How did you get into art or have you always been artistic?
I've been drawing since I was 4 (or at least that's my earliest memory of creating something) and have spent a majority of my life doodling in the margins of my homework. My mother was an artist as well and she really created an environment in our household that was conducive to imaginative artistry and creativity, which is really what initially got me interested in art at a young age.
Your paper sculptures are adorable. What made you think that you wanted to work with paper?
Thank you! Working with paper in this manner is just incredibly fascinating to me, primarily for two big reasons. The first being that there is a very unique and dynamic interaction that occurs for the viewer when looking at a papersculpted piece, where you have the duality of a 2-dimensional illustration, done in 3-dimensions. Creating that depth in actual physical space rather than simply implying it with illustrated shading, just adds so much to a piece in my opinion; the image interacts within the viewer's reality rather than separating itself by being 2-dimensional. The second reason that got me into papersculpting was just the rewarding feeling of constructing these pieces. I illustrate and I paint, but I have never felt more enjoyment or accomplishment than when I am working with paper.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Viewing the work of other artists out there that I truly admire and respect. I am completely blown away at the creativity, inventiveness, and originality that some artists out there are able to constantly and consistently display and it really drives me to better myself as an artist. My girlfriend Whitney, my mother, and my family also inspire much of what I create, and without them, I would still be at my old crappy day job, doodling on random pieces of scratch paper.
Apart from paper, what other mediums do you like to use?
The only other mediums I've had experience with is illustration and acrylic painting, both of which I get to incorporate into my papersculpting work as well. I'm slowly (very very very slowly) getting practice in with the digital medium, but it's a tough transition so far. I try to do 30 minutes of warm up doodling in photoshop every morning before I work on anything else and my comfort with it has steadily increased. Baby steps!
If you could give advice to anyone wanting to pursue a career in art what would it be?
Network, network, network. Some advice I got a long time ago, well before I ever even thought of pursuing art as a career, was that "it's really about who you know," and so far that advice has proven it's worth. I'm not saying that I just started out knowing the right people and almost overnight I began selling my work, but you'll be surprised at how capitalizing on a single opportunity can lead to many more opportunities, which have the potential to lead to even more opportunities, all of which can be credited to the acquaintances you make through these instances. It's crucial that you utilize as many social networks that are applicable to what you do, while paying acute attention and thinking creatively to find such opportunities or have these opportunities presented to you.
If you want to find out more about his work, chat or just say hi pop over to his blog, I'm sure he'd be happy to have you. You can also find him on Etsy, maybe you could snag yourself a cute self portrait or a gift for someone special.
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Aaaargh its Monday already! Can't believe there's only one day of January left!! I've had a really good start the year, I hope you all have too. This week on 'Look Who I Found' I've got three lovely ladies who I've recently found in the blogesphere.
First up is...
Amanda from Little Tranquility. She's a fairly new blogger and her lovely little blog is just so cute! I love to scroll through her past posts and look at all the inspirational photos and bits that she posts. She is a book lover, like myself, and I loved her There Is No Friend As Loyal As A Book post where she shared her 5 favourite books. I love reading about other peoples book interest's, gives me ideas of books to read that I might not usually have thought of.
Lindsay from Daily Doily. I have no idea how I came across this little blog but I suspect it was the name. Daily Doily is a life style blog where Lindsay shares her daily life with all of us lucky readers. She also is a fantastic painter and I love her artworks. The bright paint and the beautiful shapes that she uses are so lovely. I would love to own a piece and hang it on my wall :)
Amy from A is for Ampersand. I just love her style, its just fantastic! She is a thrifting queen and her $5 Thrifty Thurs feature is great. The things that she finds are so cool and makes the thrifting in England look awful. Which it is! Her mini adventures in her Westfalia Vanagon campervan, are so lovely to read. It makes me want to make my dream of campervaning across America come true!
