Had a great time in the workshop foraging, dyeing using bundling technique, doing colour analysis and dying fabric in elderberries. It feels great to be making stuff.
In 2011 I spent my birthday in New York City. I had started the day witnessing those massive Macy’s Thanksgiving parade balloons (and they are humongous), I then walked around Central Park and I generally just tried to take the city all in as it was the first day of my holiday.
The most memorable part of that day though was spending a couple of hours in Zuccotti Park amongst the Occupy protestors, the volunteers, the tourists, the police, the media. There were free meals, free books, singing, debating, chess playing, badge selling, smiling, dancing, arguing, filming, picture taking – the atmosphere was amazing.
It hadn’t been my plan to wonder down that end of Manhattan that day (it’s quite a hike from Central park) but I’m very happy and also proud that I ended up there for those few hours.
There are few videos on YouTube which show some of the characters in these photos. One of them even has me in it – albeit very briefly and I could recognise myself only because of the bright yellow tights.
Summerhall is a creative hub for the arts with studio and workshop spaces for artists, based in Edinburgh. The building used to be a veterinary school and there’s still plenty of evidence of this: warning signs of slippery floors on doors, glass boxes and so on. It’s a bit of a maze though so you can miss some of the exhibitions they have on (like I did).
Most of these exhibitions are on until end of September. You can find more information about these exhibitions and the space on Summerhall’s website.
Scuffed Underside by Martin Green
Phenotype Genotype (PhG)
The Blue Book by Derek Jarman
One Hundred Multiples by Lawrence Weiner