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I'm an inconsistent artist, hugely distracted by life. I create in a variety of media including words, pictures, food and laundry. I do it because I can't seem to not. Sometimes it's fun.

Participation. Part I: The best show in town.

9 May 2012

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Pencil sketch showing people sitting in various positions.

Community participation in the arts is flavour of the month. So while there’s funding, I'm making the most of it, grabbing every opportunity that comes my way. Workshops run by experienced practitioners are a fun way to learn new skills and develop confidence. Last week I took part in a badly advertised and poorly attended workshop in a cold and echoey local sports hall. It was brilliant! A professional facilitator (ex?), I'm the world's best participant. If I'm there it's because I want...

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Writing: pulling no punches.

6 May 2012

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The word 'write' seen through a backdrop of clouds

In his blog Rich Downes asked what is writing? Really. I said, for me right now writing is like punching a hole in the fog that surrounds me. And then I thought, it's like having a pillow fight without the pillow case. My head is in another place, on another wave. I'm studying web design (a slow process) and currently  learning to use Adobe Flash (see example), which is amazing, but it means the wordy part of my brain keeps dozing off. I'm sure it's a blip. For now, however, this is the...

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Two legs good enough. One leg irrelevant.

15 May 2012

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Listed in DAO’s job opportunities is an advert by Peut-être Theatre. They’re looking for a disabled male dancer/actor for their next Xmas show for children, a dance-theatre version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The ad says: ‘In the story the tin soldier only has one leg and so, to honour the story, we are hoping to work with a dancer who also only has one leg.’ I am wondering who will respond. I daresay some will jump (hop?) at the...

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