09/05/2015

Hav & Himmel – Sea & Sky


Exhibition poster: 'Sea & Sky' by Ambeck Design (2015).
– Joint exhibition between Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck & Linda Newington at Doverodde Købmandsgård, Hurup Thy, Denmark – May 19th-June 28th, 2015.

As a result of Linda Newington’s residency at Doverodde Købmandsgård in May of 2014, she returned in May 2015 to exhibit a series of watercolours.
Drawings from her many walks along the North West coast and over 40 watercolour samples painted during the residency was the source for new paintings of light, skies, horizons and the dramatic sunsets seen at Agger beach and Tange.


'Watercolour samples I' – Inspired by sunsets at Agger, spring 2014 by Linda Newington.
Blue sketchbook and watercolours from Doverodde residency by Linda Newington (2014-15).
'Starting points' (sketchbooks) and framed pieces by Linda Newington (2013-15).
'Starting points' (sketchbooks in front) and framed watercolours on wall:'Postcards from Doverodde' by Linda Newington (2013-15). Behind in showcase Eshaness coast, Shetland – oil on board & oil on canvas also by Newington. On floor 'Sun' by M-S. Ambeck (2015).

Meanwhile my work in the show derives from my fascination with the fossilised sea urchins that are commonly found in the area of North Jutland in which I live and work, and which I have collected since I was a child. These are the subject of many myths which reflect the Norse legends.
As well as a series of six large photographic prints incorporating text there are three new book works especially created for this event:


On the floor: 'Sun'. On the wall from the left: 'Five pointed star''A drop of milk''Good luck starman' and 'Thor's fireball' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).

9 of the 12 pop-ups which will be bound after the exhibition into one unique book: 'Pop-pindsvin/Pop-urchin'.

'Pop-pindsvin / Pop-urchin' playing with words. Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).

A unique 'pop-up' book expressing the Danish names given to sea urchins and the storage English translations of same (i.e "Petrified lake stick swine" or a "prude trollop"). The title of the book will be: 'Pop-pindsvin / Pop-urchin' and it will be bound after the show finish on June 28th.

'Pop-urchin' page: Paradisko/Paradise cow by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).

'Stonedrops' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).
A second book work that comprises two pamphlet sections shaped like the urchins carrying the myths connected to them (that they fell from the sky) and which are hung as mobiles within the gallery space. The title of the installation is: 'Rain' while the individual books are 'Stonedrops'.

'Rain' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).


'Rain' and further back in the room: 9 pages from 'Pop-pindsvin / Pop-urchin' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).


'Rain' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck and wall behind watercolours by Linda Newington.
The third book work is a joint print-on-demand artist’s book: ‘Hav & Himmel – Sea & sky’ which Linda and I launched at the opening on May 19th.
The book combines both our work – watercolours and b/w photography.


'Hav & Himmel – Sea & Sky' hanging off the wall next to photo on canvas: 'Fallen from the sky' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck May, 2015.
Printed and perfect bound on demand by Blurb.com
Softcover, 20 pages.
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Cover size: 16.8 x 17 cm
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In the public collection of Winchester School of Art.


 

   

   

   

   

   

   

     

   

 

 
    Hav & Himmel by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck & Linda Newington

Finally I also created a floor installation using sea urchins belonging to Doverodde Købmandsgård. The installation is called: 'Sun'.
'Sun' installation created with found sea urchins. Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015).
Floor: 'Sun'. Wall from the left: 'Thor's fireball' and 'Cart wheel or pentagram man?' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).
Floor: 'Sun'. Wall from the left: 'Good luck starman', 'Thor's fireball' and 'Cart wheel or pentagram man?' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015). Right wall: 'Blue Days series' and 'Shetland Walks' by Linda Newington.

Foreground: 'Sun' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015). Wall: 'Blue Days series' and 'Shetland Walks' by Linda Newington.
Wall: watercolours by Linda Newington (2014). Floor: 'Sun' by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (2015). 'Good luck starman' – photographs on canvas by Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (May 2015).
The exhibition was reviewed by the local newspaper: Thisted Dagblad on May 20th.
The cover of Thisted Dagblad May 20th, 2015. Photo by Peter Mørk.

"Sea and Sky-landscape and sound" Thisted Dagblad p.6-7, May 20th, 2015.
More images by Thisted Dagblad and Peter Mørk can be found here.

21/04/2015

Pushing the Envelope

–by pigeon delivery Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck (March 2015).

– a touring exhibition of over 150 decorated envelopes celebrating 175 years of the first UK postage stamp – The Penny Black (May 6th 1840). Curated by Neil Hadfield, course leader for illustration at Hereford College of Arts.

I was kindly invited to take part in this show as I have previously taken part in the SHED show in 2005-06 curated by Andrew Baker. 
Above my humble contribution – the pigeon collage is made using the inside of envelopes.

Exhibition dates 2015
Hereford College of Arts – April 17-May 1
House of Illustration – May 6-16
Hay Literary Festival – May 21-31

www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/whats-on/pushing-the-envelope/

Images of all the envelopes can be seen on flickr set up by Neil Hadfield: www.flickr.com/photos/133993230@N04/sets/72157654801536202
Envelope sold to private collector September 2015.
Pigeon has arrived to the House of Illustration, London. Photo by Mike Nicholson May 6th 2015.

23/01/2015

The Enemy Map

Screenshot from the original website charliehigson.co.uk (January 2015).
In September of 2012 I worked with British illustrator Mike Nicholson – as digital colourist for the official illustrated London map to accompany the acclaimed series of young adult horror novels 'The Enemy' by British author Charlie Higson.

In December 2014 the map finally became available from charliehigson.co.uk
A fun project to work on – and a nice break from cutting.