Extinction or rebellion…

Yesterday I went along to an Extinction Rebellion meeting in Ringmer village hall.    There were about 80 people I guess, most over 65 and willing to change.

It was very well run, informative with a mix of scary facts (which we all know) and definite action.

Their message is very inclusive, non violent and disruptive.

At a personal level I feel very strongly about the environment, I know there is something not right.

I have lived in Glynde for 7 years now, a small village in the South Downs. We moved from Hove where we had been for the previous 15 years.

I got to the stage where I couldn’t look out of my back window at more buildings without feeling trapped and blocked in.

I now look out onto space and green fields. I see a whole variety of birds, not just seagulls (15 types in just 10 minutes this morning), I see slow worms, glow worms, butterflies, badgers, hummingbird moths, woodpeckers, hedgehogs, and all just 10 miles from Brighton and Hove.

 

In Hove I saw grey, concrete, the odd bit of green space. I saw the security guard at our local Sainsburys stubbing his cigarette out on a lone, small, struggling tree.

I saw huge seagulls, everywhere. I saw trees tarmaced in, lucky if they had a square metre of soil.

I speak to people in Glynde who remember fields of hares (I have never seen one here, I saw one in Yorkshire once). They remember glow worms (plural) on the daffodil bank, I just see one at a time.

At yesterday’s meeting one of the scientists who was speaking said he has 2 young children. He doesn’t even know if his grandchildren will see a butterfly. A butterfly.  Not a tiger. Not a polar bear. A butterfly. There may not be butterflies around in some of our lifetimes.

butterfly

We all choose who to believe. There will always be someone who can ‘prove’ whatever we want to believe.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) was founded in 1988 to provide the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change, it’s natural, political and economic impacts and risks, and possible response options. 

I am not a scientist so this is my take on why this is relevant, and this is my language. 

The IPCC findings stated we could afford a 1.5% rise in climate warming, this is linked with our use of carbon-based fuels. Below is the best graph I could find. 

ipcc graph

My words now, in short, we will hear governments saying things like we will become carbon neutral by 2050, or maybe 2035. But the figures I believe say we need to do this by 2025. How on earth we will do this I don’t know. But surely a first step is actually group acceptance / realisation that this is happening NOW. We need to make responsible changes NOW.

Apparently the current government response to this is to increase our ‘acceptable’ rise in climate warming to 2%….

There is way too much information out there for me to go into loads of detail here about this. And you would probably get bored and switch off.

The ripple effects from this rise is massive (my words, obviously!). It affects everything.

I still keep remembering the guy from last night who said his grandchildren may not ever see a butterfly. That was one of my triggers.

Along with seeing the rings of cigarette burns on the tree outside Sainsburys.

And thinking of Hove as grey, and Glynde as green.

Seagulls versus woodpeckers.

There is loads more I can say but I think that will do for now.

I just want us to realise there is a huge problem out there we all need to accept. And I don’t think we do.

I have trouble comprehending it but I know it is wrong and I have to do more about it.

 

 

Links you may be interested in…

Wilding by Isabella Tree

Extinction Rebellion

IPCC

 

 

 

Walk and create in the Sussex Downs

A day based from Jacky’s studio where you will explore Glynde and surrounding countryside before heading back to get creative…

Over the last 3 years Jacky has been combining her artistic practice with a love of walking and nature. This has resulted in a series of group walks developed where participants enjoy the local countryside and then feed this experience into creating a piece of unique artwork. This typically takes the form of a found sculpture, stream of consciousness writing or a drawing.

 

Brief overview

We start with tea and cake at the studio where we have a brief introduction to the day and each other. There is a maximum of 8 people per group.  We then have a choice of walks which we will decide on between us. These include a gentle stroll through the back paths of the village, a walk up to Mount Caburn and back, or to the beanstalk cafe and on to Charleston House (home of the Bloomsbury group).

 

Lunch will either be at our local tea shop in Glynde or the beanstalk cafe in nearby Firle. Both offer a choice of cream tea or other tasty lunch.  We will then walk back to the studio or the local reading room where we will begin creating our masterpieces. 

 

No experience is necessary and materials will be provided but do feel free to bring your own creative tools if you so wish. We will end the day looking at each other’s work over more tea and cake.

