Cob & Camaraderie

Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie - May 2014

Charlotte Synge (one of the cobbers from week one) sent me this very nice note about her experience today. I felt rather sad that I hadn't had more time to chat with Charlotte whilst cobbing (!) as she's a font of permaculture knowledge, something I'd like to hear more about from someone who really knows! 

"It was a bit off-the-wall to be building tomorrow's buildings today with yesterday's materials while archaeologists are beside us on site digging down to find the remains of yesterday's buildings.

Cob building last week proved to be a lot of fun as well as a productive learning experience. Before the first day was out I think we were all busy making plans to build something for ourselves using cob. It just makes common sense - it is environmentally sound, it feels good, it works and it allows for all sorts of inventiveness. I'm going to make a pizza oven, then something bigger and then something even bigger - the week gave me the knowledge and confidence to do it.

The project, the people, the atmosphere of the site, the cobbing and the food all helped to make it a wonderful, albeit off-the-wall, week."

Charlotte - Cob Volunteer - Week One


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Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie

Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie met while studying at Edinburgh College of Art and have collaborated as artists since 1995. In 2001 they formed the multi-disciplinary organisation Somewhere that produces ambitious and challenging projects directly engaging with audiences as well as producing films.



Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie

May 2013 to April 2014


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