a very wet day india ink and feather drawing by a tree

Conversations with trees during lockdown 2

I went a bit loopy during the first lockdown. When the blackbirds started to whistle back boundaries became kind of fuzzy and I started to read things into the drawings the birds were making. Even reading that sentence back sounds nuts! Experimenting with bird and wind drawing made me feel very connected to nature though, so there was a big …

decorated by the birds and the wind in my small urban garden

Rocket Pots – 50’s sci-fi meets natures movements

I’ve spent the summer throwing pots in my tiny studio. While I throw I listen to audiobooks and I had a binge of Dimension X (Adventures in time and space told in future tense). The shape came from the sounds, it seemed right to create forward looking retro space age shapes and it was a challenge to my throwing skills. …

the platforms movement is made by birds and the wind recording nature

Ev’ry Bird & Wind Drawings Series 1

Limited edition of 24 drawings by birds and wind, each drawing represents 12 hours or day or night. I get ear-worms of poetry sometimes. Recently I’ve been plagued by this quote from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake. ”How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos’d …

cobalt blue criss crossed with zig zags of raised white slip feels so good to hold

Cobalt Mugs

White stoneware thrown mugs with cobalt and slip decoration. Mugs of happiness. The textures are reminiscent of denim and embroidery and the three dimensional properties of the decoration provides interest for fingers and palm when held. This results in a feeling of greater connection with the object when held. Functional prototypes for the Visible and Tactile Sound series. The mugs …

lines from songs are on the underneath of these bowls thanks to Arduino

Visible and Tactile Sound

Visualising Sound often provides inspiration within art and design practice, however the potential of recording sound from a tactile as well as an aesthetic perspective is rarely investigated. The Visible and Tactile Sound project turns sounds into patterns and objects which can be felt or held. Lisa Cole has invented and developed a machine as a tool to translate sound …

UWE let me have a go on an electron microscope with dough

Interdisciplinary collaboration as a catalyst for innovation

Over Easter in 1300 Dante traveled through hell. Over Easter 2019 I took sourdough starter on Dante’s journey, punished it according to the cantos and relayed the results back to clay forms based on electron microscope pictures of my sourdough. I wrote about how art, science and philosophy are interlinked and co-dependent and you can read Interdisciplinary collaboration as a …