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Devonshire postcard show

These are off to the Devonshire Collective Postcard show – continuing the theme of gardens. Having a thematic focus lets me try out lots of different approaches, which I like.

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Finding the angle…

I have been working on editing the film and realised the other day that the split between the once unified Russell Gardens (now public) and Kearsney Court Gardens (private) is something the film will explore – both topologically and psychologically – or […]

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What kind of artist?

At an event recently I was asked if I was making work about my experience of bowel cancer “or was I not that kind of artist”? I mumbled something very vague and said whatever I was going through would probably […]

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Gardens as universe and sanctuary

I’ve been thinking about the difference between this residency and the one at Boldshaves garden last year. Boldshaves was a private garden open to the public for the Wealden literary festival and in the week in the afternoons at certain […]

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Yew hedges

Popped back to Kearsney Court gardens in the late afternoon to draw the yew hedges. The other residents (not my interviewee) of the houses are tolerating my presence, I think, though I have not seen them. There is some anxiety […]

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More research drawing

So, I’ve been doing more research drawings and have been having fun using free paper samples and found tools – namely twigs. I’m not sure how I will use the observational drawings but they are an indispensable way for me to […]

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Two small drawings

The weather was glorious and really hot in the sun but cool in the shade and breezy wherever I stood. I needed a day or at least an afternoon of making work for various reasons (health and stress related) so […]

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First steps

I have been commissioned by Dover District Council, to portray Russell Gardens in Dover Kent, the only example of Thomas H Mawson’s garden design in the South East that is open to the public: Kearsey Abbey and Russell Gardens form […]

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Russell Gardens, Dover

Blog about the work I am doing for a commission from Dover District Council to create an artist’s film and a series of drawings/monotypes resulting from my research into the history of Russell Gardens in Dover and its current use as a social space of work and recreation.

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Day 1 of hanging the exhibition

Frustratingly my perspex box frames arrived a day late meaning I didn’t have everything framed in time for the planned first day of hanging the show in the barn. So after lunch in the shade of a tree Louisa and I […]

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Encountering place: Rough cut

So, I finally have a title for the project…. Encountering Place. Having been a nomad much of my life, the idea of a sense of place, which the Festival is built around, is a bit alien to me. I’ve never felt really local […]

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Monoprint on newspaper

First a big thank you to a-n for featuring this blog in the May digest/e-alert and to those who haven’t seen it yet, the May digest has a link to a pre-election advocacy toolkit to help artists continue to make the […]

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“Glowing islands of civilisation and hope…”

I didn’t make it to the Garden this week but went to the studio instead to carry on with my mono print experiments. Experiments partly because I have never actually systematically focused on printmaking and what learning I have done […]

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Tree stories

What  a difference two weeks makes; the sun was out this time and the tulips were glorious; the magnolias were still in bloom with the bold shapes of their fallen petals covering the grass. I walked around taking photos again and was greeted by […]

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Filming: Day 1

On arriving I couldn’t help but be drawn to the stunning camellias, which reminded me of my year in Japan, about 30 years ago. At the time, I was planning to do a PhD in 7th Century Chinese literature and was learning […]

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Untitled blog post from "Visual Arts in Halton"

5 August Had a lovely morning with the Hazlehurst artists at Old Town Bloom, their celebration of everything artistic and green fingered in the middle of Runcorn today. Follow @Studio_73a for pictures of the fabulous creativity that can happen when […]

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