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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