I had a fantastic day at the first Selfscapes event in Dalby Forest last Saturday (together with Joanna Jones) enjoying warm Yorkshire hospitality, meeting artists from various disciplines and working with students from York St John’s university in a very non-hierarchical set-up.

The pecha kucha presentations were a brilliant way for the artists to introduce their practice: 10 slides, 20 seconds per slide with the powerpoint slideshow set so that it played automatically so we all had to keep to time! Joanna’s presentation was masterful and a lesson in how to do it. She actually managed to build in moments of silence and time for us to just look at her wonderful images.

In the afternoon we all got to go into the forest … sort of. I think we carry with us our own history of places visited when we go to new places and particularly with forests, there is a whole set of cultural stories that we take with us too – forests as sites of danger, TV detective series, magic … as places to get lost in. But with only 2 hours or so to make something, I actually never strayed far from the road, with the coach nearly always within sight. So somehow we take the urban with us into these kind of places.

There is an opportunity to be part of an exhibition on 22 June so I’ve started to review and edit the footage I took.


I’ve decided to set up some mentoring. It feels like a good time to do this now that I have a clearer sense of my research interests.

I’m looking forward to the trip to York and the Dalby Forest – the first Selfscapes event: pecha kucha presentation done; still need to get cameras together, charge the batteries and select some paper and charcoal and other bits.

Had several hours in the studio yesterday and worked with Chinese ink over printed marks

and tried out a “nature print” which is deliberately not  ‘botanical’.



A young artist has taken over the nearby River Garage Studios and is opening this rather wonderful space with an inaugural show, just for the weekend.


The sun can almost be too strong …

even in winter and I will have to move away from the window as the year progresses.

I had some ink leftover on the plate – an old piece of glass from a cold frame I picked up a while ago – and decided to use it up.

This is what happened.


I am very surprised and pleased to be on the Baby Forest long list for their membership and exhibition awards and as such am up for the People’s Choice Award(Vote here).

This is one of the images that got me there!