Pick a pocket

I recently attended a course with Debbie Lyddon, an artist I greatly admire.  She shares a love of the coast, earthy colours and textures and I just love her work.  During the course, I made a couple of pockets in which I housed items that I had made and found during the course of the workshop.  Some time was spent each day walking around the local area looking at, listening to and touching the environment and we recorded our findings in our sketchbooks.  Those objects that were appropriate were brought back to the studio for further consideration.

The first pocket was formed in response to some burnt bonfire paper that I found on the walk.  I always love charred objects and Debbie encouraged me to try burning some silk that I had.  I then housed some found rusty wire inside and loved the result.

The second pocket was made from paper and I added a roll of painted paper and a piece of found metal.

These pockets are different to the one below that I assembled with made and found materials – I found the metal “socket”on the shore locally and added a rusty staple, some charred cloth and a porcelain shell.

Found pocket

Thinking that I might like to do more work with pockets, I looked up the definition and that gave me loads of ways to consider how I might further the work.  This looking further at a word is a great way to start thinking about a way forward with an idea when it pops into your head!

Pocket:  noun

1.   a shaped piece of fabric attached inside or outside a garment and forming a pouch
      used especially for carrying small articles.
2.   a bag or pouch.
3.   means; financial resources
4.   any pouch like receptacle, compartment, hollow, or cavity.
5.   an envelope, receptacle, etc., usually of heavy paper and open at  one end, used for
      storing or preserving photographs, stamps etc.
6.   a recess, as in a wall, for receiving a sliding door, sash weights, etc.
7.   any isolated group, area, element, etc., contrasted, as in status  or condition, with a
       surrounding element or group

8.   Mining

  1. a small orebody or mass of ore, frequently isolated.
  2. a bin for ore or rock storage.
  3. a raise or small slope fitted with chute gates.
9.   Billiards, Pool. any of the pouches or bags at the corners and sides of the table.
10. a position in which a competitor in a race is so hemmed in by others that his or her
      progress is impeded.
11. Football. the area from which a quarterback throws a pass, usually short distance
      behind the line of scrimmage and protected by  wallop blockers.
12. Bowling. the space between the headpin and the pin next behind to the left or right,
      taken as the target for a strike.
13. Baseball. the deepest part of a mitt or glove, roughly in the area around the centre of
      the palm, where most balls are caught.
14. Nautical. a holder consisting of a strip of sailcloth sewed to a sail, and containing a
      thin wooden batten that stiffens the leech of the sail.
15. Anatomy. any saclike cavity in the body: a pus pocket.
16. stage pocket: one of several metal boxes placed backstage in the floor or wall of a
      theatre and containing jacks for electric cables used in lighting units.
17. an English unit of weight for hops equivalent to 168 pounds (76.4kg).


18. small enough or suitable for carrying in the pocket:  a pocket watch.
19. relatively small; smaller than usual: a pocket war; a pocket country.
verb (used with object)
20. to put into one’s pocket:  to pocket one’s keys.
21. to take possession of as one’s own, often dishonestly: to pocket public funds.
22. to submit to or endure without protest or open resentment: to pocket an insult.
23. to conceal or suppress: to pocket one’s pride.
24. to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket: The town was pocketed in a small valley.
25. Billiards, Pool. to drive (a ball) into a pocket.


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