Dale Devereux Copeland
Assemblage artist from Puniho in New Zealand.

A blog - it's a weird concept. Like leaving your diary on a high shelf in a dark corner of the biggest library you can imagine.

But I kept a diary for years and years, and I guess this is no less rational than that pile of dusty books in a corner of my lair.

So, for what it's worth, here it is. A day (or more) in the life of an artist. A very occasional blog.

email me if you wish. At dale @ tart.co.nz (remove spaces)

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The 100-day project

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Monday, 27th December, 2010
The ideal Christmas ... relaxed, with family.

Toby could only come up from Dunedin for a week (AND one whole day of it was lost with her having to wait in Wellington for the weather to clear in New Plymouth) but it was lovely.

Tuesday, 14th December, 2010
Great! I've finished putting together the Portrait of the Artist book, with 116 portraits from 76 different artists.
And the printer has said they'll be ready to pick up this afternoon.
I put images of the proof copy onto my "Puniho Press" page
I'm really pleased with it.

Monday, 6th December, 2010
How time does fly! I put some pics from Mexico onto my Picasaweb page
And I (finally!) finished my Conclusions assemblage.

There are more pics in Room 5 of this site.

Friday, 15th October, 2010
Just getting settled into my studio again and I have to start thinking about going away again.
Next week, to Mexico.
Hey, we didn't make it into the House & Garden magazine, but look what's in the current North & South mag.
Click to see a pdf file. If you're brave.
and here if you'd like to read the text on that page.

Wednesday, 21st September, 2010
It is (as always) lovely to be home. In spite of the rain.
I put some photos from Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Greece and Canada onto www.picasaweb.google.com/copelanddale


This picture gives me pleasure ... it was in the newspaper in Bulgaria the day after the Nigel Kennedy concert.
Kennedy and the lead violinist of the Plovdiv symphony orchestra laughing after making a scorching 'race' of one of the pieces.
Isn't it delightful?
And I found this on the Net - Kennedy playing Jovano Jovanke. It was even better when he played it solo and fiery as an encore to the concert. Haunting.

Nigel Kennedy - Jovano Jovanke



Sunday, 12th September, 2010
Tonight I start the long (14-hours) flight home. Monday won't exist, and I'll be back in New Zealand early Tuesday morning.
Thank you world, it's been a delight!

Saturday, 11th September, 2010

After a night in a motel in Frankfurt, a 10-hour flight to Canada.
The beautiful drive to Brittania Beach, and downtown Vancouver.
Such a delight to be able to understand conversation.

Friday, 10th September, 2010

The history, the culture, the delight.

Thursday, 9th September, 2010
I lose track of what day it is. My driver took a wrong turning in Sofia and in spite of some terrifying high-speed driving through narrow back streets, and running with this extremely heavy luggage, we missed the train by 8 minutes. He and Margarita Djarova insisted on waiting 5 hours with me in the train station and getting me onto the next train at 10.30pm. I was very grateful, as it's the most confusing place in the universe!
I had just one minute to get myself and the heavy bags off the train in Kilkis just after 5 in the morning. I'm a wreck!
But Greece .... so much tradition and history. My host Efi Petala took me with her traditional dancing group to a village up in the hills and it was wonderful. After the performance we all joined in and danced till midnight. I'll share some pics when I can.
I'm in a motel in Frankfurt now, starting on the long trip home. And looking forward to catching up with some sleep!

Sunday, 5th September, 2010
At the studio of the artist Giorgi Uremov, high in the hills outside Plovdiv.
A wonderful day with a generous-hearted man and his family.


Saturday, 4rd September, 2010
Giorgi Uremov and his daughter Sofia (who speaks English beautifully and acted as our translator) took me and Richard Fulham of Canada driving out to a village where there is a museum of Thracian remains, and a treasure of 6 solid gold goblets which were dug up by three brothers digging for clay to make tiles. There was also a temple and burial place of a Thracian leader, dating from 4000BC.
We had a superb lunch which was so good I'm not having any dinner tonight!

It's a beautiful old country.

Friday, 3rd September, 2010
Plovdiv is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Ancient cobbled streets, really uneven, but treasures to see at every step.






