We were surprised how few there were this time - last year there were loads of beach huts up by Bulverhythe, for example.
|Strange Coastal Currents people...|
We didn't ask anyone why this was. I think last year I commented that the festival seemed to be getting a bit up itself - I don't know enough this year, because we missed a good deal of what was going on due to holiday. Some of it looks plain weird, like these performance people - look at this...
Anyway, first thing we went to pay our annual visit to the Hazelwood and Dent fly-press, which we gave to metal sculptor Leigh Dyer when we moved down here. See earlier blog on Battleaxe's Brummie heritage.
|The fly-press looks quite happy...|
|Leigh Dyer - gothic monkey|
|Leigh Dwyer - wolf|
After, we went to visit another of our favourite artists, Claire Fletcher, in the studio she occupies with her partner, Peter Quinnell, along Rock-a-nore Road.
We bought one of Claire's paintings back in 2010, at probably our lowest time during our house-sale saga, when I was also facing up to a stay in hospital and a massive great scary operation. The painting hung on the wall at the end of our bed in our old house in Birmingham, so I could see it and think about the future - our new life in Sussex.
Peter Quinnell makes compositions of found objects in strange juxtapositions - this year he had gone in for a number featuring Barbies - they reminded me of the window displays at Retro Bizarre. Incidentally, it is now 10 years since we opened the shop. I might do a commemorative blog post. Anyway, the found objects make the studio into a marvellous junk heap. We were really envious.....Here it is.
Finally, there was an incredible sunset last night. Weather has been mild, but damp.