Sharing territories – learning from the birds

I have become a keen observer of the bird behaviour that I witness in my garden. And I realise that because I own my garden, it is therefore my territory.  The birds have a different perspective, literally, because they arrive and leave from the sky, not a door. They visit the garden – not me.Continue reading “Sharing territories – learning from the birds”

blackbirds & blackboards

Firstly, blackbirds. Last year I wrote a blogpost about my relationship with a female blackbird that grew over summer 2021. By the end of the year I rarely saw her, but a young male with a slash of white on the edge of his left wing began to visit the garden looking for food. LastContinue reading “blackbirds & blackboards”

Newsletter February 28th 2022

I hope this finds you well and life is returning to a semblance of ‘normal’ since my last newsletter over a year ago. Lots has gone on over that time both outside and in my studio. Here’s a general update split into Flow, studio practice & exhibitions coming up VERY soon. My studio practice: IContinue reading “Newsletter February 28th 2022”

Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind

Another blogpost sitting comfortably in my practice blog, rather than here. Some of the attention series fit one site or the other, some both. This one is about the experience of heading off to the riverbank and observing how my attention shifts from body to mind constantly, depending on purpose and context. enjoy!    Continue reading “Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind”

Jonathan Jones talks about reassuring rubbish – I think the objects we own tell wonderful stories about people & places

Jonathan Jones has written a piece about an exhibition in New York about collections and collectors. It looks fascinating. The headline for his text is “New York art show The Keeper celebrates our poetic obsession with objects, but how many of us simply surround ourselves with familiar, reassuring rubbish?” I beg to differ. It allContinue reading “Jonathan Jones talks about reassuring rubbish – I think the objects we own tell wonderful stories about people & places”

Story of Objects as a learning tool – changing the way we think about ‘things’

The recent research I have done has revealed that talking about objects we love, shared within a small group of people in a safe environment, can be life-changing (at its best) and very enjoyable (at its least). It is a great way to develop storytelling techniques and to express our feelings and intellectual approach toContinue reading “Story of Objects as a learning tool – changing the way we think about ‘things’”

20 days since last blogpost – busy times!

Where does the time go? Here I am doing a blog post on a Bank Holiday Monday, just because I can, and because, for a few hours, the sun has been low key too…. I’m writing a lot lately, so I’ve been updating my website a little to reflect that shift – regular visitors mightContinue reading “20 days since last blogpost – busy times!”

Feeling Unsettled by Social Making, in a good way

The Social Making symposium was devised by Take a Part in partnership with Plymouth University and hosted by Radiant Space. There were several overarching themes that evolved as the Social Making symposium rolled out over two days. Those relating to unsettling, succession and time caught my attention. Arnstein’s Ladder was also discussed, there’s an articleContinue reading “Feeling Unsettled by Social Making, in a good way”