Arteles Creative Centre is based in an old school in central Finland, 40 kilometres west from Tampere. The Enter Text residency (October 2015) invited artists and writers to have time and space to develop new work.

Time in Finland was spent observing surroundings with daily cycle ride and blue skies, stealing images of the dwellings, cabins, barns, farms, houses, huts, stores, silos, sheds, saunas: the countryside buildings of Finland. With very little interaction with the locals my sense of the outsider was exaggerated and work developed as a boxed work housing wood carved ghost images of the buildings and an alphabet text piece that I letterpress printed at The Letterpress Collective in Bristol straight after the residency.

ANT hill anticipating attack
APPLES fallen awaiting collection
ARKINEN everyday ordinary occurrences
BARNS with broken backs
BEEHIVES coloured layers dormant
BETONI very little concrete
BLUE bicycle garden ornament
COMMUNITY swimming lakeside dock
CROWS scatter over cornfields
DAYLIGHT diminishing autumn sparkle
.......

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The Letterpress Collective, Bristol

A boxed text work with 12 carved panels depicting wooden buildings.
A-Ö: Finnish Countryside Landscape: A boxed text work with 12 carved panels depicting wooden buildings.

Letterpress printed at The Letterpress Collective, Bristol.
A-Ö finnish countryside alphabet book: Letterpress printed at The Letterpress Collective, Bristol.

work in progress
A-Ö finnish countryside alphabet book: work in progress

Letterpress printing is so much fun!
A-Ö finnish countryside alphabet book: Letterpress printing is so much fun!

Work in progress
Finnish Countryside Buildings: Work in progress

Work in Progress
Finnish Countryside Buildings: Work in Progress

Barn
Finnish Countryside buildings photo series: Barn

Houses
Finnish Countryside buildings photo series: Houses

Favourite yellow barn
Finnish Countryside buildings photo series: Favourite yellow barn

Favourite red barn
Finnish Countryside buildings photo series: Favourite red barn

Work in progress
Finnish Countryside Buildings: Work in progress