Eggs & Nest - Carse of Gowrie (2016)
Bird eggs made out of paper pulp and air drying clay, with a nest made out of flood debris grass and reeds.
This art project is part of the Landscape Skills Bursary I was kindly awarded by Tay Landscape Partnership during my time at SRUC Elmwood College studying HNC Countryside and Environmental Management. I wanted to combine my love of paper pulp (also incorporating air drying clay due to the association of clay with the Carse), the idea of temporary artworks and location with the biodiversity of associated habitats (either referencing the local or Scottish context). All photographs were taken on the Taybank Circular path, from Errol down to the reed beds.
The result is the following 6 images that combine my photographs of the eggs & nest with facts relating to farmland birds, orchards, hedgerows and the Tay reed beds.
To coincide with the images I will be writing various blog posts relating to the biodiversity mentioned in the text. These will be posted here - under the tag 'Taylp' over on my blog Of Tracks & Antlers.
Dighty Waymarker Postcards (2014)
Postcards commissioned by DightyConnect to publicise the waymarker sculptures along the Dighty Burn. Digital illustrations, photographs and design by me. Digital illustrations based on mosaic designs on the waymarkers. Original idea of "waymarkers/milestones" for a public sculpture(s) was suggested by me. Idea was taken forward by DightyConnect via their mosaic art group who designed, mosaic'd and installed the sculptures.
9 Stones - Wirren (North), North Sea (East), Aberlemno (South), Schiehallion (West)
Papier-Mache Pulp comprised of paper, flour, water and poppy seeds. 9 Stones is represented by 4 photographs, each one relating to a cardinal point of the compass. A stone from the White Caterthun, an Iron Age fort to the north of Brechin, was borrowed and cast to then make 9 papier-mache stones. On 6 April 2009 these stones were placed into the land at the White Caterthun. Two were situated at each cardinal point and one in the Well. The idea behind this relates to the disappearance - both natural decay and human destruction - of ancient ruins with the act of giving back "stones" acknowledging this disappearance, which is further symbolised by the addition of poppy seeds, a symbol of death. Poppies are also a symbol of sleep, and therefore a comment on the survival of these ruins, whatever their state, after thousands of years.
Boulders (2010 - 2016)