Over the Moss
Collaboration with Sarah Smout
This collaborative project has been seed funded by Craven District Council. Sarah has written a song which I am responding to with visual art in the form of a book and film. The song describes a journey over land and sea. The song has been written in response to the Peat Partnership in Yorkshire who are seeking to recover the blanket bog in Yorkshire which is suffering from erosion. The blanket bog is an incredible carbon sink and defence against flooding in the valleys below, as well as an important wildlife habitat. It is also an important feature of the uplands in the area of Craven where Sarah and I are based.
The bog has been eroded by sheep grazing and burning of the heather for the maintenance of the grouse stocks for hunting.
Once complete the collaboration will help raise awareness of the need to protect the blanket bog.
Sense of place
Drawing on paper
Film for digital dissemination