I fly away to Vágar on Friday morning to start my journey with the Clipperton Project around the Faroe Islands for just under 4 weeks.
Why? I hear you ask… well…
I’ve talked a little bit about The Clipperton Project before… but that was a long time ago! So, Ill remind you…
This is The Clipperton Project’s Mission Statement…
“The Clipperton Project began as an idea in 2010. Now in its sixth year we are an independent, not-for-profit organisation that navigates a global programme made up of journeys, residencies, exhibitions, exchanges, workshops, talks, festivals, symposia, and much more; using exploration to energise and empower active citizens.
We use movement, both physical and mental across water (oceans, rivers and canals) to explore and discover new possibilities that enable direct action for change.
Our mission is to broaden horizons; to empower people to trust the unknown; to move beyond themselves and what they think they know.
Our vision is of a world where people actively engage with the space around them for the good of all.”
Doesn’t that sound perfect?
My trip is around the Faroe Islands, and I’ll be away for just under 4 weeks!
To keep up with my progress, and a few updates, make sure to follow this blog, as I’ll be posting everything here… hopefully! I’m relying on local wifi to access my blog, but hopefully I’ll be able to get a few posts here while I’m away… if not… I’ll have LOTS to tell you when I get back!!
I signed up a year ago with the idea to use this project to further my Ondine project. That, is very much, still the case… but my Ondine project has changed it’s outcomes from it’s original conception.
I introduced my project as this…
“An Undine is a category of elemental creatures associated within the domain of water. The array contains many species, including nymphs, nereides, selkies, morags and mermaids, to name but a few. Although resembling human details in form they lack a human soul, so to achieve immortality they must acquire one by marrying a human. Such a union is not without risk for the partner, if the human partners are unfaithful they are fated to die.
I want to capture the essence of what a watery elemental soul would look like if preserved in the human world. Water has a great expanse of visual imagery and folktales to draw upon as inspiration for a collection of jewellery. Inspiration I plan to share with you as this story unfolds.”
While that is all still very much true, my original intentions have changed, and although the underlying concept remains the same, I have expanded my outcomes for this project. This is now what I expect to accomplish from my Ondine project…
1. A written faerytale based on traditional undine mythology.
– I have already started writing this, and have built a good foundation for a story. It has some issues that need fixed, and it needs edited a few (hundred) times, but I’m getting there.
– I now want it to contain some environmental message woven into the narrative. Fairytales often voiced concerns for real life worries in the past, and I would like mine to be able to do that now. This latter point will be great to explore on The Clipperton Project journey, and I will hopefully glean a great wealth of inspiration and knowledge on how to weave this into my tale, and into my collection.
– There are also a few bits in my story I’m “stuck” on, so, I’m this little adventure will help me find the inspiration, and solutions I’ve been looking for!
2. A commercial collection of jewellery.
– I, of course, want my jewellery and artwork to mean something greater, but I would also like to make a living from art. Therefore, I want to create a commercial collection of jewellery, but at the same time have all these other aspects to the project that tell the story.
– Although this collections is commercial, it is still an integral part of my story, and it’s meaning is still great in connecting everything together… I don’t want to tell you why, because… *spoilers* and I’d rather keeps those surprises until I’ve launched it… but I think I’ve come up with a pretty cool idea.
3. A handmade mermaid’s tail.
– yup. I’m gonna make a full-scale mermaid’s tail!!!
– I’ve started this, and I think it’s going to turn out quite well… but it’s a fairly expensive undertaking, so it might take me a while to collect together all of the materials I need.
4. A collection of art jewellery.
– this is a new idea.
– I would like to make a fully handmade collection of jewellery to go alongside this collection, as well as to make appearances in the film.
– I’ve not quite decided what this collection will consist of, and I’m going to fully use all my research and resources from my journey to the Faroes to figure out what I want from these pieces.
– I’d like to tie in reality with fantasy. Using visual imagery from whales, water, sailing, etc. I will create this collection to bring together the reality of life on the waters, with the mythological undines…. what that will look like is a little fuzzy in my mind at the moment… but, as it develops into clarity, I’ll be sure to share it with you all here!
5. A short film and series of photography.
– I would like to make my story into a film, that features everything I’ve made.
– I happen to know a very talented filmmaker, so I have a little help with this already… but as this task is a little out of my frame of expertise I need all the help I can get. If you are, or know, anyone who would be up for helping out making a mermaid film… send me a message! I’d be only too happy to get you involved.
– I see this stage taking me the longest, and I don’t want to rush it. I also think I don’t want to make the film until I’ve (got in!!!!!) and finished my Masters… so, this is still a few years off for completion.
6. A book.
– alongside all of this, I would like to collate everything into a physical book.
– it will contain: the making of the work, as well as design drawings and samples, written up and illustrated research, a diary-style chapter of my journey with The Clipperton Project, photography and illustrations from the making of the film, the final photography, the story itself, with illustrations, and final photographs of the finished jewellery… +more.
This is all still a few years off from completion. It’s a project I’ll consistently work on alongside my other endeavours. I have ideas for another small, and easier to get off the ground, commercial collection, as well as ideas for drawings and paintings that need to escape from my mind. I’d like to do more craft fairs and markets, as well as getting my work into galleries. I’ll hopefully *SO MANY FINGERS CROSSED* be doing a masters degree next year, so that will take priority over my ongoing projects. And… I have a proper job as well!! And, I’m always open to opportunities that stumble my way.
I’m basically trying to tell myself not to feel bad if work takes me longer than I’d expected. It’s better to take my time with it, and get it done right, rather than setting deadlines, making myself ill, and not making the best work… do you agree?
On another note… I’m REALLY excited about all the mini-projects I have planned, and I can’t wait to get swimming with the mermaids again, and pursuing this project all the way to completion… and I hope you’re excited too dear reader, as I’ll be sharing all my progress with you :)
That was quite a long post, so if you’ve made it all the way to the end… congratulations!! and thank you so so much for being this interested in my work. It means a lot to me :)
Much arty love.
See you on the other side….