Walks with[out] edges

    In November 2020 a year of  weekly walks began with people walking at the same time in different places with a shared, simple non-instructional title.

    We walk at 7.30am (UK time) on Tuesday mornings.

    Contributions of words, drawings and photos etc are fused together into a collage each week by one of the walkers.

    Click on the red arrow to see the collages, prompts and feedback.

    The final walk  ‘A walk that is a giant hug’ took place on 26th October 2021.

    Walkers are involved in discussing plans for extending the project and are experimenting with different approaches e.g. a PORTAL walk took place on 30th October linking India and Kazakhstan, and audio collages that challenge the dominance of the visual.

    An x-ray walk

    Collage by Rosemary Raine

    Walk 1 Collage aya Soft_and_harsh
    Walk no. 2 collage Sally
    Walk no.3_Collage
    Walk no. 4 Collage
    Walk 5 collage b&w with yellow
    Walk 6 collage high res Sally
    Walk No. 7 Sandy
    Walk no. 8_Sveta Collage of Imaginary Friends SSvetaSvSvetacopy
    Walk No. 9. Paul A walk that feels the breeze on the edge of the body (2)
    Walk No. 10. Pragya A walk with curves (3)
    Walk No. 11 collage Sylwia
    Collage 12 final SS
    Walk 13 Sally A walk with pattern
    Walk No. 14 Collage Sandy
    Collage 15 Rosemary
    Walk 16 Sally An energetic walk
    Walk No.17. Paul A walk with corners
    Walk 18. Pragya Collage A walk where edges soften
    Walk no. 19. Sally A walk with changing textures
    Walk20Collage
    collage 21 Judy
    walk22_collage_Aya
    Walk No. 23. A walk that makes decisions
    collage 24 b
    No. 25 collage
    Walk26_Aya_below_the_surface_1
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    Walk28Timeless
    collage 29 a
    Walk 30 orange edges V3
    Walk 31 Collage Svetlana11
    Walk NO. 32 A walk that unfolds collage
    Walk No. 33_V1
    Walk No. 34. a walk that pauses at the edge copy
    Walk35 collage Rosemary copy
    walk36_Aya_the edges_of_time
    Walk no. 37 A walk that breaths its surroundings copy
    Walk38
    Walk 39 Ludmila with text
    collage 40
    Collage 41 A_walk_that_draws_on_you
    42 collage SSb
    43 collage SS
    Walk No. 44 collage
    45_Aya_walk_that_lets_go
    Walk No. 46 A walk with a glass walking stick
    Walk no. 47. A walk that makes your feet dance copy
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    Walk No. 1   A walk between the soft and the harsh

    Collage by Aya Hastwell

    Walk No. 2  A walk from one smell to another

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 3  A walk that moves in a way that is on the edges of walking

    Collage by Pragya Bhargava

    Walk No. 4  A walk that edges closer to nature

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 5  A walk that notices how air crosses the edge of the body when you breathe

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 6  A walk that turns irritation into pleasure

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 7  A walk that has no external way of gauging what the time is

    Collage by Sandy Layton

    Walk No. 8  A walk with an imaginary friend

    Collage by Svetlana Atlavina

    Walk No. 9  A walk that feels the breeze on the edges of the body

    Collage by Paul Galwas

    Walk No. 10  A walk with curves

    Collage by Pragya Bhargava

    Walk No. 11  A walk with the edges of colour

     

    Collage by Sylwia Dylewska

    Walk No. 12  A walk that disappears into the distance

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 13  A walk with pattern

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 14  A walk that moves something from one place to another

    Collage by Sandy Layton

    Walk No. 15  A walk beyond the visual edges of the space

    Collage by Rosemary Raine

    Walk No. 16  An energetic walk

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 17  A walk with corners

    Collage by Paul Galwas

    Walk No. 18  A walk where edges soften

     

    Collage by Pragya Bhargava

    Walk No. 19  A walk with changing textures

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 20  A walk that drifts into dreams

    Collage by Rosemary Raine

    Walk No. 21  A walk that smiles

    Collage by Judy Nakazato

    Walk No. 22  A walk that notices the edges of technology

    Collage by Aya Hastwell

    Walk No. 23  A walk that makes decisions

    Collage by Paul Galwas

    Walk No. 24  A walk that gets inside you

    Collage by Chris and Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 25  A walk that traces the edges of a shape

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 26  A walk that sees below the surface of the earth

    Collage by Aya Hastwell

    Walk No. 27  A walk that laughs at itself

    Collage by Sandy Layton

    Walk No. 28  A timeless walk

    Collage by Rosemary Raine

    Walk No. 29  A walk with the edges of sound

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 30  A walk with orange edges

    Collage by Paul Galwas

    Walk No. 31  A walk that is an exchange

    Collage by Svetlana Atlavina

    Walk No. 32  A walk that unfolds

     

