welcome to my first blog post in about 6 years – what a busy summer it has been all we lol as beautiful and warm…and it’s not over yet!
So many exciting things have happened over the last couple of months I hardly know where to start!
Coming up in September and October we have the annual ‘Art In Romney Marsh’ festival featuring unique commissioned pieces of art from local artists displayed across 5 of the Marsh’s most beautiful medieval churches. In addition to the wonderful things to see, there as some workshops coming up which you can get involved in and create something unique yourself.
I will be holding a wet felting workshop on Sunday 9th October in St Mary the Virgin church in St Mary in the Marsh – if this sounds appealing to you then please send us an email letting us know you are interested as there are a limited number of spaces.
Ive had a little practice to polish up my skills and have decided we will be making a little pouch out of Romney Marsh Sheep wool for you to keep something small and special in. It’s going to be lots of fun, promise!
i don’t want to spoil the workshop so no photos today of what we are creating, instead here is Mickey the donkey looking as lovely as ever. 😍
lots of love,
Thanks go to Alan Sage at Godinton House Ashford for teaching the besom broom workshop & to @Shepwaynews for introducing us to
Workshop 2 being held in the churchyard at St George’s involved learning how to chamfer wood with a gardening knife, saw the broom handle to the required length, clip and tie the birch twigs
after 4hrs everyone went home with a besom broom!
Today we have been cleaning!
Actually cleaning without being livid, who knew! We have kindly been donated a full raw fleece which we intend to use for felting in one of our coming workshop. The fleece first need to be prepared, cleaned and dyed: a process which we have started today!
So, in case you’re interested, here is the method we have used:
Step 1 – spread your fleece out on a surface be it a table or the grass on a nice sunny day, cut off and set aside any particularly mucky bits of the fleece (you won’t be needing these) so you are left with lovely softened clean-looking wool.
Step 2 – place roughly a football sized bundle of your wool in to a mesh sack. You can use a mesh lingerie bag, we spread some muslin on the floor and tied it up around the wool.
Step 3 – place your bundles in to a tub / sink / container of very hot but not boiling water with a few squirts of dish soap or laundry detergent in. Leave for about thirty minutes and repete the process until upon peaking in to your parcels, you can see reasonably clean wool. *IMPORTANT* during this stage and the next one do not agitate the wool or move it around too much or it will felt itself in to one giant blob!
Step 4 – fill your container once more but this time add no soap as this is the rinse🙂 leave for thirty minutes and then get out and set aside to dry! This is the stage we are at and its laying out in the sun! Watch this space!
Love and peace,
p.s. Here are some photos of our process:
we have held artist site meetings this week and beginning to bring exciting ideas and creative skills together to represent AiRM2016 festival which has gained the title
‘the marsh, she knows’……a quote from Dr Syn……
the church exhibition sites are all unique, with amazing history, architecture and evidence of time past , for example, a crusaders grave, medieval scratch clocks, gargoyles etc
The exhibitions will have invigilators to talk to visitors and provide information about the artworks
We are looking for people interested in doing this on Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm during the festival, this is paid £8/hr and would suit people who are interested in the arts , live on or near Romney Marsh. Training is provided
17/18, 24/25 September & 1/2, 8/9 October 2016
at Newchurch Old Romney Fairfield Ivychurch St Mary in the Marsh
interested? contact us on info@email@example.com
hope you have had a good week so far; congratulations, you have made it to Wednesday.
The plans for Art in Romney Marsh’s ‘Hop Hub’ are starting to come together. Our ideas is that through the ‘Hop Hub’ we will be giving a series of free workshops based around traditional practices and materials found on The Romney Marsh.
As someone who has worked with textiles before I will be holding workshops on felting; wool used will be from The Marsh weather it be found in clumps clinging to a barbed wire fence or purchased from a local farmer. I will be washing the wool free of its natural oils and getting it ready for dying which will also be part of the workshops. I’m on the lookout for someone who grows beetroot locally as that will be the basis for our red pigmented wool, other colours I’m still researching so if you have any suggestions please let me know!
once the dyed wool is dried we will be using two different felting techniques in order to create either a little pouch or a decorative ornament. For embellishment string and beads can be added and students will be able to leave with an item born and created purely on and of The Marsh!
