We fly together

Flocking behavior is the behavior exhibited when a group of birds, called a flock, are foraging or in flight. There are parallels with the shoaling behavior of fish, the swarming behavior of insects, and herd behavior of land animals.

Flocking also enables birds to fly further using less energy because when the strong leader bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the birds behind – each bird (except the leader) is flying in the up-wash from the wing of the bird in front. This enables the flock to use less energy and reduces fatigue.

What is the meaning of the proverb Birds of a feather flock together?

proverb is an old saying that’s considered to be wise or good advice. “Birds of a feather flock together” has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s. When applied to people, this phrase means that people who are similar to each other or share similar interests tend to spend time with each other.

This proverb has been in use since at least the mid 16th century. In 1545 William Turner used a version of it in his papist satire The Rescuing of Romish Fox:

“Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.”

The first known citation in print of the currently used English version of the phrase appeared in 1599, in The Dictionarie in Spanish and English, which was compiled by the English lexicographer John Minsheu:

Birdes of a feather will flocke togither.

The phrase also appears in Benjamin Jowett’s 1856 translation of Plato’s Republic. Clearly, if it were present in the original Greek text then, at around 380BC, Plato’s work would be a much earlier reference to it. What appears in Jowett’s version is:

Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says.

Plato’s text can be translated in other ways and it is safe to say it was Jowett in 1856, not Plato in 380BC, that considered the phrase to be old. The lack of any citation of it in English prior to the 16th century does tend to suggest that its literal translation wasn’t present in The Republic – a text that was widely read by English scholars of the classics well before the 16th century.

In nature, birds of a single species do in fact frequently form flocks. Ornithologists explain this behaviour as a ‘safety in numbers’ tactic to reduce the risk of predation. In language terms, it was previously more common to refer to birds flying together than flocking together and many early citations use that form, for example Philemon Holland’s translation of Livy’s Romane historie, 1600:

“As commonly birds of a feather will flye together.”


The work

Marquette size would like large to impact the sense of overwhelming mass,

material white porcelain textured giving movement to the sculpture and colour representing of peace a product of high statues and ancient traditions,

proposition- “Birdes of a feather will flocke togither” an old proverb, strength in numbers united together.

Title –  We fly together.



Starling flocks: a wild spectacle. Murmuration exaltation: a starling flock forms a fantastic acrobatic mass before roosting. Image: David Kjaer. A murmuration of starlings is an amazing sight – a swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky above your head.


Reflection JO.

After seeing Jo’s presentation i feel that I understood more about what this process is knowing reflection of my self was for me to look at your self and begin to understand your self from e.g. the way you work act talk behave create work etc opens up an understanding that can be used in mastering you work this maybe reflecting your self and thoughts in to this for me i came to university to understand why i need to make art what was i trying to do. The first year made me think about art artists etc and methods and processes but this year learning to research all the these aspects for your own work only covers the surface but the work on self investigation makes you aware of your influences and  interests knowledge and your own experiences in life and its effects on you my biggest thought is the not knowing i know its a bit of a cliche its true my thoughts is to question everything weary or happily but mostly inquisitively my ideas and thoughts of historical and mysteries of where we are from the theories on the past some 1000sends of years ago the theory of Babylon and the anunnaki and all the other artefacts in the world.  Me and a feeling of abandonment i get from what i see and feel only suggests that i make work in reflection this has been tied to the idea of me making work instead of identifiable representation of subject but to be brave and make abstract work where less is more this for me has been hard to express in my work as to much and it becomes to recognisable which is so tempting but the idea i have is clear from this understanding of my self and reflection this doesn’t mean that work has to be made only in this manor but knowing instead of unknowing you can master work with clear mind and thought process knowing when its appropriate to use it or not

Artist Marjan Wouda.

This work for me is interesting that the works surface is made from working rope cloth etc in to the clay form before it is produced also some of the work is curled up in its form this giving tension and intrigue to what this may reflect the finish in bronze is masterful and exuberant. I have thought about using more textured finish to my work but not sure if it adds to much in the way of changing its outcome from the original idea.

Interest in Charles Hadcock art.

looking at his work and seeing the proses listening to him reflecting on it made me think about the use of metal and the surface textures what could i do, respectively taking nature and turning it in to a question of form makes a strong connection in my own mind with my work and making the size more impressive this would be interesting to follow further in the how to cast something ………………

firing the sculptured tec1

knowing my work is all ready fired i know that re firing would more likely just cause burning but i want to age it so the experiment to fire it covered in different fruits etc will not give colour so i have tryed by wrapping it in tin foil as shown in the films i have seen on you tube i have limited about of fire using a barbecue in fact it was worse than i thought the wood did not burn very well and it just smoked a lot not enough air intake hence the smoke finish witch i Guess will wash off. Looking at the result firstly was just a look like something that had burnt out landed from outer-space almost looking wrapped in tin foil not sure what its out come was but thinking as i looked at it was much better than i thought it looked some what fossilised and gave it more of a look of something lost  historical abandoned and  like an unknown entirety captured in time provoking more questions about what is it why is it there it has now left me with something that is more site percific