THE RIVER ITCHEN
a journey through place and time
I’ve always been inspired by the landscape in all its changing seasons. My recent work results from my exploration of the River Itchen, where I discovered its crystal clear water allows a wide variety of flora and fauna to thrive in several sites of Special Scientific Interest. Its source is near my home in rural north Hampshire and it travels just twenty eight miles before emerging as a salty tidal estuary in Southampton Water.
I made over a hundred paintings in inks, pastels, watercolours and acrylics, as well as taking many photographs in all weathers as I traced the history and geology of its course. These illustrate the text of a book I’ve just completed which describes my journey along its banks, visiting medieval villages, churches, watercress beds, a restored eel house, mills, weirs, canals, locks and sluices, bridges, pilgrim’s pathways, pubs and the ancient city of Winchester.
Ten of these works can be seen here.
I’m an artist, designer and writer, trained in publishing at Chatto & Windus in London and in art and design at the Central School of Art in London and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. I’ve worked as an art school lecturer, a textile designer for national magazines and fashion companies and as an author of several books. I’m also an active Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust encouraging people to apply for their Travelling Fellowships. Before moving to Hampshire from Cheshire, I worked in hospitals as an art therapist and organiser of creative community projects for the charity Age UK.
I’m currently working on a series of hand-embroidered wall hangings and a new collection of greetings cards for The Greeting Card Association. To see more of my work visit my website and read my blog at www.rohanadarlington.com.