Slow Blogging

I was recently talking to a friend and mentioned to her that I have not posted on my blog for ages.
It doesn’t bother me, and I hope it doesn’t bother you – but I am aware of it
She mentioned Slow Blogging, and there are two great articles about it
here and here.

 I am definitely loving the idea of ‘slow blogging’ .

I think that over the past year a new me has started to emerge and  I have been less concerned with documenting and more concerned with ‘doing’.
Documenting as an artist is a really important process for me, but it has definitely taken a bit of a back seat for the moment.

I will still continue to blog, and read my favourites when I can, but the urge to post has diminshed somewhat.

Anyone else feeling the same, I would love to know?

Have a Happy Easter!

I’ll be back shortly with some images of what I’ve been up to.

Thanks for stopping by…

I’ll leave you with this, my song of the moment by Haim .

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Have a lovely weekend everyone.
I’m off to watch Django tomorrow. Yee ha! x

The mayonnaise jar and the beer.

2012 – phew – that was INTENSE
2013 – I’m ready for you!

I was looking through some old recipes and torn out magazine cuttings today and came upon an anecdote that a friend had typed out and given to me.
It resonated massively for some reason today.

“A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.


He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly, and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed again that it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the rest of the space. He asked once more if the jar was full, and his students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two pint glasses of beer from under the table and poured the contents of both into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the grains of sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, children, health, friends and your favourite passions; things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, would still make your life full.”

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children, take time to get medical checkups, take your partner out to dinner and play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the leaky tap. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities, because the rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem to be, that there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.”


– Author Unknown




Wishing you all a happy 2013 x

Ho Ho Ho

I’ve used this picture before, sorry – it s a great picture and you know what they say if it ain’t broken…
My daft cat IN the Christmas tree, making mischief five minutes after I’ve decorated it.
This year she broke two of my favourite decorations ten minutes after the tree went up with her shenanigans.

Hope you have all had a wonderful day.

Merry Christmas xxx

20:20

On Friday I went to neoartists studios to pick up my box of prints from the 20:20 Print exchange which I have been involved in.
What started out in 2009 with just 10 members of Hot Bed Press and 10 members of Red Hot Press in Southampton, has grown to now involve 392 artists from 30 print workshops.
For me it has been a real learning curve, getting the editions to have some kind of consistency, but what a bonus for all my hard work to receive a box of one of my own prints plus 19 randomly selected prints from the other studios.

                                                           My prints ready to be sent off

                                                        A selection of the prints in my box

                            You can view all the prints here, mine is in the section with neoartists.

                                                                 ‘Be Bold and Amazing’

Friday night was the private view of the Hot Bed Press 20:20 print exchange, and I feel very privileged to have my work included within such a wonderful selection of work.
The exhibition will be touring the country.

I am not the social butterfly type, and I always consider myself to be slightly awkward in many social settings, so my initial thought was not to go.
However with a little encouragement from a friend (that would be you James), I went and was glad that I did because all the prints together look striking, and it was lovely to see some familiar faces there.

Think I need to be a bit more Bold and Amazing.

Two Fingers

Lots to write but no time at the moment.
Orders for America (woo hoo!), commissions and a job application to complete.

I shall leave you with this for the weekend, I’m not a big drinker, I don’t smoke, but love the premise of this song. Sometimes – you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do.

Have a good weekend.

This image contains my blood, sweat and tears

‘Rewind’

Metaphorically and almost literally.

I am learning the art of printmaking, from my amazing friend Denis at the studio.
He has crazily, put my name forward for a print exchange and exhibition (more about that some other time), so on Monday I made my first solar etching plate, from which I have to print up 25 prints!
I loved learning a new process.

 There are parts of the printing process that are very methodical and precise, difficult for wild, messy me to get my head around, but I did genuinely enjoy every bit:

  • choosing the image

  • Using a machine that’s like something from Dr. Who to solar etch the image onto the plate.

  • Inking the plate up. 

Putting my damp paper over the inked up plate then rolling it through the print rollers, then eagerly anticipating what my print will look like when I carefully peel it back from the plate  (THE most exciting bit)!

As for cutting my beautiful paper (all 25 sheets of them 20cms x 20cms), that didn’t go quite as well.
The Stanley knife needed a new blade, and as soon as it had been changed and I used it, I don’t quite now what happened, but I sliced into my finger… how stupid am I? Yes, I agree, VERY.
It was my left hand so all was not too bad. It caused a sleepless Monday night, a nauseous and nearly fainting earlyTuesday morning, and by late morning I was having it dressed by the lovliest of nurses, who informed me that I needed to have a tetanus. Joy.
This week has shown me: 
  1. That having a chest infection and pushing myself is not the best of ideas
  2. What amazing friends I have, one who actually had to wash my hand after having printed again on Wednesday because I couldn’t get my bandage wet and was struggling to get the oil based paint off my right hand., 
  3. That I need to slow down.
  4. How a lovely nurse can really put you at ease. 
  5. How much I take my hands for granted, and really shouldn’t, they are the tools of my trade.
  6. That I love learning new things and being challenged.

Going back to have it dressed again tomorrow. I look like ET. Wish mine would light up…
 Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Music Madness

My musical taste is eclectic to say the least.
Currently loving this

but also found this a couple of days ago by Melody Gardot. Love this video.

I would love to know your favourite songs of the moment, past or present?

Draw In Light

Love this Video from design company Draw in Light, who make exquisite hand silk screen printed clothes for women.
 It intrigues me watching how other people work.


Fallon & Draw In Light from drawinlight on Vimeo.

Have a good weekend x

On The Wall

 ‘Searching For Pokemon’,at The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe. What a beautiful gallery.

 ‘Line of Enquiry’ neoartists exhibition, Bolton. Three of my works were selected for this.

‘Tension’ (Detail), machine embroidery, painted cork, pins

‘Passages for Translation – One’, Machine Embroidery, old text book page.

 Two of my favourites by Denis Whiteside and Maggie Hargreaves

No feet up for me today, (come on… I don’t really sit there with my feet on the desk!!)
I started at the new school where I have my arts residency.
It will be an amazing opportunity for me.

I can’t believe that it’s two years ago that I submitted my work to the first neoartists exhibition and how nervous I felt. Since then I have had my work selected for ten exhibitions.
Writing things down has definitely helped me follow through with my plans.

With that in mind, I have just applied for work experience at the BBC, in the Education Department for CBBC.
A million to one chance of getting it, but at least I’ve tried.

Carpe Diem.