I'm massively into paint at the moment. I have no desire to learn how to use it, rather embrace the immediacy of it. Mixing colour, I can study the blends impossible to re-create and imagine....
It's hardly likely a career could be born from making such a mess, yet I don't doubt it's taking my work in a new direction. Being a textile designer you're forever working out colour, containing it, balancing it and marrying it. Nows my chance to let that go and experiment. "Bring this monster in, for nothing arrives from nothing" Can't remember who said that but I like it.
My Brugmansia Datura is close to flowering. It's my favorite of all plants and I'd collect a house load if I had the space. Datura was just one of the psychoactive plants used by European witches, and - according to Wade Davis - is used as an antidote to the zombi drug in Haiti. Scopo-lamine, one of the main psychoactive alkaloids, was tested as a "truth serum" by both the Nazis and the U.S. during World War II to unsatisfactory results. Used by many shamans to foresee the future, speak with the dead, and diagnose illnesses. It has also been used in initiation ceremonies, to treat a number of physical ailments, and Datura fatuosa was once used by Incan priests to sedate patients during surgery.
Eccabin was created as a platform to showcase unfinished work, ideas and anything else i find inspiring along the way. A creative journal if you like. Please feel free to say hello or for a full portfolio contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org