About the artwork
Artemis of the Lea
A multi-breasted riverine goddess festooned with brightly coloured, curvaceous vessels, this sculptural installation combines hard-edged lines with voluptuous forms, and recalls the muscular yet feminine strength of ancient fertility deities. The installation’s pendulous jugs have been designed to function as both watering cans and portable urinals.
Throughout summer 2019, allotmenteers in East London experimented with urine to boost their veg. When topped up with water, urine is an excellent nitrogen-rich fertiliser – seven times more potent than manure. At the exhibition’s end, these vessels will be distributed for ongoing use as they continue to nourish their crops with home-made fertiliser.
Water networks are often thought of as the infrastructure of supply and sewerage, yet solutions can operate from the scale of the individual to that of the landscape. This project resurrects connections with the environment, celebrates water infrastructure and elevates human bodily waste as a natural and precious resource.
My parents have an allotment near Cyprus DLR in Beckton. I went down last week and got to meet some of their lovely neighbours. Emma Crouch was there to film for Trellis.
I am getting to know everything about my Ultimaker 3d printer. Although there’s a lot of discussion online about how to manage problems with printing, it’s a steep learning curve especially if you don’t know exactly what’s wrong – nor the language to describe it!
Sometimes prints can stop for no apparent reason – maybe the print head got blocked up, or the filament was slightly wonky. Today I finally figured out how to restore a failed print – the instructions aren’t online so I didn’t even know this was possible! Read on to find out how.Continue reading “Failed prints”
A few seedlings coming up – rocket, spinach and red lettuce at Honeybone (Andrea) and purslane at St James Park (Mike)
Some generous allotmenteers at Honeybone Allotments in Walthamstow: Tracy and Julie (who gave me a lovely squash) and Andrea (who offered me some of his bounty of tomatoes, but I had to decline as I was on my bike)
Unexpected bonus of this project 😄
Tried a 0.8mm nozzle, which was around 3x faster (the layers are thicker) but the strength and holey-ness is much worse.
Still, it’s better than this: