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Monday, 17 July 2017




A walk in July 
A collaborative walk on July 12th with the Garden Gate Community Project and Walking with The Waste Land in Cliftonville, Margate.
A photo diary of a series of walks which we began in April. this is our fourth walk.


July seems to be the month for fruit and vegetables at the Garden Gate.

okra or ladies fingers
A pumpkin patch
Strange creatures

For our walk we took inspiration from ‘Precario’ (precarious) #ThreadandWord a walk in Edinburgh from Dundas street gallery to Inverleith house ( you can check this out in the previous blog entry:http://elspethpenfold.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/precario-1990-cecilia-vicuna-maximum.html


This multifaceted work addresses the pressing concerns of the modern world; ecological destruction, human rights and cultural homogenisation. Cecilia Vicuña's works often begin as poems, before transforming into images, films, songs, sculptures or collective performances - “hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard”
Documenting the precarious nature of existence and the strength in fragility through our hand made ropes. 




At the start of our July  walk I suggested we use ropes to gather found sticks, flowers and leaves   while we walked. As always the inventiveness and creativity of my fellow walkers is wonderful. 


  For more about ropes and how these fit in  with the walks please visit:  








and so we walked;






                                                                                
















Dahlias at North down Park House  










A lovely path through the woods for a wander.







           







A record of this our July walk. I hope you can join us next time for our walk on August 2nd at 2pm. 





Walking with ‘The Waste Land’ is a community group founded by artist Elspeth Penfold in 2014. The group use walking as a research tool for locating TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and selected other poems in Margate. The group works closely with Turner Contemporary’s Waste Land Research Group who are developing Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary’s first major exhibition of 2018, which will be on show from 3rd February – 20th May 2018, focused on connections between Eliot’s poem and the visual arts.


Monday, 10 July 2017

'Precario' (1990) Cecilia Vicuña 

'maximum fragility' can work against 'maximum power' 

These words from artist Julia Riddiough  who provided us with a walking chakra for our fragile lives.


This gave us a wonderful start to our walk on Friday from Dundas Street Gallery to Inverleith house.


a quote from Julia's work :

'If you find you are at a crossroads and aren't sure which way to go , look to a gut feeling in your solar plexus for guidance. '

And so we begin

I have published the full text of all pieces mentioned in this blog on my website:

http://www.elspeth-billie-penfold.com

This walk is part of the Threads exhibition at Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, curated by The Artist's Pool.

The exhibition brings together artists from varied creative practices, backgrounds, cultures
and countries to explore the threads that connect us through our experiences, humanity, gender, friendship and relationship.







The artist and printmaker Nicola Weir, made us some motifs to carry in our pockets. The process for this piece has been documented on our Facebook page Thread and Word https://www.facebook.com/ThreadandWord/ , a beautiful piece which echoes the power of fragility.






We were joined on our walk by the artist Naomi Garriock who soon got us started by helping to unravel the first ribbon to be read

There were 10 ribbons on spools with the words of the poem printed on them.
There were a total of ten ribbons

allocated randomly to walkers.










Jil Rock, Sprang , (March)






The ribbons are a development from the first Thread and Word Walk in Shoreditch last March, when the artist Jill Rock did a performance of ' Sprang'
using a gold ribbon.




Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean artist whose art is a recurring influence in my work. I am from Bolivia and use weaving and rope making as a part of my art practice.


I make ropes for my fellow walkers and ask them to record their memory of the walk through knots in the ropes.
The ropes reference my cultural roots and the history I learnt as a child growing up in South America.

They also connect with ideas I have explored through research into Art, Sociology and Social Anthropology.




A sobering moment when we read ,

The Women came out at night Las Mujeres salieron a la noche,

Poem by Jaime Huenún,

With thanks to the curator Roberta Bacic
http://cain.ulster.ac.uk/conflicttextiles



Over the bridge I suddenly spotted the Leith Walkway which was perfect , for:

 'Passing Through the Shadow of the Earth'

a poem offered to us for our walk by the  Ecopoet, Professor Jonathan Skinner.

For more about Jonathan: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/people/drjonathanskinner/


and as referenced in the poem,

.............. Heron..........,


serendipity










As we approached the Arboretum Way Naomi Garriock set us some rope based tasks
For more about Naomi:http://instagram.com/garriockmountain











Followed by a few more readings of ribbons on our way to the Royal Botanical Gardens and Inverleith house.
Naomi then set us up for a team event in knotting ropes,
 it all got a bit competitive

and tangled.



