Thursday, 25 March 2021
Partnership, play, practice, painting.
For spring Unbound and I have partnered with 'oh' magazine to see if this idea might work. Inside the beautiful pages of the magazine there are three spreads devoted to The Silent Unwinding. The first is a little about the book, and some prompts for what comes next. The next two spreads invite you to write, paint, draw in the magazine, as you would in The Silent Unwinding.
When you've done this the idea is to build an online gallery of work, of image and word, using the #
The magazine is available through newsagents, or you can order direct from the website.
I had a play with it today, choosing to cut out the pages and copy first so that I can play again. ( I thought this might be good for schools, to copy and then share out with a class- and if you do then don't forget to post on twitter or instagram with the #ohTheSilentUnwinding)
For inspiration I turned to the notes written by Eva John, designed by Alison O'Toole. These give prompts and clues for how to play with the images. Eva's notes are free to download from her website.
The piece above, made on my Underwood typewriter I wish to give away to someone. If you can share this blog post, or the Feather, Leaf main page, or tell a friend, and leave a comment here on this post I will pick someone from the comments in about a week and send this piece, signed to them. I would love to see the work people do on these pages, and the more people who know, the more might join in.
There are so many ideas in Eva's notes ( Eva did the school notes for The Lost Words and The Lost Spells- but these ones, for The Unwinding and The Silent Unwinding are for anyone to use, and I am going to try a few. Good exercise for teh imagination)
I have been thinking about the end of Feather leaf also. It is in sight. I have one postcard left to paint, and I think it should be Ivy and a stone, because that is how the film begins. I've been working on small images for Nicola's book, The Song That Sings Us. Sumi ink on clayboard. I love how it sits on the smooth surface. And birds. My head is back to birds. And about time too.
There's a new pledge too. I had one of the leaves I had gilded and typed on blown up as a big print. It is elegant, strange. The textures of the leaf are remakable.