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Saltwort is a collaborative work between Judith Tucker (paintings) and Harriet Tarlo (poems) developed from long-term fieldwork on the Tetney Marshes near Humberston, Northeast Lincolnshire. There we developed a fascination in the extraordinary salt tolerant plants of the saltmarsh, their aesthetic appeal, their cultural history, their agential powers and their relationship to each other. The title, Saltwort in the singular, gestures towards this unique ecosystem as a singular being, not just a series of individuals, and our work attempts to convey this. The saltmarsh plants also help us to think about conservation issues in the face of the climate crisis. Such bioregions have been under threat from as early as Roman times when they first began to be ‘reclaimed’ from the sea for agriculture and human settlements. Modern developments, climate change, sea level rise and hard sea defences erode them even further, threatening this habitat. Through their low-lying, low layering land-building processes, “pioneer” plants like samphire and cord grass are capable of establishing sedimentation and new saltmarshes. They might help prevent further erosion of the east coast of the U.K. This is another reason to celebrate these plants.
While many flower and saltmarsh sources have been consulted, we should like to acknowledge these texts which have been key to identification and understanding, and from which words and phrases have crept into the poems: Gerard’s Herbal (1597, Revised 1633); Stephen P Long and Christopher F. Mason, Saltmarsh Ecology (1983); Jonathan Oldham and Carol Roberts (illus.), The Field Studies Council Guide to the Saltmarsh Plants of Britain; Adam Bruce, Salt-Marshes through The Seasons (2003) and the mysteriously authored site,
This book was completed as part of Hideaway: poems and paintings from the Saltmarsh 2021-2022, a cross-disciplinary art and poetry project supported by an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.
By the same artists, with Wild Pansy Press: sound unseen (2013), behind land (2015), outfalls (2017), neverends (2018).
Further discussion of this work can be found in the authors’ creative essay on Samphire for The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence, ed. Ryan, Vieira and Gagliano (Synergetic 2021).

Edition of 250
Price £25 including UK postage.

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A Pictorial Glossary of Rhetoric now includes a 12-page "poetical supplement" - 44 Rhetorical Terms With Their Definitions by Wayne Clements. 44 short poems written to further elucidate the Pictorial Glossary. The Supplement fits neatly inside the cover of the book.

Published July 1st 2021 by the Wild Pansy Press,
190x190mm 54 pages wire bound + 12-page insert.

Text and images © Simon Lewandowski 2021
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Imaginary Landscapes
by Andrea Thoma

This artist’s book is based on a project that was made during the first Covid- 19 lockdown. It involves a series of photographic images allowing us to travel in our mind to places we might remember, imagine or long for. The arrangement of textiles into landscape settings required its own rationale where the diversity and richness of fabrics inspired ideas of location and open space.

The photographs were taken with a smartphone over a period of four weeks from early May to early June 2020. For more images click here.

Hardcover, dust Jacket, linen bound, 40 pages.
Price for each book: £ 38 + p&p

Imaginary Landscapes

Andrea Thoma is an artist/researcher and lecturer at the University of Leeds and member of the creative practice-led research network Land2.

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Spatial Listening is a collection of text scores that are concerned with sounding and listening with and through the acoustic properties of architectural spaces. These scores may be thought of as methodologies for sonically knowing and understanding the built environment. They may be practiced in multiple contexts: as workshops, as performances, or as sonic meditations on the built environment. The collection is presented here as a workbook that contains an introductory essay, as well as a series of preparatory exercises and activations.

Spatial Listening is published by the Wild Pansy Press on the occasion of Alternate Languages: Confronting Boundaries, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Saturday 16 March 2019

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This is a link to Hello World, an international project set up by Transcultural Exchange where artists throughout the world have submitted art works to share . We hope you enjoy this gesture of goodwill and solidarity from our colleagues around the globe.