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My work…

Strike a pose!

It’s been a long time coming. I know you’re probably curious about what I produce myself. Well, I’ve illustrated for quite a few years. I studied ceramics alongside other media at Art School back in 2004-2005 and I’ve always written stories since I was very young. The two became quite united in later years, as I wrote and illustrated the stories myself. I thought I would share some of the pieces I produced.

One of the larger pieces from the stories I illustrated! I would like to add, that these were horror stories! These pieces were all exhibited, but I refused to sell them. Read more…

Time to Explore (finding myself, urrgh)!

After nearly dying, you kinda look at things in a new perspective in your life! Yes, that’s right, I seem to have been suffering from a mystery illness that meant endless trips to the doctors, lots of needles and eventually, a diagnosis which was a little frightening. After hearing all the wonderful news (haha), I decided to take some time out and do some travelling. It’s good to get away from it all and spend some quality time with friends. I was going to go abroad for a week with a friend, but because I then came down with tonsilitis (my life gets better and better) that sort of scuppered our plans. It’s a good job I didn’t book the tickets!

So, I ended up travelling in good old England for the week to discuss business plans (more on that topic at a later date) and generally getting my life sorted. I’ve come to some fantastic conclusions. Firstly, that its time to have fun. I’ve got to put myself first and actually enjoy life. Secondly, I’ve got to focus on my health. Although it wasn’t the cause of me getting ill, going out partying every night for several nights in a row, and turning up at my house at 9am the next morning (for several mornings!) after doing a walk of shame down my road, isn’t exactly good on your body. I don’t regret it, because I had such a flipping good time and I love going out with my friends, but I think I’m going to take up my housemates offer of jogging and biking over the next few months.

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The Liebster Award


I’ve been away for a while, and hardly think I deserve to be nominated for this award, but thank you so much to Supernova for nominating me! You’ve really helped me to get my act together and start blogging a bit more! My nominees for the award are below, and I must say, they’ve all been truly inspirational and have opened up new insights for me.

A bit here…a bit there

I’ve been all over the place recently! What a crazy few days its been. As well as suffering from exhaustion and nearly crashing my car, I’ve been doing just about everything. In fact, tomorrow is my first day off in ages. I didn’t have a weekend because I worked Saturday and then helped out at the NEC Festive Fair for the National Trust on the Sunday. What craziness that was! When I arrived at 9am (I must be mad!) I found out I was on my own working the stall. I wouldn’t have minded so much, but I didn’t really know what I was doing. I knew I had to sell memberships but I was terrified! Especially when there were crowds like this gathering:

You’d mess yourself too!

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Up up and away!

In previous posts I’ve hinted about some of the research I undertook a few years ago under the theme of early aeronautics. I know it seems a little bit different to the Anglo Saxon history I have been obsessing over for the past few months, but I am a bit of a research butterfly and will delve into random topics once I get my teeth into them.

I was reminded of ballooning over the weekend when an amazing person gave me this….

1823 Copper Farthing Token

1823 Copper Farthing Token

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Christmas Craft

Its that time of year again when I start to get covered in glue, glitter and various fragments of red and green paper…yes, its Christmas card making time!

I’ve been so busy these past few days- in fact, this week has been awful. Last weekend I managed to de-stress by making lots of cards. Its a type of therapy for me, and its worked really well. So, I made some more today. Sometimes you make plans and they don’t quite work out, and when you’re at a loose end, there is always craft to cheer you up.

I thought I would honour the wordpress community by posting some of my designs haha. Feel free to try them yourself. I also made some Birthday cards too, as I needed to stock up. I know it seems really early to be thinking about Christmas, but it really does creep up on you.

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Where have I been?

So, as you might have realised, I’ve been away from blogging for a while. I’ve got a very good reason for this, I promise! This week I started working at another place (yes, as you have probably guessed by now, I work at numerous places and for numerous people) which I have devoted myself to for the past few days. And here is where it is…

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You’re my souvenir

Now, you all know I write about art and heritage right? Right. But this has got me thinking about some things. What about our own personal heritage? What is it that we carry around with us, that makes us feel connected to where we are, our past, our lives? I know, this is getting deep!

Since my previous post talked about connections, reflection and memories through the art of Goudie, I have been thinking about my own past and, in particular, the people in my life who have helped me to become the person I am today. I studied heritage at University, but it has always been ‘the whole picture,’ the ‘grand scale’ of world heritage, or national heritage. But what about our own heritage? And what exactly is heritage?!

The Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sri LankaThe Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, a World Heritage Site…do you feel connected?

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Looking for that rustic charm…

Today, as I browsed through the photographs on my camera (which are still not printed or uploaded arrrgh!) I was reminded of a project I was forced to do at art school. I say forced, as the completion of the project was one of the conditions for securing a place at the school ready for the September induction. So anyhoo, this project was entitled ‘1000 ways of seeing’ and involved being a bit of a tramp, scouring the streets for bits of dropped rubbish that ‘sparkled’ and ‘looked pretty’. We were even encouraged to find scraps of takeaway paper from McDonald’s big macs…I despair just thinking about it!!

I think this was the beginning of the end for me and my relationship with contemporary art, but anyway, I digress. So, as well as finding all these ‘pretty’ materials and placing them in a box ready for safe keeping, we had to take photographs of doors. Yes, doors. By the end of the summer I hated them. I was sick of seeing open doors, closed doors, old doors, new doors, flipping doors!!

And yet, as I browsed through my recent photographs, I seemed to have slipped into this forgotten habit of photographing them. Shock horror! I give you… Exhibit A:


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The evening sun at Clent

Last night I took a stroll to the top of the Clent Hills to view the sunset. Because it had been such a hot day, the evening was warm and there was a sense of tranquility over the city. I decided to head for the hills to have a look across the landscape.


Walking through the woods.

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