Sunday, 24 November 2013

Ignacio Torres

Check out this photographer, Ignacio Torres, (be sure to search for the photographer, as there is a body builder of the same name!). His project 'Stellar' is fantastic, and takes the idea that when you get down to it we are all made up of star dust :) Cosmic creativeness here.

http://ignacio-torres.com/projects/stellar/




Saturday, 12 October 2013

Getting Arty





  I come from a family of artists and so growing up I was constantly covered in colours from paints and dyes and I've been rediscovering these crafts this week due to my new job at as an art teaching assistant and a friend's African themed dinner party. It's been great and I will be sure to be doing more similar projects in the foreseeable future along with my usual crafts. Here's the goodies from this week!


Tie Dye

A good friend of mine held an African dinner party this week as she had recently got back from staying there a while. The food was brilliant, but my favourite part was the main feature of the night; Tie Dying! I'd come prepared with a double bed set, 4 t-shirts (one for me, two for Matt and one for my youngest brother), plus enough socks to go around the guests.
 We'd also done tie dye with the kids at work this week during our fashion and textiles class which went down really well and they made some great stuff. I love how with a project like this it's not just the items changing colour, but the whole event seems to make everyone feel good.
 At the dinner party it got extremely messy, we had leakages, confusion, and some mild nudity. On reflection I would advice to leave the drinking until after the tie dye.




Marbling

 Another one that we did at work with the kids this week. This is another project good for getting a small group of people involved, and also great for experimenting with colours.
 We used marbling dye and blotting paper but it would be great to try using different papers or adding glitter.
 One thing we tried was drawing simple shapes with sticky tape, then peeling it off once the dye had dried as you can see here with the crucifix.
 I'm really loving combinations of blue, pink, purple and green at the moment.









Stickers

I found a cool D.I.Y sticker idea on Rookie and thought I'd give it a go myself, as I might do this with the kids at work. It's so easy and really addictive!

1. Cut out pictures from a magazine or posters that you want as a sticker.

2. Get sticky tape and cut it into strips to cover the image, run your finger or something blunt over it to make sure the ink from the picture sticks, being careful not to let the tape stick to anything too much.

3. Run this under a warm tap until you feel the paper absorbing the water.


4. Rub the damp paper so that it peels away, leaving the ink from the image on the tape.

5. The tape will regain its stickiness as it begins to dry. Cut around the image on the tape, but leaving about half a centimetre of tape without ink on around it, as this is the stickier part.

6. Decorate your life with stickers of the things you love!









Thursday, 10 October 2013

Featured Artist: Matt Burns

With the release of his first solo album, I took the opportunity to interview Matt, (musician, filmmaker and also happens to be my boyfriend), to find out a little more about his music.




Tell me a bit about yourself.

I am a singer/song writer from Belfast. I have been writing music and lyrics since I was a teenager, some of them become songs, some get thrown away. When I was a bit younger I played in a three piece rock band known as Vague Dazy. Some of the songs on my first album came from the days of jamming with that band. I think with music I get the most enjoyment from trying out and experimenting with stuff in a collaborative situation. I have also recently started up as a free lance filmmaker. I directed my first short film earlier this year.

How would you describe your music?

I find it hard to put a label on the music I do. It's been described in the past as Psychedelic Folk which I am happy to stick with. I like to think my music is dream-like and thought provoking. Most importantly I think its relaxing to listen to.

How long have you been a musician?

I've been a musician for ten years, but I've only really seen myself as a solo musician for two years.

What or who inspires your music?

I'm inspired by music, and often by things that I read when trying to think up lyrics. I take inspiration from Elliott Smith in the way that I record vocals, double tracking the vocals to build up layers of harmony. I love listening to reggae, folk, rock and hip hop.



Tell me a bit about Vague Dazy.

Vague Dazy had quite an aggressive sound; it was very firey but at the same time was quite melodic. Whenever we played a gig the songs came out noisy and violent, but when we recorded them they were soft and gentle. It was a really cheap source of fun.

What has been your favourite moment as a musician?

