Categories

I have a problem with categories. Basically, I’m just not very good at them. I find it difficult to choose tags for blog posts. I have too many sets on my Flickr account. I have too many email folders. I struggle with organising my filing cabinet. I desperately need to go through and rationalise all these things but it doesn’t come easily to me. In terms of organisation, this is obviously A Very Bad Thing. I constantly lose things and I sometimes avoid tidying up because I simply can’t decide where stuff should go. And then I end up with…

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Sunday Links

Hooray, I’ve cleared out my links folder. Of course, I still have another two to get through but at least one of the three is empty. ART Beautiful microscopic photographs of sand from scientist and artist, Dr. Gary Greenberg.

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Pretties

I’m in a photo mood this week. Here’s some luscious British flora that I took earlier today – not as shockingly vibrant as the Australian photos from yesterday but the colours are still very lovely. And maybe these will seem as beautifully exotic to my Australian readers as their flowers do to me. Herb Robert grows freely around here. There’s loads in my garden and it’s so pretty that I always feel guilty pulling it up but if I don’t, it takes over. Kirsty Hall: Herb Robert, May 2008 No idea what this is but the shape of the stems…

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Australia: Hot Colours

I woke this morning thinking of Australia and was inspired to put together another photo essay (you poor people are going to be seeing my holiday photos for months to come!) It’s been a little grey in Bristol over the last few days, so some hot tropical colour is just the thing to keep me dreaming of our own summer flowers still to come. Kirsty Hall: Australian Flower, March 2008 Kirsty Hall: Australian Flower, March 2008 Kirsty Hall: Australian Flower, March 2008 Kirsty Hall: Australian Flower, March 2008 Kirsty Hall: Australian Flower, March 2008 Kirsty Hall: Australian Flower, March 2008…

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The Slow Art Movement

I’m a fairly slow artist at the best of times: I like to potter, to muse, to drink lots of cups of tea and endlessly faff around. I generally only work in a very fast and focused way if I’ve got a deadline. I’ve always berated myself for this – feeling that I ought to be one of those artists who works for 10 hours every single day of my life, despite the fact that I’ve never been that sort of artist. Trying to be that person aggravates my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and then I end up crashing for weeks…

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Blog Tour: I’d Rather Be In The Studio!

Something a bit different today – my very first blog tour. Alyson B. Stanfield, author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion is here to promote her book. I recommend visiting the other stops on the blog tour, I read them all last week and it was fascinating to see everyone else’s questions. Read on to find out how you can win a free copy of her book, but first here’s our short interview: KH: Firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on the book, Alyson, I think it’s amazing and an incredibly valuable resource…

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Clifton Graffiti

Because it’s a posh area, there’s not much graffiti in Clifton but there is some and it’s often more quirky than the brightly-coloured tagging popular in other parts of Bristol. It’s a bit hard to decipher but the text reads “the way is in the heart” – yay, Zen graffiti! Kirsty Hall: Graffiti Heart, April 2008 Someone having fun juxtaposing a house shape with this very appropriate sign. Or perhaps it’s a warning, with the cross through the house indicating that they’re a bad agency to use? Kirsty Hall: Graffiti House, May 2008 These next two bits of graffiti have…

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In The Beginning

I’ve been working my way through Alyson B. Stanfield’s fantastic new book, I’d Rather Be In The Studio. Instead of reading the book from cover to cover, Stanfield encourages her readers to dive in and read and then act on the chapters that relate to where they are right now. The one that immediately leaped out at me was the chapter on writing an artist’s statement. I wrote my current statement in the final year of my degree – six years ago this summer! Sure, I’ve tweaked it a bit since then but when I put up my website last…

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Spike Island Highlights

I went along to the Spike Island Open on Friday evening. Unfortunately I wasn’t really in the mood, so I didn’t get as much out of it as I’d hoped. However, there were some artists who impressed me… Ceramicist Karen Welsh was showing an unsettling series of domestic porcelain featuring little doll hands and feet. I especially loved the tiny little milk jugs with a hand instead of a handle. Unfortunately the only photos I could find were tiny, so you’ll have to go to her website to look. I’ve been aware of Philippa Lawrence‘s work for a while now,…

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