Holburne Open Gerry Eaton
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The series is called From Here to The Hawkstone and was made in 2020. I made repetitive walks from my home in rural West Oxfordshire to The Hawkstone – a Neolithic standing stone about a mile from my home. The work was made sequentially, from foraged dyestuffs, each piece representing a month of the year. Along side each piece are my diary observations of each month.
The idea behind the project that I am working on is to investigate the area/ community where I live and then present my findings back to the community through art. I spent several months researching last year and interviewing people who had worked on the land locally. I was lucky enough to interview a 95 year old land girl who had come down to area from Sheffield after the blitz, also a weaver from the local mill which closed 42 years ago. The local museum let me have a piece of tweed that was made at the mill which I am currently incorporating into some work.