The Learned Pig

Art – Thinking – Nature – Writing

Author: Hestia Peppe

  • Points of Departure – Estuary 2016

    Points of Departure – Estuary 2016

    I love the fact that on the coast you can just travel along the edge until the next place. Knowing the way stops becoming an issue even though it isn’t always clear exactly where you are. Everything is continuous. The day that the summer finally breaks into thousands of tiny points of grey drizzle I…

  • Art Angels / Property Guardians

    Art Angels / Property Guardians

      Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison   On a bright morning at the beginning of September I joined members of the press on a visit to the former HM Prison Reading. The Grade II-listed Victorian prison has stood empty for just under three years since its closure in November 2013. But it has…

  • A Dys-Praxic Sketchbook

    A Dys-Praxic Sketchbook

    I used to think that the only skill I had was drawing. It was only much later that I realised that it was simply the only skill that I had experienced difficulty in acquiring and yet had not given up on. It was also my only physical skill. Under most of the circumstances I encountered…

  • The Art of Fermentation

    The Art of Fermentation

    Sandor Ellix Katz is the author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around The World, “the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published”. Released in 2012 with a foreword by Michael Pollan, it has received rapturous praise in both the food world and in environmentalist…