Orla Kiely – Pattern Design

drawing patterns Orlad Kiely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsuGh7htnYs   You can see her draw her iconic Stem design if you have access to BBC i-Player in the UK, at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p068mj3m For everyone else, here it is:   Creative Takeaway "Ditsy-Tulip" runs a sewing vlog - here she wears an Orla Kiely fabric dress, and runs through a good range of books on …


Knit your own tinsel

Knit your own tinsel!?  No way?  Yes, way.  Arne and Carlos demonstrate, using the "i-cord" technique which stands for "idiot stitch".  The whole demo is unintentionally hilarious, as they share a house and knitting career together yet are very different personalities - and one of the biggest differences is that one of them loves glittery …

Art and Dementia

Dementia building

At Stirling University's Dementia Services Development Centre,  the Director is very positive about art being made and viewed by people with dementia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoQCV4ouAqI Professor June Andrews, believes that the illnesses' disinhibiting side effect serves to help people recover their childhood enjoyment of arts: singing, dancing, painting.  The centre often holds art exhibitions with a mixture …

7 actions for beginning writers

Previously posted but I enjoyed rereading it this morning. I doubt if any writer has ever complained of being encouraged too much. Do share with any writer or would-be-writer friends.

Comma And

I found myself writing this encouragement to a young writer approaching a course in Literature at University – but much of it is useful to any beginning writers:

1.  Believe that you are a writer already.

This is tough.  You think “But I haven’t had my first novel published!”  “But I haven’t sold my first filmscript…..” and the minute you say “I’m a writer” to other people, they will ask “So what have you sold?”  – which doesn’t help.

But being an artist and selling work don’t always flow together.

Van Gogh was a painter to his fingertips, worked hard all his life and only ever sold ONE painting, while alive.

2.  Because you are a writer, you can begin planning a writing career.

Think of what you want to have achieved in 5 years.

Aim for it.

Don’t just meekly do what will get you good marks in School…

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