the elemental tent

2 fast, 2 furious

Up that totem pole!

I think it was the Wednesday of Glasto ’14. As we put finishing touches to our elemental campsite, 2 chaps spoke to me, but not in English. This in itself was a surprise, as I think I only heard some español in a crowd & a bit of italiano was growled on our patch.

As it turned out, they’d noticed an old mdf speech bubble we’d pinned up by the nearby generator which read in pink spray-paint : “DUW CARIAD YW”, & since this was in their 1st language, it had gotten their attention, like.

As we chatted, in their trade & my only language, it turned out Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks to Isabelle Neill for this offering!

We’ll be adding more pictures & words here very soon. Thank you to Aaron & Sophie for these photos taken nearer start of Glasto week. Special thank you to Marisa, Josh & Aaron for amazing help on these 1st few days. Monday (23rd) we had 16 people on site – making the setting up much faster & even more fun. That ‘let’s-make-it-happen’ gig by Jamie & Sophie on the Wednesday, relaxing on the benches outside, was elemental’s ‘opening ceremony’. A lot of people got involved & it had soul.

Nic building bench shelter

Nic building bench shelter

you are here

you are here

making things pretty

making things pretty

Sophie & Jamie's Wednesday fireside gig while big sound kit still needed final adjustments

Sophie & Jamie’s Wednesday fireside gig while big sound kit still needed final adjustments

Do keep a lookout here & at our facebook, twitter & instagram perches where we will soon add photos, reminisce & baffle. Meanwhile:  zzz  zzz zzz

see that tiny white arrow? we were there.

see that tiny white arrow? we were there.

Do seek our little patch of welcome & bleary-eyed daftness during your mighty treks across this lavish festival for a bit of christo-centric high-altitude atmosphere.We hope you have a wonderful time. Any up-to-the-minute news re elemental will be found at our natty marquee, or, on our feathery Twitter site & Facebook thingy with a feed pics on our new Instagram site.  And maybe read some of the posts below.. Seeyaaah!

With his chirpy London accent, nimble football skills, dancefloor know-how, & car-maintenance qualifications, Sam is most definitely The Man. We meet for a short interview (just before his weekly manicure) where we heartily guffaw & slap each others’ backs, & gamely discuss: art college drop-outs, mental health, basement parties, & ..Glastonbury! Roll that tape..!

I remember a painting of yours 1 year at Glastonbury (which year is all a haze), stuck on a white 8×4 board inside elemental’s shack/pagoda. It was of a <Jesus>-like figure (white robes, arms outstretched), but with a halo made from radiating real & empty (at least when I turned up) anti-depressant boxes. What was all that about!?

Yeah, I remember that. Coming through security was a mare that year; I ended up getting searched for an hour while they trawled through an entire bin-liner full of empty psychiatric medication boxes!

messiah complex

messiah complex

I think at the time I had just recently got my first job as a mental health nurse on an acute ward & I was impressed/horrified by the vast amount of medication that was administered (forcibly or otherwise) to patients  there. The varying colours, shapes & sizes of tablets & packaging appealed to my aesthetic too so wanted to experiment with them somehow.

My idea in the end was Read the rest of this entry »

I like Google’s changing logos. Their cheerful illustrations teach me something new (eg. 300thbirthday of pencil-sharpener inventor). The World Cup shows me new things too, & not just football – a chance to see a little more about countries of the world, beyond them being sites of war or disaster. Luke 15:8 Google turned its logo into a favela a few days back. It looked good. I marvel at the cartoonist skill of reducing things to a minimum of marks & shapes & still making an immediately recognisable character, or in this case, a type of housing.

But.. is it OK to ‘reduce’ a real problem (& Brasil’s extremes of wealth & poverty is a problem, not just an inevitable reality) into what is merely graphic charm (& part of Google’s branding)? Read the rest of this entry »


every summer when farmer michael says ‘yes’, the small-but-perfectly-formed elemental tent rises from the mud in a little patch of somerset, england. a soiled but sparkly-eyed team of mavericks gather together & build a place of warmth, fuzziness, welcome, discovery, faith & forgetfulness. as well as making you tea, putting on a record, joining in a late night discussion or massaging your shoulders, these holy joes coyly show/hide their fragile beliefs & personal stories. they occasionally listen to yours too & are known to be ‘ok’ people (but-could-try-harder-though) when back in their homes towns.

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