Saturday, 30 July 2011

Finding a gem...Paul R Montford angel sculpture at Reydon church

I have just been away for a weeks holiday in Suffolk. Its the first time we have been to the county and its been a joy to discover the landscape all round Southwold and down to Aldeburgh and up to Lowestoft. Its a county of beautiful buildings and friendly locals, as well as a place that you can come across complete treasures like this in the photos below...

In these photos is a memorial in the graveyard at Reydon church, just a mile or so outside Southwold. We kept driving past it and saying that we must look at that angel... the week passed by and finally as we went to Southwold for a final coffee on the beach, we stopped off. Wow and double wow! I thought it was something special. Walking up to it and you see that it is indeed something out of the ordinary. Its such a beautiful memorial. Tender and loving and beautifully sculpted. It has fine and subtle detailing. If you are passing that way, stop and look.Its a precious thing to see.

And have a look at the Wikepedia page on Paul R Montford...and read about his prestigious work in Melbourne!!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The gift - its on its way!

Well - the little piano paper cut is on its way, and a donation is being made by the receiver to a food bank. I am so pleased, truly. Its a simple idea and I think its going to work.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Gift - a free papercut and a private donation

For a long time I have wanted to use my work to raise money for charity - put simply to use my hands for good, for something/someone beyond myself. In the past I have donated work for charity auctions, sold prints for Parkinson's UK. Donating the complete pieces was fine, I will do that again without doubt, but something niggled away at me about the prints. For me something given must be given freely, wholly given and covering the costs of printing went directly against that. The prints too are a digital form of my work, not the actual stuff of my hands, of my effort. Something didn't feel right.

A recent hospital operation for me and some recuperation has meant some pondering time and I reckon I have the answer. And it is to make small paper cuts that I will simply give away. People can post/text/ring me their address (all my contact information is on my website, click HERE) and I will simply send them the little cut in the post. Whoever contacts me first will get the paper cut. All I ask is that the receiver donates what they can afford to a charity of their choice. It will be entirely private though. Whatever can be afforded, whether is 50p or £50,is done entirely privately.

So here it is the first very first gift. It's given freely.


• If you would like the paper cut simply email/text/ring me with your address and I will post the little cut to you. There will be a little letter included too, just to say hello and a thank you
• if you don't hear anything in the post, try again with the next "Gift" posting. I aim to post a cut on here once a month
• all addresses will be kept confidential and deleted after use