News from the Dusty Workbench

by Matt Caines

As the weather has pounded down on the studio roof, Amanda and I have been working out our ideas for the forthcoming ‘Dark Tales’ exhibition at Lantarnam Grange at the end of March. For more information, have a look at www.lgac.org.uk

We are combining my antler and scrimshaw engraving with stitchwork panels to create free standing sculptures and wall hanging pieces. First up is a malevolent Scottish equestrian water spirit, The Kelpie, a beautiful horse that would lure passing travellers to their doom in the dark, dank waters. Nasty.

Work in progress, Kelpie

Work in progress, Kelpie 2014

Work in progress, Kelpie

Work in progress, Kelpie 2014

My stonecarving trundles along with a red soapstone carving that eventually will be a dancing woman with antler inlays and also a new mermaid in Carrara marble.

Work in progress, dancing woman in red soapstone.

Work in progress, dancing woman in red soapstone 2014

Work in progress, mermaid in Carrara marble

Work in progress, mermaid in Carrara marble 2014

Recent scrimshaw commissions include a Whale and Knife handles for the lovely ceramicist Bridget Drakeford.

Whale & Knife handles 2013

Whale & Knife handles 2013

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