I remember taking this wonderful pic of many Man-made tracks criss-crossing the foreground in the Egyptian Black Desert SSW of Cairo over 10 years ago. Other timetracks, the worn down mountains surrounded by the fine sand deserts have been shaped principally by wind erosion.
The human bootprint I cropped out of this lovely pic would have told you these are very tiny little ‘cliffs’ in fine sand, photographed on our local beach just a few metres above the edge of the outgoing tide. So, this time the erosional force is water, also indicated by the fine pattern of wiggly lines which are tracks of tiny little bivalves that burrow into the wet sand as the tide retreats. I always feel I’d like to do something with the lines on this surface – well, make that something more – although this next image is a quilt, New Directions, made many years before I saw the pattern on the beach.
In “New Directions” (each square 12cm) the lines and arrows represent people coming to our ancient continent from all directions over its entire human history. The black/tan signifies the original immigrants, the Aboriginal people, who crossed the land bridges from Asia, at least 60,000 years ago.
Tags: migration, New Directions, sand tracks, sandlines, strip patterns, wandering strip piecing