A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (The Subversive act of Horizontality)

Wonderful! We’ve been awarded the Unlimited Commission for 2017! Hooray!

The cloudspotting course will look at the question of etiquette of public spaces; explore chronic pain experience and identity in illness; explore access for invisible disability communities and use pain science to influence modes of listening.

I will be the designer for the piece and very much looking forward to working with Raquel Meseguer as part of the Unchartered Collective and Composer Jamie McCarthy to develop the piece later this year.

To find out more about what we will be up to go here to see Unlimited’s website.

Common Land

Common Land is a journey by foot around the UK. Starting in the south west. I am making my kit and costume from landscape – slowly exchanging the everyday international wardrobes for things I’ve made from the landscape. I’m trying to find the British wilderness, staying outdoors, bringing shared foot paths to life and seeing the materials around me in a different way.

I’ve begun working with a Horse, Airmid, and the wonderful Natalie from the Dartmoor Pony and Training Centre to prepare for the journey.

So far it’s become clear that you can plan as much as you like but it’s going to unfold in a different way and with a different pace.


Pin hole photos by Mary Shuldham.

All the Journeys I Never Took is ON TOUR 2017

It’s been a pleasure to work on the design of All the Journeys I Never Took with director Raquel Meseguer and Poet Rebecca Tantony. The dates are now set for the 2017 TOUR! See here for more details and how to book.

All The Journeys I Never Took is a personal account of what it’s like to discover our place in the world. A place which echoes with unravelling journeys, first dates, travel, break-ups, family and confidences. At turns both confessional and an exploration of current affairs, this show explores what a contemporary definition of home might be: something physical, a person, a concept best left behind or a destination to keep heading towards. Become the observer. Sit back. Absorb and enjoy the journey.

This unique performance is for one or two audience members at a time. Suitable for audiences 16+

18th February Salisbury Playhouse.
21st May Bath Festival.
3rd June Burdall’s Yard, Bath Fringe.
17th June Eastliegh Unwrapped.
1st July Ledbury Poetry Festival.
15th July Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.
July Worcester Festival.
26 Sep Oval Theatre, London.
28th October Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.
October Bristol Festival of Literature.

 

Wildwood Residency at Alde Valley Festival

Heading back to Suffolk for a harvest residency at White House Farm. The residency will be focusing on preparing and sewing deer hides for leather and buckskin in the woodland. It will be great to be back there and continue preparations for the Common Land Project.  Lots of events going on, you can join us for an Autumn Supper on the 6th October to hear more.

The! Cornucopia ! 2016 ! exhibition will be open daily 10am-6pm from 17th Sept ~ 2nd Oct and at weekends in October.

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All the Journeys I Never Took

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It’s an honour to be working on the design of poet, Rebecca Tantony’s latest spoken word show. We will be teaming up with Lucy English as producer and Director, Raquel Meseguer. The show will be on tour around the UK in 2017. Here is a descriptive taster….

With the cityscape framed, the audience becomes a voyeur to the bustle around. Taking the time to be, to listen, to let our senses roam. A personal story. A story that explores what it is like to leave behind the middle man- lover, father, priest- and discover our place in the world. A space that echoes with unravelling journeys, break ups, first dates, family, confidences. Here we ask the audience to take an active role. Here we mutter poems of love, of loss, of the human. The city provides our actors and backdrop. Here the everyday is elevated.

To find out some more visit Rebecca’s website here rebecca-tantony.com

Fire from Water

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I’ve been studying several techniques for how to make fire using the sun. After fruitless efforts to replicate clear ice to produce lenses, I’ve turned to glass and water.

Schusterkugel were used to focus candle light for shoe makers and carvers. I’ve used the same quality to burn patterns in wood. Here is a little video of the process. Capturing the sun over time.

 

Materials

I’ve been gathering everyday objects to show off their material applications and processes whilst working with the Interior Design department at UWE (the University of the West of England). Whoever knew ceramics were present in so many things, teeth, pencil leads and enamel…

 

Borders

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I’m back in the Salzamt Linz, Austria. My journey here has seen the impact of the displacement of thousands of people by foot. They slept in Salzburg train station and were offered clothes, medical care and a train direct to Germany.

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Skins

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I’m in residence in beautiful Suffolk for a short time in the lead up to the Alde Valley Festival, I am turning deer hides into buckskins that would otherwise go to waste from the annual deer cull. The process uses local deer hide, wood ash and cider to turn them into a hard wearing material.

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Here is an object from round one in the Salzamt in Linz, Austria. I will be back there in September for round two!

