Newsie Things & A Freebie

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Awesome sauce – I got a paid speaking gig. Apparently the University Of The Arts in London think I’m some kind of blogging expert. I tried to tell the nice lady on the phone that I wasn’t really but she said lots of lovely things about my articles page and how they were looking for an artist who blogs and I guess I qualify on the later.

Did I mention that the speaking gig is next week and I have to learn Powerpoint between now and next Thursday? And right after I said I was going to be taking things easy too – ha, the Universe does like its little jokes. But I’m certainly not complaining; it’ll be cool and this could be the start of an actual income stream for me. Fortunately I’m feeling significantly better I was than last week. I’ve been doing lots of pacing and listening to my body, so I should be fine.

The event is all booked up but they’re going to be taping it and putting it out as a podcast, I’ll let you know when that comes out.

Waiting For Seeds
Kirsty Hall: Waiting For Seeds, April 2009

Other cool things have been happening – without very much effort on my part, I might add. It’s slightly odd that I decided to stop pushing and just let things come to me and they promptly started doing exactly that.

I’ve started guest blogging over at the wonderful Make & Meaning blog. I was hugely flattered to be asked to be part of a venture that includes such incredible bloggers as Dudecraft; Craftypod; Kim Werker; Craftivism; Meet Me At Mike’s and Futuregirl. To begin with we’re going to be reposting some relevant posts from this blog but I’m planning to write some original content for them soon. Just as soon as I’ve got this speaking engagement out of the way!

I’ve also joined the brand new Third Tribe initiative, which I’m enjoying a lot. It’s the first time I’ve joined a subscription site like this but so far it’s definitely value for money as the calibre of bloggers involved is just awe-inspiring, plus you get monthly seminars and other exclusive content. It’s half price at the moment but the price goes up at 6 pm Central US Time today (that’s Friday 5th Feb) from $27 to $47 USD a month. If you join today, your subscription price will remain at the lower rate for as long as you’re a member, which is great because otherwise I couldn’t afford to do it.

Finally, for no particular reason that I could see, the lovely people at Vaynermedia sent me a second copy of Gary Vaynerchuk’s fantastic book, Crush It. I hope they meant to because I’m about to give it away! You can read my review of Crush It here.

If you’d like a chance to win this great little book, leave a comment on this post telling me what your passion is. I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday 10th February.

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

49 thoughts on “Newsie Things & A Freebie

  1. Hi Kristy!

    I know this will surprise you but my passion is…ART!!! Actually it’s a tie with spirituality!

    i love your comment about letting things come to you…that’s so true!

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  2. Hi Kristy!

    I know this will surprise you but my passion is…ART!!! Actually it’s a tie with spirituality!

    i love your comment about letting things come to you…that’s so true!

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  3. Hi Kristy!

    I know this will surprise you but my passion is…ART!!! Actually it’s a tie with spirituality!

    i love your comment about letting things come to you…that’s so true!

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  4. That is an interesting question to ponder. Right now my passion is to give freely, to live creatively, to love wholeheartedly and to find a way to exist without compromising any of this. I am just learning and have a long way to go! Passion is kind of an ongoing journey for me, it could be being totally overwhelmed by the beauty of nature or moments of intense happiness while making art. But making a difference in a good way to other people’s lives, such as inspiring them to make art and feel creative is exciting.

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  5. That is an interesting question to ponder. Right now my passion is to give freely, to live creatively, to love wholeheartedly and to find a way to exist without compromising any of this. I am just learning and have a long way to go! Passion is kind of an ongoing journey for me, it could be being totally overwhelmed by the beauty of nature or moments of intense happiness while making art. But making a difference in a good way to other people’s lives, such as inspiring them to make art and feel creative is exciting.

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  6. That is an interesting question to ponder. Right now my passion is to give freely, to live creatively, to love wholeheartedly and to find a way to exist without compromising any of this. I am just learning and have a long way to go! Passion is kind of an ongoing journey for me, it could be being totally overwhelmed by the beauty of nature or moments of intense happiness while making art. But making a difference in a good way to other people’s lives, such as inspiring them to make art and feel creative is exciting.

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  7. Woo speaking! best of luck on that and on learning the fickle mistress that is powerpoint!

    And I've heard some great things about Crush It (not just from you). Sounds like a damn good book!

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    It is, Robin, I enjoyed it immensely and got a lot of ideas from it.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    It is, Robin, I enjoyed it immensely and got a lot of ideas from it.

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  8. Woo speaking! best of luck on that and on learning the fickle mistress that is powerpoint!

    And I've heard some great things about Crush It (not just from you). Sounds like a damn good book!

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    kirstymhall Reply:

    It is, Robin, I enjoyed it immensely and got a lot of ideas from it.

