Day 1

Installed in Garden A: Monday 9th August 2021. Approx. 5.30pm

Sunday 22nd August 2021. Approx. 6pm

Changes noted: The central panel has puckered in the rain, cracks have appeared in the emulsioned brush strokes and the bottom edges and corners have begun to fray.

Monday 6th September 2021. Approx. 6.30pm

Changes noted: The fraying threads from the bottom of the panel had caught round the ivy behind it. The owner of garden A chose to leave this. After documenting it I chose to untangle the threads and allow the panel to fly free again. An ivy leaf broke away as I untangled it and I left it in the dangling thread.

Some small areas of the panel have started to become subtly dirty and a few insects were found to be crawling over the cloth but as far as I could see not leaving any marks.

Flying free, though I expect it to get entangled again very soon.

Sunday 19th September 2021. Approx. 4pm- 6pm

Changes noted: In the two hours I spent in the garden it was fascinating to watch the light changing due to the cloud movement. As the sun intermittently broke through the clouds the panel would change dramatically suddenly being filled with the dappled light. As the panel and the clouds moved so the light and shapes danced around the cloth. Alongside this the panel is getting dirtier, mould and subtle rain streaks gradually appearing on its surface. As the sun came out the flies were attracted to the fabric, especially the central gold area. The long thread hanging left hanging from the bottom edge on my last visit I think had got shorter, less tangled, this and a very regularly fringed edge suggest the thread has been pulled – by host, wind or animal?

Changes noted:As the sun came out the flies were attracted to the fabric, especially the central gold area. The long thread hanging left hanging from the bottom edge on my last visit I think had got shorter, less tangled, this and a very regularly fringed edge suggest the thread has been pulled – by host, wind or animal?

Monday 27th September 2021. Approx. 8.20pm

Visiting the Day 1 hosts, they told me that the panel had been battered about by the days wind and rain. It was dark by this time, so I ventured out with a touch and took the following photos. The panel had attached itself to the bushes behind, I decided to leave it like that.

Sunday 17th October 2021. Approx. 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Changes noted: On this very wet Autumn day the most obviously thing to notice was that the fabric, due the wind, had wrapped itself round the washing line. My host told me it had been like that since the day before. Some twigs had caught around the bottom hanging threads of the panel and had hooked themselves over the line causing the rest of the fabric to wrap around. After documenting this I chose to unwrap and untangle the panel. I had to snap some of the threads to do that.

Changes noted (cont.): on unwrapping the fabric I like that the twigs had become an integral part of the work and should, I hope, be present as part of the piece in the final exhibition. The fabric was very wet. The stitched seed or vulva-like centre was very puckered. In general, the panel, in line with the other panels, has become gradually dirtier and mouldier as the weeks have passed. Beautiful jewel like rain drops hung from the fringing (frayed cloth) and single stranded threads at the bottom of the fabric.

I have over the weeks that the panels have been hanging become more interested in the plants that surround the panels. I wonder what effect, if any they have had on the panels. Having now downloaded an app I could identify some of these: English Ivy, Seaside Sandplant, Winter Jasmine, Mountain Clematis, Possumhaw Viburnum (complete with cobweb), Annual Honesty, Evergreen Huckleberry, Oregon Grape, Pacific Poison Oak and Silver Birch.

One of the ends of the washing line on which the panel was hung was tied to a Silver Birch tree. When I went to take down the panel and retrieve my rope I discovered that a strand of ivy had grown over it pinning it to the tree. Some gentle pulling served to release the trapped rope and the panel final came down.