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Yup. Still here.

In Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Interesting things, Weaving on January 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm

I just forget how to write sometimes.

A lot of the time.

Well. The good news is that I didn’t fail last semester. The bad news is this week started with a talk containing the sentence ‘THIS IS YOUR LAST SEMESTER OF FREEDOM’. That was terrifying. (But true, this time next year… let’s not go there).

So. Stuff happened.

I spent one evening a week from September to December learning how to weave. I had to buy a loom because I loved it so much. And now I pretty much just…weave. (Conceptual weaving, it’s a thing now).

Before all that though… Otto.




The loom came in a very small box. For something that takes up most of a table, it’s a very small box. And even though it folds flat-ish it isn’t exactly small (it does however fit in the flat, there’s a gap between two bookshelves in the living room that is just the right size. Although we probably need to get a new bookshelf to go there).



It took days and days to build. Because me and instructions that are almost entirely pictures and no text is not a brilliant combination. BUT IT WORKS.




Although when I say it fits in the flat… it takes up the entirety of the coffee table and/or dining table.





It’s 16″ wide, so I am quite limited by size. Which I guess is good. Although I’m already going ‘oh the things I could do if I had a 24″ loom…” (blankets! that aren’t patchwork!). The length is less of an issue. The warping frame I had made up goes from about 1.5m to 3.5ishm.



I’ll save the rambling explanation for another time I think.



In Books, Edinburgh on June 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Again… mostly pictures. (It’s hot, I don’t like hot. I start melting).

I went back to where I walked north last year, except I didn’t walk this year (it was raining and horrid at the start of June). It was pretty much how I remembered it, which I wasn’t expecting for some reason. I sat on the wall and finished a book (The Falling Sky). No real reason I went back, other than I’d just finished The Old Man & the Sea and missed the sea. Good a reason as any I suppose.









did get back into the studio – last week or the week before. It’s odd that there’s no people (everywhere is so quiet), but nice. Desk made it back too, so I’m pretty much set until September when I’ll have to move to a different studio. But that’s okay. I was getting a bit stir crazy only being at home or in the shop, so it’s good to have a third place to wander to (and on my way in I could dog leg via a bookshop, which isn’t often because otherwise my bank account would be empty as an empty thing). Not that I’m actually doing much in the studio.

I started drawing colouring pages, based on diagrams from mathematical proofs. Well, one in particular so far. I was reading Sciencia. as you do, it’s basically GCSE/A level Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics squished into one book with a pretty cover. I’m not entirely sure why I bought it, probably something about patterns (oh yes, it’s from the same series as the book on harmongraphs I was reading). Anyway. The proof for he formula that says for polyhedrons faces (F) + vertices (V) – edges (E) = 2 is a series of lovely little cubes full of dots and lines that gradually get smaller and smaller.

(Ignore the fourth one on the top row, I forgot I was supposed to be removing lines).



I love graph paper far too much. Ehm. They make great colouring in pages anyway, I’ll probably do more soon-ish. I was going to say tomorrow, but we’re off to see the GSA show tomorrow. So probably not. Anyway, pretty patterns from pretty diagrams.







Also… I got a tent for the studio. Again, it seemed like a really great idea at one point. But then I sat in it and realised how insanely hot it is. Apart from that… I have somewhere to hide (there’s too much open space in here!) and it’s colourful and squares. Maybe I’ll keep it all year and not just for the summer. If the squares were squint it’d be perfect.



I’ve forgotten what else I was meant to be doing. Oh, Otto! So cute.



I left for five days and the teeny pepper I’d left growing on my windowsill became something actually resembling a pepper. And there’s more flowers! Maybe by August there’ll be peppers I can eat… It should be happy in the kitchen in the new flat (only a few weeks til we move, can’t wait) seeing as there’s a window (we don’t currently have one of those).



I don’t know what else… I started playing Minecraft (amazing, really. I just love destroying things, very cathartic, and dying my hundreds of sheep different colours). I didn’t know hand drawing maps of individual worlds was a thing, but apparently it is. I got quite excited about maps again, maybe more maps. A map would probably help, I have to leave trails of coloured carpet everywhere so I don’t get hopelessly lost again. I’m not really doing anything other than removing a large proportion of the trees (my sheep decided it’d be a great idea to live in the trees, I disagreed), I’ll get to the point eventually.

