Monday, 25 April 2022

Rewilding... for Pollinators.

Rewilding....for Pollinators 


Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion upon my people for centuries untold, and which to us appears changeless and eternal, may change. Chief Seattle- Chief of the Suquamish & Duwamish peoples. mid 1800.

Altered Perceptions, Photograph
 Manipulation. yf 2017



Honey Bee, Etching 2014

Inspired by COP26, culminating in the fourth eco-project, the next local  creatives collaboration commences 1st-13th May. The intention to gain a deepening awarness of the impact that toxic pesticides and herbicides currently have on Pollinators - Bees, Birds and Butterflies. Themed images include,various artworks, an installation on honey beekeeping, quotes and poetry.

The project also encourages people in the local community to participate by taking away a sunflower plant to grow for pollinators over the summer months - cultivating an awarness albeit "small" yet positive meaningful action. We hope for a further  collage display to be held, sharing community Sunflower images in the autumn.

Please note more images to be added when the display commences.....


Care for nature. 2014
Song Trush, Etching,  yf

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Vital role of Trees - Third Earth Collaboration

"I believe that the critical elements of this sacred life and living Earth story lives in the human heart. Largely unspoken, however, it has little public presence. To guide our path to a viable prosperous human future, it must become our shared public story. This is our opportunity to make it so". David Korten. (Pg 31) ref - Change The Story, Change The Future. Berrett-koeler, publishers,Inc. ( An optimistic inspiring read)

                                                   ************* "                                                            

Trees - their vital role in keeping our ecosystems thriving, balanced and healthy. Our third,  most recent display on trees is now on show at the Halesworth Library. As Earth Collaborators our main focus is to continue sharing creatively both the awesomeness and the importance of thriving ecosystems. By engaging with the multi- impact of human activity on ecosystems we consider other ways of responsible, positive, ethically sustainable interactions with our natural world.  

By endeavoring  to develop a deeper appreciation of the vital importance of ecosystems - their intrinsic value in and of themselves; rather than just a resource for human consumption. Through an array of  creativity - art works, poetry, quotes we focus on the dynamic role of trees... cultivating a deeper awarness of our dependence on our planets ecosystems for the wellbeing of the whole that we are an intrinsic part.

 Local Group Winter light, have created a nature trail for people to participate in connection with the Library display.

Below are just some of the works on display......More to be added! Thanks for visiting its much appreciated...( clicking on the images magnifies the detail)










Anna Pearson- part of Silk screen -Oak leaves.Anna is inspired by textures and patterns ....an aspect seen in her work.



                                                                      Anna Pearson, Silk Screen ,Oak leaves


Part of the Tree display- Halesworth
Library Feb/March 2022




Amanda Erinbach's, Blessing Stick, the beauty of forms captured 
within this painted driftwood - Inspirational.





       
                                      
                                Ruben Perkins - painting, Woodpecker on a Branch-                                                                                wild life habitats sustained by trees. Symbiotic cycles.

                                                                                                  
Anna Badar, Oak Tree , the natural beauty
-Earths seasonal cycles, revealing
Earths sacred harmony

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Letters To The Earth - Local Event

Lao Tzu - Taoist Sage 600 BCE 

Do you want to improve the world?. I don't think it can be done.

The world is sacred.

It can't be improved.

If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it.

If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.   Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching, verse 29

Translated by Steven Mitchell -Published by Frances Lincoln Ltd. 2013


What is deep ecology?  It can be understood as nature having intrinsic value in and of itself...rather than being a resource and commodity for human consumption alone.


Letters To The Earth.

Mid December we commenced with our next EARTH Collaboration, "Letters To The Earth."  Originally initiated and inspired by Designer Vivienne Westwood. Resonating with many the Letters idea has gained a huge following, creating momentum toward the climate debates held at COP26. Countless thousands of letters have been written in the forms of poems, quotes and images concerning the global ecological crisis.  And responding to the then COP26 conference in Glasgow Scotland : October-November 21. The inspirational "Letters" idea has resonated with many globally....


Our own local responses to "Earth Letters" emerged from the challenges and the initial outcomes of the COP26 event. Yet more needs to be addressed. In collaboration with a group of local people we started the next venture. Hiring the local library display window again to encourage the public to write their own "Letters To The Earth." below are images, poems, haikus and letters. We are grateful to"The Letters to Earth" team for their generous gesture of facilitation - enabling people to use their resources. We gained valuable insight into cultivating ideas and using them for a local display. Many more images may be added as time goes on.....

