Wilderness of the Mind

Uncategorized

Hello friends, I hope you are all coping with the Covid-19 restrictions and that this message finds you well. I have three new works exhibiting online with the Wilderness Art Collective as our summer group show has had to move online due to social distancing. A residency making inks from seaweed in Mull, Scotland, workshops and a residency with the WAC, and many courses and classes I was leading have been postponed. But I will shortly be filming many of my classes with a great young film-maker, and along with online seminars, will be offering distance learning in the not too distant future. Keep an eye on my Instagram for the latest news on that. I also have three specially commissioned pieces in the next Dark Mountain fiction book. Rather than being illustrations, the writer has taken my works as the starting point, and will write outwards from there. This is an approach I have taught at Wild Twins Course over the years. It makes a nice change for the image to be first, before the words.

Unlike most people, I don’t yet run an email newsletter. In the autumn I will start one, so that folks can easily sign up to classes. I don’t like to bother folks, goodness knows how our inboxes are already clogged. But I promise to only make them 4-5 times a year. For now, have a great summer.

IMG_E1439

‘Stalked’, iron gall ink on handmade buckskin, mounted on board. May 2020.

This was drawn with a moulted goose quill feather pen, the ink was made from local oakgalls, rain water and discarded iron, the buckskin is from waste hides which I transform into parchment, buckskin and leather. The work features in the WAC exhibition and in the next Dark Mountain book.

New Dark Mountain site launches today

Uncategorized

Have a look at the new DM site, it is great to see the new home for our friends looking so beautiful. I was a bit surprised quite how much of my artwork, images, materials and even my face is all over it, so if you haven’t overloaded already… go and enjoy the website, full of beautiful images and food for thought.

Also have just been sent some lovely pictures from the participants in the May course in Ireland, and I will post a few here soon, the first is below.

image8.jpeg

Me ‘at work’, drawing on the last day of Wild Twins. Not a Dark Mountain course per se…

 

 

Welcome to the blog

Uncategorized

Welcome to the blog. This will be updated often with the natural materials, news and workshops being made here on the river, and on my travels.

In Spring and Autumn 2017 I taught on Fire and Shadow, an eight month long Dark Mountain course. We made archaic materials out in the wild, and took as much time in making them around the camp fire as using them. I have put great pictures and more info on the Workshops page.