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Sand

A sunny morning, and at first it was surprising that no one was out and about on the beach.

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There wasn’t a soul to be seen ….

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…. and as soon as I came out of the shelter of the pines it became obvious why.

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The sand was being whipped up by the wind.

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Blowing up over the top of the dunes ….

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and being  redistributed across the beach.

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Scratching and scouring.

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Stinging cheeks.

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Getting everywhere ….

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Sand and salt bags

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Food for thought …..