Jonathan Kendal - featured artist 2018
I have always liked making things, and my long suffering family always get handmade gifts for Christmas and birthdays. It was one of these gifts, a 6ft knight made from an old spiral staircase, which now stands in my step mum’s garden. He turned out so well I decided to make more of them, that was nearly five years ago, and I have made and sold quite a few sculptures all over the world. Such as a frog made from a bicycle frame to a lady in Argentina, or a large dragon from vehicle parts, who had to be made in bolt together sections, sent all the way to Oregon in the USA.
I like my work to be made entirely from recycled scrap metal, so bringing new life to old discarded metal objects that get bashed, bent and welded into new shapes to form my unique and hopefully interesting sculptures. I get some amazing pieces of scrap given by people, who once they find out what I do kindly donate all sorts of interesting bits and bobs of metal. I have decided to use (among other things) everything from an old shopping trolley that was dumped outside my workshop, for something special at this year’s exhibition, perhaps called the trolley collection!
I moved from Bury to Liverpool around two years ago and now find myself living on a boat given to us, just over a year ago. It is a 1965 ex admiralty harbour launch called Stormbird, which my girlfriend and I are renovating into a liveaboard. Lots of hard work but we hope the boat will be a thing of beauty when complete. We are currently moored in the Albert Dock, it’s a great place to live right in the heart of the city with so much going on. I also rent a space in a shared workshop in the city centre which is full of creative people and other boat dwellers, so lots of inspiration and advice.
It is so exiting being invited as the featured artist at this year’s exhibition I have lots of new ideas for my sculptures, a new MIG welder and plenty of scrap to go at, so hopefully we can make it the best Bury Art Fest yet.