The first day as Artist in Residence at Mottisfont House. I'm here to be their medieval illuminator and make work about the early history of the site as an Augustinian priory. Here is the house and my studio for the next three months.
Sketching a white willow in the old Middlesex Filter Beds on Walthamstow Marsh, now a nature reserve. Wonderful place and beautiful weather. White willow provides salicin, the active chemical ingredient in today's most common painkiller, Aspirin. The Greek Scholar and father of medicine Hippocrates advised chewing bark to alleviate the pain of childbirth over 2000 years ago.
Research materials laid out for me at Kew Library. I was in search of drawings of Liriodendron Chinense and Emmenopterys Henryii for the Borde Hill Plant Histories. Emmenopterys is so rare Kew only had one drawing in it's collection.
Taking part in the Graphic Design Walk Open Studio event organised by Graphic Birdwatching as part of London Design Festival. The focus was on design studios set up by women.
Exhibiting in a garden shed for Artist's Open House at the Dulwich Festival. Thanks to Alison Firth for hosting.