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NORTH LANDS – A LOOK BACK

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Clearly I dropped the ball somewhere between Day Three and Day Eight. But the class didn’t.

On the afternoon of the last day, participants shared their results and discoveries. Looking back at the first day of sketching and note-taking, I was truly impressed at how many of the early images and ideas had been transformed into glass – sometimes substantively, occasionally literally, always quite personally.

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Lorraine’s early sketches and paper models of rocky seaside cliffs came into a new and engaging life even in the small scale of her cast glass tests.
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While David’s pre-course work showed a clear interest in the interaction of nature/time on the man-made, I read his captivating glass links between the granite stones as a statement about human engagement – something that definitely fueled this class.

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As Shelagh explained her translations of a worn farm implement into a series of smaller and smaller glass models, it was impossible not to reflect back on the family snapshot that she’d shared with the class days earlier. “The details in the glass increase as the forms increase in size.” The fading photo of her father and mother standing with Shelagh and her siblings in front of the family farm was suddenly there, in the glass, in the aging process, and very much in the moment.

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I could blather on endlessly about the work that came out of this group, but I’m in London and across the street at the V&A is the promise of Surreal Things. It had better be good. I’ve just watched a magic act at North Lands.

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5 Responses to NORTH LANDS – A LOOK BACK

  1. CCarson says:

    Thanks for posting the class photos Lani, I was hoping you would. The work is beautiful, I especially love the farm tool castings, although it is all incredible. Someday I hope I can attend Northlands.

  2. Lani says:

    Carol, I hope you will. You’d love it. – Lani

  3. silvi says:

    hi lani!
    I just came home today ( after 2 days in london) Thank you very much for sharing your time with us and especially for inviting me to the North north north “where the horizon endures.”

    I feel that all the class, the assistants and myself tried to go deep in understanding what and why we make objects. I am sure that art can help us in developing more than a piece of glass displayed on top of a pedestal. And when something like that happens I am always surprised and elated.

    baci!

    here you can see more photos:http://placeandidentity.com/default.aspx

  4. Lani says:

    Hey, Silvita!

    You maniac – did you put up that Website in the last two days? It’s terrific! Thanks for posting it here.

    Cheers, Lani

  5. Lani says:

    OK, mystery updated. I should have realized from the absence of spaghetti-english (& knives, razor blades and barbed wire) that the Place & Identity website wasn’t your work, Silvia. Thank you, Shelagh. It’s brilliant. – Lani

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