So when I started the day of what?! I had assumed that I would be feeling a lot better and I’m not… which is making it all a lot less fun that it should be… So, as you may have noticed, I’m mostly stopping it. There are some days which I think are too important to go unmarked so there will still be some posts. Hopefully I will return to this project in the future.
I am managing to do some very carefully paced art and writing though! I am still doing a bit of dyeing but horrific brain fog and nearly burning my flat down means I have to have supervision to do it… The following are mostly works in progress, some almost finished:
Left: Bear Claw. Right: Ammonite
Moorlands nature reserve
Scarborough north bay
Earth Day could be a really serious, intense kind of day. And there is a lot out there about the hard stuff; climate change, pollution, habitat destruction etc.
But the other side is that if we celebrate the earth, if we fall in love with our planet, then we will inevitably take better care of it.
So this is a post of celebration and photos…
A weaving from fabric dyed by plants
Clay prints of leaves and twigs found on a walk
Rowntree park is my local “earth space”. It’s a wondering park with lots of greenery, wilder parts, more manicured parts. It’s often busy and is clearly a very valued space for many people.
My tree oracle deck offers me guidance
My tree again! It’s actually in Rowntree Park so you can see that I really do value my local green space.
And totally differently, this is the coast of Ireland. A harsher rocky place, on the west coast facing the vast ocean.
The earth is amazing, diverse, vast, intense, beautiful… Our home. Let’s treat it the way we treat our individual homes.
Last week was the beginning of February and with it Imbolc and with that comes my visit to my tree. She hasn’t changed significantly since Winter Solstice but I know know she is a red oak. She is one of few trees in the park still holding onto leaves (except for evergreens of course).
The final part of my trees project was using clay which I hadn’t done in many many years.
I was really pleased with how they turned out!
I used air drying clay which my carer rolled out then I pressed the leaves, seeds and twigs into the clay. I was worried that when we removed them, bits of tree would stick or the clay would pull but no. After five days they were dry and I painted them with gesso. Then I used brown ink to bring out the details. Another light layer of gesso, removing any that caught in the imprints with a baby wipe. And finishing them off with varnish.
I really enjoyed having a year long project and this year I am looking at the life cycle of butterflies!
A day late and not a photo of the solstice sunset. However, yesterday I started a year long project where I plan to take photos of a particular tree at the points in the wheel of the year.
Part of my spring collage for my trees project.
Last year I took part in (a slightly adapted version of) Susannah Conway’s December Reflections. The idea is to take a photo a day with a list of themes however my disability can get in the way of that. So instead, I will do a mix of a photo taken on the day and a photo taken this year.
Today’s offering is “on the table”, a photo of my beloved art table which currently has my work in progress for my trees project.