More info…

Glynde has it’s own train station (with a direct link to Brighton, London Bridge and Victoria) so you can start your day with a 10 minute walk through the village to the studio at Glynde Gardens, or you can drive and park for free in the village car park by the cricket pitch nearby.  

There is a maximum of 8 people per group. Children over the age of 10 are welcome and must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Price is £35 per adult, £15 per child which includes tea, cake and all materials.

Lunch is not included so please bring a packed lunch and some water

2020 dates:

Friday 31 January  11 – 3.30pm

Saturday 15 February   11 – 3.30pm

Thursday 20 February   11 – 3.30pm

Please email Jacky for more information jacky@rise.uk.com

Eastbourne & Lewes walking festival

Colour in nature walk Friday 20 September, 2 – 4pm

On Friday Jacky will be leading one of her Colour in nature walks as part of the Eastbourne and Lewes walking festival.

Starting at her studio in Glynde, walkers will begin by walking through small woods and out into views across the South Downs up to Mount Caburn.

Along the way we will be paying particular attention to the changing colours, textures and sounds.

colour wheel no people

You will return through the village, past our local shop and possibly drop in to see Tom the blacksmith at his Forge.

Booking information here

 

Parking and other details…

There is free parking available in our village car park, by the cricket pitch which is a 5 minute walk away, there is also limited parking directly outside Jacky’s studio by the church.

Glynde has a train station with direct links to Eastbourne, Lewes, Brighton and London Victoria and London Bridge, aproximately 10 minute walk

The route is approximately 2 miles and is quite steep in places so unfortunately it is not suitable for those in a wheelchair or pushchairs

There are no facilities on the walk so do bring your own water with you (there are Public toilets by the cricket pitch)

 

 

 

Open studio for Artwave…

For 3 weekends in August Jacky will be opening her studio at Glynde Gardens.

She will be showing her stonecarving, found sculptures, charcoal drawing and paintings.

On Sundays from 2pm she will be opening her garden…

Glynde Gardens Open Studio, Artwave Venue 17

Open 10.30 – 5.30pm 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 Aug

1 Sep

6 values for Firle C of E Primary school…

Last month I completed a project for Firle school working on their 6 values of  kindness, respect, working with others, forgiveness, perseverance and aspiration.

I spent a day with the children in their classes where they each interpreted one of the values by linking it to relevant gospel stories. This was through drawing or painting.

Here are a selection of the children’s drawings…

Every single one is going to be made into a prayer flag which will then be hung outside the school.

In addition, I painted my own interpretation of each value which I then presented back to the school in assembly one month later.

The children recognised all the values through the pictures (for which I was very happy and relieved!)

Pictures here…

Artists at Glynde Place for Artwave

The Coach House, Glynde Place, BN8 6SX

Friday 30 Aug, 6 – 9pm Opening night, all welcome

Saturday 31 Aug 10.30 – 5.30pm

Sunday 1 Sep 10.30 – 5.30pm

 

For one weekend only, The Coach House at Glynde Place will be the venue for 12 local artists and sculptors to show their work as part of Lewes Artwave Festival.

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The Coach House with Guy Stevens sculpture

This will be the 4th show Glynde Artist in residence Jacky Misson has organised at The Coach House.

Artwork will include a mix of original, contemporary paintings, prints, sculpture, stone carving, film, poetry and installation.

 

Artists exhibiting are Jenny Arran   Chiara Bianchi   Sarah Colbourne                               Paulien Gluckman   Tara Gould   Jacky Misson   Alyosha Moeran    Will Nash               Lucy Newman  Will Spankie  Mark Stonestreet and Emily Warren

 

There will also be the opportunity to try stone carving with Helen Mary Skelton  on Saturday from 2pm

 

We look forward to seeing you there, follow our updates at @artistsatglyndeplace

Mapping the Egrets Way…

On the afternoon of Tuesday 20 August, Jacky will be hosting ‘Mapping the Egrets Way’ as part of Lewes Artwave.

This will include a circular walk along part of the Egrets way and the chance to create your own piece of artwork.