Meraylah Allwoods, painterly creations are stunning ethereal miniatures, Here enlarged She uses imagery as a way of expressing her deep connections to nature, the elements and seasons.Dwelling on a small holding. Meraylah  uses methods of perma-culture when growing fruit and vegtables. This sustainable endeavour is a holistic approach, responsibly and ethically working with the land and natural environment.
This particular image, Earth Angel, is a beautiful example and depiction of that interconnection Meraylah experiences. The image centering on a serene cosmos style figure, whose loving embrace emulates a sense of care, being at one with the whole of nature, at one with all life forms on planet Earth. Meraylah incorporated a poem circling the figure, Earth Angel was  the central image for our "Letters To The Earth"  display.

If you truly love nature you will find beauty everywhere- Vincent Van Gogh.




Library window displaying various creative works. Nearest image - a solitary oak tree silhouetted against a vibrant horizon, by Anna Badar. Anna's work emanates a serene, atmospheric quality, the light creating a sense of hope for deepening our connections to Earth. Anna is inspired by her Buddhist practice and from, the teachings of Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh,; his book, Love Letter to the Earth, is part of Anna's work in the display.

"Everyone of us regardless of nationality or faith can experience a feeling of admiration and love when we see the beauty of earth and the beauty of the cosmos." Thich Nhat Hanh pg 82, Love letter to The Earth., Parallax press. 

Trees are the poems that the earth writes upon the sky- Khalil Gibran.



This stunning sculptural work was created - Mandy's inspired experience shared here...Shortly after the Ist Lockdown, walking along the beach I found myself drawn to the bleach discarded sticks cast by the waves - As I walked back through the marsh, I had a feeling of being a young boy taking sticks back to his tribe- When I got home I began to paint the sticks. Embracing discarded nothing and transforming it through the human touch into somthing. I offer the sticks as a blessing to Grandmother earth and all her worlds with gratitude for the gifts we receive from them. Amanda Erienbach.



This beautiful sculptural image - a globe shaped willow work entwined with the beauty of natures stores found feathers, shells and ivy leaves. A willow work by designer, Diane Robinson, who makes lovely willow work - bird feeders and nest boxes etc.. It's great to have some willow craft, using intentionally sustainable and locally resourced materials.
 


This beautiful imagery was inspired by living creatures of our natural  habitats... beautifully crafted by Chris Silver,  this image looks like a real butterfly. Chris's watercolour paintings are intricate stunning life like replicas - A part of the wild species in our world ...we want to see protected...As Aldo Leopold stated ...we ( Humans) are a part of  this sacred web of life - Yet our present dominion ever-increasing,  highlights our alienation....Hope combined with positive actions lie  in our restoration of  the wild places.

A POEM

The Night Runners 

Not quite prepared
for things auspicious
we press the small Skoda
east along the river road
bound for a sing-up,some
cake and verses to herald
in the winter solstice...

And we collide almost,
wide-eyed in the darkness
with a leash of five young hinds
their wetted pelts a-shine
bright silver in the halogen;
all that is grace and beauty
etched on the north wind

So soon they melt away
to leave us wanting,
empty and bereft, thirsty
for more, a further taste 
on this road or some other;
a final sip perhaps
before the cup is dry.

Mike Bannister.

A Haiku 
Eastern Sun Rising 
Bird Song Wakens Slumbering Earth
Red Berries On Twigs. yf




Up coming Event starts in February half term we focus on trees and their intrinsic place on our planet. Art poems stories and nature trails will be on display! 

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Reflecting on the October 21 climate change display

 Although this original display took place in a local Church back in Sept / October 21, on reflection it seems to have acted as a bit of a watershed for creative ideas to start emerging at a local grass roots level - for alternative perspectives to be represented concerning the ongoing climate change challenges we face. 

Ideas are gradually being explored, the potential advantages of using public spaces to highlight climate themes, are becoming positive spaces of reflection, discussion and for collaborative action to take place. 

Focussing on climate concerns has enabled two recent project opportunities to take place -  One based on COP26 and a current display - Letters to the Earth. Both held at the local  library - And both encouraging public participation and engagement. 

Through these events a number of local creative's  are participating by responding  to certain themes. It is an organic, inclusive approach, from which is emerging a non- hieracicle  setting- Our individual responses culminating into an inclusive collaborative response.

Future themes throughout spring will focus on trees and their intrinsic part of the web of life-Feb/March22. A rewilding theme to consider local spaces /garden....public participation to take place in May -growing sunflowers from seeds with opportunities of displaying in the library,  images of sunflowers in the Autumn of 2022..these are early days and we remain open toward other opportunities emerging and evolving.








                                             
Work from 2013 focussing on the effects of deforestation 
titled , We are making a new world, yf















                      Part of the image in above exhibition ,                                 Forests came before civilzations ...deserts
                     came after, 2013, yf





New works for next library display focussing on the COP26 Glasgow Climate debates




Below workings for the next library project



















Sunday, 24 October 2021

COP26- A Collaboration of artists - Their creative endeavours inspiried by ecological based stories.


   Ongoing COP26 display. The first collaborative images ....


Human Kind...We are but one thread, all things hold together all things connect - Chief from the Native Americans


COP 26 display in progress at the Local Library - A collaboration of Five local creatives. A Potter, A Designer, and Three artists. All working in different mediums - Each focussing on alternative ways of expressing creative production.  


Local artists- what inspires their creativity? How does nature, the elements and the natural environment  influence their work? The importance of ethical, holistic and alternative methods of  production. Through their creative endeavours,what approaches are employed for more ecologicaly sustainable ways of being in the world.


Scape, collage Marianne Koby-
Johnson.
Marianne Koby-Johnson, Assemblages, Mariannes beautiful, delicate works are created out of found objects both man made and natural.." I love making Assemblages from found objects, and painting nature with oils on found wood. "
Boat, Assemblage Marianne Koby Johnson.



Pottery, clay used from Robs Garden. Rob
Rutterford.
Rob Rutterford's sculptural ceramics & pottery - Made from natural clay resources from his own garden. He comments, "Within my ceramics and sculptures I try to use recycled materials. Using Raku techniques which were originaly developed by a Japanese family of potters, who believed being closer to the process creates greater understanding on many levels. "When firing his work Rob needs to be alone watch carefully and respond to the fire ...timing must be accurate. It is very much a philosophical and intuitive approach when responding to the elements. Robs views are If we were to consider an attentive approach of responding toward our planet a balance could be made, to make things better." Rob also uses found pieces of drift wood from the shorelines in his work. And gathered tree branches from the locality where he lives. His earthen vases have a particularly appealing rustic beauty enhanced by Rob's ethically, philosphical centered approach.


Raku Birds on Drift wood Rob 
Rutterford, Ceramacist/ Potter
 


Diane Self''s creative textile works reveal her love, enthusiasm and connection to the natural environment. Diane uses natural dyes and materials inspired by nature and local landscapes. Using vegetable-based dyes in the production of her work is a valuable non-pollutant contribution to the sustainability of our planets fragile eco-systems. This highlights the array of possibilities and alternative ways of sustainable production as a realistic and viable option. Its potential to make positive impacts both ecologically and ethically. The wall hanging below demonstraites one of the many ways Diane is able to use her skills, connecting with the natural environment through her use of materials derived from the natural world.


            


The magnified image shows the subtle earthy hues and intricate qualities

 within Diane's craft  - inspiring.



Meraylah Allwoods, painterly creations are stunning ethereal miniatures. She uses imagery as a way of expressing her deep connections to nature, the elements and seasons.Dwelling on a small holding, she uses methods of permaculture when growing fruit and vegtables. This sustainable endeavour is a holistic approach, responsibly and ethically working with the land and natural environment.
This particular image, Earth Angel, is a beautiful example and depiction of that interconnection Meraylah experiences. The image centering on a serene cosmos style figure, whose loving embrace emulates a sense of care, being at one with the whole of nature, at one with all life forms on planet Earth. Meraylah incorporated a poem circling the figure.



 

Yvonne's work in contrast depicts the current detrimental effects of  human activity. The ensuing environmental dissonance topical today. In this work she uses reclaimed materials, the ground embossed with thick gesso. Painted using muted acrylic hues and inks. The image alludes to the deterioration of  natural habitats. Fragile ecosystems many find themselves surviving within rather than thriving. The artwork is etched with the words 'Humankind, we are but one thread, all things hold together, all things connect'.  This phrase also emphasised in her most recent work Alterered Perceptions. Where a soliatry creature is embedded into an abstracted space, illuminating the detrimental and ailenating effects of industrial pesticides on the natural environment.






Public participation , making a promise to the Planet
Tree installation with many thanks for the help of local 
librarians.




Making the tree installation for the Library






Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Images for the Cop 26 Display

 "Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison, by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Einstein. ref1


Maybe a time is coming to re-imagine - to set in motion, a new way of being...An alternative narrative to outdated models present societies have become conditioned to imbibe. Past principles which set in motion human ideologies of dominion over the natural world through the subjugation of all other species. As we now experience the effects of current unsustainabilty, caused by anthropecene degradation and depleation of Earths natural resources - unable to imagine future consequences these actions might entail. Humans... we only exist because we are part of the whole earth-system. For a few hundred years we have lived acting like we own the place. Its time to take responsibility. To creatively shift to new value and belief systems. Ones holistic and in harmony with the ecosystems on the planet ...Its time for an Ecological Civilization to emerge - Anon.

Carbon foot print reductions by Governments.


Presently I am working on images for the COP26 event being held October 31st into November 2021. Working in collaboration with Diane and Meraylah. We intend to draw on our diverse range of creative skills in order to display them in a public library. The works will be exhibited in conjunction with the COP26 event in Glasgow U.K. We hope to draw attention localy to the crucial dilemmas we face concerning the climate change - Global Governments will discuss how each intend to deal with their countrys fossil fuel emissions in order to reduce the global carbon foot print - For ongoing,sustainable and enduring life on this planet.

"To regain our full humanity...we have to regain our experience of connectedness with the entire web of life. "  Fritjof Capra, Visionary Systems Thinker. ref 2  


             


21st C, Mother & Child, charcoal/paper. yf.

 
                  The intention to work with charcoal on 
                 paper  as away to express  the on going plight &  displacement experienced                   
                 by Amazonian  people,  As the act of deforestation
                 by fire  occurs - the aftermath ...charred remains. 
                                                   
We Are Creating a New World yf
,
Part of Forest, Civilization, Desert, yf

 
                                                         Scorched, Eleventh Hour,mixedmedia yf


Displacement mixed media, yf 2013









References 1,2. from The Web Of Meaning, By Jeremy Lent. 2021 pg 118-119 

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

COP 26...Creative Event, Oct-Nov 22, Climate Change

 " I am fully committed to the idea that human exsisitence should be rooted in the earth." - Carl Jung.

                                                       

A few months from now COP 26 will be hosted in Glasgow.UK. International Governments gathering  in order to discuss  emergencey climate change  policies - Particularly focusing their debates and plans around the necessary reductions of fossil fuel pollutants currently impacting earths ecosystems.

Hope- capacity for change is still possible - even though around the globe unprecedented experiences of climate extremes reveal inevitable harsh realities upon ecosystems due to human activity- ecosystems  human survival depends upon. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Part Image Altered Perception yf


The ongoing climate induced realities, impacting tundra, land,flora, fauna, ice- caps, sea life habitats....A new paradigm shift is apparent. Either new values and new ways of sustainable living will emerge without further detriment or threats of further extinctions to other life forms. As well as our own. Imagining new modes of being where humans could live more harmoniously as a species - in ways that benefit holistically.

Maybe through gaining deeper ecological awareness, choosing to reconnect, in seeing ourselves as part of a whole would perhaps play a key and significant part to thriving as well as surviving... 

Many strategic, ecologically informed authors inspire new frameworks of being. Authors such as David Korten who shares ways to explore living in an ecological civilisation - His book, Change the Story Change The Future, looks at ways to engage, all our current civilisations tools in the process of change, be they experts in the techno, spiritual, sciences, economics, ecology... or Jeremy Lents latest book, The Web Of Meaning, which incorporates understanding how we have come to be, the consequential effects and our interdependence of all things and how the dynamics of those interconnections play their parts too. He explores the complexity of systems...rather than the reductionist veiw of the emphasised mechanical...I recently read Carl Jungs book, Earth Has A Soul (ref 1below) ....we have somehow lost our way and interconnection....he states and looks at the interconnection of indegenous peoples .."I am fully committed to the idea that human exsistence should be rooted in the earth."(ref pg 194)....Which seem like words of wisdom concerning where we presently stand.


Currently I'm in the process of collaborating with two other creatives. We intend to display the works   in a Library situ ....Each of us bringing work and ideas that connect with the current climate and which will coincide with the COP 26 Events...we hope to share our perspectives on the beauty of nature reconnection ...alternative ethical ways of productions with cloth and natural dyes.  And images referencing current ecological concerns. Presently we are intitally working on ways to present and articulate the works into a public domain. with reference to COP26. Works below are a finished series Altered perceptions...going a little further I intergrated human imagery into parts of the exsisiting works.  I hope in due time to share our collaborations, images and ideas on the blog...  : ) 






ref 1 ...Earth has a Soul Carl Jung, Edited essays by Meridith Sabini , North Atlantic Books Berkeley California .

Jeremy Lent The Web of Meaning,  philosophy and the Environmnet

David Korten, Change the Story Change The Future.