Yesterday morning we wandered for three hours in Leeds discovering, sketching and “getting lost” (not joking, some of us really got lost!). It was a kind of treasure hunt!
We had just an old map of Leeds, a pen and our sketchbook, to go and follow the “warps and wefts” of the city to find out what of the old history still exist, the big changes that occurred.
Starting from the Leeds Bridge, with some cool people, we explored the city and discover the traces of the old textile manufacture, that I’ve been studying in these months, and I even discover some new details!
It’s the drawing effect: by using pen and paper you not only represent what you see, you learn to, and you can communicate quickly and simply your thoughts to someone else.
So thanks to Vale and Flora that suggested us this new way of seeing and to the all people that have come!
Just 25 minutes away from Leeds. High towers, narrow medieval streets, little shops and hidden libraries, yellow daffodils and old trains.
Morning walk into the “cradle of Industrial Revolution” for some pictures, videos and spectrophotometer testing.
Once again astonished by the mix of old and new, by the conversion of old industrial buildings and the efforts to relaunch the area.
History has not been hidden, it’s been reinvented.
These places are able to tell stories and together to look to their future questioning:
What could we be tomorrow?
Wind. Water. Ground.
Sometimes a simple look around it’s what we need to understand what it was and why. I’ll try to explain.
1. Wind. Leeds enjoy a moderate climate, it has strong winds flowing from the west, heavy showers and basically no snow. This because it stand in the foothills of Pennines.
2. Water. We’ve already talked about the River Aire, it enters the city from west, together with winds, and going to south-east it loses both depth and speed due to the land changes. But during its journey a lot of pure streams (or beck as the Vikings called them) join it. One of these was the Hol Beck, does it remember anything?
3. Ground. The point is that the particular composition of the soil makes the streams water soft and lime-free. Morever the the mixed layer the ground is composed of provided naturally filtered water, very useful when the streams and rivers became too polluted to use.
These geographical features provided the Leeds wollen industry with soft, clean water for the washing ans scouring of the cloth. Later the streams to the west make the mills wheel move.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Finally Christmas has arrived and almost gone. But also people here seem to have gone.
The city is empty after the previous messy days of compulsive shopping, gifts and turkeys.
And Millennium square appeared.