141007_Thought for the Day
The huts made by the women of the Sarakatsani nomads in northern Greece were without a smoke hole in the roof. Instead, the smoke would help to keep the roof waterproof and the inhabitants dry. The traces of these huts are long gone but the paths and bridges along the nomadic ways from winter to summer grazing grounds remain as the strongest marks of pastoral life.
(Photographs taken in 1922 by C. Hoeg)
140921_Thought for the Day
Tim Ingold on the notion of place,
"….lives are led not inside places but through, around, to and from them, from and to places elsewhere. I use the term wayfaring to describe the embodied experience of this perambulatory movement. It is as wayfarers then that human beings inhabit the earth. But by the same token, human existence is not fundamentally place-bound…but place-binding. It unfolds not in places but along paths. Proceeding along a path every inhabitant lays a trail. Where inhabitants meet, trails are entwined, as the life of each becomes bound up with the other. Every entwining is a knot, and the more that lifelines are entwined, the greater the density of the knot.
Places, then, are like knots, and the threads from which they are tied are lines of wayfaring.”
Taken from Being Alive, Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description.
140919_Thought for the Day
Sawing in half an old boat and turning it upside down to make a shed, lives on as a tradition, in the harbour at Amble, Northumberland. A good gathering of such upturned structures can be found, alongside traditional sea-worthy boats called the coble.
Amble is noteworthy for the architect in that Nikolaus Pevsner, in his series of books called ‘Buildings of England’, described it as ‘singularly devoid of any architectural interest’.
140715_Thought for the Day
A study in clay by George Johnson, Stone Head 2.
140714_Thought for the Day
Artist Cora Jongsma has drawn over the tracks of a Medieval highway as they are shown on a height map of the Ballooerveld in Drenthe. The cart wheels that have cut into the sandy ground are marked as red lines. She will translate the meshwork of lines into a felt work.
In the words of the artist:
'By understanding the genius loci of the landscape, behind the appearance of which natural or human processes are laying, I can remake the landscape in wool.’
Her blog can be followed at http://mappingballooerveld.wordpress.com
140620_Thought for the Day
A curragh with bent wood frame from Achill Island, Ireland. Taken from the book ‘British Coracles and Irish Curraghs’ part III by James Hornell, 1938