I hope you visit each of these lovely ladies because there all just a little bit of lovely :)
- Visit my tumblr Holly Woosey Art and submit your story, picture or video
- Send me and email and firstname.lastname@example.org with your story, picture or video
- Send me a letter to: Flat 53B, IQKopa, 130 Moor Lane, Preston, PR1 1LR with your story or picture
Heelloooo there! How are ya dooin ya wee lad's and lasses? I completely forgot it was Burns Night this Wednesday (woops) so there is my attempt at a Scottish accent over the Internet. I missed out on all the yummy Haggis, thank goodness! That stuff is gross!
It's Friday again! It's come around so fast its crazy, but I'm actually surprised and quite pleased with myself for actually remembering to take a photo each day *pat's self on the back* Not much has really happened this week but I think that's a good thing, where taking interesting photo's in concerned, because it makes you seek out something special and makes your day a bit more adventurous. So here are my everyday adventures for this week...
21/01/12 - Mittens curled up on my sofa. So CUTE!
22/01/12 - My old room. Finally moved out. Was quite sad :(
23/01/12 - Me, Owain and Kris in out StarWars T-Shirts...we are so cool!
24/01/12 - I got my results for first semester...I GOT A 2:1!! I'm so pleased and have no idea how I managed it, but I'm not complaining :D
25/01/12 - I ate the whole packet...
26/01/12 - This is what inspired yesterdays post.
27/01/12 - Today me an Stevie-pops went a look round the antique arcade. I love it there and cant wait to stock my house with its goodies. I'll show you tomorrow what I bought :)
So after yesterdays post I think the weather wanted to test me. It rained hard. But I went to town anyway and I didn't complain once. I was freezing cold and the rain felt like pins being jabbed into my face but I just went with it. Some guy walked past me moaning about it to his friend, but he was wearing jeans and a short sleeve shirt with no coat or jumper...idiot. I was thinking after I wrote the post about maybe doing a feature on it? Like maybe one a week or fortnightly sharing things that I like about the rain? Sounds a bit lame saying it one here, but I suppose I should do something that I'm passionate about and what floats my boat (ba dum dum...) so I'll think it over and maybe plan a few and see if it's worth it.
Also today I'm writing over at EC-Everything Entertainment about Zooey Deschanel's new show New Girl. Go check it out and tell me what you think...I'd love to know what you think and whether I should write some more reviews for EC? I hope you all had a good week and have a good weekend! Much love
Today I got caught in a rain shower. And it quite literally was a shower. In a few seconds of being outside I was drenched through and freezing cold. I grumbled and moaned to myself about the silly English weather and how it seemed to rain so often in Preston. Hood pulled up, head bent over and a frown line that reached my chin I headed home, to my not so warm flat. After a brew and some yummy oat cookies I got a lift home home with mum and it rained and we complained about it on the way, *Insert standard English conversation about the weather here*. It wasn't until later that night, when I was talking to a friend about dancing in the rain, that I remembered that I love the rain. I know, I know, that sounds like a totally stupid thing to forget, but I did. I'm a hopeless romantic at the best of times but if I watch a film where the two leads, kiss, dance, fight (anything) in the rain, my heart skips a beat and I just turn into a mushy pile of goo-eyed girlness. Rain to me is so beautiful and romantic. In the summer I love to just stand in the rain with my arms stretched wide, my face pointing towards the sky with no shoes on. When ever I think of something romantic happening to me, its always in the rain. I always imagine having a fight with my boyfriend...in the rain, or coming back from a long time apart and running up to him...in the rain, being proposed to...in the rain (first I need a guy, that would be a start) Being asked out...in the rain! All my favourite movie scenes are set when its pouring down and the actors cant open their eyes for the amount of water cascading down their faces. My favourite songs usually have some reference to rain or the videos do at least. The best bits in books usually happen in the rain. If I got married and it rained, obviously I would be bummed about getting the dress wet, but I would be out there like a shot dragging my hubby out for a smooch (extra dress and makeup on standby of course).