After meeting at the South Downs youth hostel and cafe, we will take a stroll along the river and inland through Rodmell, past Monks House which was the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

You will be provided with sketch books and have the chance to sketch as you walk, when we return to the Youth Hostel we will be using these drawings to create our own pieces of artwork. No experience is necessary.

More information to follow…

egrets way map

Crowdfunder, Stone carving at Tout quarry..

Ever since visiting on form sculpture park last year I have been spending all my available time learning to carve stone. I love it. There is a stone carving course in Dorset at Tout quarry, Portland Stone Quarry trust, which I would like to go on to help me improve. This money will help pay for it.

So far I have raised £400…

crowdfunder

In return for a donation I would like to give the following:

£10     Postcard designed by me

£20     Original charcoal bird sketch

£40     a place on Walk and create

£60     A4 limited edition print

£100   A3 limited edition print

£250   small stone carving (this may take some time!)

If you would like to help, please follow the link here

Thank you

Here are some photos of my current stonecarvings..

Book stories…

At the weekend I spent another afternoon at one of my favourite places to be, Much Ado Books in Alfriston. So much more than a book store…

much ado books

For most of my adult life I wanted to open a book shop, but when I found Much Ado Books several years ago I immediately knew I wouldn’t. And this was a good thing! They had already created the perfect place for book lovers so I didn’t have to, it was here already 🙂

Anyway, the reason I was here on Sunday was to continue a project I am working on collecting people’s book stories. Favourite books, childhood memories of books, most influential book – anything at all. And they came flooding in from visitors…

dav

One couple had travelled all the way from Milton Keynes because of a book the husband had first seen 63 years ago, The Countryside Companion. It had a photo of Alfriston high street and he wanted to see how it had changed over the years, a perfect example of a book story!

milton keynes couple

A woman I spoke with, visiting with her daughters and grandson, said she felt quite emotional writing her book story. She could see how her love of books had been passed down the generations. Here is her story…

and here is her grandson’s…

dav

his favourite story is batman!

At this stage I am not sure how my book stories project will turn out. My finished piece of work may be the handwritten stories by people visiting Much Ado Books, they may be published into a little book, I may make a piece of artwork incorporating them, or photos of them. I don’t know yet. At present I am happy making my postbox for the stories and talking to people, gathering their stories.

If you would like to pop along to Much Ado Books and share your own book stories I shall be visiting next on Wednesday 19 June, 2 – 4pm and Saturday 29th June between 2 and 4pm.

I hope to see you there…

sdr

Walk and create in the Sussex Downs

A day based from Jacky’s studio where you will explore Glynde and surrounding countryside before heading back to get creative…

Over the last 3 years Jacky has been combining her artistic practice with a love of walking and nature. This has resulted in a series of group walks developed where participants enjoy the local countryside and then feed this experience into creating a piece of unique artwork. This typically takes the form of a found sculpture, stream of consciousness writing or a drawing.

 

Brief overview

We start with tea and cake at the studio where we have a brief introduction to the day and each other. There is a maximum of 8 people per group.  We then have a choice of walks which we will decide on between us. These include a gentle stroll through the back paths of the village, a walk up to Mount Caburn and back, or to the beanstalk cafe and on to Charleston House (home of the Bloomsbury group).

Lunch will either be at our local tea shop in Glynde or the beanstalk cafe in nearby Firle. Both offer a choice of cream tea or other tasty lunch.  We will then walk back to the studio or the local reading room where we will begin creating our masterpieces. 

 

No experience is necessary and materials will be provided but do feel free to bring your own creative tools if you so wish. We will end the day looking at each other’s work over more tea and cake.

More info…

Glynde has it’s own train station (with a direct link to Brighton, London Bridge and Victoria) so you can start your day with a 10 minute walk through the village to the studio at Glynde Gardens, or you can drive and park for free in the village car park by the cricket pitch nearby.  

There is a maximum of 8 people per group. Children over the age of 10 are welcome and must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Price is £35 per adult, £15 per child which includes tea, cake and all materials.

Lunch is not included so please bring a packed lunch and some water

Time and dates:

Tuesday 24 September  10.30 – 4pm

Saturday 12 October   10.30 – 4pm

Friday 18 October  10.30 – 4pm

Saturday 2 November   10.30 – 4pm

Please email Jacky for more information jacky@rise.uk.com