Monday, 30 July 2012
Sunday, 29 July 2012
I have had, just the lovliest weekend! IYP took a trip to Milton Keynes and we got the chance to try some ceramics, play with weird bell things out in fields and sit around and draw and eat a rather large amount of food. Also stayed in a hotel, and all stayed up watching 'Run Fatboy, Run' in one room and then watched the olympics all morning. This kind of thing just insanely relaxes me, I've come home feeling all energetic and productive, such a good way to spend summer really!
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
So, I'm currently in the lovely land of Italia. Had a bit of money to spend, and I was looking for some sort of organiser for next year, so I headed to a bookshop after failing to find anything anywhere else. As soon as we got in there, I was hit with shelves and shelves of moleskine books, and had a bit of a crazy moment. Basically what I ended up with, was my lovely new organiser, but also this, an 'art journal'. It's got sections for exhibitions, events, workshops, your own artwork, blogs, anything you can think of really, as well as space for drawings and photo clippings (around about now I wish polaroids were still around and usable!). I have to say I'm ever so slightly in love with it.
Friday, 13 July 2012
Holiday reading right here, the Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and Everything is Illuminated. I went into the shop with quite a long list, including the incredible lightness of being, man walks into a room, the valley of the dolls, but couldn't find any of them, so this is what I ended up with. The Angela Carter book, I have been wanting for about half a year now, seems like the perfect mix of weird and fairytale gone wrong, the other one, I heard about after having read a few Nicole Krauss books - some of the most interesting peices of literature, ever. I'll copy and paste the blurbs(?!) below, but I'm hoping these will be two good, interesting reads.
Angela Carter's "The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman" was published in 1972, and is a magical, satirical adventure. Desiderio is stricken with love for Albertina, a woman he sees only in his dreams. He must also battle against Doctor Hoffman and his mysterious machines, as they bend time and space to turn Desiderio's city into a nightmare of lust, insanity and crime. But the evil Doctor is also Albertina's father...
A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive - a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down.