|Peltigera lichen dog tooth lichen - pen and ink.|
|Watercolour studies - lichen on rocks - walks on Dunnet Head.|
'North' - A coastal Coat.
Embossed handmade linen rag paper, inspired by coastal lichens at Brough Harbour, Caithness.
Common names of lichens on the coat: Black - sea tar; Tan - sea star; White - crab’s eye (crottle); Shaggy hood - sea ivory
I worked in parallel, investigating lichens around Dunnet Head in Caithness where I live. This approach of contrasts helped to highlight how lichens adapt to their environment. As a slow art project, it also meant that we could all access the source of inspiration on our doorsteps and make use of the time taken to research, document and create new work. For our end of term celebration, the pupils transformed their classroom into a gallery, displaying not only their work, but a selection made by the adults in the project, including mine.
The children talked excitedly to their invited guests about the research they’d done and the artworks they’d made. We adults formed a panel of artists and lichen experts for a more formal questions and answers sessions led by the children. Making use of local expert knowledge was key to the project, as without Les and Sue Knight, we wouldn’t have the depth that’s been created in the artwork. It was clear that all had engaged with the project, hopefully igniting a new interest, and inspired new ways of creating artwork that is much more than just decorative.
A Chrysalis Arts project supported by NYCC Stronger Communities and YD National Park, all of the Fabric of Place events were offered free to the public.