I finished Invisible Cities and Cloud Atlas (eventually), started The Name of the Rose (finally) and Foundation. Start of July I’m seeing Neil Gaiman (aaahhh should be AMAZING), and next Tuesday tickets go on sale for all the book festival events. Fingers crossed I’ll get at least some (there’s a lot I want to go to, George R. R. Martin, Haruki Murakami, Hans Ulrich Obrist…I could go on). I just need to read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle before August…

very pink wallpaper

In Leicester, Rambling on July 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

We’ll get the obligatory cat picture out of the way first.



Now… Highcross Project stuff that I’ve been neglecting. It’s…not really been planned too well, given that it’s all students and they’ve all left Leicester now because it’s summer. Except me, because I came back because it’s summer. We were meant to be clearing the space on Monday, I was the only one that turned up. Means I got a nice space at least, and nicked some things from the piles of crap left behind.




That wallpaper… I’ve been trying to find out why the hairdresser’s went into liquidation (and I’m not paying £4.99 + VAT for some dodgy looking website to provide me with all their financial records), so far nothing. But I did find where all the stylists went – maybe they want all the shite they left behind back. There’s some really odd things left behind, there’s a clothes horse and someone’s jumpers and stuff, absolutely hundreds of sachets of sugar and just crap in general. They must have moved out really quickly – or were ridiculously lazy or something – to have left so much behind. There’s a handful of heads (as in plastic ones, but some of them have been named – creepy) and probably two bin bags worth of hair dye and boxes and boxes of promotional leaflets and flyers and plastic bags.

I hope some other people appear from somewhere, because the space is huge and could be really nice to use as a studio. Heh. I’ve been drawing bits and pieces, and cut blocks for printing yesterday. Need cleaning up more before it’ll look less squint.



I think it’ll probably end up as a writing thing, the little space I’ve stuck my name on has a window looking out of the big window so I can people-watch without being too obvious. Or maybe a data collecting thing. Maybe being a little more deliberately anthropological-ish – more in a really observing people way, instead of not looking at them and just writing the stupid things they say. So maybe that’d be fieldwork, I don’t know. Don’t really want to use the wrong words when I’ve got no idea what I’m doing. But in an anthropology-moment I found this, which is looking for submissions. There’s a ‘creative response’ one, I’m not sure they’d appreciate me trying to pass myself off as an anthropologist. Theme is death & ressurection, and I was possibly going to look into the graveyard(s) they found near Highcross. Speaking of… St Nicholas parish church, which is by the main road kinda…five minutes away from the hairdresser’s. It was built on the site of a pagan temple, using largely Roman stone anyway.





In other excitement I made muffins. And I’m going to make summer pudding this evening (best. pudding. ever.). And two out of three volunteer-shop-things have rung me up so far, I’ve got one tomorrow and one next week to go in and say hi and whatever else. Possibly do both if they’ll have me.

Some shoes, some work and a cat

In Edinburgh College of Art, Rambling on October 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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I walk past these shoes quite a lot. They’ve been there for all three weeks that I’ve been about in the studios… It’s getting increasingly tempting to switch them with a different pair though…

There is some relevant stuff too… I did the work for the drawing class (which is tomorrow) yesterday, we had to draw from pictures of the still life stuff from last week. I can’t quite decide if I like it or not, so you get a small piece. Although I do like drawing with ink. I managed not to make a total mess of my flat too.

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I’ve put all of my drawing stuff into my drawing box, although it’s more of an ‘anything you could possibly ever need’ box. Easier than putting it all in my bag and trying to find it again anyway. I forgot to take anything to put water in last week, so I had to use a pencil sharpener… I’ve got a lot of collage-y things for tomorrow as well, I tend to collect bits of packaging/labels anyway.

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I’ve been making more diptychs, I might add them later, so I’m almost done with the city of mirrors project. I might need to go dicewalking once more if I don’t have enough. But I can do that tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning (Wednesday afternoon I have a Photoshop workshop, I think I know enough for what I use it for, which is not a lot, but could be interesting). I need to come up with a written statement about it too, but that shouldn’t be too bad (I write a lot, I don’t often run out of things to write!). It’ll be harder to come up with something to write for the self evaluation we have to do, although grading myself will probably be harder (there’s very specific things to grade and very general guidance notes for grading -agh!). That isn’t due until next week though… I should get a new project on Friday (for the sculpture rotation). I don’t know which’ll be the worst out of sculpture & painting…

Otto has a habit of lying on my work (somewhere on here there’s a picture of him on my history notes), even from hundreds of miles away he can manage it… I found my cat earrings too. I need to go do exciting things like making dinner… It sounds like someone’s been moving furniture in the flat above me all afternoon, but not moving it especially carefully (it disrupted my Grayson Perry documentary thing watching – he has pretty amazing hair)

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