Archive for the ‘Sculpture’ Category

Return to Harrods Fine Watch Room

Monday, September 15th, 2014

15 September 2014

Baume & Mercier Sculpture Commission. The sculpture is displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during the month of September.

Today I returned to Harrods Fine Watch Room to see my most recent sculpture commissioned by Baume & Mercier to celebrate the launch of their new ladies collection, Promesse. On my first visit I was told that it was a marketing success and again this time was told how well it is being received. The sculpture surface is now full of padlocks, many with personal messages written on. Although the padlocks have now run out I am told there are more on the way. Behind the sculpture there is a interview with me filmed in my studio while I’m working on the sculpture.

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Promesse 4

Years ago when I was an art student at Goldsmiths College I worked in Harrods during the summer sales in the china department. As the doors opened to the public on the first day of the sales we were told to be still and listen, a distant rumble became a deafening roar, it was the pounding of hundreds of feet and they all seemed to be coming our way: the Summer Sales had begun! An enjoyable time, I made lasting friendships earning enough to pay my student rent and take a great holiday on a Greek Island with 9 others.

My Wire Sculpture at Harrods during September

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

4 September 2014

Baume & Mercier Sculpture Commission. The sculpture is displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during the month of September.

You may remember that in June I was commissioned by the luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier, to create a 5 x’s life size wire sculpture of two hands with little fingers entwined in the ‘Pinkie Promise’, the sculpture was made to celebrate the launch of the new ladies collection, Promesse. The sculpture is already a great marketing success, from the Marketing and Communications Manager: “The sculpture has been in Harrods for almost a week now and the response has been fantastic”. Visitors to the Fine Watch Room in Harrods can collect a padlock at the Baume & Mercier stand to lock to the sculpture, a pen is available to write your message, you keep the key.

Wire Sculpture Promesse 2

Wire Sculpture Promesse 3

Wire Sculpture Promesse 4

Wire Sculpture Promesse

Since the launch in London at the ICA in June the sculpture has travelled to Singapore to launch Promesse and later in the year will be in New York and Dubai. Just wish I could go too.

Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Wednesday 16 July

Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Eltham Palace

Sunday 20th July  12.30 – 4.30pm

Free entry for all the family to the beautiful grounds of the English Heritage site, Eltham Palace. Enjoy pop-up performances of dance, theatre, music and circus, a vintage ballroom in the Great Hall and creative workshops.

Join Max, Gaby and myself in the Dry Moat to make a clay model to take home, make an origami Crane becoming a part of the International Peace Crane Project and lets Draw Together, all art workshops are for all ages.

 

Sculpture Commission for Baume & Mercier

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

25 June 2014

Sculpture

Over the last month I have been working on an exciting commission for the luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier. I was asked to create a sculpture for the UK market in celebration of the launch of the new ladies collection, Promesse.

From the press release: “Taking inspiration from the infamous love locks attached to bridges and landmarks all over the world binding people’s love for eternity, Baume & Mercier has adapted the concept to celebrate and emphasise the special promise that this act creates between two individuals. Drawing on childhood traditions and evoking joyful memories, Sally McKay has created a sculpture portraying a ‘pinkie promise’ detailing two hands with the little fingers entwined. The hand-crafted sculpture signifies a long lasting bond between two people capturing and cementing this special moment. Each time a a promise is made it will be sealed by attaching a specially made Baume & Mercier Promesse padlock to the sculpture. ”

Photographer Miranda Parry visited my studio to take pictures of the work in progress and of course the launch event at the ICA.  Here are a few of those pictures

Promesse.5© The Pinky-Promise Maquette using my son Jerome and daughter Gaby as my hand-models, with the tools that I wouldn’t be separated from for 4 weeks

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Son Max came home from Art College to cut the wire for me in the garden. 30 metres.

