Journey to the Seven Stars


About the project

I have practised and taught T’ai Chi for over 40 years, and it has guided and supported me throughout my adult life. My teacher Pytt, (Gerda Geddes) made a special study of the origins of the names and symbols of the T’ai Chi sequences and developed her own personal expression of them as an allegorical journey through life.

In due course I wrote a story of Everywoman’s mythical life journey, from childhood to death and beyond, woven around Pytt’s allegory. The story then led me to the images, which gradually developed into the suite of etchings, inspired by what I learnt from Pytt. Everyone has their own journey and their own story. The archetypal symbols in my prints leave space for each person’s interpretation, and may well resonate with the viewer’s own experience.

The etchings were made on zinc plates and printed in my studio on my 1960’s Littlejohn etching press. Each print measures 20 x 15 cm, and is in an edition of 20.

 

Current exhibition

Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6AB
Saturday 2 November – Tuesday 31 December 2019
Monday – Friday 9.00 – 5.00pm

The exhibition is in the Theatre café/bar.

It is a solo show of the suite of etchings based on the imagery and symbolism of T’ai Chi. I tell the story in words and images of allegorical encounters with monkeys, tigers, wild horses and snakes. The story is available to read during your visit, and to download onto your phone as an audio file of me reading it to you while you look at the prints (you might like to bring headphones). You can also purchase the book, Journey to the Seven Stars  (£9.95 – see details below) as well as greetings cards and postcards of all the images.

Accompanying the exhibition is a display explaining how an etching is made, from the initial sketches to the finished print.

The exhibition runs until 31 December, so if you would like to buy a framed or unframed print in time for Christmas, please contact me to discuss.

 

Meet the artist

On Wednesday 4 December 6.00 – 8.00 pm I will be in conversation with James Tillitt (director of Astor Community Theatre). I will be reading my story, Journey to the Seven Stars, and discussing with James the layers of imagery and symbolism in the prints, and their significance in Everywoman’s life journey.

 

Book

The book – Journey to the Seven Stars incorporates both the story and high quality reproductions of the prints.

Paperback, 40 pp, A5 format :  £9.95 or 3 copies for £24.95 (includes postage within the UK)

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Audio

Listen to me reading the story

 

Prints

Unframed original edition prints: £210 – please contact me for details.