INTO THE LIGT – Echoes of Home

In an attempt to catch up with things I did last year before this year kicks off …. here is the video I finally finished for INTO THE LIGHT – Echoes of Home INTO THE LIGHT is a community process and event developed using art to explore ongoing recovery issues in the region, break down isolation and build connections. It began in 2011 in response to community needs following the 2009 Black Saturday Bush fires. Locals asked that the project be repeated, to continue a collective reflection, realising that community recovery is an ongoing and evolving process that takes time…

something …..

I have been playing with a few new ideas here at Bird Lab. Layers of paper and frayed fabric. I’m not quite sure about them yet…. Whether I need to do something else… (another layer? shellac?) or well something else…. Maybe they would be better on a light box or in a lantern so you can see the textures of the paper… there is something about them i like.. a lot and something about them isn’t quite right yet….. (the photos don’t show very well the different textures in the paper back ground… but also a lot of the texture…

In a weird contrast to the beauty of this place I am in is the military training base just down the road. It has been a training base for 200 years. The land it uses to practice on is also apart of the wild life sanctuary…  or is that the other way round?? Gates Closed…. do not enter we are practicing. On my 2nd day here i was sent scuttling home after a tank crossed my path…. today i was joyfully watching the flight of a bird when yup… a tank fills the space in the binoculars…. the bird song…

rag rugs

Today i got give a box of hand dyed cotton that has been prepared for making a rag rugs….. Rag rugs are a traditional rug made here in the early 1800’s by the monarchy, and this tradition slowly trickled down to the farming folk. Linen, then cotton as it became more common and less expensive , was recycled, torn into strips, and woven into rugs… Rag Rugs were made to adorn the floors of the important rooms. As the traditional took hold, the rugs began to tell the stories/history of the people, as the cloth used held the memories of…

Bird Lab begins

Well here i am in Harlosa Sweden….. Today was spent on a bike riding from  bird sanctuary to bird sanctuary via the military training base that acts as a reserve when there isn’t target practice happening…. (Ate breakfast yesterday to the gentle sound of guns firing!!) Apparently the tanks have played an important environmental task…digging up the earth which brings the insects and flowers to the surface…. so now that they don’t use tanks the military go in with tractors to purposely dig up the land….. I have become very interested in the sounds that surround me… and have been…

The Journey begins

or maybe a better tittle is  “This Journey Begins” but this journey is a bit different…somehow. In a moment of panic about not seeing any work sitting in the near future i started to write applications. And one was successful….. and i am now sitting in Rotterdam, after 23 hours in transit, staring out the window at a part of the Maritime Museum, struggling with a touch of jet lag….. The application was to ARNA in Sweden were for the month of April I will be in residence in the Village of Harlösa. and as the International Community Arts Conference was…

time to reflect

It’s ‘Community Arts Day’ and I’m sitting in my studio reflecting on the last 3 months, As I dither about, flicking through other web sites I find that on this day Neil Cameron has published a book “The Cultural Development Handbook. An A to Z guide to designing successful arts events in the community “ Neil was the man who introduced me to the world of fire, lanterns and large outdoor community events. I worked with him for 7 years at the Woodford Folk Festival and in a few other places. That time was wild, adventurous massive, exhausting, exhilarating  and…