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 …
Laurel and Hardy demonstrate the dangers in door to door sales at Christmas
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 …
Tim Marlow, expressive art commentator, takes us through a 2017 exhibition of Henri Matisse's art. "....He distilled all this into an art which sang with colour, an art of sinuous line and form, simplifying almost to the point of abstraction." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRkdY8VQx1c
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 …
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.
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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Poets: if you manage to get a publisher to print your work in a pamphlet - how can you increase sales? (And also - how many sales can you expect, in which ways?) Poet Fiona Moore had a "moderately successful" pamphlet of her work printed by poetry published Happenstance - and noted how many copies …
Laura from Clutter Clarity is back on this blog - because she talks so much sense and life wisdom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCEo3OjU8rY "How will I ever find time to do everything on my list?" She says that if you feel that sense of "I don't know how I'll get enough time to deal with all that I …
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