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‘Chance’ as part of the process – found marks, shapes, materials. Diary 30 Nov – 5 Dec 2018

Nov 30 mark making with the remains of charcoaled branches from the pit fire

Dec 5 hardness in the old scars from pruning the olive trees, this year’s softer marks

frottage drawing with the the olive trees, allow chance into the creative process

cycle of cut branches –  growth, olives, olive oil, fuel for pit, charcoal/ ash ,  drawings on old paper/ new growth

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Seagrass and shards. Diary 28-30 September 2018

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28 -30 September  intense gales from south east , olives swept off trees, torrential rain, first rain since June, rejuvenation of land

mountains of seagrass along shoreline, waves churn stones on sea bed,  shards of pottery washed up, cliffs battered, erosion of the soils and rocks creates a new cliff face

Spring fire, dawn to dusk. Diary 4 – 6 April 2018

April 4    flowering sage covers clay pieces, butterflies around fire, hear explosions in fire

intense heat of fire and sun as we throw olive branches on the fire

April 5  pair of golden eagles fly in the valley and over the olive grove

April 6  energy of fire transforms, animal images appear, clay pieces erupt and crack like clay cracks on the cliff with the heat of the summer sun

sifting through ash in pit, ash to the olive grove

Mother. Diary 3 April 2018

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April 3 gather flowers in the olive grove, small gentle fire, remembering.

last making with clay before pit fire, mother.

need to give air to fire

surrounded by bees in sage flowers, owl in south west, deep peacefulness at dusk

church bells across valley chime 3 tones as fire burns to ash

birds sing, soft pink tones of setting sun reflected on mountain peaks

Full moon rises over sea. Diary 31 October – 10 Nov 2017

October 31  Birth day, remembering line of mothers before me. talking with the ancestors, sage fire

Nov 4  full moon rises over sea, moonlit olive grove, bright fire, deep quietness, moonlit shadows

Nov 7  little owl in olive tree in east, fly south and away

Nov 8  making with clay, balance, images of myself, woman energy, giver of life, moving body

Nov 10  high piles of seagrass cover stones on beach, easy to  walk on, collect clay, new cliff fall

Erosion, cliff sculpted by elements. Diary 5-15 October 2017

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summer cliff erosion, clay fall, dry, cracked clay, shrunk by heat of burning sun, roots dangling

In winter rain softens clay, force of water from hills, land saturated, clay expands, falls

Shells revealed in silt in lower cliff, silt fall. Make with clay fallen, roll in silt and broken shell

Fire to ash. Diary 10 April 2016

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Fire day, sunrise to sunset, double intense heat of fire burning in the pit and fire of the sun. Heaps of dry branches, olive, broom, hollyoak. Immersion in the elements, fire to ash

sun sets, fire burns down, mountain of ash in pit and piles of leaves left, return to the land

Elements, the raw energy of life. Diary 1- 8 April 2016

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winter waves lashed last years huge cliff fall. Making in olive grove and on beach, feel elements in me, through me, forms emerge, resting in hand or sand.

Feel elements as the raw energy of life. Whirling wind through olive grove, waves crash rocks, sand, stones, bring seagrass onto beach creating cliffs of bouncy seagrass along tide line

Find sea worn fragments of olive tree bark, cuttlefish.

strong warm winds carry sage and orange blossom scents. Olive trees flower. bees, orchids

Physical creative. Diary 21 – 29 Oct 2015

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October 21 Sharp lightning, more earth fallen, some washed away, wild sea, harsh waves, hitting hard, hear as I waken. After rain, trees, soil feel vibrant, been dry for weeks

natures processes, physical and creative, body immersed, oneness in the moment, deep state of being, experience my body in nature being the doorway to sentience, presence

Oct 24  Dance in olive grove, feel tall wild flowers touch hands, become part of my dance, light into darkness, sense directions, feel the elements, lie on ground feel the pulse of the earth

dig on the land, once seabed, find stones with shells embedded, holding millions of years of life

Oct 29 Dusk, clay, hands, moving, knowing, belonging, no words, no thoughts

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Falling cliff. Diary 27 – 29 Aug 2015

rachael mellors27 Aug walk past eroding cliff at dawn, aware a storm or earth tremor might bring it to beach

dream state after siesta today of small tablets shining out from rocks with small symbols on, like ancient script, inscriptions cut into earth, Linear B clay tablets?

29  Aug  dawn, warm air, red glow over mountains, find pocket of clay beneath a cud of earth fallen in sea, roots extending, deep orangery brown, very soft clay, press into cliff, image of my shadow disappears. clay tablets crack as they dry, like cracks in cliff as they bake in the sun fire

Synchronicity, cliff carving. Diary 26 – 30 Aug 2015

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Aug 26  dawn, make clay tablets, press clay on flat stone on beach, tear clay, bamboo reed from tide line, incise shadow image, my self momentarily becomes part of cliff as sun rises, press into cliff, cracks, marks imprint, silt,salt, fragments of shell embed clay, hand prints back of tablet

body imprint on cliff akin to my skin imprint on forms, same unfolding processes, evolving from spontaneous fleeting moment, unconscious fusion of energies of the living Earth

man carves determinedly deep into cliff, fishing knife, letters ‘sts’, digs with forceful energy. Synchronicity, the day I begin to make tablets, incise into clay, a man incises his tag in cliff

Illuminations. Diary 9 – 26 Aug 2015

red dawn, golden sun rises over mountains, birds fly across, high, bright sun beam across sea, capture moment, turn to photograph cliff behind me, try to avoid my shadow

fleeting moment of my shadow imprinted onto cliff, infused with colour, layers of soils, impregnated with fossils, shells. Unseen for weeks, feel momentary flash of unity

each morning walk alongside the cliffs, just a few moments after sun rises to capture subtle elusive energies, days different – slow rising big deep red sun, quicker bright golden sun

spontaneous. chance, split second of time, decisive moment when everything comes together

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elements integral, transformation, fire from sun and fire burning the olive tree wood, unveiling of mystery held in images emerging and from forms unearthed

Intense summer heat, fall asleep with flashes of my shadow, one to another, fading in and out, flashes of light, illuminating pre – conscious states