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Before I went away to Top Shed, my two week artist's residency of near solitude in Norfolk, I asked friends to suggest music that I might add to a playlist to take away with me.  I'm so glad I did and grateful to all the people that took the time to share, because this literally became the soundtrack to my residency.   I would choose noisy and upbeat tunes to accompany me in my domestic duties and these occasionally also assisted to motivate me on a rainy stomp across the fields, but when it came to focusing and being creatively productive I chose more comforting, folky sounds and audio books because I love being told stories, and both of these mediums seemed to suit the work I was making and my rural surroundings. 

With each piece of music I couldn't help but think of the person who had gifted it to me with their suggestion...a lovely feeling; being all alone but at the same time surrounded by good people. 

It's interesting when you make work that has a repetitive or rhythmic process it happens that you often come back to doing something you've done before - its always fascinating and comforting to find oneself remembering the music / story / program that accompanied the exact same actions last time they were done - mind and muscle memory combined.  I feel strongly that these songs, stories, memories and indeed the people that my Norfolk playlist bring to mind are all part of the finished pieces - stitched, woven and printed into the fabric of the work.  Something unseen or unknown to the viewer but a deeply embedded personal part of these pieces of work for me.

As far as memory is concerned, I absolutely love that any time I ever hear any music from my Norfolk playlist I will instantly be right back there in my mind - such a precious and inspiring time.  Thank you if you contributed to this [not in full] soundtrack:

Wolf - First Aid Kit

Graceland - Paul Simon

Pink Moon - Nick Drake

Evil - Nadine Shah

Do I Love You [Indeed I Do] - Frank Wilson

California - Joni Mitchell

Tilted - Christine and the Queens

Psycho Killer - Talking heads

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Push th' Little Daisies - Ween

The Architect - Jane Weaver

If You Could See - She Draws the Gun

Sammud - Maarja Nuut

I bet you look good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkey

Human - Daughter

The Forest - Jose Gonzelez

Country Mile - Johnny Flynn

Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes -       Paul Simon

The Wind is Low - Iron and Wine

A Case of you - Joni Mitchell

Show me the Sun - Belle and Sebastian

Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

Staying Alive - Bees Gees

Go! - Public Service Broadcasting

Semicircle Song - The Go! Team

Golden Years - David Bowie

Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Daddy Cool - Boney M.

Blue - Joni Mitchell

Rescue Me - Fontella Bass

Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Carey - Joni Mitchell

Redbone - Childish Gambino

Close to You - The Carpenters

Emma Forever Ago - Bon Iver


The Song of the Sea - Lisa Hannigan

Facing West - The Staves

Call Me the Breeze - Beth Orton

Smother - Daughter

Rebel Rebel - David Bowie

Detectorists - Johnny Flynn

Get Ready - Ella Fitzgerald

Get It On - T. Rex

Flume - Bon Iver

Deadly Valentine - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

Kick Jump Twist - Sylvan Esso

Toxic Girl - Kings of Convenience

Animal Tracks - Mountain Man

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Dandelion - Big Thief

Down to the River to Pray - Alison Krauss

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

I'll Fly Away - Gillian Welch

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Red Morning Light - Kings of Leon

Kiss with a Fist - Florence and the Machine

Pale Green Ghosts - John Grant

Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell

Baby's Got Sauce - G. Love and Special Sauc

Mayday - The Go! Team

Magpie - The Unthanks

Winter - Daughter

I am a Man of Constant Sorrow -            Soggy Bottom Boys

Pure Pleasure Seeker - Moloko

Moonshine Freeze - This is the Kit

Did you see Butterflies  -Jane Weaver

It's Getting Better - Mama Cass

Straight from the Heart - Dr Atmo

This is Me - Keala Settle

All of Autumn - Red Deer Sleeping




World Book Night 2018

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'when the ships come into sight beyond the bay we feel our inner loads lighten and become aware how freighted we had become with jostling thoughts'

WBN United Artists will be making their annual video and artist’s book as part of World Book Night 2018.

Artists are invited to contribute their work, responding to ‘Watching God’ in the collection of short stories Three Moments in an Explosion by China Miéville.  The work will be included in a collaborative artist’s book to be launched on 23rd April 2018.

Above and below are my contributions to the book:

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‘I am not much of a reader’

 ‘To the disappointment of my mother and my friend Gam, both intellectuals, I am not much of a reader......what I liked most was to climb the bleached trees at the edge of the forest and take birds' eggs and empty them carefully and paint the shells.’