So I suppose its a bit silly of me to forget I love the rain so much. I think probably because it's winter and the rain is so cold at the moment. It's hard to hold out your arms and smile at the clouds when your about to get hypothermia. And carrying my sketch pads from flat to studio is a right pain in the butt when its pouring down. Also I've been sorta busy and stressed lately with the thought of my last semester at Uni looming over me and the realization that pretty soon I'll be out the safety of education and in the 'real world' eeeek! But it also made me kinda sad that I could forget such a beautiful thing and something that has always been my 'romantic thing'. I could never forget the rain totally. It buckets down more often than not, which has never really bothered me that much before. I used to go on 'rain walks' with my best friend all the time. We would just meet up on top of the hill near my house and just walk and talk and splash in puddles.
So here's to hoping that I never forget to love the rain. Sure I may groan and mumble at it when I'm having a good hair day, or wearing a particularly cute dress, but I never again want to forget what It means to my heart. And hopefully one day something special will happen in a rain shower :)
P.S does anyone has any recommendations of films, book or whatever with cool rain scenes?
The other week I went on a day trip to York. There was a Joy there, which is one of my favourite shops! There used to be one in Manchester but It closed down years ago, and I had thought you could only get things on the internet as I hadn't seen another shop anywhere. So it was great to go in the shop again. I love their clothes and their accessories are just adorable! I saw this dress there and I wanted it so badly!! Unfortunately, being a poor student, it was a little out of my price range, but I'll be keeping my eye out for it going in the sale or something! I've wanted those shoes for ages too, I dream about them often. I've seen a few bloggers wear them and they look beautiful and I need them on my feet. I admit this outfit is a tad garish and heavy on the colours, but lately I've been over doing the mash of colours and patterns. Maybe because it's so dark and cold here, if I don't dress bright I'm gonna forget what colour looks like!!
I hope you're all having a great Wednesday, its a little grey here but the sun is trying to show his face. Today is tidying my room, writing my new project proposal and eating egg sandwiches, Yummy! Much Love
I read Looking For Alaska by John Green last week, I think, can't remember!! But yeh, I read it and it was good :) I normally only read fantasy books, but I had this on my reading list for a while and I just needed a little change of scenery. It's still a YA, which is mostly what I read, but it was so good. Nothing much particularly happens. It isn't some fantastic story where something happens on every page. It's just a normal story about some normal kids and a perfectly normal school, but the characters are just so interesting. I suppose because I'm so used to the characters I read about having such in depth stories and backgrounds, I was waiting for the massive twist and connections. Even though there were non, it wasn't a boring story. It was beautifully written and poetic, coming from a male author, I was quite impressed. It is such a bitter sweet tale that deals with love, loss and teenage rebellion. I Laughed and cried along with the characters and as usual I couldn't put it down, I read it two days and I went through so many emotions It was like I was pregnant! (or what I assume it's like to be pregnant) If you want an easy read that has a beautifully sad story or want a break from YA Fantasy and just want something 'normal' I'd say give this little book a go. It's earned it place on my bookshelf :)
I'm now 4 books down for my 12 things for 2012 book goal. According to my Goodreads 2012's reading challenge score keeper i'm 2 books behind! eeek! So I best get cracking and read read read! I feel like I haven't been around these parts for a while, but I only posted yesterday! I'm back at Uni now and I always seem to have other things to do other than blogging. So if I seem absent for a few days...I probably am. Last semester of 3rd year is crazy busy so blogging will definitely be put on the back burner the closer it gets to June (when the degree show is) I'll try and make as much time for blogging as I can, as this is such a lovely little break from reality, but I cant promise anything. I've got a few new Creative Spotlights to share with you soon so I'm not going anywhere yet!! Much Love
So this is my new feature about new blogs that I've come across. I've just started to branch out in my reading of new blogs and I've found some real gems. The idea is to show case 2-3 a week and hopefully that will get me reading more lovely blogs and meeting lots of new blogging friends :) I'll be pre-making these posts through out the week so it can give me a chance to contact the chosen bloggers and really search into the depths of each blog. (I usually hate meeting/talking to new people but I love chatting to blogging people. Maybe it's the like-mindedness and the fact that because you read the blog you actually have something instantly in common with them?) Can I say blog anymore times!?
