this was a day out with Arianne at Exmouth we had ice cream too

The year in colours

This idea comes from the genius mind of Claire Haley (@haleybirddesign). I’ve been thinking of printing some colour behind the bird drawings for a while now. Claire suggested I find colours that reflect the month they were drawn in. I’ve gone through my photos and picked out ones that represent that month, which is rather personal. The colours might not …

Philosophy, art and science intersect in interdiscipline

Interdisciplinary collaboration as a catalyst for innovation

Introduction Scientific breakthroughs are based on facts, precisely measured and analysed. Major philosophical theories are born from concepts and thought experiments. I suspect art lies somewhere in between. This essay is an exploration into: The common factors that link art, science and philosophy Whether these commonalities can inspire creativity and promote innovation Cyclic movement is congruent to science, philosophy and …

Pinterest robots neatly ordered in columns metallic humans

Thoughts about robots

Notes and thoughts after the introductory session of Robots and Everyday life from the Brigstow Institute which was incredibly stimulating. Speaker Genevieve Liveley started her history of robots with Talos (Huge bronze man who guarded Crete by throwing rocks at ships in Greek mythology). I’d never considered robots existed before the 20th century. Dr Genevieve Bell is another interesting Genevieve who’s …

birds in my garden land on a feeder and move a pen to draw lines

Bird and Wind drawings – gimbal experiment

20th June 2021 June 18th 2021 The gimbal is making a big difference to the pens contact time on the paper. I’ve reduced the moving surfaces and have the pen attached to the base of a bird feeder, drawing onto a solid surface instead of a moving one. Added a 360 degree swivel to the top Weighted the pen so …

intangible bot code

IntangibleBot – Analogue generative artwork @BotIntangible News from my garden where the birds and wind draw pictures. Bot by @lisacoleuk From a workshop led by @tapia and Annika Kappner for @control_shift_2020 https://twitter.com/BotIntangible code for Cheap Bots Done Quick {     “origin”: [“Today the #objects# are #doingthis# in the #places#”, “Airy way news! #specific# is #doingthis# and thinking about #thoughts#”, …

Eureka Seven confusing Manga with some catchy openings

A journal of ear worms

I may not have a visual imagination but I hear songs really clearly. Sometimes I get phrases or bits of poetry stuck too. Generally they don’t bother me unless they stick for days. Sometimes they are so strong they are there like background noise even if I listen to something else. Sometimes I indulge them. Sometimes I try to divert …

Thoughts and questions about trees

Trees from the top of Solsbury Hill near Bath. May 2021. Background This is ongoing research into capturing things we can see or hear and turning them into things we can hold. I’m looking for 2 things here, firstly, can the sound of a tree be recorded in a useful way and secondly, do different types of trees move in …

a machine that draws music that you play to it in clay slip and glaze

My diverse creative life is polarised

I’ve been really fortunate to get funding from Future Bright for mentoring by Mark Devereaux. I’m grateful that Future Bright didn’t try to shoehorn me into one of the many and excellent courses run by Outset West because I’m not the kind of entrepreneur that wants to expand her business. I asked Mark to help me consolidate what I do …

think of an apple what do you see in your mind? I see a black void

Research and practice 2020 – capturing nature

Background With Aphantasia I can’t imagine things visually so I make them. It is just as weird to me to think about how an apple looks as to think about how sound might look, or movement. My practice revolves around making intangible things solid. I tend to make things that can be held in the hands so they deliver a …

purple triangle knitted stitches on needles this will become socks

alt text as haiku

If you right click on any image in this website you should see a haiku description. This is an idea generated in a brilliant workshop by Shannon Finnegan for Control Shift Network who have been running a series of stimulating and fascinating events throughout November 2020. What is alt text? Alt text is a description of an image that appears …