While researching the background about the cultrual uses for furze and lowland heaths I came upon the 'recipe' for Poor mans holly. These were used as a substitute for holly wreaths at Christmas. Without wanting to sound too Blue Peter-ish - it's really easy to do and very effective!.. and free...and prickly. All you need is the determination to go out on a wind blasted heath and a pair of secatares. Once you've got the brute home wet it under the tap, give it a quick knock to shake the big drips off and sprinkle white [not wholemeal] flour over it through a sieve, until the required 'I've been hit with an avalanche look' has been achieved. Then go out and find some red berries and stick them on. Sorted! A traditional and sustainably sourced Christmas decoration!
Project outline:CUT/STACK/BURN is a performative re-enactment of a redundant rural activity - furze cutting for domestic fuel (or gorse outside of cornwall). The project uses art installation as a platform to develop a visual conversation about the implications and absence of sustainable approaches in the management of land and its resources. Our current use of energy in an age of climate change becomes a focal point and pivotal issue in this visual debate.