This place is situated on a peninsula of land between the river Stour and the Stourbridge canal. The site was a significant producer of iron in the 19th century but is now derelict and beautifully overgrown with a fascinating variety of flora, fauna and industrial remains.


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Using a different medium can open up a whole new way of seeing…

This panel, one of another 12 is starting to make a connection with Orkney through using wool from the islands. Felting is an ancient process, one of the first fabrics to be made by humans. The Orkney link with Riverside will emerge as I engage in the Art and Archaeology course I am about to start via University of the Highlands and Islands…


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I found these two tone leaves at the Riverside site and once dried and pressed I incorporated them into the acrylic paint – the contrast between botanical and manufactured materials. Reflecting the transition from Summer to Autumn and the reclaiming from industrial to natural…

 


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As summer draws to an end the colours soften, mellow and become golden and glowing. Rustling softly in the warm breezes, the grasses at Riverside grow amongst the foundations of industrial buildings; who knows, the seeds of these plants may have lain dormant since the 19th century when the iron works was at its height…


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