J a n e t  M c E w a n

Heddor.... Fragile

A work using salvaged materials and recycled ideas shown at the first ever ‘Fair for the Future’:an event “Celebrating sustainability in Penwith”. Cornwall 2009. This event was linked to Transition Penwith : a growing movement of people working towards a sustainable future. The action plan for TP concerns many aspects of our lives including  food, housing, transport, health and social issues. Fair for the Future aimed to celebrate sustainability by gathering together local people, including producers, craft workers, artists, and musicians to share information.

 

Crate: originally used to ship Murano glass from Venice to Lelant, Cornwall.

 

Paint: from 3 complete and unopened sets of artists oil paints found in Scotland in a skip destined for landfill.

 

Text: extracted from ‘Kernewek Kemmyn,” Cornish Dictionary, published by the Cornish Language Board. Two copies of this publication were displayed with the work.

 

 In Feb 2009, the U.N. declared the Cornish language officially extinct, despite the fact there are currently at least 300 fluent speakers. Pro-extinction arguments include the suggestion that as some people are speaking Cornish primarily as a political act, rather than just for everyday use, it is not really alive.

 

“Every language reflects a unique world-view with its own value systems, philosophy and particular cultural features. The extinction of a language results in the irrecoverable loss of unique cultural knowledge embodied in it for centuries, including historical, spiritual and ecological knowledge that may be essential for the survival of not only its speakers, but also countless others.”  UNESCO

 

 For more information sbout the event can be found oin a blogsite I set up :  www.fairforthefuture.blogspot.com

 

 

www.artcornwall.org/webprojects/Janet_McEwan.htm

 

www.artcornwall.org/features/pasty_politics.htm

 

 

 

 

Alow…………….......  Water Lillies

Anav…………............ Slow Worm

Buluk…………..............Earthworm

Arghantell………...Silvery Stream

Beler……………..........Watercress

Bern……………..... Care, concern

Brialli……………...........Primroses

Budhynn………...............Meadow

Bybyn bubyn……..............Shrimp

Elow………………....... Elm Trees

Eos……………….........Nightingale

Erghek …………..............Salmom

Ester………………...............Oyster

Derow……………............Oak trees

Dowgri……………..................Otter

Gelvinogyn…….................Curlew

Glusles…………..............Campion

Gwenennon…….....................Bee

Gwiner…………….............Squirrel

Gwires……………...................Soil

Hebaska……………........Quietude

Hedorr………………...........Fragile

Hwil…………………............Beetle

Kalmynsi…………............Stillness

Kerensa……………................Love

Kerghydh…………...............Heron

Kowann…………….................Owl

Kuvder……………...........Kindness

Lyfans………………..............Toad

Mellyon…………................Clover

Morgowles…………..........Jellyfish

Morhogh……………..........Dolphin

Morvil……………….............Whale

Pedrevan…………..............Lizard

Pyteth………………....Compassion

Skovernek…………................Hare

Sort………………….......Hedgehog

Stifek………………..............Squid

Tikki Dyw…………….......Butterfly

Ugh Sommyo……...................Bat

Uvelder……………...........Humility

Yewgenn…………................Stoat

 

 

 

 

 

Important & Delightful Update : added January  2011  : Cornish Language No Longer Extinct, Says UN.

'The Cornish language, which has been branded extinct, by linguistic experts, has been reclassified as " critically endangered", instead. ( BBC News. 7.12.10)

 

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-11935464

 

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