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.


 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.


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:

Find Matt Burns Music Facebook Page: