Category Archives: Aesthetics


This was my secret studio during the period of The Great Transition, where I began to discover the eco collograph.  It’s the shed at our allotment. It has a veranda which we closed in with trellising, including the trellis door … Continue reading

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First Art from Beyond The Great Transition: Eco Collographs with Healing Sumac and Turmeric, Light and Emily Dickinson


Picking up from where I left off before The Great Transition – which has taken all of six months and still living in some chaos – I was very happy to find a few hours to make a batch of … Continue reading

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Post-Walkabout, I Run into Archimedes and Tangerine Meg in the Pursuit of An Eco Collograph and Its Ghost


My Internet friend, and artist, Tangerine Meg, has just posted a blog listing different apologetics for Art, mentioning, among other things, the apparent dichotomy between Art and Science. That the dichotomy is just that, an apparency; that Art and Science … Continue reading

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Purple Sage, Accolade


Purple Sage (Eco Collograph) “Practicing creativity in every way we can think of feels like the most powerful response to current events that we can make. Adding to the beauty of the world and allowing our work to reflect the … Continue reading

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Eco Collograph: Human Days and a Scene in Paradise


“I have walked once in summer by the side of a little marsh filled with mint and white hawthorn. The mint and white hawthorn have with them a vivid, rare delicious perfume. It makes you want to grovel on the … Continue reading

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Eco Collographs: Shaking the Tree


What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?     Logan Pearsall Smith The image above is another of my experiments with eco collographs on 300gsm watercolour paper. Look like … Continue reading

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Drawing-in the Withdrawn – Drawing in Meta-Meaning Mode


“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger than reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into … Continue reading

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Kathy Hays’ Eco Print Video Workshop and Experimenting on Raw Silk from Koza Han


I keep writing about Kathy Hays’ video eco print workshop in my recent experiments with eco printing and natural dyeing, so I thought I’d post a You Tube video taster of the workshop. In my next blog I’m going to … Continue reading

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Rorschach as Poetry: A Suite of Eco Prints on Watercolour Paper Postcards


Another experiment using in part a technique (creating mirror images) from Kathy Hays’ video eco print workshop. Instead of silk fabric, I’ve used a book of watercolour paper postcards whose blank faces have been awaiting activation for a couple of … Continue reading

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Art Quotes I Like and Why: Picasso Takes an Idea for a Walk


“I begin with an idea … and then it becomes something else.”   Pablo Picasso I like this quote simply because to know that I have the same mindset as the most influential artist of all time is encouraging. I … Continue reading

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