Noticing the Minutiae - the Art of Noticing is a Radical Act
How can we care about things if we don’t notice them? Life exists on multiple scales and speeds, but we are tuned into interactions that occur on the human point on these scales. Moss and lichen are ‘pioneer species’ – through their cycles of birth, life, and death across deep time, they begin to create foundation soils in which other species can grow. Can we reconnect our sense of place by noticing them? Can adapting our senses to cultivate “new terminology” that emphasises “connectedness instead of dualist divides” help us to build empathy and see our mutual entanglement(s)?
Through my project I explore habitat for mosses, and I adapt my approach to stone carving as I learn to listen to them.
An Adaptable Model for Human and Non-Human Inclusive Rewilding
The aim of the model is to empower both humans and non-human species, to find areas of commonality and compromise, to minimise exploitation of either.*
If you would like to start your own rewilding project or find out more about the thinking behind the model, you can download the rewilding model and guidance notes from my website. You can also download a blank arch model template that you could use to customise your own creative projects and find links to the projects that have influenced me.
*The model operates within rewilding ideologies, and it aims to allow for diverse manifestations of these, however, I recognise that the ideas may not be relevant everywhere and the model has been designed for use in the UK where we are experiencing a biodiversity crisis.
Creative writing piece - Stratigraphy of Being
I am a student on the MA Sustainable Design course and I have an undergraduate degree in archaeology. The MA course has allowed me to explore an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability and design, including an exploration of my archaeological roots and how the discipline may evolve in the future.
My key research interests are in:
o Humans as part of nature
o Rewilding and biodiversity
o Symbiosis and the interconnectedness of all life
o Nature history and archaeology
o Peatland ecosystems
I produce work through a variety of creative outlets, such as film, writing, poetry, stone carving and paper models, exploring the ways that humans in the present, past and future, live sustainably and gently with the natural world. There is a lot we can learn from each other across our cultures and through time, and I am interested in ways for us to collaborate that are not exploitative.