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from the woods…

watching the spring unfolding in the woods opposite the Dynant Fawr Colliery site, Cwm Mawr, Carmarthenshire

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a hopeful art practice – learning from Joseph Beuys

In a work which examines our understandings of “time”, the philosopher Elizabeth Grosz identifies two tendencies in how politics works through time. The first is what politics is often imagined to be. It is in the rational mode – politics as administration and the effort to implement plans, based on principles. The second tendency falls […]

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hope and darkness

You, darkness, of whom I am born – I love you more than the flamethat limits the worldto the circle it illumines …. Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours I.11, Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy In her powerful book about activism for social change, “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities”, Rebecca […]

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a hopeful art practice

Rebecca Solnit, in her book “Hope in the Dark”, quotes Václav Havel, writing from his experience as a political prisoner: “The kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we […]

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drawings, from the woods

The beginning of some experimental drawings I am making. The method for these is to leave the fruiting bodies of King Alfred’s Cakes fungi on paper, and wait for several weeks. This being a continuation of the drawing and photography I have been doing from daily walks at the woods near Cwmmawr, through the early […]

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garden work – questions

What are the emotional landscapes that we need to foster in order to support the positive long-term systems (and behaviour ) change that our environmental and climate crises challenges us with? What does a sophisticated and generous psychology look like, and how can we use that kind of emotional intelligence in this struggle? How do […]

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spring…

small stories from the woods and gardens this early spring

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playtime – cyanotypes

I’ve been feeling my way back towards an important but hard to remember understanding about play: that playing freely, without goals or purpose in mind, is essential for creative work. I’m not saying that its the only thing we have to do, but that it is a necessary part of creative process. As an adult, […]

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screen prints

In the print workshop today, making screen prints onto large sheets (to cut up and make into artist books…)

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cyanotype

Today I used a photocopier and slide (acetate) transparencies to make negatives for a photographic print process called cyanotype. You may have seen cyanotype used for botanical prints (a 19th century pioneer of the method was Anna Atkins, who made books of algae prints). [For botanical prints no negatives are needed – instead the plants […]