Poetic Mapping. It’s about walking, but not just physically. It’s about mapping, but not in the Ordnance Survey sense. It’s about mapping through feeling expressed through art. It’s about finding what and how to map. It’s about talking to myself out loud. Writing to myself out loud. Making art out loud. Reading to myself out loud. Singing to myself out loud.
I’ve been out loud on this blog since 2010. Writing blog posts has improved my creativity in its various forms. writing, art, mapping and even singing. I have a stash of flash fiction stories waiting to be developed.
Arguably the best aspect of blogging – the best aspect of the Internet – is meeting and exchanging ideas and opinions with other arty folks. Some of my bests walks are those I take into (and poach from!) other artists’ territories. They are too numerous to name. They are in every corner of the world. That in itself is inspiring.
Bio: born and bred in Northumberland (the English side of the Scottish border, on the east coast. First class honours BA, Fine Art (1987) – three prizes (the John Christie Prize – twice – the Hatton Prize) along the way; TEFL Certificate (TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language); various proofreading/editing courses; fluent in French; several years classical vocal training (ABRSM and Vaccai Method) in France and UK.
I’ve lived and/or taught, exhibited, in and around the UK, Dubai, Grand Cayman, France and the US.
I write articles and short stories, blogs. (I have had to give up for now on the editing of my manuscript of a first novel and the writing of a second).
Mixed media artist (eco printing, encaustics, collage, et cetera infinitum). In my spare time (ha!) doing up a boat (Albin Vega) with my husband; running an allotment growing organic veggies and plants for their dyeing properties.
I live in Norfolk, and Kent (the Garden of England) walk and wander. And wonder. I’ve sung soprano in a number of choral societies in France and England and solo (to date, never again unless I can find a way of handling performance anxiety) for charity on two occasions. I’ve even sung in the rain in Trafalgar Square and (not in the rain but the Charles Clore Studio) in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.