Another of my little bookworks inspired by the ancient willows and the locks on the Stroudwater Canal. Handmade papers from the Himalayas serve as a wonderful substrate for my print designs.
Reflection of vanished trees.
This is one of the panels from my wall hanging ” Stroudwater Wanderings” created for the Wool and Water exhibition at Newark Park this autumn. Each of the eight panels that make up this work show a different image inspired by the archive and my own musings about the psychogeography of the Canal. I live close to the canal and frequently walk beside it. This panel lists some of the interesting names given to the local springs, water sources and wells which feed into the Frome and the Stroudwater Canal. Many however are unnamed like the one by the backdoor of my own cottage. They attracted human settlement here many thousands of years ago and were considered sacred or magical. A potent aspect of the Spirit of the land through which the canal flows.
I am using a structure for my Stroudwater Canal Archive work which reflects the shape of the locks. The subject matter also explores the sources of water itself in the five valleys and the history which stretches back before the canals. The power of water harnessed by the mills and the local textile industry.