Five Things Friday returns… Again! This time with sculptor extraordinaire, and very good friend of Skybear Illustration, Alexana Blott Sculpture.
1. Hi Alexana! Why cutlery?! Do you have a favourite utensil?
Why cutlery is definitely my most asked question! I don’t really have any strong reason – I was experimenting with scrap metal art in college and it was suggested that I could make a hedgehog from forks. That turned out disastrously, but somehow I just fell in love with cutlery. Its so versatile and tactile and every piece is a work of art in and of itself. Honestly, I think I could gush endlessly about how beautiful cutlery is! My favourite utensil… I suppose spoons, in the sense that I use them more than anything else, but for pure visual aesthetics, I adore decorative table knives. I have a small collection that I just can’t bear to cut up and use.
2. Most of your designs are based on animals, is there a reason for this? Are there any other areas you want to work in?
Nature has always been a huge source of inspiration for me. I’m a massive animal lover, and having always lived around animals – living on farmland for many years and having lots of pets – it was a natural step to incorporate that love into my artwork. I’ve also recently branched out into flowers and plants, which I would like to expand even further on. Spoons make great petals! Many people have suggested I make things like planes, bikes etc. I think its an interesting idea, but not one that I’m interested in pursuing. My work is all about life and movement, and inorganic things like that would just look too static for me.
3. What advice do you have for creatives looking to try out new and different ways of working with materials?
No idea is too weird! If you want to know if something will work, or you have an idea for a project that you’re not sure on, the best thing to do is just try it. Just experimenting with random objects is great fun and can be hugely inspiring, and there’s nothing to lose from doing so. Worst case scenario? It doesn’t work and you know for next time. Best case? You find your new niche, become obsessed and get people randomly handing you interesting forks and gifting you cutlery for Christmas. At least that’s how it worked for me!
4. What’s your dream cutlery sculpture project?
Ooh tough question! There’s so many things I would love to make it’s hard to narrow it down. I want to make something HUGE. Like, genuinely massive. Maybe a big, life-size reindeer. Or a dragon, where every scale is a different spoon. It’ll be a very long time before I could start making things like that, but nothing wrong with dreaming big – literally!
5. Where do you want to be in a years time?
A year seems a bit close, could it be 5 years instead? My biggest goal will be to have my own place and be self sufficient on my artwork. It’s a big dream, but definitely what I am striving most for. I would also love to start taking commissions for companies, making big centrepieces for buildings or outdoor displays. I absolutely adore public sculptures, so having my work on display in a public place, just sitting there as decoration for people to see as they go about their daily business, that would be a dream come true!
Alex creates intricate sculptured out of cutlery and can probably be found selling her wares at a craft market in the Midlands or Wales. Keep an eye out for some super special exciting collaborative projects that we we will be working on together… SOON.