a map of hyper-space

Talking not Doing

Category: mental health

Four badly painted walls

Things are really hard at the moment, but I was really desperate to do something. Anything. I miss my shed. I haven’t been in it for a month and then two months before that. Don’t forget the shed.

These are reject stock printed canvases that I painted with gesso ages ago. For a while they’ve had a colleges mounted on them and have just been hanging around.

In a fit of deciding to do something about the heap my life is in at the moment I raided the end less cupboard of art for some inks.

Spontaneous art who’d of thunk it!

I’ve left these out side the shed and I might come back to them or might just attack the rest of the prepared canvases.

So it goes



Space ship fit out

I started this in September. It is an eighteen page concertina book.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

It has got to the stage where everything is coloured, but there is lots more detail work to do. There is a mixture of ink, colour pencil, water colour, gauche and the odd sticker.

I got this far in January but i’m posting it here, because I want to save the new year for new things.


Book stuff, an addition to the library

This post really belongs in jan/feb 2018, but December needs all the jolly things it can get. The impulse shopper came home with half a pad of paper. Its american i think, its called parchment and in a weird size. I was wondering what to do with it, and decided to make a book – I’ve wanted to try Coptic Binding for a while now. And books are special things so it’s interesting to make them. Read the rest of this entry »


Hurry up and wait – crocheting

I’ve been doing a lot of hurry up and wait recently and taking up some of that time, when the brain isn’t up to anything more, doing even more crochet.

Nigel 3.0 has got rather boring (250 + stitches per row), but there are is also some amazingly hideous yarns out there to break me out of a rut. Read the rest of this entry »


Place holder: r u alive?

I be been spending rather a lot of time at hospital recently. It’s a liminal space. And I’ve had too much time to think about the people and things that occupy that space.

This post is a place holder, an indication of the beginning of a process, of a journey, both in the care of the person I’ve been with in hospital, but also of the creative inspiration I’ve received.

I’m not sure of either destination (yet). Read the rest of this entry »


Life still rather off course

So here is an update on Nigel 3.0. (Not a cat)

so about half way down you can see a pulled stitch. That’s where I got to last time with a circumference of 25 stitches. Now the circumference is about five times that length. 

I shall keep going until I finish the two balls of yarn. Then we’ll see what comes out of using such a small rate of expansion 26/25. I’ll post updates here because hopefully by next week I’ll have more of my life back (beyond being able to count to 25).


Brick space is crashing my life

So here is a picture of a cat. That’s what the internet is for an’t it. 



Time out…

 Things are a bit hard at the moment, so although I’ve lots of stuff done and lots of stuff on going you’re getting a shed picture.
Yeah individual strawberry pavlova and strawberry tea just about sums it up. I’m okay really, just had a few things flagged up that are going to take a while to process.

The first few weeks of term I was busy with a commission (is it still a commission if you commission yourself?).

Now I can step back and work out what I want to do next.

– I’m not sure if the V&A are doing Inspired By any more so there’s no rush with the dragon pot but I still want to finish it

– There are always more Maps

– Or there is option C

So it goes



Yet another distraction…

I probably should have made oooh Shiny! a tag a long time ago. Admittedly I have been playing around with this particular Shiny for a while now but It’s only just reach peak Hyperspace. It took a long time for me to get into crochet (until I finally crumpled under the boredom of knitting) an almost immediately went off piste, and now I have succumbed to the hypnotic counting of Hyperbolic Crochet. Read the rest of this entry »


Map VIII -Exercises in Futility

I tried to do some new sketches for my 64 maps of hyperspace. It was hard. I even wrote some blurb, but I lost it. Anyway here are some examples of three weeks of frustration. When I’m feeling a little more relaxed about the experiment I’ll come back and comment on them fully. Read the rest of this entry »