time out

September 25, 2017

This summer I spent some time at Deuchar Mill in the Scottish Borders, at the invitation Helen Douglas, a book artist whose work I’ve long admired. Helen has worked and lived at the mill for over 40 years. Once it’s life as a working granary had ended Helen and Telfer Stokes converted the mill into a home and studio, giving it new purpose through their creative energy and the work made in the studio under the imprint WeProductions. The memory of water powered life at Deuchar Mill is apparent today. Some of the millstones are still held in it’s belly and the paths of the old mill lade that fed the water wheel can still be found amongst the nettles and alder trees. I found the idea of energy flowing through the land and buildings exciting and reflected on the ebb and flow of this whilst I worked.

sunlight on water Yarrow g.laceywater ink sketches g.lacey

No final pieces were made over the 18 days, lots of playing and dreaming was done. I spent a lot of time in Yarrow Water, watching and drawing where it meets and moves around obstacles on it’s way downstream. I used the drawings to make a 5 meter long ink drawing of the river and took this drawing around the place, photographing it moving through the living / workspace.

section of water ink drawing g.lacey


g.lacey river sm

Later I cut a section of the drawing into Japanese ply and printed it. Finally I used the water drawings to choreograph light drawings, moving with l.e.d. lights in front of the studio at twilight. These drawings were documented with long exposure shots from a Diana F camera.

water 5b


Working and walking alongside my partner David Armes who made the most of the letterpress studio that has been recently brought into shape over a number of years with the help of Angie Butler  and her husband Si. It was a real joy to spend time out there.