7 June 2012
I'm looking forward to returning to Spurn tomorrow, although the weather is horrid and looks like it is continuing like this for a few days. I'm particlularly looking forward to getting to know the groynes a bit better! These wooden structures for slowing the action of long-shore drift are quite dramatic and seem to feature in just about every photo of Spurn you find on Flickr.
I'm interested in the rusty metal that is often attached to these in various states of decay. Much of my work in recent months has featured rust prints as a basis upon which I've layered other print techniques, as well as stitch. I want to see what kind of marks I can take from the rusty objects at Spurn. On my last visit I left a couple of experiments on site. These have hopefully been developing and maturing and I'm looking forward to seeing what results there are.
I wrapped some metal objects I found on the beach, having first wet my fabric in sea water (the nearest sea fisherman along the beach must have thought I was bonkers; dancing around the edge of the water as the tide was coming in and trying to dodge the waves whilst dipping fabric into them). These I left in the lighthouse.
I also wrapped one of the rusty bolts still attached to a groyne but loose. This should be submerged in sea water every time the tide comes up. Even after one night and one high tide it had obviously started to take on some of the rusty colour:
My worry is that these have either worked loose and been washed away or removed by curious visitors. Although this shouldn't be too unusual a thing to come across given that many of the groynes already have many bits of rope and broken net wound round them by the action of the waves. As long as they remain in place and depending on the resulting marks, I plan to set up some more this weekend.