Following on with the Dancing Belles series, in early June I met with Divja Unnikrishnan but now living in Sheffield with her husband and son.
A lot has happened in the last month. The oak stem from Ruskin Land has now been processed at Darley Dale sawmill (picture below) and Henk Littlewood has begun his experiment to steam bend the planks into semi-circular shapes that will then be made into the spherical space in which my pictures will be displayed.
After 6 weeks of listening to politicians, witnessing their staged and choreographed gesturing, hearing their rehearsed statements over and over I'm now tired and ready for a long sleep - preferably 5 years.
My first attempt at piercing and enamelling copper plate wasn't at all disastrous.
The good news finally landed on my doorstep this afternoon.
One of the main sources of inspiration for Mahatma Gandhi apparently was John Ruskin's book 'Unto This Last' in which he talks passionately about 'fairness' and 'just-ness' particularly in relation to fair and just payment for workers.
Two days before the start of a new year and a quick update on the project. Henk and I submitted our arts council application and have been notified that our proposal is eligible.
In October 2014 Henk Littlewood (pictured) and I traveled to Ruskinland near Bewdley to choose an Oak Tree that we intend to uproot and transport to Sheffield where, once it has dried out, we will create a shelter like structure from it that will be decorated inside with vibrant imagery and patterns.