I finally made it to the end of my mammoth 100 Years, 100 Days project! Happily, when I finally saw all the ink paintings together, I thought they looked OK! It was wonderful to hear so many lovely comments at the Remembrance Day service. Here are a few of my favourite inks.
Alongside painting something every day, I also got very excited about making something bigger and bolder for the second space, Christ Church in Broad Town. After talking to the Head of the village primary school, I found myself enthusiastically waving my arms about trying to describe an World War One Biplane, made up of hundreds of tiny fragments of memories. I soon realised that I didn’t have time to create something quite so ambitious, and instead settled for a slightly less ethereal and rather more verdant plane, like this:
It was quite tricky to photograph against the roof! The children from Broad Town school made collages of memories they imagined a WW1 soldier from the village would have had of his home. These helped to form the hills that made the body of the plane. The wings were made of papercut rivers and leaves - and fortunately the 4 metre span just about fit inside my house!
I really loved being part of the community in Hilmarton and Broad Town for a few weeks! Everyone was so welcoming and kind. An especially huge thank you to the wonderful, unsuspecting team who helped me hang the aeroplane from the church roof. As soon as we arrived, we realised we’d need a much bigger ladder, so Rachma, the vicar, set off into the village to find one and reappeared minutes later, with not only a very tall ladder, but also a very tall man to hold it steady. I put all my yoga practice to practical use and stood on the top rung, stretching up to reach the beams while, several feet below, Rachma prayed for a safe descent!