Tuesday, 18 January 2022

take time: residency

Excited to share that I've set up a mini residency with the studio holder participants of the Virtual Residency at Haarlem Artspace in November 2020. 

We will gather on the last two days of January 2022 to reconnect and focus on an unresolved and/or unattended creative itch in caring critical support. I've set up a blog on a-n to record our intentions, actions, progress and insights.

Work that came to a halt - The Tablecloth Cloak

Monday, 17 January 2022

draw_derby

The idea to draw Derby has been floating around in my head for a while - so here goes! 

Draw Derby is a free-monthly-untutored-bring your own materials-outdoor-all welcome-gathering in the city centre. Come and meet like minded others and DRAW! Find Draw Derby on Instagram.

Draw Derby takes place on the last Saturday of each month throughout 2022. For further details and to book free eventbrite tickets for January's gathering click here.

Drawing materials at the ready, see you on the 29th ✋🏻✏️📗

Sunday, 19 December 2021

element

Last month I was handed this beautiful book, Element, by Catherine Rogers.

I'm honoured that my work, Daughters of Daughters is featured with the story Weaving Fire. Catherine has woven stories from studio holders at Haarlem Artspace with ancient tales/abstract storytelling to create new/old tellings of new/old inspirations and motivations. 

 

Friday, 26 November 2021

326 artspace

Last month I visited 326 Artspace, an allotment in St Ann's Allotments Nottingham, created and nurtured by artist, Val Turton.

Next February I'll begin a residency there and am excited to discover what evolves from conversations with Val and time in the space.

We spoke about being guardians of things, rather then owning them. Val shared how permaculture principals have snuck into all areas of her life, permeating everything and I felt this wholeness/connectivity within the space.

Can't wait for the allotments magic to work on me. 





Saturday, 16 October 2021

epping forest

While in London this week I met a friend for a walk in Epping Forest. We walked from Chingford Plains to High Beach and it was thrilling to experience an unfamiliar aspect of the forest and notice many instances of sympathetic management and habitat creation. Since I left the area in 2018 greater numbers of English Long Horn cattle have been released and we saw small herds grazing and relaxing in the grass. This sight is part of a thousand year history of people having commoner rights to graze cattle in Epping Forest, a working landscape.

The forest where I grew up has a different feel: huge pollarded beech trees, deep leaf litter and wide tracks. This part felt more intimate and varied with winding, slow streams, boggy areas and clearings. It's been years since I walked in Epping Forest and my eyes felt fresh with the wonder of it, realising anew that this is a very particular place and surprisingly, that I'd forgotten something of its power and beauty. I would love to visit again with more time for exploration.








birthday

It was my mum's birthday on the 13th of October, she would have been 86. Mum is buried with her mum and two of her sisters in St Pancras and Islington Cemetery, East Finchley. My friend lives near the cemetery and left a trowel, fork and gardening gloves outside her home so I could tidy the grave. 

Two years have passed since my last visit and I was bracing myself for a task, but it wasn't too overgrown. Years before my sister and I added compost to the grave and the soil was rich and loose, teaming with worms, in contrast to the London clay of the site. I saw a jay, robin and heard parakeets in the trees - a sure sign of being in London.

After weeding I stood and sang a song to mum, an artwork I'm developing.

Burial sites are so important to my work and it was grounding to tend my mum's grave on her birthday.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

inkling_print

I've set up an online shop inkling_print, click the link and have a peek 😀

Inkling - a slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint.

At inkling_print I offer print, drawing and painting (mostly) inspired by the wild plants and ancient landscape of Derbyshire. I'm intrigued by folk medicine, hedgerow herbalism, folk song, hedge laying and dry stone walling. Watchful and attentive to the signs that cover this land from the people who came before.