Watch this space for dates, times and additional information
P.S. Below is a photo of where my wool collecting began! For an extra point spot mums dog in the photo😉
The rain has arrived and as well as the ducks, frogs and flowers I’m very much enjoying a break from the ever so moderate summer we have been having! I love how cleansing rain feels, even if I only experience it from behind a double-glazed window.
Its lovely to smell the nostalgic aroma that the flower ‘May’ brings to country lanes as we wave goodbye to the bluebells for another year. Driving from New Romney to Canterbury is always such a joy when the trees are festooned with leaves and life has returned to the surrounding woodland.
My presentation at uni last week went well (I think) but I’m trying not to think about it until we get the results next week! I made a seven minute movie which I haven’t really shown anyone but I think I’ll pop here in s future post if anyone wants to see it. I feel content and happy with the work I create until it is under scrupulation from two of my tutors when I just cringe and wish the world would swallow me and my sub-par work up!
Thr tadpoles in mums garden pond are growing swimmingly (sorry) and will soon sprout legs before evolving in to fully formed frogs. I have a lot of projects on at the moment and am working extra hours so it’s important for me to take some time to be mindful of and thankful for the beautiful world we live in. Ive been trying to each day set aside some time to do some yoga and to really focus on my intentions for the coming days/weeks. It’s also helping ease the pain of my left shoulder which is smarting a little!
Sending everyone reading this peace and happiness, as well as the reassurance that everything is within your reach. Have a great week!
p.s. I took this photo of the bluebells last year and am still in love with it, enjoy.
last week brought a twelve hour shift and a whole lotta sunshine!
As a professional procrastinator I did lots of lovely things in order to avoid preparing for a presentation I have at uni this week.
I had a meeting at uni to discuss my Stour Valley sculpture and assured the powers that be that it’s ALL UNDER CONTROL…! Which it mostly is, I just need to befriend a thatcher and collect a load of willow…easy.
On the way back from Canterbury I popped in to some woods along Stone Street for a dreamy wander amongst the bluebells:
One evening after work my beau and I went down to the seafront with fish and chips and absorbed the last of the day’s warmth. There aren’t many things I find more calming and centring than the sound of the sea breathing, stones underfoot and salty air in the lungs.
Along the stretch of beach from the water tower in New Romney to St Marys Bay (where dogs are still allowed) there has been lots of stones and shells dredged up from elsewhere in the sea and pumped song this stretch of coast as part of the sea defence works. A result of this is an abundance of long forgotten treasures in the form of beautiful oyster shells, created and shaped by the sea, each one more beautiful and organic than the last. Feast your eyes on these:
Find some time this week go in search of these (before my mum and I collect them all) and take a pooch if you have one. Remember how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place and cover yourself in sun cream if you are ridiculously fair skinned like me!
Good afternoon and happy Sunday!
May has arrived and brought some beautiful weather with her, I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and have done something which makes you happy.
This is week brought much excitement my way, in the form of a proposal being accepted by Stour Valley Arts! Students in the local area were invited to submit proposals to create a piece at the entrance of the Kings Woods in Wye, to be in situ throughout July and August.
An hour before the deadline which was, of course, given months in advance I sent off my idea for a community outreach project to build an ‘Iron Age Roundhouse’. Having spent the third year of my BA creating a woodland enclosure made almost entirely from wool, the idea of building the real thing in an actual woodland was always at the back of my mind.
The full plans are still taking shape but using an approximately 14ft pole in the middle, the structure would be built using a combination of wood, thatching and manure cladding. The last week in June will be taken up with the construction involving a mixture of my friends and family (who haven’t managed to escape by then!) as well as local groups of people interested in helping out.
Admittedly i I am feeling a tiny little bit daunted by the task in hand but this is pretty much completely overshadowed by my excitement at the prospect of creating artwork in the woods – it’s honestly a dream come true!
If you would like to take part in this project then please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t guarantee the weather but I can guarantee tea, cake and lots of creative fun.
Hope you all have a lovely week,
p.s. Please enjoy this picture of my mums two ponies Diamond and Magic having a cuddle in their field in New Romney, so cute!
As the title suggests, I thought I’d make a little introduction; my name is Liz and I am the current intern at Art in Romney Marsh, MA Fine Art student at UCA and general creative being! I’m going to update this blog with all things Romney Marsh as well as bits and bobs about my MA. So please stick around, fun will ensue.
p.s. Above is a picture taken the other day of Dungeness looking lovely