It's been far too long since I last posted here. My blogging hiatus has mostly been due to research and writing commitments, the end of several projects all coming at the same time.
I'm continuing to work on a personal project that is exploring the area around a former dye works, walking a familiar route and recording using photography, collecting and making. The same research leads me back to the archive where I am investigating the communities that lived and worked in the area. I managed to collect some early foliage on my walk this week, wild raspberry and brambles, for a very small dye bath. The season has begun.
There is an everydayness in my approach to this project now, I've been working in the area for over two years, both with community groups and by myself. I'm interested in exploring whether a slowness of method can activate some reimagining of a place, long after most of the industry (in this case dyeing) has ended.
Some other things...
:: A couple of additions to my Spring/Summer workshop schedule here.
:: I'm presenting a paper as part of the 'Infinite and Various' Conference, about Bradford Textile Archive, at Bradford College in April. More details here.
:: I'm going to try to restart some regularity in blog posting, but most often at the moment I can be found here on instagram. Say hello if you use it too.