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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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Getting my act together…with an Arts Programme

I’m disgusted with my lack of posts these past few weeks, so much so that I can’t believe I was nominated for an award. Well, I suppose you want to hear my excuses? I’ve been busy, yes, but mostly with planning and by that I mean, career-wise. A few more opportunities have come my way. I’ve been asked to be a permanent contributor to the Find My Food blog. This is a bit of a big responsilbity but I feel I’m more settled in Stratford now and have the time to do it. Plus its lots of fun and I get to ramble on about food.

Secondly, I’m moving to a different National Trust post. I currently work for the Clent Hills and Kinver Rock Houses, but since moving to Stratford, the trek to get to those places is pretty long. Updating the website for the sites is becoming more of a struggle as winter sets in, so I’ve decided to help out at a different site: Coughton Court.

Bye bye Clent Hills and Kinver Rock Houses…

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I’ve arrived!

Where to begin with all my news…Well, I’ve moved house, I suppose that is a good start! I am now a lot closer to my main place of work in the Stratford archives and I absolutely love the people I live with. The house is amazing, so beautiful and welcoming. They are mad about the Arts too, which means lots of singing and acting! I feel incredibly happy and everything is moving forward.

My new home town!

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Party at the York Art Gallery

Another manic weekend- I might have some free time one day! On Saturday I attended the York Alumni party. The event included a private view of the Art and Music exhibition at the York Art Gallery, followed by a drinks reception in the gallery’s Burton Gallery. It was a great opportunity to catch up with fellow alumni and lecturers, and to hear about the research currently underway in the department. In fact, because there were quite a few PhD students there, they were enticing me into further study…It was rather tempting!

Unfortunately me and academia fell out of love with one another a while back. That’s not to say I don’t do any research anymore, as I absolutely love research and do a lot of it, as you can see from my blog. I suppose its the atmosphere of the actual academic sphere that puts me off. But talking to the students and staff at the party made me want to go back- I shall resist for a while! I’m still building my career and cannot afford to suddenly become a student again!

Portrait of a Lady (1741) by Cornelius Troost

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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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A Blast from the Past

An article I found today really made me stop in my tracks- not just because of what it was about, but because there was a photo of my previous boss! A few years ago I was a Curator Assistant for the Aberystwyth School of Art in Wales and I also carried out research for the The Head of School of Art, Robert Meyrick. It was Robert’s photo that caught my eye first of all, and then I read what he had been getting up to…

Robert is a member of a team of art experts who unveiled a painting today (Thursday 27 September) in Geneva that many believe to be an earlier version of the Mona Lisa! He was invited to speak at the unveiling in Geneva as the world’s leading expert on Hugh Blaker (I carried out research on Hugh Blaker during my time at the Art School too). It was Blaker who bought the painting, which is known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, in 1913. The painting is believed to have been painted 20 years prior to the Mona Lisa we know, and has been subject to much debate- mostly over its authenticity.

Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris (left) and the Isleworth Mona Lisa
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris (left) and the Isleworth Mona Lisa.

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Summer planting

Another week, another activity at Kinver. We were incredibly lucky with the weather this week, and the hot summer sun actually appeared! The activity for the craft fitted in well with this, as we decorated little plant pots. The children had so much fun with this- I think it was because they could get really messy with it!

I think I ended up more messy than them though…such a child at heart!


One of the pots!

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Craft and confusion


Another week, another event! I have been rather busy for the past few days which is why I haven’t been blogging as much as usual. A few things have come my way and I’m at a crossroads as to which direction I take my career and my future.

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