Sunday, 9 July 2017

Muddy developments

Some weathered fabrics have been given an extra coating of Steart mud.

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I’ve also used the mud to paint with.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

More mud and weathered fabrics

My fabric fragments have been collected - -thank  you Rich and Becky. Some have weathered well and show a dramatic change with fraying,and  bleaching. Others haven’t changed much at all.

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My handful of mud has been stirred and some water added until it looks as if it might make a useful paint to draw with and to dip fabrics into. Looking forward to exploring ways in which I can use it tomorrow.

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This looks quite a beautiful colour – quite different from the vanilla ice cream this container once held.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

And more mud…

These images might suggest this post looks as if it’s still March, but this is in the middle of May. The temperature on the previous few days was nearly 30 degrees! A path of mud shows how dry and hot it had been.

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So the following week saw some intrepid walkers, well wrapped up against the rain and deep mud, I joined a team of scientists who were walking out to the breach (the opening of Steart wetland area to the open sea at Bridgwater Bay).

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They were setting up monitoring posts to gauge the movement of the sediment during the re-alignment of the two levels – land and sea -  using GPS recording.

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Walking as far as the breach, we could see the marvellous waterfall created by the difference between the two levels. This will gradually disappear as the two levels equalise so it was very special to see it on this adventurous walk. Don’t go any further Clem!

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Close up pics of mud, glorious mud….

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I collected a handful of mud to bring home to think about ways in which I could use it in my studio experiments so watch out for further posts and expect to see a lot of muddy marks..

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Three degrees at Steart Marshes today

It was a cold morning, but I needed to check my ‘weathering’ pieces to see if they were still in place and aging nicely.

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We walked to Stockland Viewing platform and we took some photos and Polly bravey got her sketching book out for some drawing.

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The winter details of texture were fascinating ; heaps of dead grasses trapping watery debris; flooded grass areas……..

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….and lovely mud – a beautiful colour that I brought home on my trousers – purely as a colour match of course. I added my welly foortprints to what looks like rather large bird foot prints but probably  tyre prints. Would love to play with some mud.

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Weathering at Steart

It was a very calm, mild day today at Steart Marshes, Somerset: perfect weather for placing several lengths of willow to which I’d attached small fragments of fabrics. I’m hoping the weather is going to be much wilder soon, with heavy rain, frosts and high winds so that the materials I sited today will get beautifully weathered and ‘distressed’. Here are lengths of dyed willow with attached fabric fragments, ready to be located somewhere in the wetlands area.

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There are wooden constructed hides and viewing platforms to view this wonderful landscape.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Steart Wetlands

Another drawing day at Steart with drawing friends Polly and Lesley, a thermos flask and biscuits. We chose a path towards the Quantock View Hide that over-looked two large water areas and several smaller ones in the distance. Watched swans, Highland cattle and this little resident through the tall reeds that lined the path.

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The wind-swept grasses, taller than us, making soft swishing sounds in the background.

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The water level gradually exposed more mud and undulations that formed lots of curved shapes even on a very grey day.

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The extra long sketchbook pages gave wide proportions.

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Tried making a composite by ripping strips from one drawing and adding to a second.

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Fresh Horizons

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I haven’t posted my work for a while and now is a good time to do it as I’m starting to look at fresh ground for inspiration namely the haunting landscape of the coastal strip near my home. Some of these images come from past drawings and textiles but I’ve resurrected them to help me make connections with recurring interests – a bit like rearranging a pin board in my studio which you might have seen before.

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Steart Point protrudes into the confluence of the River Parett as it flows into the Severn Estaury, just beyond Bridgwater.

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This recently re-landscaped area is being returned to an earlier state of wetland and is gradually being allowed to be reclaimed by the sea. It is now called Steart Marshes and is mangaed by the Wildlife and Wildfowl Trust. My village of Cannington is just over the hill, seen below.

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It is a beautiful and peaceful area to walk around at any time of day to note the changes in the tidal water levels and seasons to see differences in the habitat and the wildlife that visits. Close up details of water edges are repeated in distant horizons.

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Wooden hides, constructed around ‘containers,’ give good viewing points and places to draw  and enjoy watching the birds, the clouds, the water, the wet mud of this beautiful wild place.

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Marks in the mud can become stitch marks.

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Movement and sound.  Distorted silhouettes. Layers and after-images suggest birds in flight.

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I aim to post more after each visit to Steart Marshes to record my observations, so keep an eye on this blog.