Playing in the Rotterdam bar in Belfast. It was the sort of place where a lot of like minded people would go. People went to listen to good rock music, and were all friends. It was a really fun time to be in a band.

What is your most recent project?

My debut solo album which was released 7 October 2013. I've got some friends that I want to work with in taking a new musical direction which is what I will hopefully work on next.

Where do you hope to go with your music?

When I first started making music I thought it would be great if someone liked one of my songs. Just to make an audience feel good or feel happy is my aim. So it is has been really rewarding to get a warm response from people who have listened to my recent work. I want to always make time for making music, it makes me happy.



For more information or to purchase the album please follow the links below;

Kiss the World Album:
http://mattburns.bandcamp.com/album/kiss-the-world

Find Matt Burns Music Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/mattburnsmusic?fref=ts




Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Featured Artist: Potato Mou.se



Tell me a bit about yourself.

Lyndz: I’m Lyndsay Hooper and I’m the designer of Potato Mou.se. I did a lot of design work at university, and spend my spare time hooping.

Josh: I’m Josh Stevens and I’m the developer at Potato Mou.se. I have a background in computer nerdery, and I write a lot of code for the websites.

What is Potato Mou.se?


Josh: We are a web design and development company and we specialise in creating responsive websites for small up and coming business. So the idea being we create the same sort of quality for businesses as you would get for a big company, so these days it’s getting more and more prominent to have a website that works on a desktop, a tablet and a phone, but we want to make it accessible to everyone to have that without any extra costs.

Why did you create the business?



Josh: I think we would fairly often come to each other for advice in our own specialist areas, I would go to Lyndz for design, she would come to me for code, it made sense to put our heads together .

Lyndz: As well, after university I sort of couldn’t see a job, if you look for design jobs now it’s difficult to find a job that seems suitable because all the applications say you need to know six or seven, sometimes even ten different creative programs and it’s quite off putting to jump straight into that environment and quite intimidating. We were getting asked quite to do websites , and I wouldn’t have been able to design and code, it just made sense to work with each other.

Josh: We’ve obviously got our specialist areas, and we can probably do 10-20% of the other person’s job, but not to the same standard.

Lyndz: It speeds the process up quite considerably.



What is it that draws you to this sort of business?

Lyndz: It’s a mix of things I think-

Josh: There’s a lot of bad design around.

Lyndz: Yes, (laughs) bad code yeah.

Josh: There’s a lot of new technology around and a lot of people don’t seem to understand the benefits of using this new technology.

Lyndz: It’s something that’s growing, I mean more and more businesses are going online, it’s a first port of call, for example with my dad, he says he’s seen a massive increase in his class because they’ve come through the website. It is
a business card. It’s not “Oh, have you got a contact number?”, it’s “have you got a website?”. As Josh said, there’s so much bad design out there, it’s infuriating. (laughs) And there’s such sloppy code on websites as well, it’s nice to have a bit of a change. The customer interaction as well is quite nice to help people realise what they want and how they want to project their business.

How did you come up with the name, ‘Potato Mou.se’?


Josh: We were trying to be quite clever, by incorporating the end part of the URL. So where you have ‘.com’ or ‘.co.uk’, we wanted to have something that would incorporate the business name as part of the website name. So because I was based in Sweden, we thought we could use something with either ‘.se’ or ‘.us’ or something like that, maybe a Swedish word. Originally we came up with the name of what I thought was ‘Mashed Potato’ in Swedish, which was ‘Potatis Mus’…errr which my girlfriend who is Swedish then told me meant ‘Potato Mouse’, but then we decided that that would be more of a fitting name.

Lyndz: It’s a bit more memorable as well.





What has the business brought you so far, and where has it taken you?

Lyndz: It’s a learning curve every day, so, how to use different programs, so within Photoshop I’ve taught myself a lot more, things about web design that I thought I knew, design processes.

