A Four-Seasons Day

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The weather today has provided a perfect backdrop to the drama of starting on the boat. As the bus wound its way down over the Mendips, the Levels were awash with golden light, but by the time we were in Wells it was hailing.

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The stormy skies and half-light of the day made our new workshop seem a bright haven (though not quite cosy enough to risk taking off our coats, hats and gloves)

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We spent an exciting afternoon wrestling with timber and getting everything together for the boat, ready for marking out tomorrow. Then, to round off the day, we had a great session with our friends at the Langport Huish Youth Club.

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The adventure of making the boat has just begun.

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Workshops at the Curry Mallet Primary School

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Thanks again to the staff and pupils at Curry Mallet Primary School, who hosted us for two really rewarding sessions. We split the day between the older and younger pupils, and worked in groups across year groups to make sure everybody could take part. There were some really creative ideas and compelling images.
One group focused on recalling how the water flowed over a bridge, another set out a detailed landscape of saturated fields trans-sected by brimming rhynes. Others came up with inventive ideas for the future, including an under-water truck like a wheeled submarine, which would remain stable on the ground and not float, as well as a couple of space-borne craft. I was struck by the detail of some children’s observations and recollections – the precise way water over-spills the raised banks of a river, or the fine feathery branches of pollarded willows strung out along a rhyne.

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What an incredible, talented and entertaining group of young artists – we hope to see you all again!

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Pal·imp·sest

Last week at the LitterARTi exhibition in Bristol Jethro ran a workshop for children with designer-maker Fiona Hobson – creating laminated collages with children, from waste plastic bags and sweet wrappers (Seila was running a willow sculpture workshop with the artist Sarah Edwards outside)

It was a great chance to experiment with techniques we also hope to use for the some:when sail/banner. It was great to see how tough the laminate is and to get a sense for the properties of the materials, colours and textures – which were far too much for my phone’s camera to handle:

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This was actually our second attempt – our first was an impromptu living-room experiment with Claire and her incredible collection of creative scrap, at Bow Wharf in Langport. There are few relevant artists to consider if we talk about working with lamination and layering. Anselm Kiefer is one of them, one of the main artists working with the palimpsest technique to generate his work.

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Anselm Kiefer

pal·imp·sest (plmp-sstn. 

1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.

2. An object, place, or area that reflects its history.
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Henrique Oliveira

And the incredible Museo Aero Solar, a hot air balloon made from laminated waste plastic bags:

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Museo Aero Solar