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26 July 2008

Back to - or Continuing 'Slow Making'

Going on with, or going back to Slow Making. All the elements of Light-lines are made with Slow in mind, if the working process of each on is not necessarily slow to produce.

After working in the public space of Salthouse I go back to the studio, contemplate all the activities and start a new map. The stitching helps me to remember, the pace of walking and the flow of water. The conversations and meeting along the way. I have sent myself post-cards of significant sites, where I will re-visit and work again.

Linked by me working or by the journeys other people have made, the maps are Ordnance Survey 1:50,00 showing only the waterways, stitched with woad dyed yarn.

Shown first at Norwich School of Art and Design in 2006 this work has become more significant with time, shown in conjunction with 'Fair Trade Material Matters' at the Sainsbury Centre for Contemporary Art and linked to exhibition Cloth and Culture Now. The combintation of exploration and personal identity seems to engender very instinctive responses.
This is work I am going beck to - and will build on over the next year, more walking, more traveling by coracle...that is another story but here is a link to a picture

23 July 2008


The shelter and boat form of the installation is hard to photograph well, if anyone has good images put them on the blog and record your feelings about the space.
Each time I visit I rake and clear leaves from the pathway. The rhythmic movement and sound, as well as the lines made in dry earth is a bit of a ritual and helps to clear my head of rushing and busy-ness

The coracle is now a significant conversation point - perhaps because there is no mention of it in the signage.

Re-visiting in stormy weather

see Facebook | Michael Davis-Bater's Photos - A visit to Salthouse
The beach with Mike and Kathie and children on Sunday evening, July 20th the waves were within four paces of the shelter. The weather was very stormy, a strong North wind and I was nervous about the shelter. When I heard that the sea had come through at about 8.30 on Monday morning and the spray went right over, I wished I could have been there to photograph. Next evening the waves were less, but the affects were obvious and the structure was still sound, with the log seats spread round the entrance.

I took a walk with a visitor - whose name I do not know...if you read this and want to please add your comment and pictures to this page.

Visiting the shelter is a different experience now. I found myself reluctant to leave this time. I was looking at the many tokens left by other people, like gifts left for me to experience. This place is showing a wonderful generosity of spirit in people, and a desire to link with others maybe.

A strong relationship between the beach, the materials, people and the shelter has developed very quickly; what was alien to the place has become part of it.

I had time to sit and take in the qualities of the pieces left, they are carefully placed and really considered. There is a quality of Slow Making in the pieces.

Some messages to Light-Line

Another visitor to Salthouse has sent a whole selection of images - view them on this link. Thank you Susan for such a personal record.

Hello Jane,
I was walking along the beach today with my husband (or trudging I should say, shingle makes tired legs!) when we came across Salthouse 08. We really loved it and spent a very enjoyable few minutes inside and around it, having a quick apple and retying shoelaces. I thought you might like to see my favourite photograph from this afternoon.

Best wishes,

I am the man in Ash Soan's picture.
Please find the attached that I took later - I hope you like them (better than Ash's anyway). I have better versions if you should need them

Hi jane

Some photos from our visit..when we saw the installation and its decorations we all wanted to add to it..Ian as always had his penknife so we used that and some rusty wire as tools.Ian and Jack both decided independently of one another to make boats from found objects. Jack made a starfish boat and Ian one with the cross in a the graffitti in the church. Meghan and I made a hanging piece using stones with holes and bindings. We all liked the links to the church to the sea and to the light guiding. fab visit was very meditative sitting quietly making on the shoreline!

Dear Jane,
On the Sunday evening after the Salthouse 08 opening, Joachim and I returned from Southwold via yet another difficult journey and then had all sorts of bureaucatic palaver in the church getting in the way of the beauty of the show for this curator. Rain got in the way in the churchyard. But then the clouds shifted a bit and we took our picnic to the beach as planned. We'd already lunched in the chapel shelter twice during the hanging with the resulting effect of a power nap or a massage. Anyway, we took the lantern walk to the beacon on the shingle bank. I swam in cool, clear water, during which time my butler laid out our supper in the willow hut. No one else about in an elemental infinity. Again all the aggro vanished. Bare feet on shingle oddly pleasant, amazing light show overhead. When we walked back I saw an avocet through the latticing of one of the lanterns. When I looked closer that feeder in the margins of a pool was being followed by two chicks. The very best moment of Salthouse 08 for me.
Best to you, Ian