Eagle feathers and deer antlers found for me in Aberdeenshire by Anneke. The feathers adorn my boat, the antlers will make a variety of things, tools for flint-knapping, a peg board, and possibly another toggle, for a new buckskin bag I am planning. Once the skins are finished… That’s a big job, and I hope to get round to it next week. In the shell is the gum exuded from wild cherry trees, which I use in place of gum Arabic to make watercolours.
Also found this week, lots of fresh water mussel shells left by the rooks, which I use for palettes and mixing ochre paints with the gum.
Thanks to all who came and made this course so great. There’ll be much more on this website soon, but for now here’s a few pictures. Paul’s Wyrd School is launched, and Wild Twins was everything we’d hoped for and more, as the folks who attended brought so much expertise, enthusiasm and openness. Paul brought his wild writing, and I brought a very large bag of rocks and feathers… and we worked all week in a light-filled room 12 feet from the edge of the ocean, pulling apart our old notions, listening to the land and water speak, watching the sea otters watch us back, and responding freshly with our materials of earth.
The new Dark Mountain features a detail from a rock drawing I made in Portland this February. Full blog post and pictures here.
I am so happy to announce the new cover of DM13. I was commissioned to make large rock art for it, and the detail on the wraparound book cover looks great, thanks to design by Christian at Bracketpress. Here’s a sneak preview, more when the new DM website launches, and my blog post goes up on their site.
I have been working on the DM13 cover with ochres on huge rocks in Portland. All the work will have washed away by now. More news when I can tell it.
Today I have been working on images on birch bark, here’s a few images from the day’s work. Birch bark, ochre and cherry tree gum paint, sticks, oak gall ink, a feather brush. That’s all.