Archive | March, 2012

Danebury 2012

28 Mar


I have started a drawing at Danebury , the Iron age Fort in Hampshire, it seems that the fort is used by many ! Here is a beautiful den made by children ( I think!) inside the northern ramparts.ImageWhile I was drawing , the peace was interrupted by helicopters from the nearby army base, it seemed as if the pilots were using Danebury to navigate, at times it felt like the helicopters were aiming straight for me , only to swing away at the last moment. 

I was drawing on the northern side of the East gate, and thinking about the ingenuity of the unaligned inner and outer gates and the noise of sling shots in the Iron Age, when the sound of helicopters ( and practice for  contemporary war fare )  felt very much in line with what I was thinking.

So ..I have decide to work on a piece which will represent  seemingly peaceful scenes of the Danebury gates in pencil , with the noise of defense over the top.


Others use the gates..and strangely in the 3 days I have been there so far , these sheep came to the same spot ,at exactly the same time.Image

This is a simple Mother’s Day card , tied to a bush just by the entrance to the hill fort.

As I sat drawing , I talked to a number of visitors , it seems people come back , again and again to Danebury, with great fondness, one man was based at the army camp  many years ago , he had come back to look “out” again ( from a long way), he used to sit on the ramparts often when he was in the army, and told me it was the best vantage point to watch the air show.

The drawings continue..



Notes and visual ways of organising thought and memory

21 Mar


At every meeting , I have been collecting photographs of each team member’s notes. I am interested in the way we organize our thoughts and memory cues on a page , it seems like there are strong parallels to how an artist organizes lines on a page when drawing.

The above is one of the team’s notes in response to Chris Green’s explanations in using grid square tesselations, in a meeting this January . Chris showed us several maps of England overlaid with 5km, 2km, and 1km grid squares. It was decided that the 2km format looked more promising for data presentation and maybe 1km for case studies.

Chris Green then went on to show a map where areas of representation using aerial photography were not possible , this was done using a raster format also using the shape of 1km squares.

The notes are reflecting these ‘square’ like decisions in a wonderfully minimal and visual way.


These are the notes of our busiest team member !

I was intrigued in that they resembled the map of England , in the next image I have blocked out the words, in watercolour , in order to show more clearly how we put down blocks of information and organize them within an A4 format , ( if you stick to the idea that this is a map of England the word  Norfolk , happens to be in the right place!)


These are notes from one of our team in their first meeting, I like the elegance of the glasses etc.. and the reflection of the window.


Another set of notes made on the back of an envelop, using the lines to concentrate ideas.Image

And here are the notes with the added watercolour..


Lastly , I liked these notes in that there are traces / imprints from previous pieces of writing if you look carefully on the page.





Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort

13 Mar


I went past by Danebury , stopped off to see if it would be a good place to do a detailed drawing, it was on a Saturday , there were many people , families, football players , dog walkers. It made me think I would like to come back, the ‘here and now’ so vibrant in amongst the Hill Fort. A very quick sketch!


Spot the artist on the ground!

photograph by Rory Carnegie



7 Mar


These ideas , ( drawn on glass)  show how John Pybus and Xin Xiong are  using  Semantic Web technologies for the project. Image made in visual collaboration with Miranda Creswell.



These are ideas and plans ( drawn on glass)  for the project GIS database which include Web mapping elements, made by Chris Green, with a bit of visual tweaking by Miranda Creswell.