How can you take out sketching paper to sit down briefly for a sketch (whilst out on a run) and not loose the paper in the wind, or have it soaked by the rain, or torn apart by a tiny tear that gets bigger?
Still using the wax soaked chippy paper (newsprint) that the artist Lindsey Piper gave me, I hemmed in the edges of the paper, made the sheets only a certain size that folded well, and laced the sheets together with string ....no flying off any more.
At the time of making these drawings, I thought a lot about how animals are so superbly adapted to their environment and to the things they do in that environment. How their eating, sleeping, movement patterns are coordinated with the weather and vegetation on the land. I have to wear so many clothing, have to keep moving (in order not to become too cold) and only be out for so long till the cold, hunger and the exhaustion of my stamina brings me back.
I also wondered about materials, and how nature uses simple techniques like doubling layers with air in between for warmth and stabilisation. Fat, grease and wool....the essentials (we are in the realm of Beuys, I guess) is what is needed.