barking up a tree clockby Don Gidley and Sue Parke $150.00
- the story
Barking Up The Wrong Tree
A whimsical look at the animal kingdom's hierarchy, the Dog Tree by Don Gidley and Sue Parke is hand cut from sheets of aluminum (by Don) and then hand painted (by Sue). The pair met while creating theater sets, so it's no wonder that this clock echoes that style. The flat pieces are layered on a "stage" to create depth, while the animals' expressions and body language give it a playful touch. Handmade in Canada.
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- 18" H x 5" W x 3.25" D
- takes one "AA" battery, not included.
- the maker
Don Gidley and Sue Parke
How does this Canadian couple balance business and marriage after 35 years together? "Staying as separate as possible!" Sue says with a laugh. That means a basement studio for Don and an outdoor studio for Sue. "We get together for lunch everyday. We have a lot of fun." No doubt about that. For Sue's 55th birthday, their staff bought her a tattoo as a dare, and she came back with a red high heel tattoo. "I told them to buy me another when I'm 60."
The pair met while working on theater sets together. Sue, who does the painting and designs, uses bold combinations of color to give the pieces life using brushstrokes adapted from stage painting. Don hand cuts all the pieces from metal.
"Those with an eye for the quirky will delight in the sculptures of artists Sue Parke and Don Gidley," says an article in Canadian House & Home. "Her sense of whimsy, and Don's eye for geometry and line merge in clocks, that come in eclectic shapes."
Don says, "We see our work as urban folk art or folk art with an urban sensibility."
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