I am working with Sensory Solutions to design a herbal tarot. Sixty cards will each represent one indigenous British medicinal herb.
I’ve been making the most of the budding, flowering and sunshine and have been drawing the plants where they grow on most days lately. I’ve been keeping an eye out for Mullein around where I live but not found any and I finally put a call on Facebook a couple weeks ago to see if anyone could help me locate one. Nancy Thompson (who I had never met, but who I made friends with on Facebook thinking she was my cousin of the same name) responded and on Monday, I went to make friends with Nancy in real life and draw the mullein that has made her garden its home.
By the time I got to Helston, it was pouring, but I pressed on to Penzance thinking I would just do a bit of shower dodging. Once there, the rain set in. For a few hours, I was able to draw huddled under an umbrella rigged up on a bamboo pole as a tiny shelter. It was uncomfortable work and the rain got heavier and heavier until I had to give up! Imagining I would finish the drawing from photos in my studio, I packed up…
But I’d come all the way to Penzance and didn’t want to waste the journey, so I wandered into town and checked out The Exchange. By the time I was done there, the sky was starting to clear a bit. On the drive home, the sun came out and I took a spontaneous turn down to the coast for an evening swim. I parked up and admired the burdock…
and this little fellow…
And then wandered down to the sea. There was mullein everywhere!
I laughed to myself. Went for a swim.
And then settled down to draw Aaron’s rod in the evening sun.
It’s a funny ole world.
Gustav Metzger – The Art Strike – 1977-1980
Fred Wilson – Mining the Museum, 1992
David Darts – Creative Tools 4 Critical Times ct4ct.com
James Balog – Chasing Ice – http://www.chasingice.com
Mel Chin – Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project – http://www.fundred.org
Center for Tactical Magic – Tactical Ice Cream Unit – http://www.tacticalmagic.org
Máximo González – Changarrito Project – http://changarritoprojectwhat.blogspot.co.uk/
Rufus Maurice – Roosters Wood – Carnebo Barn, Mabe
Anne Marie Culhane http://www.amculhane.co.uk
A & B – Sailing for Gold – http://www.soundingstone.wordpress.com
Annie Lovejoy – http://www.annielovejoy.net
Falmouth Wharf http://www.facebook.com/HelpSaveFalmouthWharves
Cornwall Council case number PA12/04275
Jackson Gallery Singers http://charlie133.wordpress.com/
Ruth Ben Tovim and Toni Spencer – Encounters Artist Lab
Steve Lambert http://visitsteve.com/
Shed on Wheels designed and built by Belle Benfield and Rufus Maurice for Grow Efford and Take Apart. SOW is a travelling meeting, greeting, cooking and education space focusing on local food growing, harvesting and EATING! It was built in Cornwall on the back of a 1970s electric powered milkfloat. It is primarily made of recycled materials. SOW travels around Plymouth with artists Anne Marie Culhane, Tess Wilmot and Ruth Ben Tovim.