introduction!The landscape we investigated includes and surrounds the town of Lattrop, located justnorth of Denekamp in the region of Overjissel. Students and professors spent an afternooncycling and walking the landscape, in small groups of four or five. Each group returned andmapped their experiences on a large paper. A different approach was taken compared to theprevious landscape investigations. We understood the landscape through the stories of manyfarmers working in the area. The stories, all connected gave a rich tapestry of the historyand present ambitions of the farmers which distinguish this landscape. We also heard storiesfrom two experts who talked of the potential ecological importance of the area at a localand regional scale. As well as the economic functioning of the current and future workingof the landscape. We looked at the landscape from two scales. The local landscape isdefined by the Esche and the hedges, creating a small scale cultural landscape. Theregional scale is more defined by the Dinkel River and the Heather landscape. !
Moorland! « Moorland or moor is a type of habitat, in the temperate grasslands, and shrublands biome, found in upland areas, characterised by low-growing vegetation on acidic soils and heavy fog. ariety of distinct habitat types are found in different world regions of moorland. The wildlife and vegetation forms often lead to high endemism because of the severe soil and microclimate characteristics. For example, in Englands Exmoor is found the rare horse breed the Exmoor Pony, which has adapted to the harsh, arid conditions of that environment.! In Europe, the associated fauna consists of bird species such as Red Grouse, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Golden Plover, Curlew, Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Ring Ouzel, and Twite. »!
We began the process by looking at the landscape through the lens ofproduction, consumption and conservation. From the stories we heard fromfarmers, the 36 of us created a diagram that mapped these stories across thelandscape. As a smaller group of 12 we looked at this map and discovered weneeded a better understanding of the physical landscape to place these stories.We separated the layers of the landscape into history, topography,infrastructure, water systems, agglomeration, industry, recreation and theecological structure to get a better understanding of their characteristics andinterconnections. We deconstructed the landscape over the morning usingdiagrams, sections, sketches and mapping. We came back together in theafternoon presenting our findings to one another, rebuilding a fuller picture ofthe landscape. A common element that surfaced in all of the layers was theesche, which structures the landscape on many levels. ! COLLECTIVE DRAWING!
After gaining a stronger understanding of the structure of thelandscape, we moved to the canvas, initially sketching select,significant layers in pencil. As we had previously identified the escheas the integral component to this landscape, we created a languageof weaving and stitching the 3-D mounds into the canvas. Throughthis process, we hoped to unify the individual elements into one,spreading the influence of the esche throughout the greaterlandscape. Using a select palette of materials we further told thestory of the landscape by weaving the infrastructure, housing, andhedges onto the canvas. These hedges are particularly importantgiven their cultural heritage and role in physically and visuallymaintaining the small scale of this landscape. Each stitch was adecision reflecting the rich cultural influence of the people on thislandscape. ! MAPPING ! CANVAS!