Josh: I think that a lot of the stuff that I picked up from university, the majority of it doesn’t have much use in the real world. I mean we can apply some things. I studied computer science and there were all sorts of methodologies, ways of creating things, well that’s great but we haven’t put any of those into practice and I can’t think that we’d ever need to put those into practice. But on the flipside if I didn’t have a basic understanding of some of these tools I wouldn’t have been able to learn more about them and find why they’re good or why they’re bad.

Lyndz: I think it’s a working process as well. University has taught you to work within a set time period. At uni for us it was like 12 weeks for a project, this latest project with Potato Mouse we have to punch out in 2 or 3 weeks, which is a much shorter timescale. You sort of jump into the ‘business realm’ and it’s quite scary, like this morning we’ve been trying to sort out accounts and stuff, and how we are going to pay ourselves. It’s really
scary! But when you get to grips with it it’s like, “Oh my God, this is amazing! I’m doing it for myself.” It’s very liberating.

Josh: We sort of think that we’re doing our own specialised areas and this is going to be fantastic, then you have to think of oh, how are we going to get paid, how are we going to do tax?

Lyndz: There’s so much that you don’t think about in the beginning but it’s good, and I’m glad I’m doing it.

Are there any other projects that tie in with it?


Lyndz: Not so much, we’re trying to make this our main job really, we both do stuff on the side.

Josh: I think we’re both nerds in our own right, I mean personally for me my interest is computery and nerdy things so things I pick up from here and there come into-

Lyndz: he’s always got like a link to a new app or a program or something really cool that’s code based.

Josh: Yeah I mean, everything that is new and up and coming and I’m like “I wana use this”; but it’s waiting for the opportunity to use it.





Where do you hope to go with Potato Mou.se in the future?


Lyndz: AS BIG AS FACEBOOK. (Laughs) I said that the other day and was like “Oh God.” An office in Sweden and an office in London would be nice, with several employees.

Josh: I don’t think it’d be good to be a huge business, we’re obviously developing for quite a small market aren’t we, people with small businesses multi-medium, it’s not quite the same as developing software that’s used day to day; but we would like to be a name that is recognised, at least in some areas.

Lyndz: I’d like to be able to live off it, I’d like to go to work everyday and do this.

How did you meet and come up with the idea together?


Lyndz: We met on Facebook a long time ago, because there was an argument going on about Mac and PCs; and I think we both agreed that Mac was the superior machine. (Laughs) I’ve constantly badgered you on advice for coding, because I was trying to make my own websites. People locally were asking me to make websites and I was like “No.” because it took me like 6 months to code one website. Josh was like “Where are all these people coming from?!” (Laughs) So we decided to work together, and after Blockbusters went under it made sense and I had time.

Any unusual facts about yourselves?

Lyndz: I can touch my elbows together…party trick.

Josh: I’ve lived in three countries in the last two years and speak three languages.




And of course Potato Mou.se have their own brilliant website at the following address:

http://www.potatomou.se/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PotatoMouseFlynn?fref=ts

Friday, 30 August 2013

Last Four: August

 So this was supposed to be a Last Four Post...but it is actually more like a Last Lot, as I have somewhat treated myself a little more this month. This is due to two reasons; 1. It's my birthday next month and I have asked my mom for money so that I could buy what I want  for myself, (e.g. clothes that I love for cheap on eBay), and 2. I've lost some weight; which means I'm feeling much better about myself, and I wouldn't mind wearing some new clothes to emphasise that :)
 Usually I get all my stuff as cheap as I can find them, off eBay or charity shops, but a couple of these things were from shops. So here they all are;


1. Smiley necklace; from Fresh Garbage in Belfast. This was £2 or £3. I used to have one identical to it years ago, which disappeared. It's weird how much stuff that I used to have that I seem to be buying again!
2. Sun necklace; from eBay. I think this was about £1 or £2, I just love the colours in the glass in the middle, and anything celestial I love.
3. Pressed flowers necklace and ring; from eBay. I think it was £3.20 or so for them together, which for pressed flower jewellery is dirt cheap. I've wanted a necklace and ring like this for ages. (The ring looks black here, but it is more like the necklace when there is more light on it).


