In the studio

After the Hamish Fulton weekend it took a little while to settle my thoughts and reflect on the experience back in the studio. Some of the images below indicate what I have been doing, drawing, reviewing previously collected material from September walks and most recently making handmade paper.


Found material, matted hair  – here and in the image below  I am thinking about documenting a walk back in the studio by drawing  a found object  that seemed significant of the walk


Found tree bark, drawing


Found material, chestnut pods


Found materials – pine needles


Pine needle cairn – here I was thinking about the small masses of stones etc that you come across while walking that ‘mark the way’ 


Handmade paper from found path material and paper pulp

Not sure where any of this is taking me at the moment but I am enjoying ‘making’ again. I’m also reading several related books to support my practice. I gave a presentation to my MA peer group a couple of weeks ago based on this years module proposal following on from work I made on walking last year. Last week I had a tutorial which gave me the opportunity to further discuss the direction to take this year. Talking to Karen, my tutor made me realise how crucial the walking weekend with HF had been to my own walking practice.  How much my walking is about ‘being in the world’ and finding a poetic way of engaging with the landscape.  In view of this, Karen has suggested looking at the writings of Jane Rendell, professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture. I feel there are 2 distinctive paths to my practice, the making of structures that relate to the walk (use and limitations of materials) and the  documentation (including making artist books). It has left me wondering about how much of my work is about walking and how much is about ‘bsing’ in the world, a sensory engagement – being present? Is it really about the walking? If it is about walking then where are the walks going to be and how does that matter? What are the logistics? Is it about duration?

A recent highlight has been visiting the Whitechapel Gallery and not only seeing but touching the Guiseppe Penone installation ‘Spazio de luce’. I was completely knocked out by the exquisiteness of it! One of the attendants explained how it had been made which only added to it’s wonder. I was allowed to touch the outside (not the inside – the gold leaf is extemely fragile). It was a whole new ‘tree hugging’ (more, a gentle embrace) experience!  There is a video of him in his studio in Italy talking about the work HERE. Well worth a listen.


My next post will be about my paper making.

  1. karen howse said:

    it is so refreshing to keep up with your blog. I like your photographs of found materials. One of the things that disappointed me about Hamish Fulton’s work was it lacked a ‘felt’ sense of the places he walked through, it was quite forensic and detached. Your work is more about the “felt sense” and is something I can relate to. What is so fascinating is how the personal is so much a part of this response. I am also drawing the found objects from the same walk I make most mornings. You are right to question whether it is the ‘being’ or the ‘walking’ that is important. I would say the walking helps experience the ‘being’ as does ‘drawing’ in my experience. It helps bring a little attention to the moment. Sorry waffling….I also enjoyed the questions the HF talk provoked and it was a bonus to meet with you and your friends!

  2. Hello Karen – how lovely to receive ‘your waffling’ (no apologies necessary) – I find receiving comments to my posts very valuable even though they are primarily written to sort my own thoughts out – I was listening to Grayson this morning who was saying about the ‘fragility’ of the artist and it’s so true – I constantly doubt my work! So a big thank you! It was great to catch up with you too. Please don’t forget to let me know of any workshops you are doing.

  3. karen howse said:

    Hi Rosie, I heard Grayson this morning too, he is right about that fragile artistic core that we have to protect. I am in the process of organising a workshop at Cowslips, Launceston. I will keep you posted…… Looking forward to hearing about the paper-making…..

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