In the midst of an uber busy time at the gallery I know how important it is for me to keep my site healthy and active. I am so excited because tomorrow we have an exhibition of photography at work by Ali Tollervey which is of the band Dark Horses. The band will be there and then we get to see them perform live afterwards at The Registry. Then on Saturday we have our Zine Fair which I’m beyond happy about!
To get us in the mood for a super Spring Easter weekend here are some images I came across on my tumblr. I will credit images where I can.
I took this photo last week at Portsmouth Museums Teddy Bear exhibition. this bear is my favourite.
Wow that was quick! Another week has passed us by and I hope that everyone has returned happily to work, school and home life routine feeling happy. This time of year can feel so dull and the art’s and culture can provide us with a much needed boost. So go visit a museum, gallery or park this weekend and feel good.
Here is a pick of some wonderful illustrative work to give your eyes and mind a boost! (click on the images for links, yay)
Yesterday I think I reached the bottom and had an out pouring of grief like I have never felt before. Sometimes perhaps you have to break to realise that you need fixing.
This morning I woke up and I produced three paintings in quick succession, more than I have painted in three months. Brave new feelings have been found and demons have been fought and destroyed. Taking solace in creativity is a wonderful thing, to take a blank page and fill it with colour, a pile of materials and make something new. Oh what a metaphor for life.
Some things that made me smile today…
Traditional eskimo folk art: Bear Emerging from Sea
Traditional wooden dolls.
I have a small yet impressive collection of Japanese crafts books and I feel a serious addiction could form if I let it. I keep the books right next to the sofa so when I am sipping on a cup of tea I leaf through them dreamily.
I dream of all the tiny creature I could crochet and the array of slightly quirky and wonky toys I could craft.
Perhaps today I will.
As a toymaker I am consistently surprised and delighted by the range of handmade/designer toys. From familiar animals to creatures from the imagination each one is pure joy.
I’m looking forward to finishing off a few toys this week for the opening of Untold Story where they will be for sale. I hope they find new homes where they will bring smiles and stories of there own.
Nothing like wee bit of doodling in the sketchbook. I cant wait to bring these characters to life!
Amazingly I have given up smoking, Im on day 6. Its getting easier with each day. Maybe its the change in the season, makes it easier to change something in your life. Its not an easy choice and I haven’t been out to a bar yet drinking, that will be a huge test of strength not to smoke. If I can do it I will prove to myself that I am capable of self control, this is something that at 29 years old has eluded me most of my life.
Lets celebrate the change in season and the freedom of stopping.
Recently I was asked to sew a large flag/banner for the Strong Island stage ‘Drunken Sailor’ at Southsea Fest. I really enjoyed making the flag and it looked rad hanging behind the bands as they played! Im also getting to that point where the house even though we rent is feeling like home.
As I have been enjoying some time off I have been able to get back on the crafting hype. Evenings have consisted of crocheting and the daytime has been made up of sewing lovely toys.
All toys will be available to buy soon from Flo and Stan.