Whilst reading an article on Valda Bailey by Michele Griffith in Onlandscape online magazine and she spoke about how she would like to learn more about book binding process. This sparked an idea about the three books i want to make for my FMP and individualise them each to one of the places i've been to. Iford Manor has something that i think i could use on one of the books to represent the manor. I can't say what yet as i'll need the households permission for security and their own privacy, but if able it could be very interesting for the book that represents Iford Peto Garden.
I've been thinking about things to make the book unique in its design after watching the video with Victoria. When she spoke about Martin Pars Letter box books making little details referencing parts of the project.
I could use the Iford Manor Pillar design in one of the books as a front and back inside cover.
One design for Himley Hall which is my next project location and another for this modules project, i'm going to produce three books one to represent each location.
Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
Wasdale head in Cumbria
Himley Hall in Dudley West Midlands
Each book will have the same images in them but will be slightly styled designed differently to symbolise the different locations i've travelled to.
A red strip is used on the Herdwick sheep to identify them to the farm. Every farm has a certain sign on the sheep so if lost they can be traced and sent back to their farmer. Burnthwaite farm is a red long strip across the side of the sheep.
I will use this red strip in the sewing onto of the photo, maybe on one of the sheep images? or use red tread to symbolise with red strip onto the land.
The line made by man upon the land are visible from afar, the routes up the fell sides can be seen down the valley as you drive into it. I could incorporate these lines into the finished piece, overlaying onto the image symbolising the lines which have been overlaid upon the landscape by man.
When creating dialogue with the farmer they say they don't very often use the paths as the travel far and wide across the land when gathering their sheep, so the people who work the land here don't create marks. Only the tourist does. Do fell walkers/runners, mountaineers / climbers class themselves as a tourist or as they are experiences adrenaline, joy/pleasure from physical fitness created by using the land do they consider themselves except from this title?
I was driving back through the fells and an image caught my attention. Using the ridge on the top of the fell and the next layer below of the woodland and the blue sky as one image with a contrasting one to fill in the space of the sky, having the ridge and trees at the bottom of the image. I will go out and shoot and see what happens. I didn't have an idea of the contrasting image. Also to shoot the lines made by the traditional stone walls. When looking over the fells you see all these walls in lovely patterns, some fully filled but you can see some that are broken and fallen away. I asked Andrew the farmer what they where for, to keep the sheep in? I was curious as some of these walls are way up high on very steep inclines and it must be a very hard job to firstly put up a wall and secondly to manage it. Original all the land around here was taxed unless it had a boundary then the land farmer was only taxed for the land he had. So the landowners would get prisoners or slaves to construct these walls. No man in his right mind would volunteer to have that as a job. So the walls are property boundaries swell as walls to keep sheep in, even tho the sheep can probably jump them as herd wicks are good jumpers as they are have to jump over a lot of boulders so they have adapted to be a very jumpy sheep unlike the other sheep variety who live on the flats so have no need to jump over things.
I've been thinking about how to present the final project. I've printed image onto canvas before and played about with sewing fabric onto the image to incorporate it within the landscape. The idea worked but the application not so much, it was very hard to sew and manipulate the fabric onto the hard canvas. I will need to research for a softer more malleable canvas that still give a good finish to the original image.
I have also been thinking about using the wool that comes from the Herdwick sheep on this farm i'm living and working. I spoke to the people who live here and they said they send it of to big wool manufactureres who buy it of them in huge amounts, the wool is a course wool from the Herdwicks so its used for rugs and carpets mainly not spun into wool for clothes so it could be used for felting, which is a craft technique used to make items out of wool. I have tried this process before on a craft course so i'm familiar with the process and i think i would be able to use it and felt onto a printed image. I would use this technique in the images from here not all of the image in final majorproject.
about.html This artist Andrea-Graham uses wool to make felt items. Hers are 3D where i will be attaching mine to the photograph. Her felt piece with rocks reminded me of the landscape here, it's very rocky in the valley plateau where the water runs down the valley and i've had a idea for an image of the mountain and the rocky beks. A Bed is a small running body of water.
I could use this kind of style within the image i create adding another layer and texture to the photography. I have been thinking on this and the process involved in making these pieces will require me to have some space to do it. So i will need to think of logistics and space in making these piece aswell as the costs involved.
Just had a thought about the wool from the sheep. Could i get hold of some from this farm to use to include in the final piece. I will want embroider or sew something into the images for my major project. Got the inspiration from this site.
Adding textile is my unique approach to my work, i have always felt the need to carry on and continue to explore the possibilities of manipulating the image once its printed. It's Still not finished, Is it ever finished? A representation of the layers of life are synmbalised by the layers from the photo and the further layers upon the print. The constant layers which we add to our life.