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!