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  9. Congratulations on the speaking gig! We had a visiting artist at my college last week and she graciously shared her work with my students, what was most indelible in their brains however was when she told them that she didn't make any money directly from her work… poor little creatures were gobsmacked! (She is a video installation/mixed media artist, collete copeland).
    I'm glad that your energy seems to be turning a corner, and if i was not so far away I would help with the whole powerpoint thing! (i had to learn to lecture myself).
    As to passions, text text text, always words, and things carved up with a knife, like lace, and beautiful bindings that unfurl like a promise, and a few surprises hidden inside.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    What beautiful passions to have, Deb. You made me laugh with your description of gobsmacked art students. I think I might have stunned a few last night when I tried to get them to understand that if they aren't showing up in Google, they're invisible and that they have to CONSTANTLY do their promotion.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    What beautiful passions to have, Deb. You made me laugh with your description of gobsmacked art students. I think I might have stunned a few last night when I tried to get them to understand that if they aren't showing up in Google, they're invisible and that they have to CONSTANTLY do their promotion.

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  10. Congratulations on the speaking gig! We had a visiting artist at my college last week and she graciously shared her work with my students, what was most indelible in their brains however was when she told them that she didn't make any money directly from her work… poor little creatures were gobsmacked! (She is a video installation/mixed media artist, collete copeland).
    I'm glad that your energy seems to be turning a corner, and if i was not so far away I would help with the whole powerpoint thing! (i had to learn to lecture myself).
    As to passions, text text text, always words, and things carved up with a knife, like lace, and beautiful bindings that unfurl like a promise, and a few surprises hidden inside.

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  11. Congratulations on the speaking gig! We had a visiting artist at my college last week and she graciously shared her work with my students, what was most indelible in their brains however was when she told them that she didn't make any money directly from her work… poor little creatures were gobsmacked! (She is a video installation/mixed media artist, collete copeland).
    I'm glad that your energy seems to be turning a corner, and if i was not so far away I would help with the whole powerpoint thing! (i had to learn to lecture myself).
    As to passions, text text text, always words, and things carved up with a knife, like lace, and beautiful bindings that unfurl like a promise, and a few surprises hidden inside.

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    kirstymhall Reply:

    What beautiful passions to have, Deb. You made me laugh with your description of gobsmacked art students. I think I might have stunned a few last night when I tried to get them to understand that if they aren't showing up in Google, they're invisible and that they have to CONSTANTLY do their promotion.

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  12. Ooohhh – what ARE my passions? I've been following you on Twitter for a while now, but I am NOT going to say twitter – that's just too geeky!

    What I'm really passionate about is making stuff. All kinds of stuff. It's actually more of a compulsion – I can't NOT make things! But it is definitely what I love to do,

    Congrats on the speaking engagement – can't wait to hear the podcast!

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Truth be told, I'm pretty passionate about Twitter myself, Susan. I honestly and genuinely LOVE the internet. I think that those of us who are makers just can't help ourselves, I'm the sort of person who will start tearing up and curling up the corners of a piece of paper if I don't have anything else to play with.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Truth be told, I'm pretty passionate about Twitter myself, Susan. I honestly and genuinely LOVE the internet. I think that those of us who are makers just can't help ourselves, I'm the sort of person who will start tearing up and curling up the corners of a piece of paper if I don't have anything else to play with.

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  13. Ooohhh – what ARE my passions? I've been following you on Twitter for a while now, but I am NOT going to say twitter – that's just too geeky!

    What I'm really passionate about is making stuff. All kinds of stuff. It's actually more of a compulsion – I can't NOT make things! But it is definitely what I love to do,

    Congrats on the speaking engagement – can't wait to hear the podcast!

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  14. Ooohhh – what ARE my passions? I've been following you on Twitter for a while now, but I am NOT going to say twitter – that's just too geeky!

    What I'm really passionate about is making stuff. All kinds of stuff. It's actually more of a compulsion – I can't NOT make things! But it is definitely what I love to do,

    Congrats on the speaking engagement – can't wait to hear the podcast!

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    kirstymhall Reply:

    Truth be told, I'm pretty passionate about Twitter myself, Susan. I honestly and genuinely LOVE the internet. I think that those of us who are makers just can't help ourselves, I'm the sort of person who will start tearing up and curling up the corners of a piece of paper if I don't have anything else to play with.

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  15. That speaking-gig-thing sounds both slightly distressing and quite great, so congratulations and good luck for the powerpoint part!

    I feel a little rude commenting for the first time when a giveaway is at hand… But still, here I am, telling you that I'm passionate about making something of what I see (or hear) around me. Taking pictures, making pictures, creating colorful jewels after seeing a pinwheel turning in the wind, and so on. Not a very original passion to talk about on your blog, I guess :).

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  16. That speaking-gig-thing sounds both slightly distressing and quite great, so congratulations and good luck for the powerpoint part!

    I feel a little rude commenting for the first time when a giveaway is at hand… But still, here I am, telling you that I'm passionate about making something of what I see (or hear) around me. Taking pictures, making pictures, creating colorful jewels after seeing a pinwheel turning in the wind, and so on. Not a very original passion to talk about on your blog, I guess :).

