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New work in progress for ‘Still’

New work in progress for ‘Still’

The first pieces for an exhibition I am preparing for, 'Still', with Alice Fox, opening June 2024 at the Tinker Gallery. Images by David Lindsay.  

Falling oak leaves, from 5th Oct at Tinker Gallery

Falling oak leaves, from 5th Oct at Tinker Gallery

Our series of falling oak leaves, made as a response to exhibiting and spending time at the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, will be at Tinker Gallery, Ilkley from 5th October - 23rd December as part of a show called 'The Written Word'.  We used a quote (written on the...

Design process for Ilkley fountain

Design process for Ilkley fountain

After the recent articles in The Observer, Guardian Online and Ilkley Gazette about the design for the Ilkley Fountain, we thought it might be helpful at this point for others and for ourselves if we write a note about how it is evolving. Our hope is that the design...

A kindliness of mosses

A kindliness of mosses

‘I felt the kindliness of the moss, which is all over everywhere once you get out of the made world. God’s flooring. All the kinds, pillowy, pin-cushiony, shag carpet. Gray sticks of moss with red heads like matchsticks. Some tiny dead part of me woke up to the moss...

Sphagnum and healing

Sphagnum and healing

Earlier this year, on behalf of Dovetailing with Clare Dearnaley, I received some seed funding from Bradford 2025 to develop a proposal for a project around sphagnum moss which is still in development. Valuable support has been given by Born in Bradford and Moors for...

Design chosen for new fountain

Design chosen for new fountain

We are honoured that our design for the new Ilkley fountain has been selected through public vote, and that there will be a celebration of the moors, and more specifically sphagnum moss, at the centre of our town. We have been working with Improving Ilkley to adapt...

Woodland at Dove Cottage, responsive work

Woodland at Dove Cottage, responsive work

A small series of oak leaf mobiles responding to time spent at Dove Cottage and the woodland, using a quote from 'The Tables Turned'. 'The artworks look beautiful and the film is lovely; it made me stop and stare in the midst of a busy day – perfectly...

On Wordsworth and wake

On Wordsworth and wake

After spending time at the Wordsworth Museum and reading more about Wordsworth, I wrote down some thoughts which resonated with the development of Breath Water Marks (which are exhibited at the museum).     'It was also beautiful on the calm, hot nights to...

Oak leaf mobile for jaggedart anniversary exhibition

Oak leaf mobile for jaggedart anniversary exhibition

For a special exhibition to celebrate twenty-one years of jaggedart, each gallery artist was invited to present a work which fits within 40cm x 40cm. We made an oak leaf mobile in oak wood and with pyrography, have used part of a quote by Sartre about the mobiles of...

Breathturn by Ian Duhig

Breathturn by Ian Duhig

Essay by Ian Duhig for an international anthology of Ekphrastic poetry (where poems are accompanied by a prose commentary)   Breath Water Marks "To most people who look at a mobile, it's no more than a series of flat objects that move. To a few, though, it may be...

Wordsworth Museum

Wordsworth Museum

I went to the Wordsworth Museum for a meeting to explore the possibility of hanging the new mobiles inspired by wake in the 'pause space'. Afterwards, I spent time exploring the Museum, Dove Cottage, the garden, orchard and the woodlands.

Ilkley Fountain Competition

Ilkley Fountain Competition

I knew nothing about moss until a couple of years ago when I read Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It’s a book which is both poetic and informative about the unique and transformative properties of moss, and since reading it the mosses on our local moorland have...

Other wake poems

Other wake poems

A few other poems which have inspired me while thinking about the concept of wake.  

Threaded by Mist, jaggedart 31 Jan – 24 Feb

Threaded by Mist, jaggedart 31 Jan – 24 Feb

A group show featuring textiles, sculpture, ceramics and etchings by artists Danielle Creenaune, Juliet and Jamie Gutch, Katherine Jones, Solange Leon, Tanya McCallin and Justine Randall. Visit the gallery Tuesday to Friday, 11 am to 5 pm. Other days by appointment...

Wake project

Wake project

Exhibiting Dovetailing at the Windermere Jetty Museum this year gave me the opportunity to spend time in the museum with its adjoining boatyard and conservation workshop, and to get a sense of fleeting movement, floating reflections, the forming of wood, and working...

‘It was a Cathedral of Power’

‘It was a Cathedral of Power’

This mobile was made for an exhibition at Quay Arts to accompany a screening of the film FAWLEY, which explores the life and decommissioning of the landmark power station and its local connection with landscape and people. Made by Chu-Li Shewring and Adam Gutch,...

A few more images from Ellary.      Visual notes for remembering what I have seen

Ellary, Scotland

Ellary, Scotland

We spent a week on the west coast of Scotland on the Ellary peninsular. I was absorbed both by the long, lone strands of seaweed which, given form by the water around them, looped and moved in meandering response to the currents and tide, and by the ephemeral traces...

Ruth Asawa, Citizen of the Universe, Modern Art Oxford

Ruth Asawa, Citizen of the Universe, Modern Art Oxford

A very inspiring exhibition of the life and work of Ruth Asawa, which we visited at Modern Art Oxford on 13 August. Citizen of the Universe takes a unique look at the visionary artist, educator and activist Ruth Asawa (b. 1926, Norwalk, CA – d. 2013, San Francisco,...