A sunny morning, and at first it was surprising that no one was out and about on the beach.
There wasn’t a soul to be seen ….
…. and as soon as I came out of the shelter of the pines it became obvious why.
The sand was being whipped up by the wind.
Blowing up over the top of the dunes ….
and being redistributed across the beach.
Scratching and scouring.
Getting everywhere ….
I’ve had some little pieces drying in the beach hut and they are now done. These are experiments. I don’t know yet if they will be developed into something else but they have several properties that are quite promising.
The pieces have been filled with a mixture of sand and salt and soaked in the sea until wet through and then left. They have taken between three and four weeks to dry out fully.
The smaller pieces were inspired by heaving lines – a lightweight line with a weight at the end, made to be thrown between a ship and the shore, or from one ship to another, and used to pull a heavier line across. The weight in them is really pleasing. I often feel that 3-D textile work lacks heft so I am really pleased with their heaviness.
The longer piece was made simply to see how much sand/salt could be stuffed into a small work before it became too heavy…… it’s not too heavy to hang! Again I really like the feeling of gravity – you can see the weight of the sand/salt pulling the cloth down towards the ground.
Food for thought …..