Sue Jarman and Sally Tyrie are friends who met at Digswell Arts in Hertfordshire. Both their practices are different to each others, which was something that appealed to them about working together at the residency. They planned to share the experience through each others eye's, to learn about each others' methods and share ways of working.
Sally's practice explores environments where land and water exist as a fragile balance, she is particularly driven by themes around natural science, history and climate change. Sue's pratice is driven by everyday life. She planned to collect ideas through documentary style sketchbook work, plein air drawing, observed narratives, and visual eavesdropping,
Sue, an inveterate drawer, travelled around the local area by train, along the beautiful Cambrian coastline, drawing the landscape and array of people she saw. She would often leave in the early morning and return late in the evening from a day of drawing encounters.
Sally aims to write a series of blog posts about her time as resident which will explore her fascination with the peat blogs and share the developments of the work she created. You can read an excerpt from her first post below; head to her blog to continue reading.
"My main intention going to Mawddach was to investigate the estuary itself and its marshy wetland edges which hug the various inlets of the estuary. However, my interest was especially piqued by the peat bogs that straddle the area at the back of where I was staying. The Arthog peat bog is managed by the RSPB and is a ‘remnant of a vast raised bog which once covered much of the Mawddach valley."
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