For this first addition I had a real hard time deciding who to pick. I had a kinda backlog of new-ish blogs that I have started to follow and I wanted to stick to my 2-3 limit. So I chose 2 brand spanking new ones that I had already contacted and a not so new friend because I just love his blog! So...
First up is...
Bianca from Goodnight Little Spoon! I adore her. Her whole blog and style is just adorable. I discovered her whilst reading this post. The thing that made me press the follow button was her picture on the blog. Red (and a lot of it) and yellow together! YES! A girl after my own heart. I love the fact that she still sends snail mail, something I would love to start doing more of as I hardly ever send letters anymore. Also her art work and collages are amazing! I love that style of art and I always envy and admire anyone who can pull it off with out it looking like something done in primary school. The more I read her blog and have a little snoop around the more I develop a little bit of a girl crush and I'm going to stop there before I have a fan girl moment! (too late)
Second up is...
Cameron and Whitney from cameron+whitney. I came across them after they followed me and I feel in love with them straight away. There hilarious commentary on life made me laugh so much! Also this post! I mean how awesome is that work space! That is my dream work space...There's Books. Art and (see where I'm going with this)...Sci Fi (/comics, there basically the same!) I also was blown away by Cameron's paper art. I tired to do some paper art at college so I can kinda understand how talented you have to be to pull it off. You'll be seeing more of Cameron and Whitney around here in the very near future :)
Third up is...
Steven from Steven Andrew. I am in love with his blog! Every day I find myself scrolling down to the S's on my Bloglovin' list and seeing if there's a new post! I love the DIY's he does and his Inspire Me feature is great if you need some, you guessed it, inspiration! I love reading his posts, he has a nice mix of blogging content and personal reflections. He is such a sweet, caring person and is one of the few bloggers that I have wished I knew in real life. I cant wait to see where his life takes him and will enjoy tagging along for the ride :)
So I hope you like the new feature! I'll post it on a Monday because that gives me something to look forward to on the start of the week! I can't wait to find some gems among all the wonderful blogs out there :) If you want me to check out your blog just leave a comment with your blog and I'll be sure to check you out!! Much Love
Last week I watched Never Let Me Go. I've tried to read the book a few times, but always got distracted. It's a really good story, the bits that I've read, and I do plan on finishing it, but the film was on so I thought I'd just give it a go. Oh. My. Goodness. What. A. Film. If you haven't seen it, watch it, watch it, WATCH IT! It is a brilliant piece of British film and such a heartfelt gut wrenching film. If you want to watch a weeper, this is the film for you.
It's set in the 1950's through to the 70's, but it's not quite normal. Not really science fiction either, but you get the sense at the start that things aren't right. If you've ever watched 'The Island' with Ewan Mcgreggor, it's that sort of thing. I don't want to give too much away because it is such a fantastic film. Carry Mulligan is the star of the show, and her performance is amazing. I love her character and she just carry's the role so easily, she is beautiful to watch. Now I don't much like Keira KNightly but I have to say she is brilliant in this. My estimations of her shot up after seeing her play a character with a bit of depth. She still has an annoying mouth but at least her accent fits in with its surroundings. Andrew Garfield. Andrew. Andrew. Andrew. He is a winner! I was blown away by his acting. It's the little things. The slight twitch of his mouth, the slightly vacant expression. He totally bought that character to life and did one heck of a job. He had me weeping from the get go. Maybe because I knew what was going to happen...so I knew what every thing he was doing meant. But my goodness can that boy act. And hes gorgeous! I just want to scoop him up and take him home to meet the parents.
This is a gorgeous film, with beautiful directing and cinematography. A definite must see! If you've seen it or read the book id love to hear what you thought :) Much love
You know when you do something and you think you look really cute and everything's fine then you look back and it really wasn't? Well this was one of those times. I mean...look at that mouth, what is it doing?! In my head I was pulling a really cute awkward smile. Evidently not. Obviously something I have to work on. The next few days you will find me glued to the mirror practicing smiling!
