Mawddach Residency: halfway

As I write this, I enter the second half of my residency on the Mawddach Estuary. Tempus fugit, tomorrow not only points firmly towards the end, but is also the start of May – how can that be?

Unlike previous residencies, this one has not yielded much visual matter, so I have not posted much on social media accounts, or here.

Writing is a different sort of practice: rich, compelling, frustrating, iterative, joyful, and very, very hard. Wait – that’s exactly like the printmaking!

That is enough gazing, I think. By the end of my time here, I hope to have:

> 6 drafts of long-form blog posts/articles about sustainable practice, to be refined and then released slowly over the coming months;
> completed 9 of the exercises from Natalia Ilyin’s Writing for the Design Mind;
> 4 watercolour monotype plates for printing;
> 4-6 small enviromount dry point plates for printing;
> collected plant matter from the surround area to make one small and one large soft ground plate, to add to my library

Unusually for me, I didn’t set these goals at the beginning. The practice of writing, not of emails and lists, but thoughtfully and carefully, is so new. It was only this morning, while I was getting ready to write again, that I felt ready to put to paper some goals for the rest of my time here.

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