Wild Twins

Wild Twins will ride again twice in 2021 as an online expedition, with a mixture of live and recorded classes and a parcel of wild materials sent to you before the course starts. The first course will run from 25th April until 15 May and filled up within a month of announcement. We are holding the course again in November 2021 and all the course details, joining information and prices are here. What we might lose in not being in the same room together, we will gain by folks who are far away being able to join us, no one needs to fly or travel, and we will all find the wildness in our own locales, as well as in our art and writing. This will be the third outing for our unique course, where we bring image and language together, where we bring the outside in, and make everything from scratch, no tired machine-made thoughts pass muster, we’ll branch like trees and chase stories round the woods. Go to the link for more about the course, and scroll below for previous incarnations of this work, which is dear to us both. This year we are providing 3 low-cost bursaries.

You will sow your your words, uncivilise your art, learn how to make paints, inks, cordage, books, charcoal, quills and brushes from what you can find, pick poems from hedgerows and find stories under stones. We will paint from the point of view of boulders, and moss, take time to hear the opinion of passing migratory birds. With all this, we will learn how to welcome the wild twin home.

Wild inks & paints in a handsewn book

Wild Twins 2019 was a roaring success, with guest teachers and visiting fellows, the fox, the otter and great northern diver. Thanks to all who attended for their great spirit and wonderful work. Wild Twins April 2021 will be held online, with a parcel of materials arriving for ever participant to use at home, with calls and videos from us and a whole new format taking in the wild places near you. We are writing this course right now and will post more here in late January.

‘Paul and Caroline wove us an alchemical vessel on that wild island. Between the water and the rocks, the sea otter and the swift, I found something I had forgotten. I have spent the months since dancing with my wild twin — a dance, which, I have come to realize, has no beginning and no end. I recommend this course as an orientation to those who want to embark on a long, tiring, and wonderful journey. It won’t be what you expect, and it is so worth it.’ MK – participant 2018

I taught Wild Twins again 4-10th May 2019, with writer Paul Kingsnorth, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project. We made everything we used from scratch, from natural and wild materials, and from the wild hearts of ourselves. Writers and artists made their work, sometimes paired, sometimes solo, in response to rugged nature that was our home for the course. We did not draw or write in the way we always do, but instead found new ways to express something less anthropocentric, more embedded in the living world which we barely behold, but which we can get to know by paying close attention. Both of the teachers are experienced in bringing people to their senses, rewilding their art and connecting to place authentically. We had a magical week, full of great work, fires, story, words, images and nature. Writers responded to the work of artists, and vice versa. We turned our work on it’s head and saw what we could glimpse when we put down our habitual ways of thinking and working.

Artists and writers of all stripes joined us for our first course in May 2018, choreographers, film makers, illustrators, professional and less-experienced alike, made hand made books, oak gall ink, mixed ochre paints, smashed green earths from Dingle to make beautiful paints, produced quills and brushes made from feathers, cherry tree gum was used to bind everything, badger-dug and sea strewn chalk for our whites…

Full course details were here. Booking and prices. Venue Sherkin North Shore is here, on this island.

For more information on the possibility of a 2021 course, drop me a line via the contact page.

Caroline teaching
Caro teaching wild materials at Wild Twins 2018