We three have been meeting monthly for a while, discussing what we collect and what influence it has on our work and how we might be able to collaborate together.
We've discussed working on one piece together or one of us starting a piece and others adding to it - and whilst that still might be part of our process we've intially come up with something that we all have and are all interested in as the basis for new individual work. These are hagstones.
Hagstones are stones with holes in them. They are things that are collected all over the world and go by different names in different places, but in Yorkshire they're hagstones. It's said you can see another world in them if you look through the hole, they are somehow rare and special. In Yorkshire they are often hung outside the back door to keep away evil spirits. Stories go back to druidical times and in Welsh folklore about hagstones power. They are somehow difficult to leave if you find one on a walk and all of us have at least a couple at home.