Ochre paints, charcoal, chalk and tree gums were part of a giveaway to mark 2000 followers on Instagram. They went to an artist in the USA.
Happy New Year!
Greetings from the river Thames, where I stand at my desk in my floating studio, wishing you all the very best for the year ahead. I am involved in several projects and events this year, with more being added over the next few weeks. I will be teaching wild materials around the story ‘The Wild Swans’ at Sharon Blackie‘s mini-festival HedgeWise in April and teaching wild inks again in Sweden in the spring. There will be a seaweed ink expedition to Mull in the summer and ochre-foraging trips in England in July and November. I hope to be showing work in Wales in the summer and Dartington in November too, and as dates and venues are set I will post all of this here and on my Instagram. Meanwhile it’s willow foraging time, and in the studio there is much drawing with earths, lichen, fungi and plant colours, as well as making buckskin, bark-tan leather and other crafts.
All this to say, the hand made life continues in all seasons. The Oak Gall Ink workshop in November was a great success. Coming up is Painting on Buckskin on 25th January, there is one place left. After that we have Making Hand Made Natural Watercolours from Scratch on 8th and 9th February. There are places remaining on the 9th, get in touch if you would like to come along. The venue is near Hampton Court, UK.
Wishing you all the very best for your life and art in the coming year.
The first weekend of workshops was a real success, with 8 folks booking to come and learn oak gall ink making, quill pens and brushes. The next upcoming workshops are Painting on Buckskin and leather on 25th January, and Natural Watercolour Making part one on 8th February 2020. get in touch vis the website or on Instagram @foundandground to book a space, there are a few remaining. Below are some photos from the first workshop weekend and the Wild Inks workshop I ran in Sweden earlier this month. All the best to you from the winter river.
I am really looking forward to teaching some wild ink on 23rd November when I run the inaugural workshop at my new riverside studio by Hampton Court. All those over 16 are welcome, (and children over 12 yrs old may attend if accompanied by an adult). All materials, refreshments and equipment are provided. Details below, call or get in touch via the contact form to enquire or book. 5 places only.
It’s been a busy couple of months, with Wild Twins 2 full of sunshine and wild art in West Cork. Thanks to all who came and made it such a wonderful week. Photos and a write up on the website soon…
Next week my work illustrating Andreas Kornevall’s writing about Norse myth will be featuring in The Clearing, an online magazine from publisher Little Toller, I will put the link in my news section as soon as it is live. My latest article for Dark Mountain is here. It details my time under the trunk of a great fallen oak tree last autumn, and how returning to earth periodically keeps me sane and hale.
My work will feature shortly in print and online in Earth Island Journal, and at Wild Pigment Project online, and I will post snippets here as soon as they are finished. There are many projects awaiting the right time to announce, including an artist residency in a city farm, a possible illustrated book with a great author, and some collaborations. For now, it’s back to work for me, as I am off to the woods tomorrow to make buckskin and moccasins again, in the embrace of the wild wood.
There will be monthly classes in all the techniques and disciplines which teach, and I am looking forward to launching those over the summer, and taking bookings for September. These will be small classes of up to 6 people, held at my home on The Thames. Do get in touch if you are interested in wild pigments, birch bark boxes, hand made watercolours, colour theory, drawing, painting and so much more. Updates and pictures post daily on my Instagram account, @foundandground
Best wishes from the river.
It is a joy to find what we need on the ground beneath our feet. ‘Making good use of the things that we find, things that the everyday folks leave behind…’ British folks who were kids in the 1970’s will remember the Wombles, wonderful resourceful animated characters who lived in Wimbledon Common and were proto up-cyclers, foragers and green champions. The show should be brought back, it would be so on-trend.
I’ve been finding some great materials this year, here’s a few pictures.
Red Devon clay, as I found it on a rainy day it formed these useful lumps.
Starting my wild basket in the woods with a ‘god’s eye’ of split hazel withies, followed with long strands of ivy.
Here’s my latest improv basket, made in the woods of Wiltshire. It’s just the right size for gathering nuts and berries, roots and leaves, which is what I was living on for four days. More about that later!