Walking and Thinking

I’ve been making movement drawings this week; recording my path through life in little hand made books. I’ve finished reading The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane, and have started About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory by Barry Lopez, along a similar theme; exploring ideas around how landscapes shape us and enter our imaginations.

Stitching also seems to be important at the moment as a way to express ideas about movement through physical and internal landscapes; the thread weaving in and out in a single unbroken line, even though it can’t all be seen. I’ve started a series of mixed media pieces based around textiles and paper collage, recorded daily, like a diary, alongside the movement drawings. 

Wandering… wondering… walking as an essential component of thinking, collecting thoughts and ideas and weaving them together…

Another Circle Closes

It’s that time of year again… I’m working for the last time in the book I have shared over the year with Ben, before I post it back after Christmas. I’m feeling a sense of achievement as I look back over the pages we have shared, and the visual conversation we have had. I have been lucky enough again to share with two talented practitioners who have made me think, and have challenged my own practice.

My experiences on the Artist Teacher scheme have inevitably found their way into my sketchbooks this year, and vice versa, reminding me how different aspects of my practice all inform each other and are influenced by each other. Having the sketchbooks on the go alongside the ATS enables me to put ideas on the backburner and work on something else, or try things out in a different way, allowing me to explore and experiment in different contexts.

I have sent my sketchbook back to Louise for the final time, and I’m excited to see how she responds to my final additions. I have signed up for another year of the Circle, hopefully one sketchbook partnership and one digital partnership; I am already excited about where the experience will take me next.