Thursday, 7 December 2017

Kathmandu




A few last pictures from glorious Kathmandu.

People who had been before me told me it would be an 'asault on my senses' and it was, 
and I loved every technicolour bit of it.

Here are just a tiny few of my fave pics...


Working at the hospice with this bunch of wonderful people.



I don't know if this little film of Durbar square will load up or not?
But I loved the explosion of colour here.



My adventuring partner gorgeous Jane.

Till next time wonderful Nepal....

Friday, 1 December 2017

Beautiful Nepal...


Aw, how lucky am I?!!

nearly two years ago me and my friend Jane booked with Different Travel to go on an adventure to Nepal. To trek part of the Annapurna circuit to Poon Hill 3,200m, and see the sun coming over the Annapurna range.

I wanted to do something to mark the end of my remission from breast cancer and celebrate in high kicking style with an adventure! and this was it.

So with a suitcase full of nerves, energy bars, wet wipes and kick ass merino wool socks I set off on my Nepal adventure....

( I just want to say I will officially overdo the photo's and as all adventure photo's never give the actual place justice do feel free to burn a joss stick, put a garland of marigolds around your neck, sip Lychee tea, breath mountain air deeply 
and down load the sound of cicadas in the trees for full affect )




I actually saw lots of beautiful Poinsettia's growing wild, they grow huge and look amazing against the mountain range.


There were lots of "nip me am I here?" moments 
and tears at the top, 
it was just sooooo incredibly beautiful and I felt so incredibly lucky to be there.

( either that or the sugar rush from the Mars bar they'd given us for 4:30am breakfast to keep us going to the top had gone to my head! )



           



Such a wonderful part of the world, and I was lucky to share it with a gorgeous friend and some amazing inspirational people.

When I was walking in the mountains it was like walking in a picture postcard and it felt incredibly surreal as time played tricks on us and before we knew it, it was time to head back to the craziness of Kathmandu .

Now I'm back it's all full on with Christmas and the kids, 
but I keep going back to my new happy place taking a deep breath and realising how incredibly lucky we are and trying not to be sad it's over but happy that those 11 days happened.

Going to post some pics of Kathmandu soon,
Have a fab festive weekend xx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Best five minutes of my week so far....


I take an after school club, 'Draw me a story' on a Thursday, 
and I just wanted to show some of yesterday's work. 

We talked about illustrating things that you can't see, and we illustrated sounds, starting with a bit of fun and illustrating body sounds, tummy rumbles, burps, trumpington Stanley's etc... and then illustrating and mark making to music. 


We watched Eric Carles 'I see a song' and then listened and drew to Brassed Off's version of 'Concierto d'Aranjuez' or ( or Concierto Orange juice )


I love that some kids saw shapes and colours which then led onto a narrative of how the music looked in their minds eye.


I also loved how they all went quiet when we dimmed the lights to listen to the gorgeous brass band version of Concierto d'Aranjuez, and they all drew away in the dimmed light listening intently.

Best five minutes of my week by far.



And if you're wondering what a burp or a fart looks like,
it's bit like this......



Love the shape of hiccups and the colours of a tummy rumble.


Happy weekend!

Friday, 20 October 2017

THANK YOU


A HUGE MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated and sponsored our fundraising efforts this year for the YCC, it really does make a difference.
Last time we fundraised some of the money went towards a miniature radiotherapy machine for kids to role play with their teddies and dolls, making their own experience of cancer treatment a lot less scary for them and mum and dad, how fantastic is that!!
It's these little things that really do make a difference and the work that YCC do is truly fantastic, supporting research that benefits the whole country, so thank you, I think your fab xxx


I've been training and trekking the hills around my home, 
and hope gorgeous Yorkshire has prepared me for what's to come in Nepal!


I truly hope Blackpool bridge in Holme has prepared me for some of the suspension bridges of the Annapurna circuit!


Only 3 weeks to go now! 

* gulp * 

Injections done, visa next and a ridiculous amount of Trek bars bought from Sainsbury's stuffed into my kit bag! I'm really excited to be helping out at the hospice project in Katmandu but nervous for the trek, the reality of what I've actually signed up for is hitting me now!.... 

but knowing the reasons for me doing it makes me shout
"bring it on!"


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Pink sunshine...





Pink sunshine garden party with friends and family!

Collaging together the printed stencil with mono printed backgrounds,






































and they look very happy together!









I'm so inspired by this process, can't wait to work on more ideas!






Friday, 6 October 2017

Fridays printing heaven...


I love this room.

It's like a therapy room of creative calm, 
time doesn't exist and I get lost in my own little world of experimenting, playing, making mistakes and learning and I love every minute of it.

                  


Each print is unique and the plates are positioned by eye giving a very handmade primitive and natural impression.

The images are not predetermined and organically created in the the print rooms, 
transferring a spontaneous and fresh feel to each print.

I love that I just don't know how each print will turn out, and the "Ta daaa" when I peel the the paper back to see what impressions have been made, 

which figure is talking to who, who is having a family hug and who is midnight garden singing!







I love the creative journeys we go on!
happy Friday.