Saturday 28 June 2014

Pastoral Plays

Having made the grass figures they demanded to be allowed to interact with another.  I was reminded of a few grainy sepia photos of Pastoral Plays put on at Mottisfont Abbey (probably between the wars?) in which the village children took part, dressed up as fairy folk and flowers.  D's Gran had told me that she had deliberately fainted so that she was taken inside (into the Whistler Room) to recover.

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Harry Becker

Having signed up to join the scything course at Slaidburn I started looking at drawings and paintings of folk scything.  Harry Becker (1865 - 1928), a Suffolk artist, made hundreds of drawings, paintings and prints of agricultural labour - including mowing.  They all have an enormous immediacy about them.

Monday 2 June 2014

Pressing plants

I have always seen pressed flowers as individual specimens, as in herbariums, or, sometimes in a carefully organised arrangement in a picture frame.  What happens if one presses flowers en masse - as one experiences them in a verge or hedgerow?