crikey – didn’t appreciate how long it had been since last blog!

the ideas are moving forward. initially there were two clear strands; the dead tree diaries and the noise interaction at galleries (specifically around young children)

each one was progressing with the dead tree focusing around just the imagery they create in their pure beauty; how to bring that into the gallery environment – whether to experiment with methods i am less adept at such as painting or video. ideas such as an entire tree stump across the bottom of the stairs at the gallery.

then there was the incident in the snobby gallery, where my daughters noise level was clearly bothering people, and how much i resent that and how much i now revel in creating noise within the gallery environment, which then progressed into two strands about how noise could be used to interact with the gallery audience (what if you walked around with those funny gallery headphones on and instead they palyed white noise or heavy metal whether that could affect your response to the art work), and how to ensure children enjoy the gallery experience too rather than being rushed through as the parents feel obliged to keep it short.

but then the ideas began to merge and became about creating a haven for children; a teepee with tree imagery printed on the outside; or a wall vinyl depicting a stylized forest environment or my own photos of trees, or at walsall they have these deep window sills and whether this could have a tree trunk with a little preson sized door on that they could escape behind.

whether noise could be contained within these safe havens to also help reassure and further invite the younger audience in. maybe.

but then i remembered a conversation from the week we spent on the ATS stage 1 about hiring out brain space to further improve my own memory.

so throw those all together and flip it around and somehow it became about taking the art to the children – creating a touring exhibition in peoples homes. why expose them to the snotty people, who alright the children don’t realise are being vile, but let them experience art in their own envionment, for longer periods of time then they would normally have the chance to absorb. as adults we visit a gallery and then just recall the images to further digest and interact with them after the visit, but would young minds gain more if exposed for longer almost unrealised interaction?

imagine taking a collection of the most influential works of art that we all know and love or the current forerunners of modern art and hanging them on the public’s living room wall!

why not?


really not getting anywhere with this tree idea, still just writing ideas down, like a 3ft knitted entity, or covering the entrance up the stairs at walsall art gallery with a huge tree trunk, or getting people to bring in branches and constructing a tree as the week progresses, but nothing really *FAB*.

nothing that is an idea that hasn’t blatantly been acquired from another person/exhibition/project, which is just the worst situation to be in.

have considered moving on to completely new idea as i went to a very stuffy gallery this evening with my 4 year old who shouted all the way round, which i know is controversial as people clearly don’t like it and can’t be bothered to mask their feelings in that situation, but it’s something that i now love to play with; the idea of being really noisy in a gallery as Jo Public seems to think you should walk around them in “quiet contemplation” so i wear these shows i have with wooden heels and clomp purposefully around. just love the feeling of unsettling the equilibrium; disturbing this inner sanctuary; as if being silent makes you more intelligent. sorry will get off my soapbox now!

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found 8 more dead trees today – happy days!

just got to recruit my husband to take me out on the back of his motorbike so i can do countryside paparazzi style photos as none of them where anywhere near places you could park a car!!

will have to practice taking photos through a helmet!

have begun to analyse why i am fascinated with these dead trees; seems to be something to do with the contrast, particularly when we’ve had so much rain and everywhere looks so lush, between the dead beast, often huge old trees, and the way they are totally surrounded by trees and shrubs and fields all in their prime. and the contrast in the colour too, how they look totally washed out, not like trees in the winter with no leaves on, it’s almost like the light of life has literally been drained out, as if they could just be snapped in half by mere hands; so fragile in their end state.

feel the final work should also be on a large scale to further demonstrate the great stature of these mature creatures.

is it just a recent phenomenon, or just soething i hadn’t noticed before the last couple of years; really must investigate why they’re dying like this.

oooooh – wiki says standing dead trees are called “snag” with the ability to stay standing for 100 years – hmmm, interesting.

needs greater investigation as to why….


to say that life gets in the way is an understatement; i’ve been rather caught up in having to make 120 porcelain christmas decorations for orders, and have had little chance to consider the current path i’m meant to be on.

i’ve been trying to refocus this evening by reading through everything from last week, but already feel slightly distanced from the thought processes i was going through, and i do wonder if this will go anywhere.

it is certainly a lot faster to develop your ideas when their are other like minded people around, but once that support net has gone the pace really slows.

i prefer to make rather than think but i’m struggling with what materials to begin with, and just seem to be writing; i’ve done some quick tree sketches, but i’m used to designing an end result, not just drawing and not knowing the final outcome before i begin. this is becoming a real stumbling block.

maybe i should just get a huge piece of canvas and just go for it!

ha. this could be a highly comical avenue if nothing else!


today i have been struck by how i have no idea how to integrate my crafts practice and the possible art avenue i seem to be heading down; and whether, really, i shouldn’t aim to try.

whilst there are lots of fledgling ideas floating around in my head, will i do myself or my idea justice if i try to go and paint or make a film, neither of which are methods i have used before.

and why not work with the materials and methods you know best – but is that then limiting your ability to coherently express your idea?

should an idea be expressed in the most appropriate format even if there is little quality in the actual work? (who decides which is the appropriate format anyway)

why am i bothered with the format of my work all of a sudden?

this strikes me as a bit of a runaway train.

anyhow, the ideas are progressing without any apparent direction, i’m just recording, recording, recording, not sure if i should be bringing in outside influences like other exhibitions or works i’ve been fascinated by in the last year

i feel a day in the studio is due; i haven’t been able to go in there all week as it’s been so intense and i didn’t want to be tripped up on this new path by the reality of day to day tasks of running a business.

it’s all so shiny and new and revelatory, like someone pulled the plug from the damn; it’s great but blooming confusing.