Here are a few extracts from notes I made whilst on Shetland. The rest of my writing and some of the watercolours/studies will be gathered together into an exhibition and new book – Shetland Notebooks – to be launched in 2019. Details to follow!
Heathery air. Circle of green on a grey-mauve hill flank. Simple. Lovely. Clouds like so many bird kisses resting on the hill tops. Lime green clumps of clover along the way and pale green breath gathered at the yoke, the node of serpentine shoulders. Sheep mothers pretending to be deer with their shorn coats and brown skins. Climbing over the black rocks to Horse Island my balance improves. I share the air with fulmars and terns, they traverse an airy valley of thermals I cannot see, but sit alongside, in my seat of blasting sun-struck rock.
Clouds like wing of tirrick, white dots on rock tirrick bodies folded for a moment until they rise like tree flowers falling. As if borne by some celestial cord the birds open themselves to the air, and trust. Through a bird’s eye a glimpse of worlds beyond stars.
Wave of sea-goddess hair lifting across rocks with a gasp, a sigh. I walk along the empty beach, sand white and soft; I gather feathers which have grown out of your body, tern-tirrick or shag; a flight feather which pointed east as you stood out there on the black rocks, drying your wings. Sea body broken by tirrick lance, blood red spear on tiny face all focus. My body broken by the driving cut of red words and empty hands, my own unworthiness. My work a migrating bird.
Undressing after Shetland
The night I return from Shetland: when I undress, my clothes smell of birds, the chalky perfume of feathers. I am still there.
Here are a few extracts from notes I made whilst on Shetland. The rest of my writing and some of the watercolours/studies will be gathered together into an exhibition and new book – Shetland Notebooks – to be launched in 2019. Details to follow! Horse Island Heathery air. Circle of green on a… Read more »
During the coming week I will be teaching a workshop to a group of poets – the Indian King Poets, a group of poets who meet regularly in Camelford, most of whom are published in the small presses, and some of whom have won national poetry awards (Mslexia, the Plough, Hippocrates). We will work with the breath, the body, wild places, sound and the poetry of indigenous poets to help us access deeper ways of working with words and drawing…
Later in the autumn this year I hope to teach a workshop in Yorkshire at Lund Studios…the date below will change slightly…
This October we’ll be hosting a course exploring techniques to aid and develop creative and visionary processes, from a leading name in this field…
Body memory, body awareness and
the awareness of the Land
19/20/21st October 2017
During this three day course Kate will guide students on a journey to discover participants’ own inner responses using techniques such as drawing with the breath, working with the drum and shamanic walking. Spending some time in silence students will be able to use words and images to explore the subtle matrix of life, which will include refining and developing feelings about the natural world.
Surfaces will be prepared with a range of mediums including gesso and size. Drawing onto a range of different surfaces to give marks a beautiful quality which will be exploited and developed through employing layers of ink, watercolour, gum Arabic, charcoal and pencil.
Working on the more forgiving surface of paper with traditional inks, watercolour and gesso will allow rubbing back, giving drawings much more scope for flexibility and invention in response to stimuli.
This course will include an illustrated talk by Kate on her work and methods and plenty of individual attention. (note – due to the nature of the course places will be limited – don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in joining us for what will be a memorable three days…)
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Next year I hope to deliver a workshop in Exmoor, in April 20th – 24th, at Shorland Old Farm (www.shorlandoldfarm.co.uk ) . This course will involve walking and working outside as well as in the studio: Details on the website…
Walking, writing and drawing the Land: Body as Sensing Organ: 20th – 24th April
A course for those who enjoy responding with words and drawings to wild places.
During the coming week I will be teaching a workshop to a group of poets – the Indian King Poets, a group of poets who meet regularly in Camelford, most of whom are published in the small presses, and some of whom have won national poetry awards (Mslexia, the Plough, Hippocrates). We will work with… Read more »