BS5709:2006 sets out eight rules for gaps and stiles to be compliant with current access regulations. As a technology of power, control and access every stile displays a tension between current access legislation and what is accepted as being “historically lawful”. Stiles of the Moss Valley is a collaboratively produced artist book that consists of eight pages which take their titles from the eight rules and make use of the visual language of the stile. The stile marks a point of pause in a journey where the walker is both forced to negotiate with constraint, to take an elevated view of the landscape and to reflect upon the variety of British discourses used to characterise the many stiled patchwork landscape of Moss Valley.
The work is an A3 landscape accordian-fold book comprising of 8 collagraph prints made in conjunction with poet Andrew Jeffrey.