Looking For a Sign? The Building

This post is all about thanking two amazing people- my grandma and granddad! I honestly couldn’t have done it without them. They came up from Lancashire to the lakes just to help me install. We really had a brilliant day and although we faced some challenges, got a few funny looks and at times my granddad wasn’t too sure what on earth we were doing with these strange signposts, it really was great! The paint had only just dried I was cutting it so fine, and installing on the busiest weekend of the summer, (August Bank Holiday) we definitely set ourselves a challenge. We did have to change location slightly for softer ground and there was a lot of discussion on the positioning of the posts, mostly me changing my mind- I’m sorry! But grandma and granddad were so patient with me- thank you. I’m still in awe of both your fencing skills. Look at that power in Granddads swing!

Thank you again, it meant everything to me that you were there to help.

Swings and Roundabouts

So since then I’ve been toying around with some ideas. Considering the swings and roundabouts of life, the places we choose to live our life, ‘Our corner of the world’- my favourite saying from philosopher Gaston Bachelard. I’ve been thinking of ‘Our corner of the world’ in response to place, which is a bit different for me, as normally I solely consider the private space of our homes. But instead I’m looking at the bigger picture of the area we call home. In particular the area I currently call my home- Cumbria. It transpires that my Grandma (my other grandma, on my mum’s side, not the Glaswegian one with all the figurines) was born here in Penrith and spent her early year’s just two villages away in Yanwath. My great grandparents met here in the Lake District and married just a year later. They moved to my hometown of Darwen, Lancashire five years later with my grandma and her two brothers in tow.

So I’m back to thinking about the layering of lives and the repetition of memorable moments- The repetition of memorable moments throughout the generations. As it just so happens that excitingly I’m recently engaged and we plan to marry here in The Lakes. I think the date and times of these events are going to be essential to the work. I asked my grandma to bring up some old photographs of the family and their wedding for inspiration. But I knew then that having the photographs on display in the church would be too literal, there would be no mystery to the piece. So I’ll keep thinking!