at the beginning of the year i set myself a challenge to develop a new body of work that encompasses all of my passions and to see what happened! well, it has been an exciting few weeks! with my love of everyday things, exploring and making, i’ve set off on a journey that i hope will never end.
i tend to work better when i impose strict boundaries to my creative practice; to some this may be perceived as restraining and stiffling, but for me it is liberating! with this in mind i thought i’d find a number of walks i could start from my front door, this proved to be more challenging than i realized..
even though i live in the countryside surrounded by fields, forests and farmlands it is surprisingly difficult to find pathways and walks that go past my door and far fewer that are safe for cycling, walking and general exploration. As petrol prices and time are an ever increasing constraint on everyone’s lives not everyone is willing or able to head off to the cairngorms to climb a munro or treck over to the coast, town or city to find accessible green space.
at the end of january, having looked at a variety of options and explored my local area i got the maps out and aimed to find seven walks all of which were within seven miles of my home. for good measure i thought i’d try to find some which were more challenging than others but all of which that could be reached, walked and returned home from within an hour.
as Lao-tzu said in The Way of Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
over the past few weeks i have explored and recorded what i saw, thought and felt at these places, which has lead onto developing some exciting new connections and work. it has been a most enjoyable experience and one i hope to continue in different locations. most of all this project has made me think about whether I always need to know where i’m going and how i’m going to get there, sometimes it’s enough just to know that i’m on my way.