Monday, 10 November 2014

Bronze Age Dartmoor - Etchings

The series of prints derived from the 5 Bronze Age sites on Dartmoor I chose to focus on are (I think) pretty much ready.

This one is 'Watern Oke', an unenclosed aggregated settlement overlooking the valley of the River Tavy. It comprises 60 hut circles, many complete with hearths and lintels.

When partially excavated in 1905 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, considerable quantities of charcoal were found together with cooking stones, pottery and flint artefacts. Interestingly, one Romano-British glass bead was also recovered, suggesting more than one period of occupation. Further stone hut circles probably survive in the area north of the monument, but are buried beneath peat and can't be identified.

This print is one of a series of drypoint etchings printed in water-based printers' inks on a small home etching press. So far I've pulled 10 prints from each plate, which isn't many. Not sure how large / small to make the run yet.

On a side note, I'm off to the local show and talk session for members of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen this evening, in Ann Bruford's fantastic-looking yurt. Maybe they will have some advice about an appropriate size of print run. Hoping for some positive feedback on the whole series too. Guess I should get into the kitchen now so I can endear myself with baked-goods!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Rural Idyll - Etsy Summer Finds

A Rural Idyll

Vintage Book Bundle - Clare De Lune - Les Oberle - Three Guineas - Virginia Woolf
Antique Wooden Sabots, Vintage Dutch Clogs
Twenty Packets of Heirloom Seeds - Free Shipping
You Make My Heart Skip a Beet Illustrated Card
Still life photography roses flower photography pink flower rustic farmhouse kitchen wall art wood country garden flowers  "Two Roses"
Vintage Scarf Graphic Folk Art Design, Brown,Mauve, Hearts, Long Valentines Day
Country cottage shabby chic rustic kitchen art cream white neutral earth tones interior spring - Farmhouse Window 8 x 10
Burgundy Wool Rosette Couture Burgundy Wine Red Wool Flower Hair Clip and Boot Clip Woodland Rustic Romance Brydferth Boot Clips
Gardening Fork Photographic Print - Garden fork at allotment
Hardwood & Horsehair Brushes
Woodland photography, tree photography, Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor landscape, mystical, magical, oak trees, nature, 12 x 8 fine art print
wooden spoons - antique farmhouse set of three - worn and distressed - food photography prop
End of summer, Landscape photography, Summer, Rustic Farmhouse, Harvest, french country home, farmhouse decor, Yellow decor, 5x7 (13x18cm)
Vintage Wooden Chair Spindles / Balusters
Bird Wedding  cake toppers in ivory white
Vintage Terra Cotta Garden Pots - Fine Art Photograph 5x7 - Home Decor Spring Summer Gardening- Featured on the FRONT PAGE

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Dartmoor Archaeology - Grimspound

Researching various neolithic sites on Dartmoor. Looking for interesting sites for visitors, with aesthetically pleasing archaeological plans, with a view to using related map imagery as the basis for inlay designs.

Need location info, probable time frame of habitation / use, source of data.

24 hut circles enclosed within stone wall, or pound. English Heritage-owned. They consider it to be Late Bronze Age, others suggest it may be Middle Bronze Age. Situated on Grim's Lake Stream, next to Hookner Tor. Possibly used only during summer months by herders and their cattle. Very few domestic finds due to acid soil. Ash remains in hearths from ash, willow and oak sticks and peat. A few pottery shards, flint fragments and an arrow head.

Images directly from legendary dartmoor