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Take a chance…

April 7, 2020

Difficult times can offer the chance for deep reflection. So many people are beginning to question this world we’ve all created, that we all buy into. There’s a feeling of overwhelm at times, that perhaps the individual ‘I’ is so utterly insignificant, that unless we hold important titles, our brains overflowing with knowledge, we should leave it to others to figure the way forward. Then change comes and sits at our table, she looks us directly in the eye, refusing…

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a return to the beginnings of things

March 30, 2020

Today I thought I’d open up a Patreon post that details how to make a hand-stitched poetry pamphlet. There’s more than one way to do this of course, but it’s how I made the last two: Hanes, and The Slow-Time Traveller and I love their letterpress covers, tracing paper inserts, and unique designs. These last few years in the van have brought about some wild and inexplicable personal changes have been about a deep burrowing into self and a need…

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The Way of Wild Iris

March 21, 2020

What does showing up for myself look like? Honestly it’s different every time, and I’ve had to learn that just because I figured it out in one situation that doesn’t mean I’ve got it sorted. Maybe I’ve got good at setting boundaries: saying NO is no longer something I find difficult, but the work doesn’t end there does it? As soon as one thing’s sorted it’s time to level up. And so I find myself in the situation of wondering…

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Iris returns

February 26, 2020

This time last year on Crete I found the most beautiful flower. She is not a rare and delicate being, more she is feisty, tough, ubiquitous. A plant that has adapted so well that once I discovered her bright purple tri-petaled face existing in a sandy hollow, I found her everywhere in various guises: purple and lilac flowers rooted into seemingly inhospitable and rocky ground on Crete or Croatian clifftops, or as bright yellow flags next to ponds and lakes…

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Everything grows in its own time

February 1, 2020

It takes time for anything to grow to maturity, and even then, it’ll keep evolving. In my old fast-paced life I’d often feel that creative ideas needed to come almost fully formed or they’d get squashed by my trampling feet, and the judgement of others, as we all stomped out time. Working on radical acceptance and self-love has meant a total reexamination of all the creative and emotional processes I go through, when writing, or connecting, and I realise how…

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Balancing act

January 29, 2020

Finding my balance as an artist / as a woman // the ground shifts / & I stutter / until I understand that the dance isn’t / about knowing all the steps / but learning how to gracefully fall / in love with the process / of becoming. /// thanks for a lovely afternoon @lisaheleddjones and for helping me find my feet with it all 💗 More on this residency over in my Instagram Story Highlights.…

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Patreon subscriptions

January 27, 2020

Dearest readers, Firstly, thank you so much for following this OUTSIDER journey for the past two years, and I promise to continue posting free words, photos, poems and suchlike on here. But we live in a capitalist society where I have to make a living and I hope to be able to continue doing this from my words. One of the ways in which I can do this is through Patreon support. This allows me to keep writing and creating,…

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Chasing waterfalls

January 13, 2020

I have ambitions to be a great writer. There. I said it. And every single one of those words scares the shit out of me. Where I come from ambition (especially in young women) was celebrated. Because although some of us had big ambitions, maybe a lot of us didn’t; and even if we did, our ambitions were perhaps more relationship focussed than creative. Then I discovered the world of art and literature and for the first time in my…

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A return to knitting

January 5, 2020

A return to knitting. I’ve missed it, although I have to admit my commitment has been somewhat erratic over the years. There’s two things I’m very good at: socks and ponchos. The miniature and the giant. Everything else is pot luck really. When our van was broken into, they didn’t just take things of value but also any bags lying around, probably because they were in a rush and mistakenly thought there’d be cash hidden in the bags. One of…

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