Have you been to Dungeness, if you haven't get there quick. Its incredible, its the southern most point of Romney Marsh in Kent,the place Derek Jarman made his home and worked on his garden which gave him great solice. The shingle beach goes on for miles like a flat desert dropping to a sea that you cannot see, rather like standing on the edge of the world. I was deeply moved to immerse myself in this place and know I will return.
Don't forget to participate in The Plastic Bag Hunters Project, find a bag stuck on a fence, in a tree, on a kerbside, before you pick it up, send an image, location of siting, writing or experience of your hunt, these will be placed on the project website in an ongoing and developing work. click on the Plastic Bag Hunters link on this site for more info on the project.
Good luck with your collecting
Did you hear the piece on Woman's Hour on Monday 23rd June, a guy saying that paper bags are worse than plastic, don't believe him. 17 billion plastic bags are given out in the UK, imagine that. Also if you have to shop in supermarkets some of them are starting to sell in compostable packaging such as Waitrose milk. Women of the WI are doing great work in campaigning for less packaging visit Women's Institute campaigns link,
Body Weather background, a new experience for me but also found some crossover with the notion of immersing oneself in the landscape, I think I do this with site and language. We went to Wistmans Wood to do some work; an amazing place. Make sure you go and see it if you are travelling to Dartmoor, it has a silent energy, a small wood of stunted twisted oaks, remnants of an ancient woodland dating back to prehistoric times. I flet like I was entering into the underworld. By the way make sure you turn an item of clothing you are wearing inside out otherwise the pixies might get you. We have this need to think of the land, especially rural locations as untouched and wild, but the land is managed and constructed through human intervention. If you look on a map of Dartmoor many areas are named as forests but there are now no trees, a result of agriculture, open face tin mining and animal habitation a primary cause of the wholesale loss of woodland.I spent the weekend in Dartmoor, working with a small group from a
I would love you to come on-board and send me some images, locations or texts of your plastic bag finds, actions or collections. This will not take much of your time, contribute your work to the site and carry out an action that makes a small difference some of the images can be seen at the corridors and cuttings sister link , please send to the following email address I look forward to hearing from you soon.
In 2005 I started to become interested in roads, lanes and motorways, triggered by an exhibition at OVADA in Oxford. Ideas started simmering and Corridors and Cuttings was born. Amongst the work was an action in which I made daisy chains on a roundabout. Why are roundabouts so tedious and boring and why do local councils always seem to think we need a piece of permanent public art in the middle of them, why not have more planting such as wild flowers or daffodils. Its early for Daffs but mine are appearing along with Snow drops and crocuses.