Giant Carp

‘CARP’ is a sculpture consisting of 10,000 recycled plastic bags. It is currently floating in the large pond in Mile End Park (next to The Art Pavilion) alongside Regent’s Canal as part of the Regent’s Canal Festival 2012, Rubbish Art.

The aim of the work is to create something aesthetic from rubbish, as well as highlighting the massive problem of plastic bags on the envirnoment, including their negative impact on canals and waterways. Recycled plastic milk bottles held in place underneath keep the fish afloat and solar lights and recycled cds transform the piece at night.

After knotting and sewing a few thousand bags I could smell and feel the oil and chemicals from the bags on my hands. The smell of plastic followed me around for ages – not pleasant.

Regents Canal Festival takes place on 13th – 15th July.!/media/set/?set=a.4078473076584.2171989.1125211061&type=1

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Irma Irsara at United House – Private View

  • Irma Irsara
Paper Pulp Works and Installations
United House, North Road, London N7 9DP.

Busworks warmly invites you
to a private view of the work
of Irma Irsara in the Foyer of United House.
Tuesday 12th June 2012, 6.00 – 8.00 pm.
refreshments served.

Hope to see you there!

Irma Irsara works in a variety of media, but with her own distinctive style. Her recent pulp works are created, at a point where art meets craft, by layering dyed fibre pulp using handmade paper techniques, .

Having grown up among the beautifully chromatic Italian Dolomites, Irma developed a language of colour from a young age and this dialogue has remained the essence of her work.

United House, North Road, London N7 9DP
(tube – Caledonian Road)
BLOG       IRMA IRSARA       further information

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London Canal Museum

Images from Museums at Night at the London Canal Museum last Saturday night.

There is a fine line between craft and art – I believe the ideas come first, then you find the best techniques to communicate these.

The challange with the stained glass artists books, both for myself and the viewer, is to be able to look beyond the craft techniques and the decorative elements and to see them as vehicles for my artistic ideas.


For more pictures go to the facebook album: Museums at Night

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Museums at Night 2012

Each space makes the work unique and none more so than London canal Museum for the Museums at Night event.

This year I’ll be exhibitng two pulp works and 3 stained glass bookworks, including one new one, Lava. I have chosen a space near the window which will hopefully transform the pieces through a combination of the outside view, and the candle and torchlight.


For the second year running the London Canal Museum will be celebrating the Europe-wide festival, Museums at Night. The museum will be candle-lit for the evening, and up to a dozen artists will be showing a wide range of works. Come and see the museum in a totally different light – and meet the artists too!

Saturday 19 May 2012 at 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT.

Admission £5 (£4 concessions). 1800-2300.!/events/349682998420667/


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The one that got away!

Our mocked-up designs for the ‘Dressing the Porte Cocheres’ open submission in Milton Keynes. Sadly, not to be, but a very interesting project, nonetheless.

We chose the ideas of dreams and hopes to link various themes and reflect the aspirations of a young city like Milton Keynes. The wishing star and the heart-shaped cloud are symbols intended to convey this – aim for the sky, head in the clouds, reach for the stars, follow your heart –  and the sky, depicted both as day and night, was intended to convey creative dreaming, as well as sporting dreams and ambitions. The whole thing was designed to be reproduced using a limted number of stencils.

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United House Installation

Spent yesterday installing new works in the foyer of United House on North Road, Islington – more to follow.


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Stained Glass Book

Work is progressing  on my volcano book, number three in a series of stained glass artists’ books. The Volcano Book is also part of a series of works about the environment.

Esprimo il concetto che la forma é articolata dal tempo. La storia rigurgita e si ripete facendo sorgere in natura spontaneamente altre domande (conscienze reali). Cresce così una metamorfosi nuova con la possibilità di evolvere aiutandoci a riflettere.

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