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Friday
Jan302015

'Invisible Pathways' at Hop Kilns Heritage Centre

Last November I spent several weeks exploring the pastures, cow tracks, streams and pathways that make up Briddlesford Lodge Farm on the Isle of Wight.

As the farms first Artist in Residence I was invited to create the inaugural exhibition in the newly restored and architecturally re-designed Hop Kilns Heritage Centre. Using a variety of materials gathered on the farm including Butcher's Broom, Hazel, Honeysuckle, cow muck and bailer twine I created a series of suspended panels that investigated the layered history of the land's usage and geography. Black bailer twine is embroidered mapping out fields and pathways, twilled cane picks up patterns from an old winnowing fan in the heritage centre's collection and Ash twigs reference the hedgerows, hurdles and coppiceing traditions of the island.

The exhibition is now finished but some of the work will be kept on site to join the centre's collection, two further artist residencies and exhibitions will take place over the coming year.

Here's a selection of photographs documenting the project and exhibition here: 'Invisible Pathways' at The Hop Kilns Heritage Centre at Briddlesford Lodge Farm.

Thanks to Julian Winslow for the group photo of everyone involved in front of the old kilns.

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