|A visit to Allanbank Mill Steading Open Studios|
|Home of textile artist Pauline Burbridge|
|Drawing by Charles Poulsen and Quilt by Pauline Burbridge|
|and her sculptor husband Charles Poulsen|
I actually visited twice, once with some artists from Church and then I really wanted R to see the work so I went back with him the day after! There was so much to look at I am glad I had the chance for a second visit. Charles Poulsen's growing sculptures grabbed most of my attention and have been lingering in my thoughts since discovering them. I feel there are comparisons to be made with Andy Goldsworthy's work; an interesting contrast between growing sculpture and, in a sense, dying sculpture as many of Goldsworthy's pieces use natural materials which are already dead, fallen leaves for example. Just a thought and not fully formulated as you can tell, I greatly admire the work of both men and am struck by points of comparison. There may well be an evening watching the Andy Goldsworthy DVD again. Think on.