Author Archives: AnnIsikArts

About AnnIsikArts

Artist/Writer, Proofreader/Copy Editor

On the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice: Shanks, E., 100 Years Dead, Not Forgotten


‘O lad that I loved, there is rain on your face, And your eyes are blurred, and sick with the plain.’  –  Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967):  I Stood with the Dead (June 1918) My maternal grandfather’s younger brother Edwin was killed … Continue reading

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Black Bean Dye and Black Bean Soup


“Beans, you know, are beautifully shaped, like a new church, like modern architecture, like a planned city”  ― Janet Frame, Scented Gardens for the Blind My love affair with Titanium oxalate continues … In my search for blue, I’ve wanted … Continue reading

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A Titanic Love Affair, Horse Chestnut Husk Dye and Mordanting with Moses the Chemist


My titanic love affair has little to do with those 12 sprogs/pre-Olympian gods of Uranus, less still the ill-fated ship of that name. I’m in love with the oxalate of a mineral element,  Titanium Oxalate (C4O8Ti) which is a new … Continue reading

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Be strong, even if it breaks your heart –  Dr Who This resonated. I wondered for a brief moment how being strong would break the heart. Then thought: Sophie’s Choice. I reckon there comes a time we all have to … Continue reading

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Homage to Nature


“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.”   ~ Aristotle

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Working Like Snow


“Like Snow
Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.”

~Wendell Berry Continue reading

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Look What Turned Up in the Garden – Common Stinkhorn


In fact two of these little fellers turned up in the garden. And that’s not sexist writing. Its Latin name is Phallus Impudicus and according to Wikipedia: “Botanist John Gerard called it the “pricke mushroom” or “fungus virilis penis effigie” … Continue reading

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The Season of Bowls


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Statue of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst STAYS!


The statue of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is going to stay in Parliament. The planning application to move Pankhurst from her historic home was withdrawn just days after a huge petition to Westminster Council signed by over 180,000 was handed over. Continue reading

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Dear Westminster City Council Planning Department: Emmeline Pankhurst Statue


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