Hello All, well, what a week!
I could not have dreamt how much a trip to Orkney would influence my work, and in such a different way than I thought.
I went to learn about neolithic ceramic techniques (which I did). But I came back with a wider understanding of the people that lived in both Orkney and Ireland more than 5,000 years ago.
What beautiful, funny, talented crafts people they were! They didn't just make course, functional pots, but produced sparkling, highly-decorated vessels to cherish, that still work today.
And as for their beads, combs, clothing adornments, architecture and furniture! I am astounded. I can only guess at what their clothing must have been like. It's a shame that textiles don't last the way ceramics do. I think we would all be begging to learn their weaving skills.
I'm humbled by their work. The trip will inform my practice for many years to come. And as Orkney archeology is in the hands of the finders, it's very informal, so I was able to handle all these items rather than stare at them in a case under subdued lighting. A priceless experience - to hold eagle talon and whale teeth beads.
Work on La Pachamama Santa Maria is moving forward. This week I have concentrated on documenting my trip to Orkney for the gallery book and making her beaver tail.
I'm going to attach pictures of just two things this week - neither my work. Firstly, the Ring of Brodgar as darkness falls, amidst the 66 standing stones. And the other of something that blew me away. It's a button, shiny and black, made from bitumen rock. It was found in the Tomb of the Eagles on Orkney and is either Neolithic, or possibly Megalithic... I think you'll agree that these were not primitive people 5,000 - 8,000 years ago... til next week,