Thursday, 2nd September, 2010
What a day! What a birthday! Last night the artist Kristina Shishkova and I went walking in the old town to see if we could hear the music of Nigel Kennedy's concert from anywhere. All the tickets had sold of course, with busloads of people coming from Sofia to Plovdiv.
Kristina asked the man at the gate if there were any more tickets and he said "No tickets, but come on in". It was magic.
Classical with the Plovdiv symphony orchestra, then the second half was wild jazz, and as encores he played solo the most haunting Bulgarian traditional music I've ever wept to. Melancholy melody then fierce rhythms. Just lovely.
I went back today to get some photos of what the amphitheatre looks like. From Roman times, with well-worn marble. The black things are the padded seat squabs for the 1000 people who bought tickets. We stood at the back, then sat on the grass at the top. It was wonderful.


Monday, 30th August, 2010
Working and walking, exploring, getting lost. Here's a better pic of the collage show in the Trakart Gallery. And a couple of places I found while I was searching for somewhere else.


Friday, 27th August, 2010
The exhibition of collages from the 11th International Collage Exchange.



The most stunning gallery. Built to surround and protect an archeological treasure, the mosaic floors of a Roman guesthouse.
They made a wonderful fuss of the collection. As you can see, they framed nearly 50 of the 125 collages, and the others are in folders where they were well looked through.
I'll go back in daylight, but I hope these snaps give you an idea of the presentation. (I couldn't stand further back to take the photos as I'd be standing on Roman mosaics!)




Thursday, 26th August, 2010
I love Plovdiv. The communist-era concrete buildings falling into disrepair in the new part of the city, and the beautiful old part with Renaissance wonders built over the top of Roman ruins. I'll take some more photos when I get some time. (We're meant to be working at the art school from 8am till 6pm every day to finish work for an exhibition!)



20 - 24 August, 2010
Hong Kong. To break up the long long flights from New Zealand to Bulgaria.




Such contrasts, the modern skyscrapers with the rackety tenements, the glitzy shops with the open markets, the crush of people, noise & traffic with the self-contained concentration of people doing Tai Chi or exercises in the park.

Tuesday, 17th August, 2010
Such a lot has been happening. A reporter from House & Garden mag came to interview us. Hilarious when you consider the disparity between our place and the flash (and tidy) places they usually feature.
I'm getting ready to head off to Bulgaria for the collage symposium. Paul is staying home with his painting (and the dog and the cats).
I'm finding packing impossible - have to take a couple of hundred collages over, and some books. And the stuff for teaching a book-binding workshop. So there's no room for clothes. A couple of pairs of knickers and a toothbrush is about it. Ah well, there'll be lots of room for treasure on the way back.
Last time I came back from Europe I swore I'd never do the whole flight in one go again (two 12-hour flights a few days apart are bad enough!) , so I'm stopping in Hong Kong for a few days on the way over, and in Vancouver on the way back.
Serendipity! Our daughter Toby is holidaying in Beijing; on her way back she has to spend a few hours at Hong Kong airport, and it's while I'm there! So I'll go out to the airport and we can have a meal or something. I'm really pleased about that - purely an accident of timing.


I've finished this Sticks and Stones assemblage and am working on another I'm really pleased with. Going slowly so each construction step is right. It will be hard to leave it.
And I've been making books. Including a limited edition of The Hollow Men. Poem by TS Eliot, images by Roger Morris.

Saturday, 17th July, 2010
Yesterday I ran a collage workshop for 7 friends (practising for the 5-day one I have to run in Australia next year.)
As well as other stuff, I got them each to make a postcard for the next "Book About Death" exhibition in New York.
Thanks to Glenwyn, here's a better video of Brent Flynn performing his new Taekwon-Do pattern "Dale Cope Tul"


Sunday, 4th July, 2010
Wow! Our Taekwon-Do instructor has put a video of Brent's new pattern onto the club website.
www.taranakitkd.com
It was all a complete surprise - I'm so honoured.

Friday, 2nd July, 2010
For those who've asked, this is the 'works' of my Not-Very-Merry-Go-Round.
Motor from an old record player; an 80:1 reduction gear; noises from a music box with the top melody line removed, and screws bouncing on springs and hitting an assortments of bells and gongs and rattly things. All hidden under that cover at the top.


Wednesday, 30th May, 2010
Last night at our Taranaki Taekwon-Do training session I received the greatest honour possible.
Brent Flynn is grading for his 3rd Dan, and for his thesis he developed a new pattern. Dale Cope Tul
For those who don't know, the traditional patterns are named and designed to commemorate a part of Korean history. Brent designed this one to be very specific to our Taranaki Taekwon-Do club. With 56 movements to acknowledge my age when I first started training.
It's a beautiful pattern, and I'm absolutely chuffed! Aren't I the most fortunate person in the world?
I'll put a video of the pattern online when I get one.

