Thursday, 27 June 2013

http://andiescott.com



http://andiescott.com

At Last...  the website's up and running

Many thanks to Dom Burton for being so patient with me to get the website working. It's been a strange experience dusting off files of ectachrome transparencies and scanning these archived projects. At times I felt exhausted just looking at the quantity of work I've produced over time ...

I'm still adding to the website and I need to make a decision as to which on line gallery to work with. After the exhibition "The Bee Keepers" at the Street Gallery, I have started a new series of paintings inspired by my time at Circus Space ...

Hope you enjoy visiting the website ...


Saturday, 30 March 2013

I ran away to join the circus .. but I'm back!

I know ... my website is still in process but I've been having the most wonderful time... My solo painting exhibition 'The Bee Keepers'  at The Street gallery was extended ...

..   and yes I ran away to Circus Space to make the set props and costume for 'Strange Forces' ... the third year degree show, directed by the incredible dark clown Peta Lily. Ingenious  lighting by Sarah McColgan, spot on sound by Craig Byrne ...


also I must mention Liz Kay, simply brilliant  stage manager .. and Kim, Matt, Mari and the crew with tech (and amazing patience and stamina) and of course the amazing Circus Space students.
Special thanks to Mark Morreau the photographer who has allowed me to use his photos in this blog page.... and to Maeve and Hannah from RADA ...

The set was a black sharktooth gauze with a backdrop that expressed back stage circus school... ropes hoops .. It was to signify the change from third year acts like Arce on pole....
... to the strange forces interludes where the audience was entertained by sad, 'put upon'  first year clowns... Michelle springs to mind..

The Iconic costumes comprised of disposable overalls with vests and leggings ... or white  cotton scrub suits that I made late into the night... but to make a whole circus troup I  also included tutus and  full catsuits that I painted with tattooos for contortionist Claudia .. and dancer Natalie.....

My favourite sculptural elements were Morris the pantomime unicorn played by Marianna and Michael .. with Katie under duress with the whip... The pattern from scratch was hard work and he took me three attempts to get the body right...
A circus is never complete without animals I made an elephant vacuum cleaner creature to hoover up the flitter from Heidi's rope act...

Maisy  brilliant as Ellie and and Charline the kind loving keeper...
The interesting thing about working with Peta Lily is that the props inspire and direct the way the show develops... so every day there were texts for .. a white rabbit...a whistle .. a tricyle for a toddler  and yet Floria and Craig D managed to ride it!....
The spirit of the circus was exemplified by paper plate ruffs and exfoliating scrub cloths on overshoes as wigs .. or swimming hats ...
... or just paper carrier bags ....
.. The Little man piece was a favorite to make and Michael played his part magnificently ...


But each first year was amazing so I must mention each of the other first years .. Laura, Lucky, Natalie, Claudia, Ellie, Kerrie, Lil, Alice. Jess, Arthur, Graig G, and Luke..

Oh and  I really enjoyed working with the third years ...

and learned a lot about costume durability, safety and how to bring the stark costumes of the links into the glorious costumes the third years had to devise for themselves... (above Ben ...below - Matt)

I am so inspired I have begun  to investigate possible fabrics and seams for circus, specifically arial acts like Gonzalo's
 ( and Lydia ... wonderful bird girl)

So many wonderful third year acts .. Beren and Louis...



Lynne..


Beth
Tom...

James

Nelly....

And an amazing talent from the first years too in a wonderful clowning way...



.. and Mark captured these so well ....
I will add some more soon ...

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

images from my website






Theatre and Production - While selecting images for my website ( will be live this October) I realised how much I have produced since I set up as an artist in 1989.  The early work and exhibitions , the residencies and workshops in schools and galleries and the theatre work. I thought I'd load up some images here.


This summer I designed and produced the set costumes and props for Miss Havisham's Expectations, written and directed by Di Sherlock, performed by Linda Marlowe, lighting design by Paul Green. It's had great reviews at Edinburgh Fringe (see links below) and is now touring. This has been a wonderful project to work on and to be part of an amazing team.

There is a design style that runs through all my work, paintings and production. These next images are of the set and costumes I produced for Dance Continuum for the performance 'Of Myths and Moon dragons' premiered at Sadlers Wells Theatre. 





 I enjoy working on the detail of a piece. Everything is a work of art. The many props for fringe theatre are always facinating, particularly when it is the only prop as in Naomi Paul's 'Reshape While Damp'. The hand painted Kafka Biscuit tin which she uses has the wonderful irony of the fact that Kafka died of starvation.

