I strive to have a simpler life, but summer is always busy, especially with five children still at home. Suddenly, everything seems to need doing at once and I have come to realise the importance of a few restorative minutes, in each day. Time to take a breath and just be.
Gathering some grasses; holding a smooth stone while I look out at the waves; collecting a few treasures in my pocket; carefully selecting the best fibres and wrapping them around my fingers, to pop them in my soaking bowl - all of these things offer a moment to breathe to a mind and body that forgot how to be still, a long time ago.
'A moment to Breathe (1)' is a piece of textured concrete, worn into a pebble by the motion of the waves. It has an indent, where something was once secured and I have cocooned it in a Phormium Tenax basket.
The cement pebble was found on one of our favourite walks and the Phormium was gathered locally and I stripped and cleaned it by hand.
Size : 8 x 6 x 2.5cm