Yesterday I took the dogs to Aber Bach. In my bag I carried white gold leaf, a dog tooth burnisher, an old brush and some gold sizing.
At the beach I found a stone. Someone had balanced it on a rock, below high tide, in the way that people do these days. There were other stones balanced too, but I wanted a large, smooth stone, to heavy to carry away without difficulty.
In the sunshine, with the sound of the sea I gilded a labyrinth onto the stone.
Then I put the stone back on the rock and sat and wrote for a short time, then, leaving another, small stone in the stream, we headed home.
Today I stitched together the golden soul on my sewing machine, in my studio.
Then I typed up what I had written, sitting beside the sea ( with the odd edit).
Then I stitched together the soul and the memories.
This piece, called ‘Gold Soul From a Balanced Beach Stone, Aber Bach, Pembrokeshire’, made from white gold, Chinese paper, a typewriter, time and thought, is for sale to raise money for the Yorkshire campaign to place copies of The Lost Words into schools.
(each small square of gold is 8cms sq, so hat will give you an idea of size)
Email me to secure BEFORE donating as the piece is and always will be utterly unique.
The stone was placed yesterday, below the high tide line and there have been three turns of the tide since. It may have been picked up by human hand, more likely taken by the sea.
There is something very contemplative about creating these fragile and curious pieces. Hope you like it.