My working code

My working code of practice –

Hi all, a few things about me and my working practice. I am very conscious of the environment around me and take into consideration many things when deciding to make a piece of work. This code that I work to now has developed over time as my understanding of my surroundings grows. It wasn’t always the case, but it is now.

1. I don’t take stones away from their habitat.
2. If working in a popular resort, that welcomes and relies on tourism, I have no issues of moving stones around on a beach, they move 2 twice a day with the tide anyway. Where possible I collect stones from gathered piles, so not partially buried stones if I can avoid it.
3. If I plan to work in a more sensitive site, I check. For example, last week I went to Spurn Point a nature reserve. I contacted them first to firstly see if they objected, and secondly asked about any considerations. I took on board that advice. They were though, very keen that I went there to work.
4. In woodlands, If you look at my work, you’ll see that the majority (90% ish) is created directly on existing paths. I don’t want to go trampling flora in the pursuit of making work. The majority of the 10% that is off path, is created in public parks.
5. I don’t (I have in the past) work in flowing water. Its a personal thing, but I can see the impact on displacement in this situation and don’t particularly see the benefit in me doing so.
6. I don’t over populate environments with loads of installations. I make a piece of work, which often when finished, will last no longer than a couple of hours (often less).

I sure my code will develop further over time, but that is how I go about things now.

J xx

23 replies
  1. darcy brown
    darcy brown says:

    Hi, I just discovered your work through a link in a Messy Nessy posting and wanted to say how much I love it and respect what you do. I hope I can see one in the flesh so to speak one day and as I live in the North East fingers crossed. Keep up the great work James!

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  2. Becky
    Becky says:

    Your work is amazing. There is such beauty in the materials themselves, but you give them a story through your art. I’d love to just sit and watch you work.

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