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Tattooing nature into my skin

August 18, 2018

All of my tattoos hold symbolic meaning. The older tattoo on this arm was inked in about 2010/11. It’s a quote from PB Shelley: poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. The cherry blossom is symbolic of the beauty and transience of life. It was the first tattoo on my arms and I waited so long (I was 35ish), because this was my symbol of freedom. I’d been freelancing for a few years and had got to the point…

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Creative women

August 13, 2018

  Putting together the crøwoman show I’ve felt the need to post photos of rehearsals. I’m admittedly an oversharer but, on reflection, another part of this is proving that I’m doing this by myself. This might sound a bit ridiculous but in the past people have congratulated men on some of the tech aspect of a performance of mine when they literally had only the vaguest thing to do with a project. It is important that artists get the credit…

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On creative identity

August 5, 2018

  I could watch bees with lavender all day. It has me thinking that sometimes I want to be the lavender: staying put, rooting, creating beautiful things to share. Other times I want to be the bee: industrious, moving, focussed on collecting what I need to create. Neither is right or wrong – just different. Both are good states to be in. I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it is to be an artist lately, on how hard we…

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Love books, love trees

August 2, 2018

Sitting with these trees, I realise I’ve been reading less books recently. In the past there have been so many I wanted to dive into I ended up with twenty books next to the bed that I was reading simultaneously. It became stressful trying to keep up with it all. When we moved into the van I sold or gave away all my 700+ books (except for about 20) and I made a pledge to only have three books going…

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India Calling

July 7, 2018

I’ve been dreaming of India again as plans are underway to return in November. Last year was my first visit and I was completely unprepared for the profound effect the country would have, and have been trying to process it since returning. I’ve been performing the piece below live for the past year, it’s two poems: the first, Morning Prayer, was written after getting up at 5am to float in a rowboat on the Ganges as the sun rose; the…

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Crow Woman DEMO

July 4, 2018

We’re creating our lives on the road using the best of hi and low-tech solutions. In this way we try to unfold each day in a process that feel authentic and achievable. A large element of the ‘art-that-is-our-daily-lives’ is still a work in progress. We’re enjoying trialling out different approaches to working and existing more outside of mainstream living, but this smashing together of high-tech and lo-tech solutions feels intuitively right for us and we’ve adopted a number of solutions…

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Hanes (parts 1 & 2)

June 22, 2018

Today I hiked along the north Wales hills. This photograph (thanks Andy) has made me smile because it reminds me of how far I’ve come. Around 13 years ago the world changed quite dramatically and I felt as if I were going quite mad while at the same time discovering both myself and a deep and profound connection with nature. I had a compulsion to walk these hills as I tried to understand the new ways in which I was…

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everything wants to live

May 24, 2018

I’ve started documenting a daily connection with nature over on the OUTSIDER Instagram account (#dailyconnectionwithnature). It’s not always going to be something huge and life-changing but it is about pausing at least once a day to immerse in nature, and by taking time to record these moments I’m encouraged to meditate more on what these connections might mean. As we already walk the dogs in the woods every day this isn’t about that, it’s about exploring one step further, making…

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