Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Henry

Hello 2020!

This is the last knit of my decade long project Close Knit. The idea developed early in 2009, the first knit photographed on the 21st August 2009 and the final on the 7th January 2020.

Determined to finish the project in 2019 I stayed in on New Years eve, knitting then sewing up the work, making the final stitch at 11.59pm. I'd intended to finish & photograph the knit in situ in December but train fares were high, so the next best thing was a booking in early January.

The journeys taken are part of the work, logistics, planning and physical travel to the burial sites - a small ritual. I wonder at the others travellers around me, what unseen rituals or pilgrimages are they participating in?  




Monday, 23 December 2019

path treasures

Walked a familiar route and returned to a small pathway near houses above the A6, just beyond Matlock Bath. Blue and white ceramic shards shone out of the earth... recent rains having swept away top soil. My child self was content, digging into the earth, prising memories and signs of life out of the soil. 

The shards are washed, lined up and drying on tissue as I type.    

Friday, 6 December 2019

space

My studio has taken shape! At last I have a space to contain my work and make it easier to think about relationships within my practice. I've been yearning for a little privacy, so this new partition is much welcomed.  





Saturday, 2 November 2019

Haarlem winter exhibition

All welcome!


workhouse graffiti

There is one spot in The Workhouse, Southwell with graffiti. It's in the outside space for men, a design flaw that was noted at the time and led to a redesign of layout for subsequent workhouses. In this tiny space hidden from the masters window, men have scored lines that could be a record of days passing, what looks like a game and two sundials. In this tiny space these men have left their mark, a record of their lives and presence. They took a great risk in doing this but the lines are not rushed and care is obvious.