Some years ago former toolmaker Peter Ingall found a pile of scrap metal on his new property at Glen Aplin, and turned his hand to giving the implements a new life as garden art and tablewear.
“I have a background in vintage cars so I’m quite capable of repairing and restoring,” he said. “I wanted to honour the previous engineering in these pieces.”
He said in his toolmaking days he dealt with tolerances equating to one-twentieth the diametre of a human hair. It’s been a bit difficult to wean himself off old habits – needing to measure the distance between the petals of his metal art in pursuit of perfection – but he now comforts himself that if it looks okay, it is.
The uniqueness of his art, dictated by the finds he makes, is aided by his ability to not only create the piece itself but also the tools to get it to that point, resulting in a one-off collection.
That collection will be exhibited at the Artists’ Collective Gallery over the coming month, with an opening celebration this Friday, February 15, from 5.30pm to 8pm. The exhibition continues through to Sunday, March 19.
Joining Mr Ingall in this exhibition is noted Tenterfield artist Linda Nye with a new body of work of both oil and acrylic paintings.
“It’s mostly landscapes, of places I’m been to that inspired me, in the different seasons and different light,” she said.
This is Mrs Nye’s first exhibition to incorporate oils, and she said she is enjoying experimenting with the new medium.
“I’m loving it, it’s fabulous,” she said. “It’s like working with butter.”