Yianbin Wang -‐ Li JIANG -‐ Monica Kurdziel -‐ Kate -‐ Annelies Bloemendaal Esther Simona Seraﬁno –simonaseraﬁno@hotmail.com Carlos MarFnez-‐Almoyna -‐ JusFne Pauze – jusFne.email@example.com Giorgia Sgarbossa – firstname.lastname@example.org ValenFn Frechet – email@example.com Rosie Madden – rosie_madden firstname.lastname@example.org
Now - 2011!
introduction! The landscape we investigated includes and surrounds the town of Lattrop, located just north of Denekamp in the region of Overjissel. Students and professors spent an afternoon cycling and walking the landscape, in small groups of four or five. Each group returned and mapped their experiences on a large paper. A different approach was taken compared to the previous landscape investigations. We understood the landscape through the stories of many farmers working in the area. The stories, all connected gave a rich tapestry of the history and present ambitions of the farmers which distinguish this landscape. We also heard stories from two experts who talked of the potential ecological importance of the area at a local and regional scale. As well as the economic functioning of the current and future working of the landscape. We looked at the landscape from two scales. The local landscape is defined by the Esche and the hedges, creating a small scale cultural landscape. The regional scale is more defined by the Dinkel River and the Heather landscape. !
Field’s hedge! The hedges organise the landscape adding a visual structure that inforces the small scale landscape
Villageâ€™s hedge !
Moorland! « Moorland or moor is a type of habitat, in the temperate grasslands, and shrublands biome, found in upland areas, characterised by low-growing vegetation on acidic soils and heavy fog. ariety of distinct habitat types are found in different world regions of moorland. The wildlife and vegetation forms often lead to high endemism because of the severe soil and microclimate characteristics. For example, in England's Exmoor is found the rare horse breed the Exmoor Pony, which has adapted to the harsh, arid conditions of that environment.! In Europe, the associated fauna consists of bird species such as Red Grouse, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Golden Plover, Curlew, Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Ring Ouzel, and Twite. »!
INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL FARMERS
We began the process by looking at the landscape through the lens of production, consumption and conservation. From the stories we heard from farmers, the 36 of us created a diagram that mapped these stories across the landscape. As a smaller group of 12 we looked at this map and discovered we needed a better understanding of the physical landscape to place these stories. We separated the layers of the landscape into history, topography, infrastructure, water systems, agglomeration, industry, recreation and the ecological structure to get a better understanding of their characteristics and interconnections. We deconstructed the landscape over the morning using diagrams, sections, sketches and mapping. We came back together in the afternoon presenting our findings to one another, rebuilding a fuller picture of the landscape. A common element that surfaced in all of the layers was the esche, which structures the landscape on many levels. !
After gaining a stronger understanding of the structure of the landscape, we moved to the canvas, initially sketching select, significant layers in pencil. As we had previously identified the esche as the integral component to this landscape, we created a language of weaving and stitching the 3-D mounds into the canvas. Through this process, we hoped to unify the individual elements into one, spreading the influence of the esche throughout the greater landscape. Using a select palette of materials we further told the story of the landscape by weaving the infrastructure, housing, and hedges onto the canvas. These hedges are particularly important given their cultural heritage and role in physically and visually maintaining the small scale of this landscape. Each stitch was a decision reflecting the rich cultural influence of the people on this landscape. !