Walking Around 2: Wandering Into The Print Workshop.

Well, NO! It was more like racing in at high speed shouting ‘Let me etch!’ This was because, the day before, I had watched this……..

…and while watching it, I found myself scribbling furiously, drawing quite spontaneously, and making little illustrations of the things Chi was talking about. In no time, I had several sketchbook pages, drawing, making notes, thinking back to the CHWA, conference and remembering the projects about blood and breath that had been presented there……….. Yeah! A sort of idea was germinating which resulted in this.

And by Appraisal time just before Christmas…… these

relating to thoughts about these things….

“It is through a phenomenological type of reflection that I was led to see that the oneness of the human person and the rest of the system of nature is discovered, not invented….. a sharp division between the self and an environment is not present.”

Marietta, 2003. p122.

Marietta Jr., D.E. (2003) in Toadvine,T. Ed., Brown, Charles S.Ed. (2003) “Eco-Phenomenology. Back To The Earth Itself” New York, SUNY Press.

I re-shaped my module proposal as an exploration of interconnectedness- macro to micro -relating to the evolution of elements critical to life and the connections between plant, animal and mineral worlds by which these elements move through time and space.

The evolution of respiration would be illustrated with organic cellular forms in fluid environments drawn spontaneously in a gestural style and be contrasted with crystalline, mineral entities and abrasive erosive processes illustrating the evolution of circulation. The prints would be presented as artist’s books in zig-zag form to suggest time and include enclosures to suggest space, telling the story of the evolution of iron into the HemeB molecule critical for respiration and circulation in plants and animals – a fascinating interconnection that stimulates questions like ‘What are we?’, ‘Where do we begin and end?’, ‘What is other, upon which we depend?’ 

CHWA conference 2019.


The Great Northern Rhino @ Hancock Museum. Arrive early. A beautiful morning waiting for the doors to open.

Tea & coffee & biscuits, along with Fabric Lenny’s box heads welcome delegates to the conference. There are unfinished ones for us to contribute to throughout the two days.

Paul Slater aka Fabric Lenny draws big screen during presentations that do not have media. Each doodle is rotated to form base of new idea – very engaging to watch.


Designing environments for wellbeing.
Orchid Music! (awekid- awchestra in the making)

More thought provoking content regarding the role of visual art in ‘arts in health’.

BOUNDARY WORK/BOUNDARY OBJECTS – though not relating to ‘health’ …… rather akin to Sarah Casey’s work on the ‘boundaries’ of the seen/unseen. …….. sort of working in liminal spaces to reveal meanings and find shared understanding.

A joyous finale. Dancing heads grooving to the ‘Lawnmowers Beat This Band’ while Lenny’s animations dance on the walls.

Fabric Lenny’s animated drawings dance to Lawnmowers drums.