I Must go Down to the Sea Today

The weather in Cornwall is absolutely beautiful at the moment and I have a yearning to be on a beach.

This is my Cornwall, This is my home.

I also have a wonderful excuse to go to the beach – I am working with a group of makers, all of them living in Devon and Cornwall and part of the regional Cluster of Design Nation on a beach combing adventure with Rue Pigalle. We are each going to be talking about our wonderful part of the World, why it is important and how it influences what we make. I cannot wait!

Across the water lives Lucy Spink

The event starts in Devon with Alison Shelton Brown, moves west to the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall where we visit my beach and my studio, across the water to Lucy Spink who will be in her beautiful Cornish garden and, finally, up to the north coast of Cornwall to visit Helen Eastham.

If we were doing this in reality it would take several days but, by doing in virtually, people will be able to enjoy the work of four artists all driven by their passion for the wilds of the South-west of this wonderful Island of ours without leaving their armchair. Oh the wonders of technology!

At Last!

Spring 2021, and I have seen every single member of the Time-Lapse team at least once this week – in the flesh!

At a time when such things have become a novelty, we have been hanging a physical exhibition – socially distanced, no hugging and face masks firmly in place – which has been in the pipeline since autumn 2020 during which time we have not met.

In fact I had never met the majority of the group before this week – not once – in real life. Yet, since that first lockdown in March 2020 we have done something remarkable. We have formed a new regional group of Design Nation (Cornwall and Devon) and then, with the support of the Royal Cornwall Museum, we have planned, prepared, staged and hung a remarkably coherent and truly thoughtful exhibition.

The exhibition, Time-Lapse, opens on 17th May 2021 and I think that everyone involved is feeling pretty proud of it.

Time-Lapse in the Philbrick Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum

It represents our response to the isolation of the past 14 moths when, for most makers, work dried up: galleries were closed and craft fairs went online.

Let’s hope that this is the light at the end of the tunnel. May it shine bright!