING UNIVERSE
THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS
BRAVE NEW WORLD
IT’S A MYSTERY
I WANT TO BE FREE
It rocks! ROCKS! ROCKS!
The band are fabulous, the lighting and the sound are mega…what a joy.
Spending time with the artists is a luxury I am grateful for. Usually we are all rushing off but we get time together during sound check and the run up to the show.
Paul Young, China Crisis and myself…….we have known each other for decades but Martika is a new addition to the UK fold and we adore her!
Her music is sublime, the rhythm, her astonishing voice and her energy are inspiring. We love to sit around the meal table and catch up about the 30yrs we didn’t know each other!
After the tour I hit the ground running. Completing the shoot on Hound….while the weather is good and the spring is erupting, important continuity for the remaining scenes.
There are many great gigs coming up.
As well as the UK, I have Spain, Gran Canaria and Gibraltar to play, this is an exciting year.
On top of this the whole Fripp/Cox creative team are moving to live in our town. Robert’s offices are moving locally too. This is a huge move for all of us. It means no more travelling two hours for meetings.
Robert’s creative team will all be within 100yards of each other.
We are expecting this to accelerate production ideas and open totally new doors for all of us……I am very excited!
Painting the Hare has given me a passion to do more art/design projects. I wish there was more time in each day…like an extra 24hrs per day.
Right I am off to Shrewsbury to soundcheck and walk along the river!
I hope you catch the show…it is fantastic.
BE PROUD, BE LOUD, BE HEARD!