Wednesday, 25 September 2013


The last 3 months have really flown by, and here I am again thinking 'whoops, should probably write a blog post'.

I spent all of July and half of August in the states. Had a lovely weekend with my lovely friends Ryan and Becca at their lovely wedding in Oklahoma City. Then just hung out in Omaha, enjoying doing very little.

When I got home I started a two week volunteer placement with an organisation called Venture Arts. What they do is provide art workshops for adults with learning disabilities, for example Down Syndrome or Autism, and through regular attendance the participants create artwork in a variety of media, all based around a single topic. The current topic is nature, so I have been helping people to create photograms of flowers, make origami hedgehogs, stitch observational drawings of plants onto fabric, and create 3D collage self portraits from pressed leaves.

I wasn't sure going into the placement how I would find it. I'd never worked with people with disabilities before, or in community arts, so was a little bit worried I wouldn't be any good at it, or I would find it difficult and not enjoy it, but straight away I found it by far the most enjoyable and rewarding work I have ever done (voluntary or otherwise). I've enjoyed getting to know the participants and their quirks, and assisting with the activities is a nice little creative outlet for me without any of the stress or self criticism that hinders my own work sometimes. It's quite therapeutic! I now only do the Wednesday morning class because I am trying to find paid work, but it is something that I still look forward to each week. I've been thinking about possible career paths that would involve similar work, perhaps in community arts or art therapy. I'm not sure how easy it would be but it's definitely something  I can see myself working towards.

Saturday, 22 June 2013


Yesterday I wore my jacket for the first time in about a month. Whilst walking around town I put my hand in the pocket and pulled out a Stockholm bus ticket, 2 Hong Kong dollars, a Manchester tram ticket, an Omaha receipt, and a Chicago transit card.
I’ve been travelling around so much even my pocket litter is cosmopolitan.

Here are some photos and one little painting from my trip to Stockholm last month. I went with my mum and sister for three days. It was quite different to how I imagined it would be. There are lots of great museums, and being on the water it must be beautiful in the summer. The weird thing was I’ve always thought Scandinavian cities would be full of small art galleries and good music and cool bars, but if there was an area like this we completely missed it. It was very quiet for a European capital city, and it seemed like everyone we saw was between the ages of twenty five and forty. It reminded me of a giant Chorlton. It was a nice few days away though, I would go back one day (if I had a lot of money) when the weather is warmer and there is almost 24 hour sunlight, and go and track down a beach and a bar.



Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Back From the Dead

I’ve decided to revive this blog. I recently returned to Manchester after living in Australia for a year and then travelling in Asia and America for two months. I’m now in a situation where I have no job, am living at home with my mum, and am having to think about what to do next, make some decisions, and plan for the future a bit. I wanted an outlet to document my progress, and post any photos and drawings along the way.

I have a few little projects on the go. I am half way through an attempt to be vegan for four weeks. I am attempting to read fifty books this year. I have a work placement arranged for August that I am hoping will give me a bit of a boost in employability, as well as giving me a chance to contribute to the community. I am trying to be draw, paint, and create more, with a view to maybe using this as a source of income in the future. 

I'm also in the process of a BIG project in that I'll be moving to the U.S. in a few months. Vince and I are waiting for the visa to be processed, which may take a long time but I'm estimating I'll be ready to go in January 2014!

I will write about these things in more detail as I go. For now here’s a quick doodly illustration. I am very out of practice. While I was away I found it far too easy to excuse my lack of drawing/painting due to lack of space/materials/scanner, but I want to get back into the swing of things this year.

Friday, 31 May 2013