Hermione Spriggs and Tamara Colchester


Makers Manual #39: Tracking

Hermione Spriggs and
Tamara Colchester

Makers Manual is a collaborative project between exciting makers and STORE STORE. These downloadable manuals are a practical guide to making at home for beginners and experts.

Tracking engenders the unique capacity to not only imagine the world, but to imagine it from another species’ point of view. This mode of identification builds empathy and understanding. Tuning one’s senses into the live trail of an animal involves a particular mode of attention: an open imagination, sharp intuition and an uncluttered mind. One aim of this guide is to feel our way towards an alternative mode of knowing and attending to other living beings. We suggest practicing for an hour each day.

Hermione Spriggs and Tamara Colchester are researchers, writers and makers. We take inspiration from hunters and foragers – those who are skilled at navigating a changing landscape full of other lifeforms. By tracking the many worlds around us, each with their own complex ways of being, we learn how to live, tread gently, and harmonise with
our environment.

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