Thursday, 7 November 2013

On this occasion Jacqui was drawn to the smaller fragments of colour, so it has been great to see what we collected between us.

October 2013
Seaton Beach
Beach foragers Mandy and Jacqui

1 stickle brick, red, rectangle
1 section of frisby, red
1 handle, red
1 teaspoon, plastic, white
10 lids, soft drinks, milk, glue, water, red, green, grey, blue,      clear
nautical string, green
'scoobies', orange, purple, green, blue
deflated balloon, green
toy car bonnet only, white, plastic, 'Kinder' chocolate egg toy?
flower pot segment, brown
8 straws/lolly sticks, blue, lilac, green, red
1 broken strimmer blade, white
flip flop section, blue/black
2 plastic discs with holes, black and white
plastic coated bamboo stick from child's shrimp net, blue
fragment of bucket, black
hose assembly tag to BS6391 
flipper, blue from lego
tag pulls, blue, black, clear
section of a sign, blue/white

Seeing as all this colour is entering the sea it feels only appropriate to represent it, as supposed to the image being black and white. (Apologies for blurry image...need my morning coffee!)

OK....must get back in touch with the Blog! 

Several beach trips with collected matter....dates now a little vague! Tut, tut!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I witness the ascent of belongings and a documentation of data is hoarded. Data becomes a dossier and belongings become matter. Matter that matters...  MBeall, 2013

..... poetical, techno-subliminal text pieces evoke prominence to the politics of landscape, globalised environment, technology and the evolutionary modification of our seas. Focusing on the Cornish coastline, in particular, but welcoming global data, she wishes to stress the increasingly ubiquitous non-organics within the planet’s oceans.

I have been asked by Karen Pearson of artspace@57 to exhibit work in Feb 2014 so an element of this body of work shall be featured.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Very excited to have been successful with an Open Call to participate in this wonderful event...London, here I come!!!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Currently having a wonderful time away with my family in Rennes, Brittany. Returning back to Cornwall soon, so back to foraging then. :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

7th August 2013
Downderry beach, Cornwall
Beach foragers Mandy, Peter, Jack, Will and Eliza

1 clothes peg, blue
1 red lid
1 blue disposable lighter
1 yellow handle
green nautical rope
Tag with code A151785
Shards of plastic, orange, blue and white
1 red raw plug
black remnant of heavy duty refuse bag
2 annonymous objects
fragment of tub, black
cog-like packaging

Monday, 5 August 2013

Plastics are continuing to fill our oceans at alarming rates with more and more floating plateaus being discovered worldwide. On hearing this news most of us sigh, tut, but then we move on, feeling there is little we can do to address this problem.

I feel this way also, but I am looking to create a piece of work that is intended to raise further awareness of this ‘problem’. I don’t understand why we are not finding solutions through science into breaking down these plastics to create, perhaps, building bricks for houses?

I am looking forward to receiving any found plastic debris on beaches globally - if you would like to contribute please contact me and I will be happy to refund for postage and packing and you will be credited within the work.

                                 Happy foraging!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Apologies for blurry images...I've been playing on instagram only they look great on the phone!...not on the pc!
31 July 2013
Downderry beach
Foragers Mandy, Jack and Polly

83cm length of grey pipe, 10cm diameter
childs spade
empty tomato ketchup bottle, no label or lid
nautical rope
nautical string
deflated yellow balloon and ribbon
orange rubberised heavy duty glove (classing as plastic)
yellow disposable lighter
broken fabric conditioner bottle with lid
foam coffee cup piece
2x green milk carton lids
shard of linoleum flooring
hair accessories label
red balloon
blue wedge, origin unknown
surfboard fin fragment
water bottle lid ring, no lid
shard of blue with image, possibly from a childs bucket

Somebody's stunt bike wheel...

Rough seas at Downderry

Urge to forage coming on!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Polly helps too!
Broken child's spade

We headed out today as it really was quite wet last night! Caught the tide at high tide, in fact it started going out while we were there. Alarming to find the following objects washed up in such a small stretch of beach, no more than half a mile and with no more than a width of 5 metres. There were many bags, bottles and much more rope and string to be had but I guess I was being selective today.

Inventory list for 29th July 2013
Downderry beach, Cornwall
Foragers Mandy, Jack, Will, Eliza and Polly

child's spade, broken blade
extension pole with boathook
pot noodle pot
child's rake
2x fish fishing lures, one with triple hook
small adult/child? scuba mask
penny arcade coin pot
XL size cube hanger tag
3x bottle lids
empty fishing line reel
child's bucket handle
chicken tikka masala ready meal lid from supermarket, use by date 27 July
nautical rope
nautical string
ice drink straw
child's bubble blowing ring
plant label, Bacopa
yellow tape
balloon ribbon
cream cheese container (no lid)
fragment of brown plastic flower pot
5x random plastic fragments, blues and yellows
disc with hole in centre
unknown mushroom shaped thing!

To know things you have to grow into them, and let them grow in you, so that they become a part of who you are....The mere provision of information holds no guarantee of knowledge, let alone of understanding....Things..are easier said than done.

Tim Ingold, 2013
Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Wind is blowing and it is storms but heading out to the beach later this evening to go plastic foraging. If any readers live near the coast, anywhere globally, and would like to contribute some found plastic jetsam and flotsam, I would love to hear from you!...and of course happy to cover the cost of p&p!
Found this news article today through the BBC...very apt!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

A new work is beginning to follow on from the plastics in the ocean work of 2012, if you are not familiar with my work please feel free to follow from the start of this blog. 

My initial inspiration to drive this further forward came from BBC2's program, Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve, episode 3 Kenya and the Horn of Africa. 

On a regular basis the women of Kiwayu Island in the Indian Ocean pan the beaches of this stunning location, collecting masses and masses of washed up waste. They have managed to turn this around to suit their favour by collecting flip flops and then turning them into FlipFlop Recycling Products

I have started to collect plastic waste now from the shores of Cornwall, where I live. The weather has been incredibly hot and sunny and we are now forecast storms...this will provide ideal foraging weather with rough seas bringing much debris onto the shore.

Prediction of time spent on this work will be lengthy. As well as studio time I shall need to get out to the beaches as much as possible. Intentions being to make a statement installation piece. It may well take two to three years. I have in my mind what I need to create...I just need to gather the materials in which to do it.

I normally put myself under great pressure, so I am looking forward to taking on this journey with an already concluded proposal and plenty of time!