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Intervention at the Secret Gallery, Doolin. Dream Horses Blankets being aired!


I made these Horse Blankets during my Degree year in Crawford College of Art, along with some more. They had been in storage for many years, so today I thought that I would give them an airing in the wind off the Atlantic Ocean. They are made out of many different types of materials and natural pigments. Previously they hung in a room between the ceiling and the floor, here I loved the way the wind moved them, at times they looked like giant jelly fish or flat fish under the sea such as Giant Rays. This is the same clothes line that I made the wind drip drawing or should I say the wind made them, 8 years ago and the blankets were made about 12 years ago. It felt good to take them out again!

Written by Marianne Slevin

11 November, 2008 at 4:25 pm

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  1. these are beautiful, love the fact you use natural pigments, which ones did you use for this..cheers


    18 November, 2008 at 12:20 pm

  2. Thank you, yes I used pure indigo pigment that I brought back from Morocco and terracotta earth and something purple that I got from the chemist which was used for putting on wounds I think, but I just painted with it till I found that they stopped making it because it was dangerous to make, not quite what I thought while I painted thinking how healing it was! I also brought back some poppy or poppy seed pigment from Morocco though I have no photograph up of that horse blanket.
    Best wishes,

    Marianne Potterton

    18 November, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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