Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Spray It Don't Say It

 I recently watched 'Exit Through the Gift Shop', and my granddad bought me Banksy's 'Wall and Piece for Christmas', street art is something I have had a keen interest in for a few years now, I've photographed work on the walls of various cities including Prague, and more typically, Bristol. I'd made a couple of stencils in the past, but thought I'd get back into it so picked up a spray can and whacked out the Stanley knife to give it another bash.
 I decided to go for a bit of an 80s goth theme by stencilling Robert Smith and Ian McCulloch;



  The Robert Smith one was pretty tiny, I just sprayed it onto some woo chip to test it out. The one of McCulloch there is one I enlarged for a canvas I did mom as one of her Christmas presents; she loves the Bunnymen, especially Ian, so she was pretty chuffed and it's going on the wall.

Done another canvas very recently as a present for my boyfriend, Matt, as part of his Valentines present;


It's a young Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones! This one was quite fiddly to cut out, but it actually turned out much better than I was expecting :)

And while we are on the topic of spraying, I recently made a documentary with Matt about his friend Romeo Bosna, who is very passionate about street art, and although he is not an artist himself he has a lot to say about it, which will be a big part of his magazine very soon;

Like Magic

More Gigs!

 This is a late post about the last two gigs I went to, and it's not a review this time but I gotta write about them of course. I went to see Adam Ant again on a bit of a whim in November; I'd literally just got back from filming my documentary in Bristol and just made it home on time on the coach to be able to buy a ticket on the door. It was just as cool as before, and I managed to get a little closer this time too :) Got some photos, and videos too this time, which I will post on here as soon as I can.


 More recently I went to see 100 Monkeys- also whim like...I just got a call a few days before the gig for an invite to go with my sort of step sis and her friends. Jackson Rathbone plays in the band and I'd been a fan of his, as an actor, since I was about 17; so I thought it would be one of those opportunities I'd be stupid to miss.
 The band were really good, and different for once, I'd not heard them before, and each member is talented enough to play very well on each instrument so they swapped over a lot. I was the oldest in the group I went in, and was useful as a 'guardian' of sorts, but I still let myself have a good time by frequenting the bar for almost the whole show and attaining cherry skinned cigarettes from foreign strangers.


  It was Jackson's birthday, and at the end of the gig he came back on stage to say that there would be a signing- so glad I went :D Got to meet an influential idol. It was great getting to meet him and the other musicians there that night, they were all really cool. They signed my ticket and I asked Jackson for a handshake, so I'm pretty chuffed with that :)



More recently, Echo & the Bunnymen again, at the Assembly. I went with mom and her new bo. Here is a video;

The Killing Moon, live

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Return of the Bookworm Bug!


 So I've been bitten by the bug again, I'm ill I know but I refuse help while I fuel my addiction. This is the current reading pile, a few I started a while ago but put on the back burner while I've been busy, (Sherlock Holmes, and stories by Gaimen etc).
 I've nearly finished the Catcher in the Rye, which I got for Christmas from my boyfriend, and I am beyond eager to start on Poe. I have read a bit of Angela Carter's selection of fairy tales, and asked for her Bloody Chamber which I also got for Christmas, and I've read a little of Blake.
 I started reading Nineteen Eighty-Four years ago when I was in sixth form but the book was just lying about and I wasn't in the stealing mood that day so never finished it.
 But jinkies- am I eager to get through this lot :D

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  So, Christmas has been and gone and we find ourselves at the start of a new year once again; although me and mom pretty much took September to be our own new year as it was full of the fresh starts we needed and have both been blessed with luck since :) I've had a fairly family orientated Christmas Holiday, but it's been really nice.

 Not the most thrilling way to start a post about the Christmas holidays, but if you read my blogs you will know I quite like my DIY; which is why I'm taking the opportunity to say- hey look- I put together this flatpack bed side table from Ikea in a matter of minutes and I looove it! It takes me back to my childhood because I had this lovely one very similar to it, (not flat pack), but it just went missing. Great to have a little more storage space; especially with all my books. That's my little Roberts retro radio on top there too. Bootiful.
  A sweet little photo of my friends from home and I out for a meal to celebrate the Christmas Holidays. That's me looking all snazzy in the pinky-red dress and lace mask. The soup...was souper...no lie. Sweet potato, coconut and corriander. MUST find a recipe.


Home made mince pies I made with mom :)

 Mom and I out for a meal with both my brothers. Was nice to get dressed up again, oooh and they had fur throws on the chairs- now that I like. The starter and dessert were great- button mushrooms in the creamy sauce with croutons, and bannofee slice, yum!
                                         My hoard of presents from Christmas Day at mom's
                                                    and Boxing Day at dad's- SPOILT! :D



     Finally...Maisie in a box; I have the feeling Christmas could be her favourite time of year :3



                                                     Oh and happy 2012 everyone! :)

Term 1 Films

Boring blog title I know- but here are the two films I made during my first term at my new university!

'Meanwhile In Paris', a music video which I produced, also did the location scouting, story boards and have a little cameo role in there ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2svEDBLJvj4&list=UUzJombDvq7gi-HakvplUQ9w&index=1&feature=plcp

'Go With the Flow'- a five minute documentary I directed and co-edited, which is about the 'flow arts'; (hoop, poi, staff, breathing...and fire of course!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ga2aYuGj1Q&list=UUzJombDvq7gi-HakvplUQ9w&index=2&feature=plcp

It was so much fun making both of these, have worked with and met some fantastic people locally and further a-foot. Both films went pretty smoothly, but there are always things that occur which mean you have to change your plan slightly- sometimes for the best; e.g. It just so happened to be World Hoop Day one of the weekends around when we were filming the doc, and there was an event in Bristol we got to go to called 'Swoop' which was really exciting to see, we even had a little go ourselves at the end :D

Here's a few photos from behind the scenes;