• Grief

    After my mum passed away in September I found some old cassettes in cupboards in her attic room and over the last few weeks have been converting them to digital files which I have more lately been restoring. One of the tapes contains music mum recorded with her two sisters (as M3) around 1975/6. Among the recordings is a version of John Denver’s … Continue Reading

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The file runs from left to right with the lower frequencies at the bottom and volume indicated through the brightness (the louder, the brighter). Zooming in, one can see different sounds, for example in the image below you can see my mum’s voice (bright at the bottom of the image) with the harmonics in layers above.

Grief

After my mum passed away in September I found some old cassettes in cupboards in her attic room and over …
My mum in costume

Mum

On Thursday, 29th September, my wonderful mum, Mary, passed away. She was 78 years old and had been diagnosed with …
Measuring the past

Measuring the past

“We have been living this same moment ever since we were conceived. It is memory, and to some extent sleep, …
Disordered Time

Disordered Time

In my last post I talked about entropy, in particular with reference to a book I’ve recently re-read by Carlo …
Entropy

Entropy

My work has often involved an exploration of time, in particular, how we can best imagine a past moment as …
Alvida and the Magician's Cape

Wicked Magician, Fly

For many years I’ve had a song in my head, the lyrics for which I’ve always remembered as being: The …
The Quanta of History

The Quanta of History

I have just finished reading Carlo Rovelli’s ‘The Order of Time’ which, as well as being a fantastic read, has …
Empathy Forward

Empathy Forward

Much of my work over the past however many years has been about empathy and how we can empathise with …
The Natural World of 978

The Natural World of 978

I’ve written before about this postcard. When I bought it n 1978 I was 7 years old and, in many …
The Gone Forest

The Gone Forest

Two years ago I shot some video at Shotover Country Park (see ‘Writing Shadows’) and finally, this weekend, I had …
Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams

Empathy/Exchange: 668 grams

This follows on from my last post – Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935. I made this observation after …
Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935

Goethean Observation: Pilgrims of the Wild, 1935

As with observations of this type, the text is written almost as a stream-of-consciousness, as a result of which there …
Nazareth O

Nazareth O

As part of my family history research (as described in my previous post), I chanced upon a name which leapt …
Several Johns and St. Thomas

Several Johns and St. Thomas

I’ve recently returned to researching my family tree – something I’ve been doing on and off since 2007, and have been …
Raspberry

Raspberry

Continuing with my research, I’ve gone back a few years to some work I did on World War I, specifically …
Tokens and Shadows

Tokens and Shadows

A while ago I made some sketches at Shotover Wood, tracing shadows with ink. Thinking back to these and with …
Patterns Seeping (II)

Patterns Seeping (II)

Following on from a previous blog (‘Patterns Seeping’) I’ve been working on a few preliminary sketches using some fabric I …
'Missded' 4 - Tokens

‘Missded’ 4 – Tokens

Having completed stitching the ‘Missded’ 4 canvas, I have now cut it up into tokens …
Patterns seeping

Patterns seeping

With my latest set of tokens (for ‘Missded’ 4) I wanted to work with a few of them and try …
Cut Paintings

Cut Paintings

I have some old paintings which have for many years been stored in a shed. I have nowhere else to …
'Missded' 4

‘Missded’ 4

I’ve finally finished stitching the fourth in the ‘Missded’ series of stitched works which I began some time ago. The …
Locks III

Locks III

Progressing the images from my previous post, I’ve started to arrive at something more akin to what I had in mind …
Locks II

Locks II

Following a post I wrote back in 2017 (Locks) I’ve been looking again at the idea of creating small works …
'Missded' 2 - Tokens

‘Missded’ 2 – Tokens

Having completed the stitching for ‘”Missded’ 2″, I’ve now cut it up to create the ‘tokens’ shown below …
My Son's Drawings II

My Son’s Drawings II

I’ve written before about how I find inspiration in my young son’s drawings, or in how he draws. He drew …
'Missded' 2

‘Missded’ 2

I recently completed the third (although titled as the second) in my series of stitched works based on drawings completed …
'Missded' 3 - Tokens

‘Missded’ 3 – Tokens

Having completed the stitching for ‘”Missded’ 3″, I’ve now cut it up to create the ‘tokens’ shown below …
'Missded' 3

‘Missded’ 3

I’ve finally completed another of the stitched works – “‘Missded’ 3”. Below is the original drawing made by me and …
'Missded' 1 - A Framed Token

‘Missded’ 1 – A Framed Token

When one of the ‘tokens’ is put in a frame, it becomes a thing in its own right; a fragment still, but …
Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken

Following on from my last post, I’ve now completed all the tokens along with another piece comprising some of them …
Tokens of absence

Tokens of absence

A few months ago I visited the Foundling Hospital in London, established in 1739 to receive and care for abandoned children …
'Missded' 1, stitched

‘Missded’ 1, stitched

The stitched versions of my son’s drawings are objects which, in contrast to the quickly made drawings on which they’re …