I went to a social media session through ‘DisussandDo’ in Frome this week. Great speakers including Guardian writer Sally Shalam and blog celeb Christine Mosler gave witty, inspiring talks convincing me that I need to engage even more via new media channels. A website isn’t enough, nor is the odd blog. Tweeting, facebook, linkedin, Youtube and now google+… Sometimes it feels like we’re running up a down escalator, trying to reach the top. I’d like to fly above it all, or recoil into my cocoon, but I will try harder to engage…
This new wave of social engagement has a symbiotic quality, which reminds me of nature’s own “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”. All around, life cycles function through helping, sharing and feeding off each other. The bird on an eland’s back feeds on nuisance ticks – both supporting each other. And so it is with many other areas in life.
Recycling, for instance. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. It’s wonderful to think materials and objects can go through many lives, not just to the dump, the sea or China at a cost to us all. I’ve always enjoyed using recycled materials in my sculptures – giving them a new life. Finding discarded bits to re-use is very satisfying. It’s a cleaning up process, which helps the environment and leads to something creative. The fun bit is transforming the rubbish into something valid, even poetic, to take up the merry dance of life once more. And then inviting others to engage in this vitalism.
Our Scraptors group are gearing up for our next planned Sculpture Trail at the Magdalen Project in Somerset/Dorset. This is now taking priority over a Quarry Trail, which is on hold for the moment. A gorgeous green charity-owned environmental centre, lake, woodland and farm, our creation of a Scraptorzoic Era will be a fantasy fusion reminiscent of Jurassic and a new Eden. We hope to gain funding to enable the Trail to go ahead. More news as it develops… below is some work in progress for it:
Today (Saturday 26th) is the last day of the BANA ‘New View’ Exhibition, Walcot Chapel, Bath BA1 5UG – open 11-5. Try to visit if you are in the area.