Category Archives: spirituality

A Titanic Love Affair, Horse Chestnut Husk Dye and Mordanting with Moses the Chemist


My titanic love affair has little to do with those 12 sprogs/pre-Olympian gods of Uranus, less still the ill-fated ship of that name. I’m in love with the oxalate of a mineral element,  Titanium Oxalate (C4O8Ti) which is a new … Continue reading

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Be strong, even if it breaks your heart –  Dr Who This resonated. I wondered for a brief moment how being strong would break the heart. Then thought: Sophie’s Choice. I reckon there comes a time we all have to … Continue reading

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Homage to Nature


“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.”   ~ Aristotle

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Working Like Snow


“Like Snow
Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.”

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Judas Basket, Magnetic Thinking, The Flowers of Evil and Eco-Dyeing with Wisteria


“I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle. ” ~Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing. I like … Continue reading

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A First Try at Eco-Dyeing with Staghorn Sumac (Rhus Typhina)


I was delighted, when we first came in May last year to inspect what was to become our new home,  to find no less than four mature Staghorn Sumac trees flourishing in the garden, for I knew Sumac to be … Continue reading

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Taking a Walk with Pussy Willow An-Dro into the (Negative) Space of Possibility


Like the other eco prints on watercolour paper in  the  batch made the other week, this is a pair of mirror image prints. Quite by chance (if you believe in coincidence – I don’t) there’s an inner circle of imprints … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – Bring it On 2018


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Taking a Walk in Negative Space


I’m attracted to  artworks damaged in the making process. When trying to figure out why, I’ve focused on the word damage. In looking at this on the left – a damaged eco collograph of some  elm leaves – it came … Continue reading

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Eco Collography – A New Development – St John’s Wort


Looking like fossilised remains of some ancient creature, this is an eco collograph of St John’s Wort, including stems, leaves and luscious red berries. I made a couple of little chemical changes to the process to ‘see what would happen’. … Continue reading

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