Given the interest raised by my art foraging, I am setting up a course! I say “course” but it’s really a day out, finding and trying out natural materials we might use to make marks on paper. For instance, can a carved twig be as good as a reed pen, and if so which wood works best? Can we find durable sources of ink or paint in our local environment? (Spoiler: yes.) What else can we use with a bit of ingenuity and much experimenting?
The day will be only loosely structured, starting around 12 but open-ended. We will forage respectfully and with no expectations, as nature is in constant change and I really can’t predict what we will find. But during breaks I will share some useful theory (for instance the difference between ink, dye and paint), practical advice and easy recipes for you to try at home. I will bring a small mortar as well as knives and whatever else could be useful to test materials in the field (some will have to be taken home for that as we can’t boil things on the spot).
It’s possible a bit of food foraging will slip in there. Nature decides.
The (first?) outing will take place on saturday August 4, in Epping Forest. We will meet at 12 noon just outside Theydon Bois station and go from there. (More details on what to bring etc in the signup email). Be prepared for a day out that will involve a picnic lunch and may include such things as mud, nettles, and having to go behind a tree.
Still excited? Great, so am I! Sign up below (the cost is a modest £15) and/or email me if you have any questions: