Being (t)here: Mapping the Poetics of Place with India Flint

9-13 August – Price: £800 plus £5 per day lunch (optional)

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Join India Flint for five days to explore, examine and interpret the particular environs of Newburgh, in the Kingdom of Fife, for being (t)here, a site-specific intensive master class centring on the deep experience of place through immersion in landscape.

Newburgh is a deceptively quiet village on the south bank of Scotland’s longest and very beautiful Tay River. As a local gentleman was overheard to say, “steeped in history, we don’t know how lucky we are”.

Using cloth, stitch, paper and locally gathered plant dyes along with drawing, writing, mark-making and paper-folding, we will build a series of small and intricate workbooks mapping the journey of our time together.

Walking will be an essential component of our work. There may even be singing.

Some firsthand experiences of the special qualities of India’s classes are shared in the following blogposts.

Sweetpea Path 2015

Hedgetables 2014

The film below was made in 2013 when India discovered Newburgh’s drum-maker, Jason Shearer.

In the film below (2015) class participants make tide cairns in the Tay Estuary at Newburgh.

Materials for individuals to bring:

  • Needles [range of sizes: sharps, darners and crewel] and stitching threads [natural undyed fibres only]
  • Scissors
  • An A4 ziplock-sized bag of undyed natural fabric scraps – preferably silk and/or wool – can be odd shapes
  • Some sturdy rubber bands and a small ball of natural fibre string
  • A couple of soft drawing pencils
  • A small journal for keeping personal notes and a digital camera [still photography is permitted, moving images and voice recordings are not]
  • A graphite stick [the water soluble kind is nicest]
  • 4 bulldog clips [the biggest you can find]
  • a letter-sized tear-off pad of sturdy drawing paper

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