4. Topshop Ladybird Short Onesie; from eBay. This is probably the best thing I have bought all year. I've wanted one for ages, as when I first saw one they'd actually just gone out of stock in all the stores, so I had a saved search for this product on my eBay app, (so worth having). It finally came up in a medium and I bagged this delight for £9. It's super comfy, cute and my boyfriend loves it too :)


5. The Perfect Leather Jacket; from H&M. This was £29.99, but I have been after the perfect leather jacket for ages, and this one really fits the bill, so totally justified. I also got this in Belfast.


6. Black Velvet Top; from a car boot sale. 50p! 50 bloody p! Who could say no? And it looks adorable with dungarees. Bargain. Will definitely be returning to this car boot more often.


7. Black Leather Boots; from eBay. £4. The more I look at these and wear them, the more I love them. I know they are such a typical and commonly found boot type, particularly in the 90s and early 2000s, but I can see why now- they are so comfy! For heels especially, it's nice to have that extra lift to my height and not have to complain.


8. Atmosphere Daisy Playsuit; from eBay. I got this for about £7; again, it was another one of those things I'd wanted for ages. I had seen a girl at Godiva rocking one, and as a daisy fanatic I had to find one for myself. As you can see in the picture it needs a good iron, but it's because I've already worn it so much :)


9. Topshop Maisie Burgundy Velvet T-Bar Shoes; from Topshop. Another one of those incidents where I only noticed them after they'd gone out of stock, but I kept checking back on the website now and again, and hey presto; they got them back in my size, so I made sure I snapped them up. These were a modest £28, which I don't think is bad at all for shoes from Topshop.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Moon Garden Jewellery


 Jewellery making has always been a hobby of mine, I love having something to wear that no one else will have, and being able to tailor a piece to suit my own personal style. I recently dove into my little drawers of beads, trinkets and chains and began putting together necklaces, badges and earrings. I just love to sit in the middle of a beautiful mess.

 A lot of the jewellery I make uses old toys and pendants, I really enjoy nostalgia, especially nostalgia of the 90s as this was the era that I grew up in, which luckily is very popular at the moment anyway, as I'm beginning to sell some of the jewellery. You can find what's currently for sale in my Etsy shop; Moon Garden Jewellery (click on the following link);

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonGardenJewellery

 I'm throwing myself headfirst into this jewellery making business, as it's something I love and want to produce more and more, and there will be a lot of different styles and pieces. I'm looking out for old toys I can use at car boot sales and charity shops, so if anyone has anything they are happy donate, get in touch!

 I've also began trying my hand at resin jewellery, I've only made one batch so far, which I will post about later. They turned out fairly well for a first go, but I'd be happy to hear any advice anyone has :)



Sunday, 21 July 2013

An Evening of Mystery



 A couple of months ago I was invited to an event; The first ever Evening of Mystery show. It was created by two magicians; Chris Gould and Anthony Black. Chris is one of my old art teachers, and would always entertain us in the classrooms with illusions, mind tricks and quite often by playing the ukelele. I filmed the first of these shows, the video is at the bottom of the interview, and it was a great evening. Read on to find out more about the men of magic themselves.

Tell me a bit about yourselves.

Chris: Chris Gould, a magician who has just spent 25 of his life masquerading as a normal person - but it just did not work out. Now I do just what I want to do and when I want to do it, as a result the Universe provides for me. Anthony is another kindred soul who I discovered (by the wonders of Google maps) to actually live close enough for me to throw a stone at him if he annoys me. 

Anthony: I’m Anthony Black, Magician, Bizarre & Psychic Performer and all round weird guy. I grew up in Birmingham and now live in Tamworth with my better half Jo and our black cat Minky.
I once stole a Hamster.


What is 'An Evening of Mystery'?

Chris: I am not sure I know the answer to that. I know what we intended it to be, but it took on it's own life and now dictates to us! It started life as just Anthony and I mucking around in a local bar, but by the second show we had a bar full of the top performers in the country on the bill. So now it is a once a month gathering where interesting people meet up to talk about magic and get drunk, then in the evening the same people put on a show and get even drunker.
So it is simply the coolest thing that we can do with our lives and for the people coming to the show, simply the best night out they are going to have, period! 

