An Unfolding Landscape
Location: Elphin by Ullapool
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"it's as if this landscape were suddenly to become aware of the existence of its own elements - possessive rock, possessing only itself..."
From "Waiting to Notice", by Norman MacCaig
The landscape of Assynt is ancient and magnificent, with each mountain's unique profile carved into the huge sweep of the sky. This course provides an opportunity to interpret and explore the experience of being present in this land, through the form of a hand-made book.
The week will begin with a guided tour of Knockan Crag, a site of international geological reknown which lies only two miles from my studio. This visit will give you a grounding in the deep history of this unusual landscape which will, along with using your eyes, and all your other senses, help you make a personal, yet informed connection with your surroundings. This will be followed by reading some selected works by writers who have found this area profoundly inspirational and then you will given a opportunity to do a bit of writing of your own, in response. After a session of experimenting with the possiblities of the book form, most of the week will be spent on making one or two unfolding books, which will house both your art work and your writing - a deeply personal response to the panoramic land of Assynt.
No experience of art-making or of creative writing is required.
All materials are supplied.
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"Go to the mountains to read the immeasurable course of time." James Hutton, 1788
Much of the attraction of this area of the country is the wildness it has retained as a result of the limited impact of human habitation. Of course, this means that there are fewer choices of accommodation for the intrepid visitor, but there are still a wide number of options, many of which can be found on the Local Accommodation
The following accommodation is worth noting. Within walking distance of Jan's studio, there are two self-catering cottages each sleeping 4. Further details can be found at Nutfield Cottage and View Hill Cottage You might also consider Ardmair Campsite and Holiday Chalets, which lie in a beautiful bay overlooking the Summer Isles, just 15 minute drive south of the studio. See ardmair.com for details. Also try www.discoverassynt.co.uk, (Self Catering cottages north of Jan's studio). Finally, Ullapool is a large village and ferry port, with accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. This lies 20 minutes of spectacular commuting drive south of the studio.
To read about an innovative community partnership approach to preserving and improving this landscape for the benefit of all, have a look at Coigach and Assynt Living Landscapes. To find out about the fascinating geology of this area go to North West Highland Geopark.