Monday 27 May 2024

A morning in May - Draw Derby

A snapshot of a Derby morning in pencil, graphite, ink, collage and paint - thank you for permission to share folks!

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Sunday 19 May 2024

care collaborations - walking skirt

The Walking Skirt hangs folded over a wooden coat hanger in my living room/studio, a reminder of miles walked along paths that are the closest to what I imagine home must feel like, and where I am most at home in my body.
It was a warm spring day in early April for the final (10th) walk of the project and reaching the summit of Masson Hill I wandered into a chorus of Skylarks singing high above my head and filling the air with melody. I felt very small and that felt very good.  

The Care Collaborations are an element of artist Ruth Singer's ACE funded Cultures of Care project. It has been an absolute pleasure to develop this work within Cultures of Care and I hope to share more this summer - watch this space.

Friday 1 March 2024

walking skirt

It is almost 6 months since I began to consider 'Care Collaborations', a strand of Ruth Singer's Arts Council Funded Cultures of Care project. Ruth states, "Over the next couple of years I will be looking at under-explored stories of care of people, places, objects. I'm interested in how artist activities and creative practice contributes to a culture of care".

I'm taking 10 walks in the handmade ric-rac and ribbon Walking Skirt, click on the link to learn about the inspiration for this process and timeline of the walks. 

The closing sentence of J B Firth's preface in the Highways and Byways in Derbyshire (London, February 1905) inspired the production of these cards. Firth wrote, "Nor would I forget to thank the many chance and momentary acquaintances whom I met on the roads and in the fields of Derbyshire and, perhaps, wearied by my questioning curiosity".

I'm hoping a momentary acquaintance will comment on my skirt on the roads and in the fields of Derbyshire, if/when they do, I'll give them this card.