Anthony: An Evening of Mystery to me is becoming THE place to be once a month, Magic and Mystery all under one roof from some of the top performers in the UK. It’s one of the best ‘underground’ entertainment events in the UK, each month is different as we never know who we will have performing.





How did you get into magic?

Chris: Perhaps you should say, 'how did magic get into me'. Some things you have no control over. 

Anthony: I have always been fascinated from a very young age with the paranormal, the weird and the just plain bizarre. I would read books on UFO’s, Big Foot, PK abilities, hypnosis, ghosts and whatever else I could get my grubby little hands on from the local library. I soon discovered the joys of Magic and that became my hobby and obsession for many years until I reached my 20’s when it became my full-time career. 


What type of magic do you practice?

Chris: That really is a difficult one. I know where I am heading and what I am trying to do. That is to restore magic. We live in a grey and miserable world where magic or any form of positive experience is frowned upon. Magic is everywhere, but we are deprived of experiencing it. If we were to perceive the magic that surrounds us, those in control of the world would lose their grip, the result would be that our slavery would end. So, magic has something real to do, to connect you with wonder and liberate you from 'reality'. Magic is art, and like all art is can restore us to a childlike state where all things are once again magical. 

Anthony: Close Up, Bizarre, Hypnosis and Comedy. It just depends on the event really and what they want to book me for.





Do you have any favourite tricks?

Chris: Ones that do the above. 

Anthony: Pull my finger….Nah…erm…that’s a toughie! I don’t really have any favourites, or if I do they change too often to be favourites. I’m always learning and developing new ideas!



Do you have any specialities?

Chris: Attempting to do the above. Using any skills I have to open this to others. Actually the Evening of Mystery is not a good context for this. The evening has become about people just having a good time. So I do not attempt anything too deep. However, if you get a magician come and sit at your table and you can approach it as a child would, you will be transformed by magic and wonder, at least for a short while. 

Anthony: I would have to say Bizarre Magick is both my speciality and passion.





Where has magic taken you?

Chris: Out of the stupefying mundane of the 'normal' world. 

Anthony: Birmingham. No…honestly, Magic is my life. It’s taken me all over the place, both good and bad. It’s how I met my fiancĂ©e Jo whilst performing and it’s given me so many opportunities and allowed me to meet some amazing people whilst doing what I love.




What is your most memorable moment in magic?

Chris: 1. Keeping 5 people on stage for 45 minutes while I fucked a trick up.
2. Performing a routine based on quantum physics to a group of science teachers. 

Anthony: Probably at the last Evening of Mystery, I decided to do something completely off the wall and give birth live on stage…in a big flowery dress and red lippy. That was pretty memorable!
I had a gentleman up on stage from the audience helping me…who I claimed was the father. So I asked him to think the name of ‘our’ baby, he chose ‘Dave’. When I gave birth…the baby had the name ‘Dave’ written on it in big black bold letters! I’m still waiting to hear back off the CSA.





Do you have any other hobbies or projects that tie in with magic?

Chris: Occult studies and art. 

Anthony: Writing. I love to write stories and this helps me create weird and wonderful routines to go out there and perform. I also write books for other performers wanting to learn more about our art, which are quite popular.


Plans for the future/ Where do you hope to take 'An Evening of Mystery'?

Chris: Again, it is more of a case of where it will take us! My plans for the future are to live in a magical universe, to do what I want to do rather than what I am expected to do, to be part of a movement to restore joy into other peoples life. To have as much joy in my own life as I can before this planet goes pop!

Anthony: Total World Domination.





If you are interested in going to An Evening of Mystery, it is held on the Evening of the first Thursday of each month, at Wherever Bar in Tamworth.



http://www.anthonyblack.biz/



Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Godiva Festival 2013


 For those of you who may not have heard of or been to Godiva festival, it is one of the country's best free festivals, and has been run for 15 years at Memorial Park, Coventry. 

