To stand and stare
with Laura Ellen Bacon
I was in that state of contented flow you sometimes hit when weeding, kneeling on my board in the veg pach and making good progress with the wood avens and couch grass, when a piece on the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize came on the radio. It describing the work of sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon and, intrigued, I pulled off a gardening glove to get my phone out, finding a signal and jabbing a muddy finger at the screen (how does the soil get inside the gloves?), till the display was filled with images of the most fantastic, organic, tactile forms, folding in and billowing out like some fluid and magical moment captured and given substance. I was fascinated.
And so, when the opportunity to get Laura on the podcast came up, I leapt at the chance. We talked how she adapts her creative process for her own garden, making intimate garden spaces, and how much time she spends just standing about and thinking, as well as how becoming a mother has impacted what she’s making.
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Gardens, weeds and words podcast, S01E06 show notes
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January, and standing about in the cold.
Lines from Alexander Pope’s Epistle IV, to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_loci
Leisure, by William Henry Davies
Interview with Laura Ellen Bacon
05:39 Plant memories
10:00 Laura’s materials
12:05 Describing Laura’s work
14:08 Creative process
15:10 Finding a sense of place
18:10 Characteristics of a space
18:46 Laura’s own garden
22:38 Working with a softer, more organic backdrop of the garden
31:05 Movement in Laura’s work
33:16 How being a mother has changed things
38:52 Creating intimate garden spaces
Laura’s website is http://lauraellenbacon.com
With thanks to Laura for being my guest this episode, and again to Beth Pinkerton for providing her smooth tones for the reading, once more at absurdly short notice. You can find Beth here: Twitter https://twitter.com/MissPinks Instagram instagram.com/misspinks
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