I’m proud to be one of 17 Artists who’ve been invited to make work for the opening ceremony of this years Coastal Currents Arts Festival here in St Leonard’s & Hastings. I can’t reveal what it’s going to entail but POINT OF DECAY will transform one of my favourite structures in town – Sidney Little’s 1/2 mile long 1930′s underground promenade, Bottle Alley. More info will be revealed through ZEROH. Opening Night Friday 28 August 7 – 9pm.
More collages behind the film Bettine Le Beau – A Lucky Girl. After the war Bettine moved to London and as a young woman developed a career as an actress & model in the 60′s & 70′s. When Griff and I spent the day with Bettine she talked us through her scrapbooks & photo albums from this part of her life. In a surreal contrast to her early life she worked extensively across TV, Radio, Film & Advertising for many years. She appeared in The Prisoner, Morcambe & Wise, she was a Benny Hill’s Angel & appeared in James Bond – Dr No. These collages weren’t used in the film which concentrated on ‘Bettine’s war as it were, but they did form part of the 35 prints given to her as a ‘part one’ of the ‘Memory Makers’ project highlighting her amazing strength and resilience in overcoming the adversity & hardship of 5 years a hidden child in World War II. You can read more about this latter part of Bettine’s life here & here.
I found this wonderful construction on the tideline this morning. Probably from our local RX fishing fleet. It’s a 7′ homemade longline marker buoy. There’d be a string of these showing where your fishing lines were set out to sea. It’s made from bits bamboo for lightness , a chunk of polystyrene packaging for buoyancy, various scraps of rope for tethering and all bound together by an assortment of parcel & gaffa tapes – topped off with a placcy bag for the flag. There’s the remnants of previous flags clinging on - I’m sure they just get mended & upgraded again and again. These are probably pretty expensive to buy all new so I respect the ingenuity in creating your own for nothing – i’m sure it works just as well. A canny fisherman. I’ve put it in the studio window to see if he or she wants it back.. Looks like there’s still life in it to me.
More collages and stills from the short – Bettine Le Beau – A Lucky Girl. The second collage from the top includes a photo of Bettine & her elder brother Harry in Gurs concentration camp, winter 1940. It was taken by the man (An OSE agent) who bribed a guard and got them out. They were starving and freezing but told to smile for the camera – the photo was given to their mother when they were gone.
More collages, stills & unused work from the film Bettine Le Beau – A Lucky Girl.
Some recently rejected book cover illustrations. Work in Progress images.
Mixteca #6 / Ilamatecuhtli. Sound Bite: Holden / The Illuminations.
MIXTECA #2 / Zacatzontli. Soundbite: Holden / Rannoch Dawn
Mixteca #4 / Centeocihuatl / SoundBite : Holden / Sky Burial
Mixteca #3 / Youalahuan / Sound bite: Holden / Renata