To re-tread footprints on a favourite walk, where sky and sea and earth meet and buffer, is a treat even on a windy, grey January day. The North Norfolk coastline is a sanctuary to wildlife and people – an ethereal interface that inspires and nurtures.
We surrender to the elements - embrace the gash of wind and rain and hear the roar of tide and turn.
See 37 seconds of a panoramic video of the windy walk at Cley.
What inspires artists to capture something - a stimulus that sparks an exhilarating ignition to respond. The stark winter landscapes of North Norfolk, with their strong graphic qualities, contrive a creative approach where the editing out of features is as much the artistic remit as what one includes. This challenging duality delivers sparse vistas with intricate detailing in the forms.
The Land Song Collection has emerged organically from the seasonal study of the East Anglian countryside and coastline. It aims to reflect the quiet song where a rhythmic beauty is broken by staccato: tree, farm and village. The drawings are direct responses to actual sites that can be visited through the name or grid references supplied with each print. The Collection will continue to evolve and expand as the sky’s envelope opens.
The ghost of the mill sails turn to the rhythm of the historic wind.
In Burnham Norton, marshes wrap and ooze watery ribbons of grey sky. Reeds form natural weather vanes swaying in the breeze whilst beyond the edge, where watery and aerial worlds collide: creatures dance in the interface embracing the fluctuating borders of their habitat.
Utopia are delighted to announce that we have been selected by one of our favourite magazines, Homes & Antiques, as one of their best 50 secret shops in the UK!
The news was a wonderful surprise.
Highlighted as a great place to find unusual gifts for nature lovers the magazine says "Nature is a strong theme - the starkly beautiful prints of Jac's monochrome drawings of special local trees particularly caught our eye."
We love this publication because it not only informs us about antiques and national events in an engaging style but it is also beautifully produced.
Find us at no.38 in the EAST section in the December 2016 issue.