Friday 5th July

 Considering that the festival was cancelled last year due to torrential rain and flooding, the weather this year could not have been any better. It was a phenomenally hot weekend, and still is as I write this, sat as close to the electric fan as I dare. Everyone was dressed in their festivals bests; it may not be Reading  or Glastonbury, but for a free festival, Godiva has a lot of fun to offer.
 Getting on the bus to Memorial Park you could tell that most people were headed there, and got off at the same stop, all ready to spend hours in the heat to experience some great food and music for the evening. The air was full of excitement from people of all ages, which is the great thing about Godiva, it really does cater for everyone; families with young children, grand parents, groups of teenagers, young people and couples.
 As you head in, the first attraction is the fun fair. There was quite a lot there, rides I didn't dare go on, flashing lights everywhere, games to win huge dolls and cuddly toys, and the smell of candy floss and hot dogs gliding through the air while you hear screams coming from the sky around you. 


 We got there sometime after 7PM, the reason we went was to see one of our favourite bands, Echo & the Bunnymen, (whom I've seen twice before, my boyfriend had never seen, and hey, how could we not go when it's free?!) One of my favourite things about festivals like this are the stalls. I just love exploring through all the jewellery. There were some really cute rings, which had little hearts made of stained glass. There were also some great t-shirts that caught my eye, featuring the works of Klimt, Money and Hokusai, these were so cool.
 We watched a local band called Keltik Fish perform for a while. They are young and full of energy and talent, really good to be able to sit on the grass and watch a live band.

 It was fantastic watching Echo & the Bunnymen when they came on, (I've written a review on one of their gigs a while ago from when they played at Symphony Hall in 2011; http://queeniecc.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/echo-and-bunnymen-symphony-hall-2011.html), but they were just as good as ever, and more exciting to be stood amongst so many spritely fans, under the night's sky on a warm mid summer eve.

 We had an hour long walk home, but in that heat it was so worth it, and for me that it part of what Godiva is about. You have the walk home to carry on the excitement, and take in the summer smells of plants.


Saturday 6th July

 Saturday was even hotter, as we went during the middle of the day. When we got there we went straight to the food stalls for a late lunch. Matt got an ostrich burger, (always wanted to try this myself, so I had a bite), while I went for one of my favourites; soya & nut burger.
 We spent some time chilling at the rhythm tent, listening to a bit of reggae, before heading over to 'Fool's Paradise' for the cabaret acts.

 Most of the acts that we saw in here were really impressive, fun, unpredictable and entertainment I would recommend going to see. My favourite acts were Matt Barnard, Bedlam Oz and Wolly, (which I was surprised about as his character made me feel quite nervous as he came on. Think clown/ tramp). The performances that these individuals and groups put on were great, they persevered through a scorcher of a day and to be honest, a bit of a hard to please crowd some of the time. The things that stuck in my mind from there were, Barnard drinking a pint balanced on his head while juggling machetes, Wolly performing a one handed hand stand on a wheely bin with a lit fire work wedged in his bottom, and giant mating slinkies. You read that right. They produce so fast they even gave birth to the infant slinky on stage.

Ostrich burger versus Soya & Nut burger. My verdict: The Ostrich was good, and rich, but for me it has to be the Veggie option, it's healthy, kind AND tastes unreal.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Featured Artist: Sarah Midori Perry

 As long as I have known Sarah she has always been an artist. Not just skilful at art, but her imaginings and vision are out of this world. I remember sitting in maths class next to her in high school, and also being an artist myself we would sit and doodle all through class, little characters in hilarious situations. I wish I still had some at hand to put into this blog.
 In sixth form Sarah and I shared our art class, my little room I hid away in while making my creepy creations right next to her corner in the bigger room meant that we often shared ideas and had some great experiences, including the surreal character Sarah invented named Timothy, half a mannequin clad in black fabric, a hood, a white plain theatre mask and red scarf which we left around the grounds of the sixth form on misty days to spook our class mates.
 It'd been a few years since I'd seen Sarah, and we have both taken interesting paths, so meeting for the interview was brilliant to catch up on all our creative achievements and I am looking forward to hopefully getting together again for some collaborations in art.
 So here we have it, my interview with Sarah Midori Perry, artist, singer and all around adorable eccentric;



Tell me a bit about yourself.

