Discussion/ Shaped By Stone

Artists Mario Popham & Tom Baskeyfield discuss their collaborative project Shaped by Stone; a dialogue between analogue processes including large format photography, drawing (embossed rubbings), darkroom experimentation, writing, walking and talking.

Over millennia we have shaped stone: chipped, cut, split, crushed – turned hillsides into quarries – strata into streets. Like many other towns this process is the foundation of Macclesfield. The pink and blue-ish Gritstone of Tegg’s Nose has been quarried for hundreds of years. The hill exists as fragments around the town – scattered. It sits there in the walls, the facing of buildings and the lining of streets. With Shaped by Stone, the artists aim to bring to the fore these layers of our shared history.