Thursday, 26 March 2020

tree/time dyed yarn

Two years ago I visited Epping Forest, near my childhood home and unwound acrylic yarn I'd wrapped around tree trunks 15 years before. See 15 years for reflections on that day.

Last week I went to my studio at Haarlem Artspace and collected plants, basic art materials and two projects I've been intending to work on: the yarn came home with me.

I'm finding it difficult to relate to my pre COVID-19 'to-do' lists and I'm resisting the upsurge of 'doing' all over social media BUT, think I can get my head and hands around making knitted branches using the tree/time dyed yarn.

Lets see what happens.

Images show the yarn, branches gathered in Matlock and an old set of double-point knitting needles.




Sunday, 22 March 2020

new - sales page

In light of COVID-19 and seeing my diary empty of paid work for the foreseeable, I've set up a sales page. As a freelance self employed person with no savings I'm trying to be inventive while my brain flits from panic to disbelief and also - to hope.

If you are able, please consider buying from artists & creatives, whose lives are precarious at the best of times... 

Thank you 💚

Saturday, 22 February 2020

essex hawthorn

Beginning to organise my work for Print Fair 2020 at Nottingham Contemporary in March. A gang of us from Haarlem Artspace will be there - come and say hi.

My Essex Hawthorn linocut is of a tree I sat under as a child, I remember colouring in my flower fairy book under its branches. This memory is so vivid because I developed a painful migraine that afternoon and spent the rest of the day in the back bedroom with curtains drawn...

When I left London in 2018 and knew I'd not be walking past the tree anymore I took photos and created the linocut in Derbyshire, bridging then and now.

At times I doubt the impact my work may have, but had this challenged recently when a friend who'd bought a print said she has it above her desk and looks upon it daily. She uses the work as a gentle reminder about keeping healthy boundaries and this practice has had a great effect in her life.

The hawthorn is adaptable and an amazing boundary keeper. When cut and tended it becomes an abundant hedgerow for wildlife and container of livestock and if left to its own devices grows into a beautiful gnarly tree. In either form it has leaves you can eat, May blossom and edible berries (I have a hawthorn berry chutney recipe if anyone wants to try).

Hawthorn is my favourite tree and before we know it she will be signalling her presence in the hedgerow with her May blossom - white firework flashes that are particularly enjoyable from a speeding train window.

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?