Tuesday, 29th June, 2010
I've finished making the two replacement figures for my Not-Very-Merry-Go-Round.

I've made the second one so it gently wobbles as the merry-go-round goes around. That old light fitting really was that shape!
You can hear the sounds the merry-go-round makes in this video.
And, good news, it's been accepted into the kinetika festival to be held in December.

Monday, 20th June, 2010
I've just received a copy of a new book "Masters Collage" .... published by Lark books. Excellent!
About a dozen collages by each of 40 artists. You'll find some to love and some to dislike - it's good to have such a large number to learn from.
Good to see work by some old friends and participants in the collage exchange.
The curator Randel Plowman has written a small piece about the collage work of each artist, and there are a few quotes from each artist.
"The joy of juxtaposition is endless".

Sunday, 12th June, 2010
Mike Scott, a good Taranaki photographer, made a really nice little video of me and my studio. You can see it here.

Friday, 28th May, 2010
Exciting times. I finished two assemblages (at the top of Room 6 on this site) and I've accepted an invitation to teach a collage/assemblage/bookbinding workshop in Ballarat (Australia) next April.
It's shaping up to be an exciting few months. Bulgaria for the collage symposium, then Mexico to attend Michael de Meng's assemblage workshop, then Australia for my workshop. AND I'm really hoping I'll be ready to try and grade for my 4th Dan at Taekwon-do next year.

Thursday, 19th May, 2010
I'm excited! As well as accepting the invitation to be part of the collage symposium in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in August/September this year I've decided to go to Michael deMeng's assemblage workshop in Mexico. In October/November. What a year!

To see why I'm excited about it, read the description:
deMeng de los Muertos Oaxaca Mexico
Oct 25 - Nov 3
Workshop in Oaxaca during Dia de los Muertos!
Oaxaca is a beautiful, friendly, historical and culturally rich city in southern Mexico. Home to some of the finest folk artists in the world, Oaxaca abounds with ceramics, textiles, tin, wood carving, jewelry, and more. There is also an exciting contemporary art and photography community based here. The food and restaurants are exceptional and friendly people make it a pleasure to visit. Throughout our 9-day stay people around the city will be getting ready for Dia de los Muertos. Every home and business will be setting up altars and preparing for the feast. The photo opportunities are endless. Each time you head out the door for the Zocalo or just a walk around the neighborhood something new will catch your attention. Flowers on the street corners, students in school altar competitions, book fair, traditional dancers, mariachis, and so much more!
Class description: Altar-ed Faces: Nicho Masks and Paint-Making In this class we are going to create masks that also function as shrines.... "Head Cases" or "Altar'ed Faces"...take your pick. Using assemblage techniques students will create reliquaries that could potentially be worn as well as hang on the wall. Now for the really exciting part: We are also going to explore a variety of paint-making methods, ranging from indigenous Mexican techniques to contemporary processes. There are some really unusual and fascinating indigenous techniques that Mexicans use to create paints....very weird science. Using these techniques we will create paints and colors the old fashioned way....the really old fashioned way. We will also use learn to make textures and colors from some of the materials we find along the way. I will also incorporate some modern paint technologies in the paint making process...just to keep things interesting.
Itinerary October 25 (Monday) Arrive in Oaxaca and get settled after a long journey. Enjoy a walk to the Zocalo (town square) for dinner and sight seeing in the evening.
October 26 (Tuesday) Breakfast. Class begins at 10:A.M. We will walk to the Zocalo to explore our supply options. The market, religious store, hardware, paper store and lots of treats along the way will help us all get oriented to the variety Oaxaca has to offer. Lunch. Return to class. Dinner at La Catrina de Alcala
October 27 (Wednesday) Breakfast Class begins at 10:00 A.M. Lunch at Maria Bonita. Evening free.
October 28 (Thursday) Breakfast Tour 9:00 A.M. to the CaSa art center and the paper making factory Arte Papel Vista Hermosa in San Agustin Etla. Housed in a former textile mill this art and cultural center offers expositions, music and a film series for the people of Oaxaca. We will visit a woodcarver and have lunch in the countryside. Evening free.
October 29 (Friday) Breakfast. Class. Lunch at La Olla, Return to class. Evening free.
October 30 (Saturday) Breakfast Class begins at 10:00 A.M. This is the final workshop day. Time to put the finishing touches on your work. Get ready for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Lunch at Maria Bonita Evening free.
October 31 (Sunday) Breakfast 9:00 A.M. Tour to the Mitla ruins and local cemetery, Tlacolula market and a rug weavers home . Lunch in the countryside. This is the first night of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. We will visit the city cemetery. All around the city ofrendas are being made, sand paintings around the Zocalo and so much more. It is an amazing experience, hard to describe and I canít say enough about the friendly people. Please ask before taking photographs.
November 1 (Monday) Breakfast. Free day. Take this time to enjoy the city and all the celebrations going on. Lunch on your own. A walk to a small cemetery for anyone interested. Dinner 7:30
November 2 (Tuesday) Breakfast Our last day in Oaxaca to spend as you wish. Shopping, eating, drinking or just sitting in the Zocalo taking it all in. Museums, Ethno-Botanical gardens, Monte Alban or any other site you would like to visit.
November 3 (Wednesday) Breakfast Fly away home
Cost: share double room $2100. Single $2400. The price includes the workshop, the hotel, and also 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners. Tours to the villages, markets and archeological sites with a guide also included.

