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.