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 33  A walk with the rough and the smooth

    Collage by Pragya Bhargava

    Walk No. 34  A walk that pauses at the edge

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 35  A walk appreciated by the all the cells in the body

    Collage by Rosemary Raine

    Walk No. 36  A walk between the edges of time

    Collage by Aya Hastwell

    Walk No. 37  A walk that breathes in its surroundings

    Collage by Paul Galwas

    Walk No. 38  An x-ray walk

    Collage by Rosemary Raine

    Walk No. 39  A walk that feels the edges of shadows

    Collage by Ludmila

    Walk No. 40  A walk through the eyes of a child

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 41  A walk that draws on you

    Collage by Aya Hastwell

    Walk No. 42  A zig-zag walk

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 43  A walk with past lives

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 44  A walk on the edge of someone else’s walk

    Collage by Sally Stenton

    Walk No. 45  A walk that lets go

    Collage by Aya Hastwell

    Walk No. 46  A walk with a glass walking stick

    Collage by Pragya Bhargava

    Walk No. 47  A walk that makes your feet dance

    Collage by Paul Galwas

    Walk No. 48  An astronomical walk

    Collage by Rosemary Raine

    Walk No. 49  A walk where feelings change

    Collage by Pragya Bhargava

    Walk No. 50  A walk from the familiar to the unknown

    Collage by Diane Perry

    Walk No. 51  A playful walk

    Collage by Svetlana Atlavina

    Walk No. 52  A walk that is a giant hug

    Collective collage [in progress]

    Who is walking and where?

    Pragya,   Gurugram, India

    Sandy,   Wimbledon, London, UK

    Sarah,   Balham, London, UK

    Aya,   Watford, UK  and Almaty, Kazakhstan  

    Svetlana,   Wembley, London, UK

    Judy,   Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

    Rosemary,   Birmingham, UK

    Chrisoula,   Cardiff, Wales

    Diane,   Bath/Coventry, UK

    Julia, Cheshunt, Herts   UK

    Sylwia,   Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

    Niki,   Norwich, UK

    Ean,   Indiana, US

    Ceyda,   Ankara, Turkey

    Paul,    St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK

    Sally,    St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK

    Chris,   St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK

    Yvonne, Vetralla, Viterbo, Italy

    Meltem, Istanbul, Turkey

    Feyza, St Louis, US

     

    The walks take place at 7.30am (UK time),wherever people are. Not everyone walks every week and sometimes people will walk at different times, so it’s very free and easy! We are not connected via technology whilst walking.

    Comments from participants

    “The freedom breeds creativity as it is more relaxed. There is a sense of connection, togetherness in isolation.”

    “Having a walking theme changes the process, and we start noticing the world around us differently.”

    “I always loved walking, but it became a lonely practice for me last year as I separated from my husband, and there was a lockdown. When I was invited to participate in the project, it helped to feel connected with other people even though we still did the walks on our own. It brought a structure and purpose to the walk and allowed me to see the world around me differently.” 

    “Walking with an elderly dog restricts my routes but the prompts have added new zest to old walks.  I am enlivened. It’s not just the walk itself, but being able to see how others have responded and the way people’s experiences are fused together through the collages. My self confidence has increased with the learning of new skills to participate in the composition of collages.” 

    “It was as though when walking my body was telling me of a different reality, from the reality of restriction and isolation, one where I was able to move freely when and where I wanted to.  I also had a sense that I was not alone as there was a group of us walking at the same time and day every week. I am sure this helped me to feel less depressed during lockdown.” 

    “I enjoy the cultural collaboration that our walks facilitate.  They also provide a platform for creativity. I enjoy photographing nature so it’s wonderful to be a part of a like-minded community. Since we are provided with a topic each week, it encourages me to think outside the box.” 

    “The project has given me the incentive and encouragement to develop creative confidence, especially through collage makings and the written word, within a broad international social context and the flexible framework. The weekly themes give the regular stimulus of a shared endeavour to walk and observe albeit familiar surroundings from multiple and varied perspectives.” 

    “They’ve really made me feel connected, and have motivated me on days where I’ve felt more lazy. The collages are also always a pleasant surprise – I wonder about them, and look forward to Mondays to see them, and whatever inspiring walk theme there is next.”

    “Deepening awareness”

    “I have found that the walks have helped me connect with a community of people with whom I would never have had the chance to connect . Having been busy running a charity and delivering social care  services all through the pandemic I found it gave me the chance to step out of the world of work and into a world of peace and thoughts and ideas. It’s been a marvellous experience.”

    “The model and how it has been put together is something, a framework that others can use to create….for other community projects.”

    “The project reframes the walks even if the same route is taken each day – it makes each walk a different walk.”