The performance captured in this video was inspired by the online conversation’s generated in response to Sally Barker’s Nipple flowers, stitching stone post. Within this conversation Frances Earnshaw recounts the story of Stone Soup. Here then is the Stone Soup that I promised to make for her;

Stone Soup


Serves 1-2

  • 2 handfuls of stones collected from the river beach at Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire
  • 1 pint of British Whole Milk (organic supermarket milk, source unknown)


  1. Wash the stones well with water.
  2. Dry the stones.
  3. Place the stones in a large saucepan.
  4. Pour on top the milk.
  5. Heat the milk and stones and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  6. Carefully ladle into soup bowls and serve immediately.




About Helen Sargeant

I am a visual artist, mother of two children aged 12 and 4, and co-founder of the MeWe arts collective. I intend to use this site to explore how my personal experiences as a mother informs my arts practice. To reflect upon the maternal in relationship to memory, loss, and mental health in particu…Read more


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2 Responses to “Stone Soup”

  1. Frances Earnshaw

    You have a vivid shared language through art and play with your children. It is very compelling to watch these scenes. I wonder about the interesting memories he will carry. Love it!

  2. Helen Sargeant

    Glad that you enjoyed the stone soup Frances. I love the point in the video where Naoise asks “Can I go and play now mummy ?”. Although he plays along with me, this is not his play.


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