Today we head off back to the courthouse (KAVA arts) to set up the space in order for us and the ladies from the group to use the space to develop work. After yesterday's visit to The Burren I have a need to be by the coast line and the sense of openness it generates. I head down to Kinvara Quay in order to begin development of my work. I remember seeing large pieces of sea moss clinging onto the rocks on the first day we arrived and I am eager to have another look and maybe use this as a starting point.
The moss is still there and as I investigate it and pull it away from the rock I pull it away from the rocks its vibrant green under side is revealed. In its mass state it has a textile quality. This energises me and I collect much of this material in the hope that it will become some source of matter that I can work with.
Initially I envisage drying it sewing into it ? wrapping ephemera around it? or using it to bind something with but as I talk to others and discuss its qualities I realise that small sections of it are more interesting than the large piece. As I sort through a small section I begin to pull it apart. I begin to explore the moss in a more forensic detailed way. Needles brought to demonstrate my needle pricking process are used to dissect the moss. It pulls apart as strands that have a thread like quality. These strands begin to form beautiful delicate and sensitive line drawings. I will carry on with this process and work towards evolving/ developing fragile line drawings with this material.
Many of the original workshop ladies from yesterday were unable to stay for long but stopped by to say hi and see what we were up to . It was good chatting and gaining more knowledge about the area from them and getting feedback about the day yesterday and our current work in progress. It is clear they thoroughly enjoyed yesterday and hope to be in tomorrow to try and put some work together.