Images - sources

The poems in Woman's Head As Jug, organised in four sections, have come from many different sources and it is often impossible to identify a single source one. But virtually all of them have been written as a result of my ongoing collaboration with artist Jane Fordham.  One long poem in particular, 'Forest Choir', is a direct result of studying a series of monoprints she was preparing for an exhibition. 

Other images here are more random but the women's heads represent an idea that Jane and I had for a wall of women's faces, which may also have contributed to an idea behind the poem, 'Words for Women'. Images of family members have informed poems as well as providing the background to the first section of the book focusing on women's work. Photos from South Africa show the influence of a village in the Limpopo region - Mashau and its surroundings - on the title poem. Photos of funeral horses, Argus headline, Lewes Road, Sheepcote valley, bus relate to the final section of the book that is essentially drawn from Brighton.

Elephant in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

In Marseille

View from La Fontasse, Cassis, France

Funeral horses

Lewes Road

Culpeper

Monoprint by Jane Fordham
source of Forest Choir

Monoprint by Jane Fordham
source of Forest Choi

Monoprint by Jane Fordham
source of Forest Choir

Monoprint by Jane Fordham
source of Forest Choir

Monoprint by Jane Fordham
source of Forest Choir

iPad drawing by Jane Fordham

iPad drawing by Jane Fordham

iPad drawing by Jane Fordham

Who was Elsie Sylvanus?

My mother, pictured centre, as a child 

Hannah and Andover Wills in Merthyr Tydfil

Looking for my mother's mother's family in the New Forest

My paternal grandmother Gladys Wills nee Powell

My maternal grandmother Ida White
Gladys and my aunt Veronica

Advert for dressmaker and milliner

Toby jug

Face from the Egyptian galleries, British Museum

Face from the Egyptian galleries, British Museum

She might be Ishtar

Face from Pompeii: photo by Giya Makondo-Wills

Photo by Giya Makondo-Wills

Sculpture of a Venda woman
One of the many things I love about Marseille -
there are caryatids everywhere, women's faces
on so many buildings
Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Port Pin, Cassis

Port Pin

Painting of white porcelain by Jane Fordham

in the British Museum 

Lewes Road, Brighton

Mashamba potters, near Elim, Limpopo region, South Africa

Mashau, in the Soutpansberg, Limpopo region, South Africa

Women with water containers, Mashau, Limpopo region
Four generations in Nwamatatane, Limpopo region, South Africa

Sheepcote valley,  Brighton

Sheepcote Valley

Brighton bus
The place that used to be Chesworth Arts Farm,
set up by Jane Fordham and David Parfitt

An afternoon working on books with Jane
Vincent Andover Wills, a portrait
by Rolf Harris' grandfather of my great grandfather
who was a chemist, dentist and local JP.
My father tracked this down years ago.
Photo: Merthyr Tydfil Museum. 


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