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    I'm thrilled that you replied, Adélie – part of the reason that I do occasional giveaways is so that lurkers feel encouraged to comment.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    I'm thrilled that you replied, Adélie – part of the reason that I do occasional giveaways is so that lurkers feel encouraged to comment.

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  17. That speaking-gig-thing sounds both slightly distressing and quite great, so congratulations and good luck for the powerpoint part!

    I feel a little rude commenting for the first time when a giveaway is at hand… But still, here I am, telling you that I'm passionate about making something of what I see (or hear) around me. Taking pictures, making pictures, creating colorful jewels after seeing a pinwheel turning in the wind, and so on. Not a very original passion to talk about on your blog, I guess :).

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    kirstymhall Reply:

    I'm thrilled that you replied, Adélie – part of the reason that I do occasional giveaways is so that lurkers feel encouraged to comment.

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  18. i'm just now delving into wordpress and learning a bit more about how to use social media more effectively. i've had a typepad blog for years, but it seems time to take more control of what i put out into the world. i think a book like this would be amazingly helpful. i really liked your review.

    my passion is art. i make handbound books with 14th century bindings and polymer clay covers. i sell them on etsy now, but have done the art fair route in the past. as an extension of bookbinding, i'm passionate about journaling. my books are full of writing, painting and mixed media. during the winter, when i don't venture much into my unheated studio, i knit like mad. it's all part of the creative cycle.

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  19. i'm just now delving into wordpress and learning a bit more about how to use social media more effectively. i've had a typepad blog for years, but it seems time to take more control of what i put out into the world. i think a book like this would be amazingly helpful. i really liked your review.

    my passion is art. i make handbound books with 14th century bindings and polymer clay covers. i sell them on etsy now, but have done the art fair route in the past. as an extension of bookbinding, i'm passionate about journaling. my books are full of writing, painting and mixed media. during the winter, when i don't venture much into my unheated studio, i knit like mad. it's all part of the creative cycle.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Ah, I'm a keen knitter too, @gnewfry, I love it.

    Yes, I have reservations about Typepad because they seem to remove a lot of the blogger's individual control and apparently they make it hard to export your blog elsewhere, which is Not OK.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Ah, I'm a keen knitter too, @gnewfry, I love it.

    Yes, I have reservations about Typepad because they seem to remove a lot of the blogger's individual control and apparently they make it hard to export your blog elsewhere, which is Not OK.

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  20. i'm just now delving into wordpress and learning a bit more about how to use social media more effectively. i've had a typepad blog for years, but it seems time to take more control of what i put out into the world. i think a book like this would be amazingly helpful. i really liked your review.

    my passion is art. i make handbound books with 14th century bindings and polymer clay covers. i sell them on etsy now, but have done the art fair route in the past. as an extension of bookbinding, i'm passionate about journaling. my books are full of writing, painting and mixed media. during the winter, when i don't venture much into my unheated studio, i knit like mad. it's all part of the creative cycle.

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    kirstymhall Reply:

    Ah, I'm a keen knitter too, @gnewfry, I love it.

    Yes, I have reservations about Typepad because they seem to remove a lot of the blogger's individual control and apparently they make it hard to export your blog elsewhere, which is Not OK.

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  21. (Thank Sister Diane for sending me to you)

    Best of luck speaking, how exciting!

    My passion? Well, you might say that my passion is figuring out what my true passion is. I love exploring and trying new techniques, whether it is cooking, painting, beading, or reading, I just can't get enough. My dream would be to find a way to meld all of it together and be able to pay the bills at the same time. (I am really passionate about keeping the lights on and the dogs fed)

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Congrats, @MurphyGraceHome, you’ve won the book!

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Congrats, @MurphyGraceHome, you’ve won the book!

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  22. (Thank Sister Diane for sending me to you)

    Best of luck speaking, how exciting!

    My passion? Well, you might say that my passion is figuring out what my true passion is. I love exploring and trying new techniques, whether it is cooking, painting, beading, or reading, I just can't get enough. My dream would be to find a way to meld all of it together and be able to pay the bills at the same time. (I am really passionate about keeping the lights on and the dogs fed)

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  23. (Thank Sister Diane for sending me to you)

    Best of luck speaking, how exciting!

    My passion? Well, you might say that my passion is figuring out what my true passion is. I love exploring and trying new techniques, whether it is cooking, painting, beading, or reading, I just can't get enough. My dream would be to find a way to meld all of it together and be able to pay the bills at the same time. (I am really passionate about keeping the lights on and the dogs fed)

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    Kirsty Reply:

    Congrats, @MurphyGraceHome, you’ve won the book!

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  24. can I comment on here?
    I just saw a documentary on drugs and the cat scan of a person on drugs, and they found that those who just thought about drugs got the same pleasure stimulus that those who were high, so they concluded that it is the lifestyle and not the drug that are addicting.

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