Monday, 27 October 2014

Crosby Marina Coastal workshop

In connection with the Atkinson 'Chorus of the Coast' project, I’m developing a series of silk prints called ‘Fabric of the Coast’ based around the diverse character of the coastline from Crosby to Southport, influenced by sounds, textures, plus music and drawings from community groups. 
I have joined the group on different workshops to experience the coastal environment with community groups and to discover the coast from the perspective of the sounds that can be heard, the local wildlife, flora and fauna, the surface and textures of the surrounding area and the people and  industry of the place.

Pupils from local Primary School, St. Elizabeth's in Litherland, accompanied us on our walk along the coast at Crosby Marina.
Not only did we enjoy a very pleasant, warm and lively time on the beach, but we also examined the variety of objects such as shells, rocks, pebbles and seaweed on the sand.
The pupils learned about the names of birds and the songs and sounds they made.
Composer, Eve Harrison encouraged the pupils to write postcard conversations that the Gormley statues on the beach might have with their creator, Sculptor and artist, 
Antony Gormley.  They also visualized graphical scores of the sounds they could hear.

I created some fabric designs from a mixture of my own watercolour observations of the place and overlaid some of the pencil drawings that the children created in layers over my own interpretation to visualize my impression of the experience.

Wildlife expert, John Dempsey was our guide and shared a broad range of facts about the environment along this coastal stretch.
Crosby Marina is home to Antony Gormley's 'Another Place,' where 100 cast iron statues stand looking out to sea. See link for more detail.

There is something very magnetic about the Antony Gormley statues at  
'Another Place' in Crosby marina.

They have a 'presence' that's not only tangible material, but also
they evoke a sense of 'being' and awareness, almost as though they 
exist in more than a physical form.
I spent several hours immersed in filming on the beach on a cold, 
blustery day and I felt 'surrounded by folk,' only to discover that I 
was actually alone on the beach by tea time.

Below are some examples of the images and films I made of Mr. Gormley, 
clad in silken print from my coastal watercolours.

See Film sample here.

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