Walking along a beach together, my Grandma handed me a scrap of driftwood she’d picked up. She loves ducks, so I slipped it in my pocket, and carved it a sleek little head to match.
I’ve fallen in with a bad crowd – light entertainers! I’m helping out a little with props for their party in the woods at the weekend, with a viking theme!
I’ve aided with some figureheads for ‘viking longtents’, will be cranking out some banners later, and have been working today on a dragon costume. My housemates were chucking out some old skate helmets, so I’ve taken the hard foam core, added some umbrella-ribs and wire, stuck it all together with gallons of hot glue, then bridged the frame panels of craft foam to flesh it out. I added on a lightweight plastic tablecloth for the body, and I’ve just papier mâché’d over it, using a mixture of water, pva and acrylic paints to add a bit of a tint. I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s dry!
The notion is to fix a powerful torch under the lower jaw, then chase people around the woods – if you’re illuminated, you’re scorched out of the game! I might have to counterweight the back of the helm to keep it stable, but for now, enjoy some dragon building pics :D
A very exciting opportunity has come up (to be discussed if and when confirmed!) but this is just a quick post to share the work I’m doing today on developing a physical showcase for my jewellery. The idea is to create a self-contained desktop display environment that I can use to showcase examples of my jewellery work – earrings, necklaces, pendants, brooches, bracelets, cufflinks and so on.
Due to my recent acquisition of a fabulously gigantic cardboard box from a friend’s recent extravagant TV purchase, I plan to use cardboard as the construction material, and brown paper as the design/background theme. I’ll see how it comes together. For now, here’s the necklace display I’m working on today. I’m structurally very happy with it, although the carpet core tube will need to be covered in brown paper to hide the yucky glue marks.
Working with members of the great Tortoise Butler (Alia Sheikh and Andy Vine), I was filmed making a sample etched copper piece, and the whole thing set to a lovely piece of music by Roger Paul Mason.
As always, I’m stunned by their arcane mastery over lens, lighting, camera and editing, and this time was proud to add my own touch in the text and credits.
If you can watch HD and full screen – it’s worth it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired! I use the technique (along with a little sterling silver magic) to create some of the jewellery in my Etsy shop.
I prefer to theorise with at least a little data, so here’s a tool I’ve created to track my time and work out how to add structure to my work-from-home life.
In contrast to some of those around me (*cough*coffeeaddicts*cough*) I’m a ‘morning’ person, in that if left to my own devices and with enough sleep, I will go PING! approximately 9 hours after I go to bed, with a desire to do ALL THE THINGS. However my days then vary between getting derailed by breaks, getting so into something I forget to stop and burn out, or grinding along indefinitely, never hitting ‘flow’, but never truly relaxing either.
I’ve also noticed that some tasks are harder than others at different times of day – I’m great at assembly first thing, but struggle to plan or perform language tasks. I can write fairly well during the day, but planning’s best done last thing.
I’d like to work out when to schedule tasks, breaks, exercise, food, recreation and so on, to get the most out of myself, outside an externally imposed 9-5 and the rhythms of an office. When you work from home it makes sense to go to the shops when they’re quiet, or do the washing while the machine’s free, but that can throw everything else off if you don’t compensate.
Inspired by this post on Productive Flourishing about heat-mapping your day, I decided to eschew vague anecdata and collect some actual information. Am I useful or useless, do I need fuel or to relax, will I get derailed for the day or is it OK to mix it up with chores?
The guy who devised the circular heatmap has lots to say about defining what qualifies as a ‘productive’ state, which I found a bit confusing, so I’m not sure how I’ll define what I’m tracking, but I hope to figure it out as I go along. I might include additional info such as drawing stars to mark good ideas appearing, for example.
I was also inspired by the mood tracker provided by medhelp.org to create an extra track where things such as mood, tummyaches or other anything else could be recorded.
I love the idea of a circular map, so I think I’m more likely to use it than a histogram or other format, but I didn’t want to waste a whole sheet of paper for each day as laid out in the original pdf (it felt a bit like something from primary school!) so I’ve combined my design with a cute little booklet-making technique my friend shared the other day.
The result is a nifty little booklet which lets you note the day in the centre of the circle, record two streams of informtion around the 24 hour clock face, and keep a key on the front cover to help interpret your records. One you’ve got enough information, you can use the space on the back page to create a generalised picture of the way your state fluctuates, to use when planning out your day. That’s the plan, anyway!
Without further ado, download this:
Heatmapping your day, A4 pdf booklet
To make this:
Adding a staple in the middle of the central pages will help it hold together nicely.
These go way back! Last year(s) of high school and first year(s) of undergraduate…
The interlocking apples were a terrible double pun for a teacher who liked macs, the polar bear for one nicknamed ‘bear’. The woman and moon was one of my first sketches noodling with wood – I still haven’t done much in the way of figurative sculpture, except some small partial nudes in soapstone I hope to post soon.
Working on the ball in a cage precipitated the first conversation I had with the guys who became my best friends throughout my undergraduate :) Yes, the ball is free to move inside the cage. It’s actually carved from part of the main stem of a very old virginia creeper, which has a brilliant yellow colour when freshly cut.
The triple hearts were made using the same method as my double hearts, then by splitting one of the hearts in two with a saw!
My Mum and I love words – especially unusual or odd-sounding ones. She’s made me a lovely framed list of words which hangs in my workshop, and I made her a bookmark, and this very silly lampshade.
As a bonus, here’s a rather long list of pleasing words: