Friday 29 August 2014


I have had to make September's husk before September.  Although the assessment week is week beginning 1st September the show had to be in place today.  I know it makes practical sense - but I find it hard to make a documentary label that tells a lie.

I have been advised that should mould grow on the bread, or jelly, that they will be thrown out.  Such a pity when they are essential indicators of constant change and the passing of time. 

On Monday 1st September I will make a replacement jar of jelly, and have frozen an August-made replacement loaf of bread. . . . . 

Tuesday 26 August 2014

The mice have been!

When I came to set up the exhibition I found changes to July's husk - the corn figure - the mice had chewed every single ear of barley from her dress and tresses.   Also her face area had turned from light green to pale pink.  Is she blushing at being so ravaged by the mice?

The mice left droppings, stalks and chaff.  University health and safety regulations prevent me from showing the ravaged husk with the droppings, which is what I'd have liked to do.  However it is a nonsense to make a 'replacement for July - in August' so I have decided to show the figure with some of the debris around her and just nudging off the edge of the table.

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Threshing about

Threshing is the labour of the month for August.  Presumably it is threshing the grain that was planted in October and harvested in July.  Perhaps it is grain to be ground into flour for bread.  It seems to me an extraordinary laborious process - but one I wanted to try.

First find my wheat (since I haven't grown any myself).  No-one in Brindle appears to have grown milling wheat this year - there's plenty of barley but its low gluten content means its not a first choice grain for bread.  However there's plenty of wheat in Breamore just now being harvested.  Sir Edward kindly let me cut a sheaf from one of his fields, which I threshed (in a pillowcase beaten against a wall).  The winnowing wasn't so easy, there wasn't much of a breeze, so I huffed and puffed to remove the dust and chaff.

Sunday 3 August 2014

'Flower Bed' joins the World War I Commemoration Event at Brindle Village Hall

The turf on the campaign bed has survived, with regular watering, from November.  Some docks and dandelions have grown quite tall.  For the event in the village hall I wanted to replace all the poppies that had been placed on the bed following the service back in November but didn't want to pretend they had not been moved/to place them just as the congregation had done.  So I made a poppy-chain and replaced it to form the outline of a sleeping figure.