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working with words and text
I’ve always adored words, stories, lists, poems and the physical look and feel of text. I frequently work with words and layer them with images and colours.
I love words that hint at ideas and questions, old words, new words, made-up words… I’m inspired by worn old books, found shopping lists, words scratched into stone, folk-names for plants and old sayings…
I’m also passionate about the quirks of human nature – by the way we collect, label, arrange, select, explore, create stories and make things. Often human creativity and ingenious ideas can be hidden – it’s a delight to come across slightly eccentric playful things that others have left on their journeys.
I love things such as hand-written signs found on sheds and scratched into old furniture… Children’s emergent writing is very precious and wonderful… Handwriting is intriguing and the ways it has changed through generations is fascinating. I love old books and the look of old text and the textures of old papers.
Stories are a constant source of inspiration. I think it’s a
fundamental part of being human to create tales, narratives and descriptions as you discover and explore the world around you.
I’m really interested in the ways in which both individual objects and combinations of many objects can lead to all sorts of adventures, tales and questions. An old rusty key hidden in a muddy box… a battered old tin with a half-worn away pattern… a worn out multi-coloured bag with many pockets… These things ignite ideas and beg to have questions asked of them.
I’m inspired by objects that tell stories and I love hunting and discovering treasures in charity shops and second hand book shops.
work with Scarthin Books
Stories Out of Place