Felicity Bristow + Susie Wilson
UPDATE As part of the Art Walk's 2020 'All At Sea' programme, residency artists Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson invite you to submit recipes or contribute collected seed to their Seed Library:
CALL OUT ‘Greedy Gluts Recipes’ from @Plot55b
The artists in residence at @Plot 55b are researching and collecting recipes to help deal with an abundance of home grown produce to share later next year in a book as part of their ‘growing in isolation’ project.
Please submit your recipes and storage tips for your home grown produce to either Susie at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Felicity at email: email@example.com. They would love to hear of delicious ways to eat a glut of produce, smuggle extra veg into your kids tea, or are there multiple ways to eat a courgette (we think so!), or any tricks for keeping fresh herbs and what seeds you will be saving this year!
Also please download their Seed Library Zine with printable seed packet for collecting any spare seed
Felicity Bristow and Susie Wilson first began their residency in 2019 working the land from their garden shed at Plot 55b at Craigentinny Telferton Allotments. However due to the lockdown in March 2020 the artists continued to work together, though apart, developing a growing project sending seed to each other and other participants to grow, later harvest, and collect seed from. Out of this their 'Growing in Isolation' project developed involving a postal exchange. Touching the earth, planting the seeds and tending the growing plants was something positive and hopeful for many people in the growing community, in such an uncertain and anxious time. The seeds became the focus to their work and made them realise the importance of ‘the seed’ to this commission. A small number of the visitors from AWP 2019 also accepted the offer of seeds from the project to try and grow at home also.Felicity & Susie have since set up ‘The Seed Library’, which comes out of the generous exchange, or growing tips from plot holders and visitors and connections made sending out seeds. The delight and quiet of spending time growing something and protecting it as it matures was felt to be very rewarding by many people growing in isolation, as well as also mirroring the frustrations of lockdown restrictions when a plant was unsuccessful or a cornucopia of slugs had ransacked the seedlings planted out! It is hoped that the Seed Library can occupy a physical space post-pandemic supporting plot holders as a communal place for sharing seeds and seedlings.
In the meantime they continue to develop their ’Tilth & Tillage' journal which originally began in Sept 2019 recording the weather and wildlife observed at their plot, noting tips from visitors about working the allotments and recording the health of the soil and growing conditions in the surrounding area. Gardening advice will continue to be collected and referred to during their year long residency which will also involve researching the history of the allotments, talking to plot holders about their experiences growing on the site and recording changes and challenges they have overcome while resident at the allotments.
We will update this page with information about future community engagement events should lockdown conditions enable this to happen, hopefully in the relatively near future.
Felicity & Susie were recently interviewed online by Genevieve Fay about their continued project and how it is to continue to work together, apart. They discuss how the project evolved, and some of the new directions their work is now taking, read here
You can also follow the AWP residency on instagram at: @Plot_55b
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SUN 8TH MARCH 2020, 2.30-3.30PM
A celebration of planting two new apple trees on Plot 55b. With apple themed verse, song and toast to the new trees followed by a walk to wake the trees at Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments for a bountiful growing season in 2020.
Felicity’s site-specific work is an exploration of line, narrative, material and the pervading spirit of place or ‘genius loci’. Felicity is fascinated with words, with making, researching and exploring the physical structure of books and buildings site specifically.
Felicity studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (1993 – 99) and qualified as an architect, practising in Edinburgh until 2008 while also teaching part time at ECA (2003 – 07). In Summer 2016 she completed a MA in Contemporary Art Practice, with Merit. She now lives and works as an artist in the Scottish Borders developing her own research-based practice in her WASP’s studio (Selkirk) and works part time for the Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) in Selkirk and North Light Arts in Dunbar.
Susie's work examines the relationship between the hidden and the seen both metaphorically and physically. Exploring the book form enables her to combine print, paint and collage in a more sculptural way. The intimacy of holding the book, each page hiding then revealing the next, creates an atmosphere that is deeply personal. She is interested in this sense of revelation. Layers of translucent paper, stitched and cut into, obscure the forms and images creating a tension between the various areas reflecting the delicacy, fragility and subtlety of the subject.
Susie Wilson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1992 with a BA (Hons) Degree and PostGrad. in Drawing and Printmaking. She won two scholarships to Athens School of Fine Art (1990) and to Seville School of Fine Art (1992) to study printmaking. In 2001 she gained a place on the CATS course (Creative and Technical Skills Programme) run by the Print Studio at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Her work has been shown in many group exhibitions in Scotland, most recently at WASPS, Patriothall, Edinburgh (2012), MacNaughtans Bookshop, Edinburgh (2011), Society of Scottish Artists (2012),Visual Arts Scotland (2012), Andrew Grant Gallery (Edinburgh College of Art, 2011), Dundee Contemporary Arts (2002) and Meffan Gallery (2002). Her books and prints have also been exhibited abroad in India (2010) and the USA (2011). Her work is in the collection of the City Art Centre, Edinburgh Fine Art Library and Edinburgh College of Art. She has taught Printmaking and Artist Books at Edinburgh College of Art for ten years and also teaches in adult education and schools in and around Edinburgh. Recently awarded Sally Schofield Memorial Prize, (Visual Arts Scotland, 2015) and Nancy Graham Memorial Book Prize (VAS, 2014)
Images by: Elle McMaster