I have been absent for a while. After three years of a daily task, collage, print and last years daily book, I have been a little unsettled since January. I have been setting into my space at Higherford Mill. I can’t be here everyday, send me a message if your coming for a visit in case I’m not going to be there. First workshop will be with The Creative Principle crew making Morsbags Thursday 20th Feb. Pop in and say hello.
Here we are then, New Years Eve 2019.
365 days of work in my little sketchbooks. It was hard sometimes to keep up, posting everyday was at times a little more than I could cope with. But today brings the task to a close. Will I continue? Tonight, I am not sure. But I am tired, maybe tomorrow I will feel refreshed and begin a new daily task. I hope you have enjoyed 2019 and are well placed to begin the new year, the new decade. Good luck to you and your loved ones. Hold them close.
Well today has not really got off to a good start. But here I am , plodding along. With another page done and the lost Christmas present found and gifted its hasn’t turned out too bad ! I do sometimes wonder how I have ever managed to live so long, how do I change the disorganised chaos of 55 years ? Please feel free to post any tips! And If you have any ideas of a new daily task let me know.
I have reposted this because I posted it in the wrong place.
Christmas time is many things. For me it is often a time of reflection. Looking back at the year, at how things have worked out. The things that have happen have led me to where I am, and what will the new year bring. I am so grateful for many things this year, I can’t say it’s all been an easy one, but my family and I have arrived at Christmas with food on the table and gifts to exchange. Hope your Christmas is all you want it to be.
I have no idea why Cyndi Lauper’s song ‘Manic Monday’, just popped into my head. Sunday isn’t really my ‘fun day’, although today I have been in the studio all day, which is usually fun. But there you go the workings of my noodle often take me by surprise. I was quite happy to find that someone has bought one of my small colleges that I had left at the Mill this week. Which is nice as I first thought someone had pinched it! Here is the Sunday catch up this week, not long left of this year’s task. I still must think what I can do next year. I am open to suggestions.
It was one of those days where warm layers were required today. After a brisk scraping of the windscreen my day began with a trip to the GP, routine tests, so not anything to worry about. However fasting blood tests are never easy, how is it that when you are not allowed anything to eat, all you want to do is eat? The studio was a little on the cool side today, I worked on my daily page and made progress with a project that has been a bit taxing. Made headway today though. Hurrah! Today’s page is in great contrast to yesterday’s encounter with the black ink, still the sewing machine, and not glue made an appearance. Back home to make some winter warming Leek and potato soup, just what was needed to warm us all up today. Hope you have managed to stay warm today whatever you have been up to.
Well it has been a wild few days in more ways than one here in the UK. I am in the studio today after a night of rain, sleet and snow. The winds still wild and more snow to come, I think. But then it is December, so it is often expected. The studio is cold, but it has been productive today. I have time to catch up with posts here which makes me happy. Some of my prints and collage work are in a group exhibition this week called Libertalia , it is at The Hive , Blackpool and is on until 15th Feb if you are able to make it to sunny Blackpool. I will be there myself on 19th and 21st of December if you want to pop along for a chat.
I hope you are all well, safe and warm. Please if you are not then reach out there are many around you who can and will help.
As I sit here with several layers of clothing, including a woolly hat and fingerless gloves, I wonder if I must be a bit bonkers. Because who in their right mind takes on a studio space in Lancashire in an old spinning mill in December? It is cold, but it is my first studio space since my MA, and it does feel like it is a good move. I love my space at home, but it was so easy to become distracted by all the other things I could be doing instead of what I should be doing. And I do miss the interaction with other humans that you just don’t get if you work from home 100%. So here I am, I must keep moving or my back gets cold. I pay extra for heating and lighting in my space, luckily the skylights allow wonderful light during the day. I wonder how hot it will be in the Summer. Oh well let’s not get ahead of myself, it’s only 10th December, I have to stay alive a few months before I need to worry about how hot the space will be in the Summer! And I am still getting used to the routine, so I have a few days of pages to catch up on. Thank you if you are still with me, it has been an odd year, and it almost seems like there should be another month as this year has spun past so fast I am sure we have missed a month somewhere along the way.
Oh, my what a busy month November was! Here I am catching up. And as if by magic we are in the last month of the year. I have moved into my new studio this month, only time will tell if it is a good move. But I think the time was right to make the move to be part of a group of artists again. Not quite sure if December is the time to take up a space in an old, stone, Lancashire Mill, but I am a Northern lass, so bring on the thermals and if I can make work now then the summer will be a breeze.
It’s the end of the month… oh no it isn’t ….Oh yes it is !
Sometimes it is hard to prioritise time, well it is for me. Especially since leaving full time work, each day is different. Trying to keep up to date with what’s happening each day can become exhausting. But it is so important, I hate being late and so I find myself constantly checking my calendar to make sure I have everything in. If anything gets missed being put into my diary it can lead to chaos. But it is more important than ever to remind other people I can’t always do things without notice. It can be frustrating sometimes when people think you can do things at short notice and don’t understand your already booked up. I think that is why sometimes I miss my daily post here; I often give myself the least time to get things done. I still find it hard to prioritise my work above being a mother and wife. I was really happy this week to go and see a lovely exhibition of some work made by Tina Dempsey at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery , Preston. I was lucky enough to work alongside Tina in 2018 , and I allowed her infectious colour and pattern to influence me in 20.11.19. Other pages this week have been influenced by the leftovers of other making happening in my workspace in preparation for my new studio move and open day on the 5th December at Higherford Mill. https://www.instagram.com/p/B4SkHXADvyz/
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