Reservoirs of knowledge

The value of wandering…

All of my creative practice is driven by a curious mind. So every trip, every meeting, every errand presents opportunities to learn and explore along the way, whether on travels as a pre-Covid flâneuse or now, locally.

Marvellously-useful though online research is, I know what I’m looking for. The joy of analogue wandering is that I happen on things. The experience of standing somewhere is full of context and discovery.

On my way to Clothworkers’ Hall for my first meeting since lockdown, I explored the garden that links its modern building with a section of ancient City wall. And seeing its Annual Review on press, I spotted that Walthamstow Wetlands, London’s largest urban nature reserve, was nearby so I took the opportunity to wander in its industrial landscape teeming with birds and dragonflies, filling my own reservoir of images and ideas.