Expanding on my exploration of primitive ways, a new aspect of my art practice this term is foraging. As I found last year, it’s the Process that is the Art, any object is just evidence of the Work.
My plan is to make a Blaeberry mead, using wild yeast off the berries to start the process, local honey for extra sugar and some heather flowers for extra flavour… The magic of fermentation transforming ordinary to extraordinary. Another form of alchemy.
As usual while out gathering, my eye is open for anything I can work with or eat. This time I picked up a young Birch Polypore off a fallen branch, thinking that I would have a go at making tinder or a knife strop. However, as I dinged my finger off of something it came in handy as a first aid plaster instead!