I'm half Japanese, half English, twenty-two and an artist. I do surreal, psychedelic, magic realism; my work explores the duality of nature and humans.

How would you describe your art?

My art work is... I'm really interested in this Japanese philosophy called Shintoism. [bit about Shintoism]. When you look at a sunset and find it so beautiful, I think you loose your ego, yourself; selfishness comes from having a physical body and the need to put yourself first in order to survive. I think when we see nature that is when we loose that; and that is what I try to express in my art.


A room that Sarah decorated and put together as part of her latest exhibitions.
Photo by Nobuyuki Taguchi

What inspiration is behind your art?

Artists like Pippa Lotti Wrist, [about]. I love her video art and exhibition work. It is about having an experience and interacting. Keith Harring too. I like his graffiti on the subway. Artists that take art beyond a gallery, I prefer art to be spontaneous.

 One of Sarah's creations, a box with her illustrations illuminated inside, which you have to look through a peep hole to see.



How do you feel when creating your art?

After I have created the art, I don't really care about it, but the process of making art is the most important bit. It's a journey for me, mentally and physically.

What are you most recent projects?

I guess the band, I'm designing the logo at the moment.

The three members of band, Kero Kero Bonito
Photo by Tom Lilly 

Tell me about your band.

The band is now a three piece band, it used to be four until recently. There are two guys on synth and electric keyboard, and I sing. We are a Japanese/ English fusion band. We are called Kero Kero Bonito, as the guy who started it loves Japan. They are two words that amused him, 'kero kero' being the sound a frog makes and 'bonito' a fish. The band is the music form of my art work.
We've done a few gigs, and supported Movie Rain. Our first debut gig is coming up on August 21st. I want to make it really arty, I'm making the poster. I want to come on stage wearing a rabbit mask and leave origami cranes all around the venue with messages in them

Where do you hope to go with your art and music?

I really like decorating i-phone covers, shoes and t-shirts. I want to infect everything with my artwork, I want to draw on everything. To make my art more accessible, and the band as well.



Sarah's art Facebook Page: 

Sarah's art Website:

Kero Kero Bonito Facebook:
Kero Kero Bonito Tumblr:
www.kerobonito.tumblr.com
Kero Kero Bonito Twitter:
@KeroKeroBonito

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Last Four: July

1. Silver velvet t-shirt. One of my charity shop finds; I love anything that reminds me of the moon, and this really does just that for me. I find it hard to resist anything velvet too, and I just love the subtle pattern of circles in this. £2.99

2. Daisy print shorts. Another charity shop find, (you can't keep me out with a stick). I have been looking for daisy print shorts for a while, so was over the moon when I found these. Daisy prints are another Achilles' heel for me, shorts, tops, dresses, accessories. Can never have too many daisies. Oxfam £1.99

3. Bat backpack. I had the same rucksack as this when I was younger, my granny bought it me and I used it all through my preens through to mid-teens, and then it accidentally got sol at a car boot sale. I'd been keeping an eye out for the same one for a few years and finallyyy found it on a whim on eBay. EBay £10.00

4. Original Source Shea Butter & Honey hand soap. This is the yummiest smelling soap ever, it was on sale at my local store. Definitely want to try more of their products now. Tesco £2-£3.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Summer Feeling

For the lovers of the summer's scorching days perfect for exploring, laying in fields and dipping your feet in streams.



Monday, 1 July 2013

July Wish List

So, as one of the new features of Moon Garden I am doing a 'Wish List' for each month. I've not done these on previous blogs, and as this is my first I am keeping it short and sweet.

1. White lace bralet top. These are so pretty and perfect for summer. My favourite thing to do on a scorching day is to laze about in fields, which is great as I live on the edge of town next to the country side, and wearing this top it would all feel very prairie like.

