flax, beeswax and egg yolks 2015

These pieces, inspired by the north Devon landscape, are from a residency at eARTh north devon, UK,  http://earthnorthdevon.wix.com/arts in March 2015.

During the residency I researched how to make plastic-free paint and gesso, using earth pigments and natural binders, and inks made from plant material, including seaweed. For the last weekend, I was joined by artist Sue Bamford. Together with Francesca Owen and Pete Ward of eARTh north devon, we collaborated on creating a ritual garment using the paints I had made.

Making my own naturally sourced paints is a way of “remembering” largely forgotten techniques and skills. It is an empowering process, that both links me to the artists of the past and points the way towards a sustainable, do-it-yourself art practice.

Earth pigments collected in Devon, UK. March 2014
Earth pigments collected in Devon, UK. March 2014
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Woolacombe Sand 2, 2015, earth paints on found paper, 23″ x 16″.
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Woolacombe Sand 3, 2015, earth paints on found paper, 23″ x 16″.
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Hiilsborough, 2015, earth oil paint on wood.
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Untitled, 2015, earth paint on found card, 23″ x 9″.
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Untitled, 2015, earth paints and gesso on found wood, 23″ x 4″.
Untitled, 9" x 12" egg tempera and natural pigments on paper, 2014.
Untitled, 9″ x 12″ egg tempera and natural pigments on paper, 2014.
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Untitled, 2015, earth paints on found paper, 16″ x 12″.
Untitled, 2015, earth paint on found paper, 16" x 12".
Untitled, 2015, earth paint on found paper, 16″ x 12″.
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Untitled, 2015, earth paints on found wood.
Earth Garment, 2015, collaborative piece made with Sue Bamford, Francesca Owen and Pete Ward. Shown at White Moose gallery, UK.