Last week I collected my Beach Ghosts prints from Artlink in Hull and took a little time on my way back to say hello to the Humber Estuary. I walked briefly on the foreshore almost under the north end of the Humber Bridge. It isn’t the most glamorous foreshore in the world but there is something about that point where land meets water that is captivating whatever the situation.
I took a brisk walk in the sharp wind, making a few quick scribbly sketches before the biting cold took hold of my fingers.
The bank here has the most intriguing erosion control. It has a fluid smooth form and was obviously created using a textile basis filled with concrete that was then hardened. These bulging shapes still have vestiges of their textile origins but are now solid concrete, complete with zips and woven surface texture. It reminded me of the innovative stuff some textile designers and artists have done integrating concrete in their work, for example here, here and here.