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Nettle Seeds for Vitality – Preventing adrenal burn out

From mid-summer onwards our native superfood, the stinging nettle offers us their plump green seeds. They hang like jewels in strings beneath the leaves and if you’re very careful, you can just about pick the seeds without stinging yourself on the stems or leaves that surround them, but I recommend gloves for gathering nettle seeds.…

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Flower Glycerites – Mid-summer medicine

Infusing herbs in vegetable glycerine to make a glycerite is a great way to make medicine that is both alcohol-free and, despite its sweet flavour, sugar-free. I make the majority of my glycerites in midsummer as I love the way the odorless, slightly sweet qualities of glycerine brings out the delicate sweet flavours and fragrances…

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Herb infused oils and balms

It’s time to let the warm summer sun infuse oils on my window sill. Lavender, St John’s Wort, calendula, plantain, feverfew and lemon balm to name a few. The oils in this picture have been made by putting the fresh plant directly in the oil and leaving the sun to warm it each day.  If…

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Just back from research trip to Portland…

A & B  Annie Lovejoy and myself are creating a song based on the idea of a womens’ sea shanty rooted in Portland.  Its an amazing place with strong quarrying and fishing roots.  We just spent a week following our noses, gathering stories and having conversations with Portlanders and those who have made the island…

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Printshop Poetry @ Caravanserai

Artist in residence at my favourite campsite, Treloan as part of Caravanserai a wonderful creative space based in a caravan!

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Reinvigorated by Residency in Poland

In August, I had a great time collaborating with artists, Abigail Liparoto, Barbara Bargiel and Robert Lang as part of the Hello Collective’s summer studio residencies in Cieplice, Poland.   See (week 4)  for more info.

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Support Your Local Library

Here are a couple of videos about the Brooklyn Public Library mural I was commissioned to do in summer 2010. I keep thinking back to this project as our libraries are being closed around us here in the UK. Once its gone, it’s not coming back – support your local library. [youtube=] [youtube=]  

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