Rock week part two is very late today-due to other unforeseen tasks and lots of foreseen ones. And all I wanted to do was rock related research.Today's rock stories have come about by chance. I was going to show you a rock I have had for a very long time. I can't remember where I got it from, but I remember how I used it, as inspiration for my one and only go at screen printing. This was when I was still at school-I think in the sixth form. All I did was to draw the rock, and reflect it or rotate it-one or the other! I remember the colours-ice cream yellow and blusher pink-quite horrible really. I thought I had the fabric in my old portfolio-kept in the under stairs cupboard, behind my bike-you get the picture. I don't have the fabric. It is somewhere-possibly even at my Mum's house. However, I did find two other rock related works (to give them too grand a title!)-a drawing with my ramblings around the edge, and a scrawled painting with the words rocks, and its reverse skcor. What I was thinking with either one I have no idea, but they are rock related and are from at least ten years ago, showing my history of rock. That was chance find number two.
Chance find number one, came earlier in the day. I was tidying my books at school, getting rid of a few very old, tatty ones, and rearranging the others in a much more attractive way. I happened across "The Pebble In My Pocket" by Meredith Hooper, illustrated by Chris Coady. Immediately, ROCK WEEK came to mind, so I put it in my bag ready to look at later. It is a really lovely book-which I had no idea was on my shelves! It summarizes, in simple terms, geological history starting from 480 million years ago until today. I love this paragraph near the end.
"Every pebble in the world is different from every other pebble. Every pebble has its own story. Pick up a pebble and you are holding a little piece of the history of our planet."
I also like this explanation of how geological changes occur, over "staggeringly huge" periods of time.
"They are caused by constant tiny events, difficult to see"
There is something lovely about that, and the way it could be applied to changes we want to make in our lives or in the world.
Oh dear, I have rambled on for what seems like 480 million years.
I will stop now, and go to visit other rock people (and other people too!) Visit Graciel here to see more rock stories.
See you tomorrow!