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Words as tools

To use words as tools (in a similar way to the scanner I have been working with, or the 3D printer) that is how the word ‘petrichor’ has come into this project. It has moved things on, shaped the final direction I have taken; with it, things have been made. I first came across the concept in the writings of Richard Mabey, and although the word is used to describe ‘the scent of rain on dry earth’ (something that has been around these past weeks) what is pertinent here is the derivation: the word comes from the Greek words petra, meaning ‘stone’, and ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. Petrichor, in other words, is ‘the essence of stone’.

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