Earlier this week I spent a few days installing Ferrous in one of the radar bunkers on The Isle of Portland, Dorset. Seeing the work together in situ gave me a new perspective on the work and my journey getting there. And in a way I feel bereft, the work which has been with me for a year in various forms is now off into the world by itself. Swaying in the breeze, waiting to be discovered.
Tonight is the launch for the b-side festival which runs until the 14th of September. If you’re in the area then it’s worth look. Further information can be found at b-side.org.uk.
Things are beginning to come together…. Here are some sneaky peeks of Ferrous I….
There was more than a small hint of autumn about yesterday – and, although I welcome the summer rain (we need it so!) there was a coldness in the air and a darkness to the evening which ensured I indulged in some retail gratification. As autumn is around the corner with all those delicious windfall leaves, berries and seeds then it makes sense to be equipped with a tome of gorgeousness. So fortunately India Flint has just published such a tome. The Bundle Book is a gem of a book, small enough to accompany me on my travels, big enough to inspire and inform.
If you want to explore the magic of bundling but aren’t fortunate enough to get a place on one of India’s incredible workshops then The Bundle Book is a very good place to begin your journey.
(I don’t really subscribe to the idea of retail therapy – but I make an exception for books…….and fleece.)
I took some time out from frantic spinning last week to bundle dye an alpaca jumper I scored from a charity / thrift store. Wandering through my garden I chose buddlia blossom and hydrangea flowers to cheer up a pale grey v-neck. The garden is so full of colour and sound with butterflies and bees, fruit and foliage that I take every opportunity to linger. I’m constantly amazed that purple buddlia gives such a gorgeous yellow – I must collect some for dyeing in the winter to spin sunshine. Now for new buttons and when it gets cold enough (currently we’re basking in glorious sunshine, and long may it continue!) I’ll enjoy this new favourite of mine… now back to spinning….
Sea water is around 3.5% salt and it is this salt that will speed up the rusting process for my Ferrous pieces. Found on Portland Bill at low tide on a hot day these are sea salt crystals growing in rock pools. Earlier that day I had mordanted some pieces in the sea to collect some of that salt in the fibres. Now bundled and hidden around the isle the pieces are awaiting discovery….
being (t)here ~ day two
being (t)here ~ day one
being (t)here ~ day three
being (t)here ~ day four
Spending a week in Newburgh on the Being (t)here Masterclass was to immerse myself in a completely different environment. Concentrating on the process of walking, observing, listening and writing as a response to a site, we made made books inspired by the river, dyeing paper with plants, stitching maps and creating poems both as a solitary and as a group creation. Now I am home the whole week feels a little like an ethereal dream…
Walking has always been an important part of my work. Being in a place where the water flows, the plants reach for the skies and silence is punctuated by nature immersed me in my work. Adding new ways of thinking about a site through writing is adding another level to my process. Thank you so much India!
Ebbing and flowing in the tide, Portland hand spun pieces and sea water. Mordanted at Cove Ope, the only place on the Isle where you can get down to the sea.
Last week I had the experience of a masterclass with international textile artist India Flint at Big Cat Textiles in Scotland. Concentrating on making us connect with our environs through text, dyeing and making, it was a week that made me rethink about my approach to a site.
The process of creating for the installation has begun.