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.
Working on an exhibition at Newark Park as part of Wool and Water festival.
I joined the artists responding to this archive of material regarding the building of the Stroudwater Canal. The Stroud Artist Book group will be showing this work at Newark Park in September. The organiser and curator Tonia Maddison is a member of SAB.
My contribution to the Inaugural Magical Women Conference program.
Magical Women Kenning included in my recent artist book “Gather” a collection of textworks and images created/cocreated over the last decade. My image the “Eight Paths” expresses something about female force and power.