Friday, 2 July 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Not much to write about today, I worked all day in one particular area and don't really feel like I made alot of progress, I'm sure I did but it was just filling work and so I done see what I have done.
There have been alot of visitors today which suprises me as it's been raining constantly and I would have thought that it would keep people in their homes, but as it's reasonably warm outside (not in here! I have my hat and gloves on again!) people are still happy to venture out.
My body really aches all over especially my back, it was probably from working balanced on the ladder all day yesterday!!!!
I came in an hour early today.......it's damp, windy and wet and as I felt I made so little progress yesterday I thought I would take the opportunity to see what its like towork with the doors closed.
I have a lone pigeon inside I hope he/she finds a way out today! ok now I hear another bird, I don't know what it is as I am no authority on bird song... well at least it's singing!
.....strangely lonely without the soundscape!
11.00 Doors Open
Lots of visitors... one of my regular visitors came to see how I am progressing, nice to have a follower!
Two ladies came in and asked where are the paintings if this is an exhibition??
Two curious young boys on their bikes hesitated at the door and called out "What are you doing in there!" to which I replied "Come in and see!" In they came and proceeded to ask about everything; the works....the building...What's this?....What's that? and Where does that go? Wonderful curiousity!
1.30 It must be my busiest day so far!
2.55 The second roof pitch is on its way and the position for the second window is marked!
At least 35 visitors
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I also got a message from Tuomas telling me that he and Jukka would be at Voimala at 10.00 to meet the press, this is a second visit from Aamuposti which is great. They were with us for 2 hours, lots of photos and talk so I really look forward to seeing the results.
Todays plan for the work was to work out the pitch of the roof, this is slow and uncomfortable work as I have to be up the ladder. The pitch is a bit steeper than I had wished owing to the reduced width of the mesh from which the work is hanging.
I worked the full 8 hours today with no break as I really wanted to complete the roof pitch as it was slower work than I had thought, but I felt happy with the end result as it feels like it's taking form now.
Tomorrow I will continue with the window wall and see how much of that I can complete.
A day well spent!
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Thursday, 3 June 2010
No Pigeons his morning!!!
Today I feel tired.
Today my first plan is to finish off the lower level line then to look and plan where the entrance will be and the place for a window.
Just had my first visitor of the day... He used to work here in Voimala in Marketing and Sales, we had a lond chat about the site and its future, I mentioned that there is very little information about the inside workings of the old power plant and he said that he new another man who used to work here and he would be a great sourse of information about the places history especially the huge machines as that was his speciality, I have his name and I dream of finding a translator in order to interview him. He is already in his late 70's so time is of the essance.
As a consequence of feeling tired, it feels like my progrss today is very slow.
3.00 Sirpa from Hämeen Taidetoimikunta has just arrived with a gift from Hämeen Taidetoimikunta, and what a perfect present! Thank You!
Now I can do my work in comfort and style.
4.15 Visit by Hämeen Taidetoimikunta.
Pictures of some progress toay!
The first thing I discovered on arrival this morning at Voimala was that a pigeon had flown though the hanging threads leaving behind a tangled mess and a few feathers in the process, this could be a problem.......lets see!
Now to untangle!
1 hour and 15 mins later I have untied the tangled wieghts and re-tied them.... now to continue.
11.45 all the weights are now in place.
Time for a coffee!
12.00 visitors from Riihimäki Theatre and Hämeen Liitto
- start to fix the puzzle pieces...beginning with the corners and the lowest edges creating the frame work for the house.
2.45 the first lower line is level!!
13 visitors so far.
I am still amazed how fast the time goes.
I arrived at Voimala at 8.00 with the car full of all sorts of goodies ready for the press opening at 9.00, Heikki was already there giving an interview.
Just befor 9 Kalle arrived which was nice as he said he thought that he was going to be a bit late, Tumas and Jukka arrived shortly afterwards along with Pia fron the Youth Theatre.
Much to my delight pretty much every one I had invited arrived, I gave a few interviews and described the work I was intending to make to some of the guests, at some point I knew that I could not put off the obligitory speach any longer so after what I felt was a very sputtered attempt my thanks were made the project was introduced and offically the doors were open.
....By about 1.00 the mornings visitors had left and the tranquility of the work begins, my first job is to weight all the treads which means tying bolts to the ends, holding the work to place like the foundations of a house, at this stage I am not attempting to make them level......this can happen towards the end as I want to get started with the puzzle pieces.
Many people asked me wont the sound work that is part of Tuomas and Jukka's work irritate you? but I seem to find it soothing, it's low tones flow and feel some thing between breathing and a heart beat. The music is interspersed with gentle harp strings which draws a connection with my own work as I run my fingers through the treads to separate them out in preparation for the weights.
Things noted today:
1. The floor slopes somewhat!
2. The strings shold have been longer.........
3. Maybe I will need some fingerless gloves as at times my hands have felt a wee bit chilly.
4. I need the spirit level tomorrow.
And last but not least... Once I started working I completely lost the sense of time........YEY!!!!
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
As I head towards 2 new projects which will involve stepping out side my normal working comfort zone, I have been thinking a lot about the creative process as a means of understanding my own work and its processes......partly owing to the need to write up various projects for proposals and applications. The process seems to be about following an unknown path guided by intuition and a drive to keep the process going even though more often than not the outcome is not certain.
Uncertainty, as a description of the unknown, may result in a multitude of outcomes and it is in this in-between place of knowing and not knowing that often hides our greatest potential, if we are willing to step into that void.
"Between stimulas and responce there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our responce............................."Paul Stoltz - Adversity Advantage
In normal everyday life we try to predict the uncertain aspects of a situation/problem in a desire to eliminate potential risks in order to push the outcome into a more desired direction, being by nature uncomfortable with things that we cannot control.
In creative processes the uncertainty stands for a more free and curious approach in the exploration of something new. The uncertainty stands as a vital force in the non-linear process of creating, a sort of awareness compass that will if allowed mark our direction.