Art in Nature

38 Degrees teams up with Campaign for National Parks

What a great 80th Birthday party! Two Art in Nature Walks curated nationally by Richard Shilling with local artists facilitating.  We, on Dartmoor had a very creative day. I was aided by Land Artist & fellow art & ecologist, Linda Gordon from the North Coast of Devon.

The weather was excellent and views from the top of the moor to Plymouth Sound. Lovely people had signed up, especially the children. Lots of fun creating and laughs.

We were joined on Dartmoor by Gemma from Campaign for National Parks, Marq & Kareem from 38 Degrees, Official photographer Emily W-W & puppy husky, Leigh of BBC Spotlight & Cameraman sent by Alice @Wonderland. The Moorland Guides were busy with their walkers also. Add in the open day for National Parks Week at The Visitor Centre with rare breeds, white face sheep, dartmoor ponies etc.  It certainly was a busy day in Princetown!!

 Thank you to all the participants for their inspired work, but the gold star goes to Jennifer for the designing in dung. Move over Chris Ofili  you have been usurped!

And the crowd roared MORE please ……..




Dartmoor Palette #2

Out again on the Granite Elements Art Walks. The difference in colours in one month. Foxgloves are just finishing, heather and gorse appearing. Yellows of tormentil and bracken turning… Add in the colour of the wild bilberry. A warm breeze and a good 5 minute shower. More research in the bag. Thanks to all who came along.  Looking forward to the Autumn berry one!!



Granite Elements

Its been a Dartmoor Week! Granite Elements has been launched, a Bovey Tracey parishscapes project.   The community focus will be The Templer Way granite tramway. Dartmoor granite was quarried and shipped for buildings like the British Museum, Covent Garden and National Gallery.

Looking forward to leading some creative community walks.

Dartmoor Moor Than Meets The Eye




Nan’s button box, it was the draw under the treadle singer sewing machine. Finally 15 years on I have set the contents out and in a process of reconstruction.I am recreating the draw with tiny books, each will have notes by my family members or snippets of lovely memory of the items. Buttons from the GPO, Navy Ark Royal brass,  Victoriana jet,  mother of pearl shirt buttons, hat and nappy pins, toy soldiers and a dolls house coin from the Nuremburg mint. Spangle glasses and bone. A veritable wealth of history, I wish I could do more to cherish and celebrate my Nan’s unconditional generosity of care for so many generations.
Mary Barlett’s Bookbindery at Dartington is the creative place.  Here is Mary setting typeset at her Unicorn Press, also Richard Shimmel making his beautiful sketchbooks.