  In The Cinderella Story ( directed by Jo Girdleston) the challenge was to produce costumes for twenty young people which gave a sense of the ashes of the fire yet make everything with a budget of £100! The fish was made from newspaper,  kitchen roll and PVA glue - very Blue Peter!


 I freelanced as a master Artworker for Living Paintings, making the sculptural reliefs to complement the audio discriptions which allow partially sighted and blind people to read and 'see' paintings. It brought a new perspective to my work, particularly concerning accuracy and detail.

 
 
 Jacques Louis David's portrait of the revolutionary Marat assasinated in his bath. First sculpted in clay, a strong rubber mould is taken and then  cast with bronze effect fine casting resin and burnished. It was exhibited along side the painting at the Royal Accademy. I produced panels for many of their albums as well as the queen's collection.

Sometimes budgets fit the brief. I designed and made the objects on the tables for 'Breaking the Mould' exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery. Curated by Clare Gittings it was experienced by 18,000 visitors.


Everything needed to be robust to enable that many visitors to handle and explore the objects which explained the materials and methods of sculpture. 
 
               
 I collaborated with Clare Gittings and Roger Hargreaves at NPG on many schools and community sculpture workshops over a period of ten years.




Community involvement has always been part of my working practice. One of my favorite projects was an installation Jouet Unite- Dance in a box-I made with James Engel for the Royal Festival Hall and Islington Festival. It explored all manner of materials specifically aimed at under fives. It was a flat pack installation which could be transported to different locations. The 120cm panels each explored different sound, materials textures and could be put together in any combination.

The theatre work was my starting point in the art world. Apprenticing at Boundary Road studios in the late eighties gave me skills which have been forever developed. Backdrops I produced on canvas and plaster fifteen years ago stil have a fresh finish today.


The images from Sygiria in Sri Lanka (all in private collections) and clouds of cherubs are far removed from my painting for 9/11 memorial museum or the 1100 Tokens (see earlier posts on this blog)


Yet fifteen years after these works I was commission last year to turn a new plastered wall into a surface that looks as if it hasn't been touched in fifty years.



My work is always about being able to convey the message or brief using whatever medium is required to enable the concept to become reality. Budgets may range from £100 to £30,000 but the desire to produce something original and amazing never leaves me. At every step  I have had wonderful people to collaborate with and throw ideas around with.


We had some great reviews this summer for Miss Havisham's Expectations:

http://ed.thestage.co.uk/reviews/1505


http://www.whatsonstage.com/reviews/theatre/london/E8831344421121/Miss+Havisham%27s+Expectations.html

http://sgfringe.com/2012/08/13/miss-havishams-expectations/

http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/44027-miss-havishams-expectations/

http://www.festivalhighlights.com/the-times-give-4-stars-to-miss-havishams-expectations

http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/2012/08/miss-havershams-expectations/

many more ... and some lovely comments on  the costume / set design and Paul green's lighting...

Michael Coveney: Clever design and costumes by Andie Scott, and lighting by Paul Green, help Marlowe's mighty line in fringe fantasia: great riches, indeed, in a little room.

fringe guru: 'The iconic Miss Haversham look, a skeletal old lady in a decaying wedding dress, is created beautifully. And the costume design was my favourite part of this show; the two ‘Estella’ dresses are quite breathtaking, glistening like sweetie wrappers...'

and 'The cleverly designed costumes really added to the changing characters that Linda had to play.' 
here's just a few amazing people to acknowledge and thank:

James Engel-  designer of Breaking the Mould & Jouet Unite -  www.spacedout.co.uk
Di Sherlock - http://diningwithalice.co.uk/portfolio/cast-and-production-list/
Linda Marlowe -  http://www.lindamarlowe.com/
Paul Green - http://www.paulgreenld.com/Home%20New.htm
Eric Richmond - (first photo for Miss Havisham images) http://www.ericrichmond.net/

Clare Gittings - National Portrait Gallery http://www.scalapublishers.com/4fold.php?ID=198
Camilla Oldland - Living Paintings www.livingpaintings.org/
Michael Ho - of myths and moon dragons, http://www.elmhurstdance.co.uk/Michael-Ho.html
Josh Pulman - (photos for Of Myths and Moon dragons)- http://www.joshphoto.com/
Seabright Productions, www.seabrights.com/
Naomi Paul, http://www.fringereview.co.uk/fringeReview/4131.html

Peta Lily, peta@petalily.com
Roma Napoli - http://www.dix10.net
Black Sifichi -  http://www.blacksifichi.com  



City Plaza  Hong Kong - andie scott, james engel, roma napoli, photos by josh pulman