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Before starting to create the sculpture the wire was sprayed in shades of orange

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In my studio working on hand 1

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Two hands, nearly finished, checking measurements with my calipers

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The launch of the new range of ladies watches at the ICA in The Mall. Before the journalists and guests arrive

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The display of watches. I wore one for the evening, very stylish I didn’t want to part with it …

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The sculpture is unveiled before the audience

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The finished sculpture

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The watch designer coordinated beautifully with the sculpture, unlike me

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Adding my padlock to the sculpture

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Daughter Gaby adding her padlock

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From the press release: “The sculpture of the hands will be displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during September. In store customers will be able to collect a padlock to seal their promise to the striking and unique creation”

Midsummer Art Fair

Friday, June 20th, 2014

19 June 2014

Landmark Midsummer Art Fair

Private View tomorrow evening 20 June 6pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 June: 10am – 5pm

I am Stand 77, I will be selling painting, etching, sculpture and greeting cards

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9NN

Landmark Midsummer Art Fair Invite

Foundation Year Show at UCA Canterbury

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

31 May 2014

My son Maxim McKay-Jones has completed his Fine Art Foundation Year at UCA Canterbury. The private view for this excellent show and all the graduation shows at UCA Canterbury was on Friday evening, featuring Fine Art, Design, Architecture and Media. The exhibition is open until 13th June and if you’re in the area I would urge to visit and see the exceptional talent displayed at the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury.

Here’s some of my son’s work concerned with geometric forms taking inspiration from his love of Maths

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 Max, (right) will continue on to the BA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury in September.

Open Studio this Weekend

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

13 May 2014

My Open Studio

Studio 17, Unit 0, Second Floor Studios and Arts

Colour Scape

Mellish Industrial Estate, Warspite Rd, London SE18 5NR

15th May (opening night) 18.00 – 21.00

17th – 19th May 11.00 – 18.00

My paintings, printmaking and drawing will be on show and for sale in my studio. Over 300 studios will be open: artists, printmakers, craft makers and designer makers. Cafe overlooking the river, parking available. Directions.

 

A Maker’s Dozen. Pop-Up Shop at Craft Central

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

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Only 1 day left to visit  A Maker’s Dozen Pop-Up Shop at Craft Central, Clerkenwell Sunday 8th December  10.00 – 5.00

Open Studio

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

 Open Studio    Studio 17, Unit 0

City Limitless

Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th November

11.00 ~ 18.00

Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, London SE18 5NR

Over 200 open studios, cafe overlooking the river, parking on site

Random Dance, Conrad Shawcross at Roundhouse

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

25th August

Timepiece is a giant faceless clock created by artist Conrad Shawcross. Three rotating arms with lit up bulbs on the ends mark the hours, minutes and seconds, they move through the space at different speeds like inquisitive lit up probes, sending beams of light out across the dark room and the 24 pillars which surround the light sculpture, they cast moving shadows all going in different directions. The Conrad Shawcross installation, Timepiece, has been suspended in London’s Roundhouse for 3 weeks. During the installation, company Wayne McGregor I Random Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance and dance artist Iona Kewney performed in the space beneath the clock. I caught the last performance of Random Dance dancing Azimuth.

Below: these are some of the drawings I made during the performanceRandom 1s Random 3s Random 2s

Random 2

We sit on the floor in a big circle around the 24 pillars, the dancers enter the circle at different points from the darkness behind us. The audience are transfixed, the dancers move with such extraordinary speed, skill and agility, they run the circumference of our circle – time racing forwards at dizzying speed; sometimes their actions reflect the rotations of the Timepiece above, reminding us to be aware of the clock. Sometimes a solo, or a duet or everyone in movement. My drawings look crowded with bodies, I was loving the activity and speed of the dancers, so drawing an individual several times as he or she moved across the space.

Kings Place is the next venue to catch these fantastic dancers when they present Random Works 20 September, 21 September, then the company will be at Sadler’s Wells performing Atomos from 9 October and don’t miss Thinking with the Body an exhibition at The Wellcome Collection.