After reading an article on The Guardian website about toxins that we breath in on a daily basis, I started to research natural ways I could purify the air in my home. This then led me to bring as much greenery into my house as possible as it is the average house plant that neutralise toxins best – better than any shop bought method in fact.
My track record with house plants thus far has been a few shop bought mint plants for cooking, cut fresh flowers (Aldi have the best selection!) and one cacti that lived under a dome glass for a few years unwatered. With my small experience at the allotment I figured it wouldn’t be that hard to tend to two plants if they can filter such toxins as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.
A little over a year ago I went on the trip of a lifetime to see my relatives in Washington. I stayed in two towns, the first St.John a grain town with lots of beautiful rolling hills and one main high street. The second was Elk Washington, more of a huge pine forest with no high street just a one stop shop and a grange hall (white wood building similar to a town hall founded after the civil war).
What has this got to do with printmaking? I hear you ask? Well its got everything to do with being a freelance creative and understanding your own practice as well as being appreciative for what you have and have achieved.
The allotment became a part of my life last year for a number of reasons and I now use it as often as I can. Initially I went to create pottery but it has led to so much more than this.
The free pottery workshops became available through the Banquet project funded by LeftCoast (local Creative People in Places initiative) but it quickly became clear that the shared allotment was a space open to all each week for free sessions with Grow Blackpool.
After the pottery workshops finished I found I was still craving the feeling of dirt on my hands and wanted my own crops to explore how I could grow organic inks to print with. This process is still ongoing as you can imagine growing can take time but so far I have learnt about the earth and what wonderful and surprising colours you can achieve from different plants.