Finally a reading of a paper written by the writer and academic Judy Dermott
' Vicuña and Women Centred Modernism'


I quote: 'Vicuna’s Modernism, twists, and jives, she connects us to mythic time   through her foremothers, who employing their bodies, weaved and plaited and told stories as they did so, gossiping, stitching and when language failed, using the alphabet of pattern and colour, collapsing time, and crucially healing the fracture between body and mind.'
(please check my website for the full transcript)




and so to tea and scones! Thank you all for making it so much fun.





Monday, 3 July 2017

A Wander on Friday July 7th ,Thread and Word

from Dundas Street Gallery to  Inverleith house Edinburgh  
2pm - 4pm

in collaboration with Threads 







An artist led walk by Elspeth Penfold

 inspired by Cecilia Vicuña’s poem ‘Hilo y Palabra’

          A poem written in Edinburgh in 1970











Includes participative interventions by artists:


Nicola Weir,

Naomi Garriock 



With further work contributed by

 artist Julia Riddiough 

ecopoet, Jonathan Skinner  

                                               academic Judy Dermott. 



And includes :


A Yoga Mantra

Ribbons for unravelling

Poetry reading

Ropes

Knots 






Timed participative interventions with instructions



                     Ending at Inverleith House, where the poem was written  


Currently closed for exhibitions

                                                                       
                                                                                   



                                                                                                                                          



It may open again!

  

 ‘we still believe …….’ And sincerely hope








Follow our page on Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/ThreadandWord/



Although free the event is ticketed :                                         
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/threadandword-tickets-34162936262?aff=ehomesaved

                                                            





Monday, 12 June 2017

A  June walk - thinking about projective verse ,

with The Garden Gate community project in Margate. 

The Walking with the Waste Land group in collaboration with members of the Garden Gate community in Margate have decided to embark on one walk a month in the garden and the surrounding area of Northdown Park. We started our walks in April, so this was our third walk.



                                                     



 For this walk we decided to try to experiment with projective verse.















An example of projective verse:
s h a d o w s ,  b i r d s,                            



     wake up

  birch trees
 in the wind's web

       before what minutes, exposition
               of mankind

              stony light turned

                    how much
                          the number

               the vague soon again

                  what change in the parts 
  

about projective verse:


Olson argues against a lazy reliance on simile and description, which can drain a poem of energy, and proposes that syntax be shaped by sound rather than sense, with nuances of breath and motion to be conveyed to the reader through typographical means.


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We began by walking and pausing to compile words associated with place. Charlotte acted as our scribe.



some  words:

                                                                                                                     Vibrant
 pigeon 
                                                                    cooing, concrete slabs,

 birds
                chirping tall trees,
                                                                                                                     formal paper petals, 
                                                   sundial, pom noms,
                                                                                                                                       organised, wild berries, snappy
                           
       Green seagulls,
                                                                                        Grass sticks, funghi cones, 
                           
                                                                                     
playing, baby sycamore puppies
                                                                        rest                                lavender, blue,Lavsih  bees. ,
                                                           
 talking ladders, umbrella tree, standing 
                                                                       drilling, fox poo, stones, car tracks, bench 
clock 
                             view, high horizon,

dog
swaying                             2 crows
scarf
                                                                                        wind
                                                                                        clock.       flea darts







Time

using the sundial with many thanks to Margaret for her wonderful contribution (we walked past this in our last two walks and didn't even notice it!) and also thanks to  Charlotte for brilliant participation.





                         Timelessness:

                         blowing a dandelion










With many thanks to all who contributed to this walk. I hope you will join us on our next one,  July 12th. meet at the Garden Gate at 10am finish 12 pm.

If you have any ideas you would like to develop please feel free to suggest!


Walking with ‘The Waste Land’ is a community group founded by artist Elspeth Penfold in 2014. The group use walking as a research tool for locating TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and selected other poems in Margate. The group works closely with Turner Contemporary’s Waste Land Research Group who are developing Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary’s first major exhibition of 2018, which will be on show from 3rd February – 20th May 2018, focused on connections between Eliot’s poem and the visual arts.


For more about the Garden Gate Community project please visit their Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/TheGardenGateProject/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED