Friday 25 July 2014

Clockwise or anticlockwise?

I'd have expected the layout around the table, of the twelve monthly husks, to have been clockwise - and when looking at paper pinned to the wall that looked fine.  However when walking round a table reading I am so conditioned to move left to right, and thus anti-clockwise.  So I am going to place them that way for the exhibition installation.

Monday 21 July 2014


I have to choose a title for the installation for the MA show.  Although my project is focussed on English countryside the Cuerden Psalter is thought to possibly have been made by French craftsmen as it shows considerable French influence.  I have decided on tableau -  

A group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.

Origin:  late 17th century (in the sense 'picture', figuratively 'picturesque description'): from French, literally 'picture', diminutive of table.

Sunday 20 July 2014

June - mowing with a scythe - Bell Sykes Meadows

The 'labour of the month' for June is frequently depicted as a figure mowing grass with a scythe, to make hay.  Lancashire's Coronation Meadow is at Bell Syke's Farm, Slaidburn within the Forest of Bowland AONB.  A variety of activities have been organised by the AONB, through the Haytime Project, including a Marvellous Meadows Day and Scything course tutored by Steve Tomlin.  So I have learnt about the grasses and wildflowers as well as drawing the mowing of the meadow.