This book is a colorful and evocative record of my times on Flat Holm – the island where my father was born in 1889. It contains photographs, drawings, watercolours, prints and writings that were made on the island and in the studio, creating a ‘sense of place’. The island is only half a mile in diameter; it is flat, desolate and windswept. Working there presented challenges from the weather and the breeding lesser black-backed gulls. The work is a culmination of a year’s research and forms a part of my submission for the MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking that I have been studying for the last three years. It accompanies two exhibitions in Bristol and Cardiff.
I have spent the last year working on the island of Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel where my father was born in 1889. His father was Master Gunner in charge of the large cannons placed to defend England and Wales against the French navy.
It has been an emotional pilgrimage where I have explored the Island attempting to make a ‘deep map’ of the place. The work comprises a series of drawings, paintings and etchings