In 2013 Jon and I were both writing about what ‘home’ meant to us after we moved up from Oxfordshire to Edinburgh after 25 years in the same house.
We merged our writing and added some photos because Jon had been asked to write an article
We are now going to deliver a paper at a conference …… I decided it would be interesting to look at what ‘Home’ meant now in 2018.
I have been enjoying making zine fold mini art journals and thought it would be fun to make a ‘Home now’ series
I am very influenced by the Georgian architecture of Edinburgh’s New town where we have a lower ground and basement flat.
This is the view out of my kitchen window – through white pained windows, the railings onto the street opposite
As you know I draw mandalas all the time so I decided to use these as a basis for my ideas. They have become a part of my daily practice on Edinburgh. At the moment I am still using water soluble ink and sprays to release the inks afterwards
The other day I made a series of notes to print out and use as text about what ‘home’ means at this present time.
‘Feeling torn watching the common wealth games – wanting Scotland to win
Diagonal crossing at junctions as a pedestrian
Walking up Dundas st to George st
Looking at the world from my lower ground and basement
The grey sofa
The sound of a bus
Variety of independent coffee shops
Smell of coffee’
I have also been playing with layering handwriting, asemic writing
And street maps
I also made a couple of carved rubber stamps of Georgian doors ( they are not fine enough to be used on their own but are ok as another layer)
I had fun cutting out the doors so that they opened and then I made a whole street
My latest few are a bit more abstract and reflect the light and the frames of the windows/ railings l. I used a geometric stencil and white paint
A few more designs with Maps and text
Really enjoyed this – wonderful, creative work.
Wonderful blogpost as always! I love the street with doors that open. Your doors are amazing as are your mandalas! Thank you for posting.