Tuesday, 11th May, 2010
The last of the collage packages has gone! A great freedom; back to normal.
To celebrate, here's a photo Paul took of Fergus on his daily walk. And me waiting for the postie with the last two boxes of collage packs.
Huzzah!

Wednesday, 14th April, 2010
A whole heap of sorting going on! 133 artists in the collage exchange now. Still waiting for one package which was posted in Canada in January(!) but I've just about sorted the rest. Still leaving enough for the hoped-for late arrival.

And of course at the end of April I'll have to put any unsold collages into the exchange. But we're getting there.

Monday, 4th April, 2010
The openings were a great success. I was stuck at the door with the donations can, collecting for the charity which did such a great job of the catering. Asked a friend to take some photos.

He started upstairs, and then the battery went flat!
There were a lot of collage sales but I have to wait till the gallery opens tomorrow to get the list.
Lorraine Pemberton and Heather Bramwell, collage artists from Hamilton, came to visit yesterday.


Friday, 2nd April, 2010
Phew! It's been busy ... the 12th International Collage show is now hung downstairs in the Real Tart Gallery in New Plymouth, and is online on www.virtual.tart.co.nz with sales keeping me busy. Here are some pics of the 4 walls, and an overall view.
Some of the collages sold before they even hit the wall!

Click on images to see them larger.

131 artists so far. And there are 5 packages (at least) still coming.

And Upstairs there's Life Is An Everyday Thing - paintings by Paul Hutchinson and Anne Holliday.
All these exhibitions are sharing an opening, Saturday night. I'll try to take a few photos ... it should be fun. Ballgowns and all!
Here are some images of upstairs. Paul's The Big Match is at the top of the stairs and he's showing 173 small paintings.

Anne is showing her stunning paintings. (That red dot is on one that I proudly own).

I'll try to catch a photo of Anne with more of her work at the opening.

Sunday, 21st March, 2010
I've been madly busy keeping up with the flow of collages for the 12th International Exhibition/Exchange.
117 in so far, there are a few more still coming but now that the deadline has passed, it will slow down.
April 1st it will all go online. And also go on the wall at the gallery in New Plymouth.
We'll have a grand opening on Saturday 3rd April, for the collages and also:

Life is an Everyday Thing - paintings by Paul Hutchinson and Anne Holliday.
These are the postcard invitations, click for a bigger view.

(and click here to read the back of the collage invitation card)
They're both going to be stunning shows.

Friday, 22nd January - 28th February, 2010
My studio roof doesn't leak!!! Such joy.
And the other big news: I'm invited to Bulgaria for the 6th international collage symposium. I'm very excited about that. Madly expensive getting there of course, so I ran a "Flying to Plovdiv" diminishing price auction during February. I am overwhelmed by the support people show.

The trickle has become a steady flow - collage packages coming in for the 12th Exhibition/Exchange.
21 so far, but the postie hasn't been today yet. Exciting.

Virtual Tarts at the Percy Thomson. The artists on the Virtual Tart site are exhibiting in the Percy Thomson gallery in Stratford.
Opening Thursday 28th at 7, with a BYO Tarty Party. Should be fun.



Read the earliest page in this occasional blog.
The 2008 page, the 2009 page, the 2011 page,
The 100-day project

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