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Liquid Landscapes Diary 8






School Cross Curricular Project


LIQUID LANDSCAPES has dovetailed beautifully with a new cross curricular project that we are starting  in the school where I am part- time head of art.

We had a lunchtime meeting with representatives from the following departments Art, History, Physics and Chemistry to discuss the theme of WATER as a starting point, (prompted by my my collaboration with S.K.).  I showed some of the boat prototypes and You Tube clips of TASKFORCE dancers in L.A..  Everyone fired up and off to do some research into boat design, speed , strength, evolution of keels, buoyancy (possible experiments with eggs), Sir Francis Drake, Spanish Armada, Mary Rose, Devonport, knots, semaphore. Need to find some paddling pools.

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CIMG5338_edited-1Maiden Voyage  Maidencombe

Another beautiful sunny day.

We went down to Maidencombe beach this afternoon to see how the boats ( with waxed bottoms!) fared in more demanding conditions. These boats are all about 60cm in length, which is the maximum length I can get out of A2 card. I could try attaching two sheets to make bigger boats which would have more visual impact, I don’t know if the join will make them more prone to sinking. (I’ll have a go anyway).
The white card and mirror card boats seemed pretty sturdy for about 30 mins – 45 mins (and were still ok. when I removed them, but slightly waterlogged), the coloured ones made of recycled card absorbed the water and lost their shape much faster, some sank and disintegrated (these were all attached with fishing line).

 We released the surviving orange boat out to sea . It was great to see it sail off into the distance…………….. That sense of freedom like releasing pigeons.CIMG5315
It would be wonderful if the dancers could release a few boats at the end, rather than them all being tethered for the duration.
Maybe we could scoop up any flotsam and jetsam after the performance with a fishing net  (perhaps Mr Fish and Ships might ferry us round for a clear up further out).


Art Trek Blog: 17th June. 8.30pm.

Had a nice day in Dulverton today. My partner was photographing the work of ceramicst, Jacqueline Leighton-Boyce in her studio up on Exmoor, just over the border into Somerset. Jackie is doing Art Trek with basket maker, Mary Melling and print maker, Judith Westcott, in Judith’s South Molton studio. It was so nice to meet up with Jackie and to see her work, as all our correspondence has been by phone or email.

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March 30, 2009

Coloured Boats

I have experimented with recycled coloured card. The colours are slightly faded 1950s, reminiscent of old school exercise books.

I made one boat in each colour and experimented with stacking them, arranging them in rows, circles and so on.

I photographed them in the garden against the vivid green grass.

Very positive response from Stephan and Lara when I emailed the photos.

I am starting to get a clearer idea of the overall feel now.

LIQUID LANDSCAPES DIARY 29 March 2009 Mirror boats


I had a few sheets of mirror card in my studio left over from a previous project, so I decided to cut out the boat net from these to see the effect.

I also scaled up the net and cut out a larger boat (about 1metre in length); Stephan had mentioned the possibility of the dancers doing some improvisations with the larger versions. The interplay of light would be great on a sunny day. I made one with the mirrored surface on the inside and another with the mirror on the outside.

We played about with these in the garden, fortunately it was a glorious day, not a cloud in the sky. By moving the boats about we could reflect and bounce the light in a dramatic flashes, a bit like the sweep of a light house beam, so bright, almost blinding.

This worked particularly well with the boats with the mirrored inside.

The boats with the mirror on the outside have an interesting camouflage effect, so much so that they disappear into the background (made me think of the Dazzle ships of WW1).