Residency at the Salzamt

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I am in residence at the Salzamt Atelierhaus in Linz, Austria. A little this spring and some more in September. More to come. http://blog.salzamt-linz.at/

YOU MOVE ME

Images by Paul Blakemore

You Move Me will open on friday the 28th November!

Jo Lathwood has made a river themed installation for you to explore and I have made a piece of treasure to find  along the way, along side artists: Laurie Lax, Helen Jones, and Olivia Jones.

You Move Me is a new group exhibition by Antlers Gallery. Images by Paul Blakemore

OPEN: 29 November – 23 December 20145 – 10 January 2015 (closed for Christmas/ New Year)

TIMES: Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm / Saturday and Sunday 12am – 4pm

LOCATION: Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Spike Island, Bristol, BS1 6XN. Here is a map.

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PRIMITIVE SKILLS

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I’ve just come back from a course in primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. It was a very special treat. We worked with flint knives, we killed, ate and worked a lamb. Creating and tanning hides, cordage, pouches, broth and bone tools like the ones pictured. We picked plants, shared stories and walked together. It was great!

It feels relevant to share this here as I’ve found these techniques hugely inspirational, people who have taken the time to learn and test these crafts have a great simplicity, honesty and skill. It gives such an insight into the history of technology, our environment and human ability.

You can watch a video about Lynx here. I think it’s in French (I haven’t watched the other videos out there on the internet).
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SONDRY FOLK RESIDENCY

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Somewhere in a Kentish woodland I have been looking at ways to make Pine needle blankets. You may have noticed, pine woodland as a quieter, insulated space that is warmer to sleep under. I wanted to make something simple and repetitive to celebrate this, and so the pine needle blanket came into being.

I am fully committed to it now and have much more to make! Luckily I have a supply of the needles being delivered by post. Many, many thanks to those involved in hosting my stay in the woodland. Updates of the blanket will be posted here.

http://www.sondryfolk.com/

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WILD CITY LAUNCHES

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Wild City opened today at the Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol. Scenes of the Northern Slopes; Knowle West open green spaces, were composed from photos groups had taken through out the year and put into boxes to be hung at the centre and in the community. Landscape images are being projected at human height to you can walk into the images.

It will be in the gallery space at the Media Centre until early May when they will be taken out into shops and homes with directions on how to get to the Northern Slopes.

It’s open to everyone Monday – Friday. best to call in advance incase the space is being used.

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WIGS

For the next piece I will be working on I’ve been to visit Campbell Young Associates in Bristol to discover the art of wig making. 

Hairs are aligned using a very impressive brush of sharp nails, keeping the thick tops of the hairs and thinner lighter ends in place. The mesh base is moulded to an individuals head and then individual strands of human hair are knotted into place taking growth direction and density of hair into account. 

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Each head has its own form to work the wig on. They used to be made in wood like this one but have been replaced by styrofoam.

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WILD CITY at the Knowle West Media Centre

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I will be joining the Knowle West media Centre and the Guardians of the Northern Slopes to create an exhibition using photographic perspectives of the people in the area. The centre is an amazing space that has grown out of the local community and gives people access to digital technology. The residency will run between February and March 2014 and I’m very much looking forward to working with them.

The image comes from Wildfest! 2013 on the Northerns Slopes.

Object Atelier in Bristol!

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Object Atelier took the family of interactive furniture to four new homes in Bristol. The Rocking bench to a dentist, the Balance table to a theatre, the Tapas table to a bar and the puppet table to a school. They all gathered together at the Tobacco Factory for the weekend market. Take a look at more images of the pieces here or read about our journey here objectatelier.wordpress.com

Able Table

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We installed the puppet table at Begbrook Primary Academy in Bristol, transforming it into a drawing table complete with illustrated table cloth. All colouring pens are attached to each other to make a game of interaction and cooperation. Come and see it at the Tobacco Factory on the 10th February!

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Scuttling Stool

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I’ve tried to make a stool based on the process of greenwood broom making. It’s ended up shuffling around the studio as quite a little character, hanging out with the plastic brushes. I don’t like the way it’s turned out but it’s humoured me.

 

Wooden Shoes

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Whilst researching for Object Atelier, Alex and I chanced up an old clog making barn in the pyrenees, and was given a tour my the son of the maker. The barn was frozen in time so we could capture the process through the blanks left over. The arrival of plastic shoes and wellies rendered wooden shoe and their makers obsolete, there is one remaining workshop in the Ariege. They are surprisingly comfortable and effective at keeping out cold and mud.