Stitching as meditation

This conversation about stitching is itself slow, meditative and pondering, titled “Thinking Stitch” by Brenda Miller. In the conversation, the two women sewing discuss early memories of a mother sewing practical clothes, rhythms of machine and handsewing, practicing the craft as a meditative way of slowing down, and the importance of finding that creative timeContinue reading “Stitching as meditation”

Gee’s Bend Quilts as flags

I have a large-size book of visual inspiration called “Gee’s Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt”.  Every now and then, I feel the need to look through it again – at pictures of the giant, off-centre, off-everything, bold modern geometric shapes.  Made quietly by poor women in Alabama, mostly to keep their family warm –Continue reading “Gee’s Bend Quilts as flags”

Video Art: Humanity and people – Michal Rovner

“Art is a very high level of communication – but before that, we do have a responsibility – we do have to remember” Michal Rovner Her work looks like a screen of writing but then as you look closer, you realise it is rows of people walking – and this is not animation, it isContinue reading “Video Art: Humanity and people – Michal Rovner”

Caravaggio brought to life

The paintings of Renaissance painter are brought to life in this videoed performance of tableaux vivants: acting, sculpture and painting together. For me, this is a giant confirmation of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s comments in his lecture (in Edinburgh 2018) that Caravaggio was so immersed in sculpture, that he painted lifelike depictions of real bodies in realContinue reading “Caravaggio brought to life”

Glass half full?

In a canyon, in a cavern, with a Kenyon, Cindertalk plays his water glasses, “Spero”. Recording Notes The uploader of the video wrote of the recording, on Youtube: “We should have known Jonny had a good system for transporting his wine glasses. They were secure, affixed to a custom case. At airports he checks themContinue reading “Glass half full?”

Do artists change how we look at life?

Eugene Peterson, spiritual thinker and writer, gives one interesting example of how an artist changed what he saw, in one part of his life.   Television vs Homemade vs Fine Art This short clip made me wonder about his comment that artists help us see afresh by us actively seeking them, whereas television presents andContinue reading “Do artists change how we look at life?”

Decluttering gently and naturally

The Internet is itself cluttered with Professional Declutterers –  with videos of fiercely energetic bright-eyed professional Organisers who produce rigid programmes of Decluttering which suit their own list-driven, cool and emotionless Purges.  They are usually shown on video solo, in their strictly minimalist homes (with the emphasis on ‘list’) and have barely concealed contempt and pityContinue reading “Decluttering gently and naturally”

Cecil Collins: painting angels and fools

Cecil Collins combines sombre, serious tones of voice and paint with beautiful and occasionally joyful images and words, in this rather melancholic but thoughtful documentary “One pair of eyes”.  In particular, he paints angels. “What my painting really is: a response to the miracle, wonder and the mystery of life” This documentary is fascinating toContinue reading “Cecil Collins: painting angels and fools”

Review (Edinburgh): Andrew Graham-Dixon and Rembrandt 2018-9-24

Tonight, I got to listen to a lecture on Rembrandt, by one of my art heroes, Andrew Graham-Dixon (lecturer and TV presenter).  This was part of the celebration of NADFAS’ 50 years and also a spectacular Rembrandt lecture at the RSA, Edinburgh. I’m not particularly a fan of Rembrandt, but I do find the lecturer’sContinue reading “Review (Edinburgh): Andrew Graham-Dixon and Rembrandt 2018-9-24”