This outfit is a real mash of my clothes that don't go with anything, so I just thought I'd put them together and see what happened. The skirt is years old! I think my Nan gave it to me because she never wore it and I was always stealing it off her. She also got me the top for Christmas. It's about two sizes too small as its supposed to be one of those dress/top things where its longer in the back than the front but it comes to just above my belly button!! I was having a real hard time figuring out what to wear it with as I hate t-shirts that don't reach past my butt, but I had the genius idea of wearing a high wasted skirt, and hey presto...no not-past-the-butt issues! I cut my fringe after I took these photos and looking back I kinda wish I hadn't! It's not that different, I just trimmed it because it was poking me in the eyes, but I have been trying to get my hair to do this for years and I finally do it and then I go cut it away...silly me.
I think this is my new outfit post area. It's just outside my new room and I just love the lighting here, and its only a small space so its not as daunting! Once the gym equipment and the coats are gone it'll look a lot better. At least while its still cold and wet outside. I love my new red hair!! No more nasty roots and I feel like me again :) And I'm loving red and yellow together so I'm off to buy some yellow things! Much love
Here goes! My first real Insta-FakeFriday...Eeep! This week has been quite an exciting one (and no, I haven't finished my room yet. Today. Definitely!) I hope you all had a great week too?! I'll be having a mosey round as usual looking at everyone's week in instagrams :)
13/01/12 - My first cup of tea out my new Blueberry Jelly Belly mug!
14/01/12 - We picked up the newest addition to the family :)
15/01/12 - Reading my new book and filling out my new diary
16/01/12 - I do love Batman
17/01/12 - And there she is...what a cutie!
18/01/12 - At a pit stop on the way to York showing off my newly died red hair
19/01/12 - Found a place for my many rolls of scrap wallpaper
20/01/12 - Coffee date with mummy
Yesterday the day trip to York was so good! I had such a great time, and it was nice to get out the house and out of Southport for a day. It took us about 2 hours to get there and it was so foggy on the roads. It was quite scary, we couldn't see anything in front of us, it was like we were right up in the clouds. I rained nearly all the way there but luckily the sun came out for us once we arrived. We went to the Jorvik Viking Center. It was so much fun! You go on these mini tram things and it takes you through a typical Viking town and it tells you all about it, it was so good, apart from the waxworks...they seriously creeped me out!!
York is such a beautiful place, full of old Tudor buildings and such rich history. The streets are cobbled and narrow and so quaint. It's great how un-modern it is. We wondered round the little shops for ages and read all the plaques about the place we could find. Usually I hate looking like a tourist but I didn't care that day haha! We had lunch in this gorgeous little pub with all the old beams showing and really low ceilings, it was cool to sit there and pretend like were were back in the old days :P The streets names were cool too! Things like 'Shambles' 'Little Shambles' and my favourtie 'Finkle Street'. I wish I had taken more photos, but I had really bad tummy ache and it was rather chilly on my little fingers! I can't wait till the weather gets warmer so I don't need gloves to use my camera. Unfortunately it only seems to be getting colder and colder here :( So tonight I'm wrapping up warm and settling on the sofa to watch Stargate Atlantis (nearly finished the whole series *sob*) and having a nice big mug of tea! Hope you have a great Thursday!! Much love
So I realized the other day that there has been a serious lack of Sci Fi on this here blog. I don't really know why that is, as I'm no less geeky or stepping away from that side. I guess because I've had quite a lot on at the moment, and the Sci Fi posts have been more fun rather than documenting life/outfits and such, they have been put on the back burner. But I plan to bring back the Sci Fi! Maybe just here and there or if I can find the time, I might even resurrect the Sci Fi Sunday, but you will defiantly be seeing more geek around these parts of town.
Tomorrow I'll share my York pictures. I had such a fab time which I'll tell you about tomorrow, but today I had some sad news. One of my mums oldest friends had the very sad business of having to put down her horse today. He was 12 years old and he was amazing. I rode him loads of times and he truly was one of the family. He was old and in pain, so to have him put to sleep was the kindest thing to do, but I know how hard it was for her to let him go. My thoughts go to the family today and I hope they can keep the memories of him happy.
Wasn't he a beauty?