2. True Blood DVD Season 5. Watching True Blood during the summer has turned into a tradition for me over the last few years; humid summer evenings with a tumbler of ice tea sort of make me feel like I am there in Bon Temps. I really need to catch up with the show, and the books too!

3. Lip Smacker Birthday Cake scented lip balm. Need I say more? BIRTHDAY CAKE. On your lips all day, yes it may lead to some very sweet toothed cravings, but it sounds like heaven in a tube to me. Plus look at the lovely colour scheme on the packaging <3

4. H&M Long Tulle Skirt. I'm not going to lie; I have actually already ordered this. I tried on a smaller size in store and it is just the coolest skirt ever. At my degree show I saw a girl wearing it and must have looked like a weirdo as I couldn't take my eyes off it.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Featured Artist: Lyndsay Hula Hooping Hooper


 Almost everyone has hula hooped at some point in their lives, but not everyone can simultaneously use five hoops at different points of their body; Meet Lyndsay 'Hula Hooping' Hooper, (yes, that is her real surname), a hula hooping enthusiast and entrepreneur.


 I interviewed Lyndsay after the Leamington Peace Festival where she had a stall in the name of her business, 'Hooper Hoops', where she sells hoops designed to your fancy.

Tell me a bit about yourself and what you do.

Hi, I'm Lyndsay, a designer and hula hooper! I work as a freelance illustrator and designer. I'm currently setting up a bespoke web design company called Potatomou.se with a friend from Sweden. In my spare time I drool over beautifully designed fonts and jam out with my hula hoops!

How did you get into flow arts?
I've always been fascinated by poi, contact juggling, staff and diablo etc. Four years ago I saw a video of a girl on Youtube hula hooping and was utterly mesmerised. I wanted to move as gracefully and as confidently as she did with this hula hoop. I was living in London at the time and the next day I took myself to Camden Market and brought myself my first ever hula hoop, an instructional dvd and spent the summer teaching myself from the dvd and Youtube and joined a local group that met once a month to jam out!

Where have flow arts taken you?
EVERYWHERE! I've been all over the country to attend and learn from workshops and also to perform. I even went to Spain last year to expand my learning at a hula hoop convention there. It's taken me to a different place mentally as well. That sounds like hippy waffle but its true as it's also helped me grow as a person - in confidence, awareness of my body, reduced my stress levels and introduced me to the flow arts community that are such a relaxed and welcoming group of people.

What has been your favourite experience so far in flow arts?
I can't limit it to one! The feeling of nailing a trick you have been struggling with for ages is an amazing experience. The adrenaline rush from performing. The satisfaction and exhaustion after attending a weekend of workshops. The delight in teaching others to hoop. The sense of quiet and utter contentment at lazily hooping in the grass on a sunny day and getting "in the zone".

Any favourite tricks?
Chest hooping is very soothing but I also love one handed flourishes, (where the hoop twists and twirls round your hand at an awkward angle).

Tell me a bit about your hoop business.
I started making hoops the first year I began hooping and soon people were asking me to make their hoops too. Last year after I finished uni I thought I would teach myself about web design and started making a website dedicated to people ordering their hand made hula hoops. It then grew from there and I'm now looking into running classes locally as well as performing and making bespoke hoops!

Tell me a bit about the work you do involving fonts and web design?
Josh and myself are setting up a web design company that designs and codes websites according to the customers wants and needs. Each part of the process is carefully communicated with the client to ensure they are getting the bespoke website they require. I spend a lot of time in photoshop designing and redesigning websites and talking things over with Josh to see how he can make the code work with the designs. I also love typography in all its forms, although I have an intense dislike for comic sans!

 During the autumn of 2011 I directed a documentary about flow arts, called 'Go With the Flow', featuring Lyndsay and her hula hooping shenanigans. The film also features fire hooping, fire breathing, poi and staff. It took us from my quiet little hometown down to a big hooping event in Bristol called Swhoop, which is so worth a look into if you are interested in becoming part of the hoop community as they have events on every year.
Go With the Flow Documentary:

Hooper Hoop's Website:

Hooper Hoop's Facebook Page:

Swhoop Website: