Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Pacing myself

The last few weeks I have been focusing intensely on organising all my 'walks' for the installation for Pinpoint II at One Church Street Gallery. I have been working on this project since early spring so it was helpful to get all my thoughts together and consider the presentation of the work. The pieces will be a series of linear maps, documenting a sequence of walks from my home near Bingley, and also from my Mother's home in Buchinghamshire.

It seems I now have rather longer to plan the work as the exhibition has been postponed until next year... more thinking time I suppose.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Walk 10

Prestwood to Great Missenden
passing Andlows Farm
through wood and fields to Great Missenden
back up past Gypsy House and Angling Spring Farm

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Taking time to think

I haven't had much time in the studio recently. Taking some time there this afternoon I spent a long time cleaning and tidying. It always makes me feel guilty 'wasting' time like this, but later I felt I got a breakthrough. It seems I need to do mundane tasks, 'setting my stall out' before my mind can settle.

I finally feel like I am getting somewhere with my work for Pinpoint II.

Bundles from walk 9

Eco print on silk, walk 9

Monday, 23 June 2014

Studio play

I have so many things on the go at the moment I worry they will all jumble into one at any moment. So I am conscious of trying to keep them sperate. Inevitably I end up picking up one thing to work on and then dipping into a different project.

Here are images of the eco-print silk bundle from walk 7. It is a rather good print, which seems a shame as I was planning to cut it into ribbons... perhaps I'll leave it a while.

Intangible histories

A visit to Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds earlier this week was an absolute delight. We are hoping to work with the museum and artist David Bridges on a future project for our students.

I was so excited by the richness of sensory source material.
Layers of dust, grime and oil and the patina of age, touch and work.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Walk 8 - early morning walk

Very early morning walk
whirring mind

Blasted by sound and scent
Birdsong erupting from the riverbank
Bats still flying over the rooftops

 Wish I could capture the heady scent of early morning
Heightened senses

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Walk 7 - just a little walk

a little walk
from home along the riverbank

chocolate brown water
fast flowing and higher than normal (for the time year)
muddy underfoot

collecting yellow flowers;

oil seed rape
yellow flag iris
and others

bundled into silk

along the river
collected reflections
an underwater world
light and shade

down to the waters edge
foaming water
evening light and soothing, lapping water

falling away
on my skin

collecting yellowed ivy leaves on my way home


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