26 March 2013
19 March 2013
Here is Chella doing her important study of zips and other useful things invented in 1913. Looks like there's no correlation. Perhaps it's a sampling error, or a false negative. Let's whip out the chi-square tests and the calculator and feel very scientific and important in establishing the non-significance of the number of zips currently about your person. I'm glad I never have to take another statistics exams. Or at least that is the way the evidence is leading. Perhaps the data is wrong and one will be sprung upon me tomorrow. Fear statistics exams.
The venue was amazing. It has green carpet like astroturf and is filled with the greatest hits of mid-century furniture. They have a giant slide, but I put off going on it, and then it was shut and it was too late. Story of my life.
Here's the rest of the pics here.
On Sunday night I went to my friend John Newman's sound installation at the Deaf Cat in Rochester, put on by the TEA people. There was a Damo Suzuki improv gig the previous night when I was away. I'm sure they organise these things when I can't come specifically to spite me. I also went to watch at their band dating event they put on on Thurs. They got musicians to fill out a profile, then assigned them to a band, gave them 2 free rehearsal sessions, then they played whatever they came up with on the night. It all worked out very well. There were soundscapes and something that sounded like a Talking Heads rehearsal.
I also managed to do two things I'd meant to do for at least 3 years. Give Matt McN the boxes of sheet film I'd got for £1 each, and buy Shareef's album. Matt has finished at art school, and doesn't have the same access to the large format camera, and Shar's old band broke up, but never mind. Champion procrastinating. Afterwards I went with Bee and Matt to the pub, and drank honey jack daniels that tasted like drinking cereal. Rochester Wetherspoons gives me the creeps.
12 March 2013
On Saturday I'm going up to Sheffield to visit my friends Chella and Sarah and also do a table/talk at the Sheffield Zine Fest. It's from 12-5 at the Electric Works S1 2BJ. There will be around 30 different stalls, and a full schedule of free workshops, including one from my friend Cath on feminism in zines.
Here's the details of mine. Fairly basic stuff, but I've done it before, and people seem to really appreciate it. I wrote a lot of the same info in this post.
Getting Started With Zines- Emma Falconer 2pm
Have you ever wanted to make a zine but didn't know where to start, or started making one and abandoned it for various reasons? The workshop covers tips for getting started, persevering with the project, overcoming common problems and what to do with the zine when you've finished it. The talk aims to be non-prescriptive, and show various different ways of approaching making a zine, and to deal with the attendees' particular wants and needs. Questions and discussion very much encouraged. Please note that the workshop doesn't include starting work on a zine there and then, it's intended more as a springboard to starting your own work.
11 March 2013
Here's a dress I recently made. I'm not very practiced at taking photos of myself, I'm usually on the other side of the camera, and it felt very awkward (and that's probably why I look so bad tempered). The remote control only cost £3, and has to be pointed directly at the camera, which doesn't help. It also didn't help that I don't have any space to use the 50mm lens, so I had to use the 28mm, which is really not a good idea around faces, especially if you've recently been having sinus trouble like I have, with the resulting puffy hamster face. None of the photos facing front were at all to my liking, and the ones from the back just emphasised my scoliosis, so you're not seeing those either. I still need to finish off the hem and the sleeve edging, I prefer to slip-stitch those by hand.
I made the pattern myself. I had this vintage dress I bought in 2001 and wore to death. The fabric started disintergrating, so I unpicked it, and traced it to make a pattern. The original had a draw-string neck, which I never liked, so I turned it into a gathered, darted neckline on the pattern. The patterned fabric was a remnant from Fancy Moon, with a lining of plain black cotton from a local place. I only had 1.5m of the mushroom fabric, so I had to be very careful about laying and cutting the pieces to make sure I could match the pattern and fit everything on the fabric. For reference, I'm 5ft8 and medium-sized. If I make another from this pattern with a lining, I'll probably add a little more ease into it.
10 March 2013
07 March 2013
Every so often I like to write on here about things I like, and why I like them. I've (finally) been finishing my zine about Vienna, and there's a section about Hundertwasser in there, but I didn't really have enough space to say everything that I wanted to say, and in a b&w zine obviously you totally miss out on the colours, which are a major part of his work, so here is a longer thing about him and his work. I've visited the Kunsthaus/Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna quite a few times, and I wrote about one of my visits here. I first came across his work in 2001, when I was 16/17, and bought a £3 book from a discount shop because it looked interesting from a quick flick through. I'm glad I did! All the pictures in this entry are either taken by me, or come from hundertwasser.at. I don't feel like I've really caught my exact favourites here, but collecting images from lots of different sources and making sure they were all credited properly would have taken a long, long time. Here's an overview of some things.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist, architect, fashion designer and environmentalist. He was born Friedrich Stowasser in 1928 and died in 2000, very famous in Austria, Germany and NZ, but not really a household name in the UK. Sto means hundred in various Slavic languages, so he started using the pen name Hundertwasser, and his first name gradually mutated into Friedensreich, which means "peaceful country" in German. His family were Jewish, but managed to spend the war hiding out by pretending to be Catholics. He joined the famous Akademie des bildenden Künste in Vienna, but found it stifling, and left to travel the world. Originally he was a painter, but he also became an architect and graphic designer, designing a lot of buildings and stamps in Austria and New Zealand (where he eventually was also given citizenship). Strangely he was also a supporter of the Christian Democrat party.
Both his paintings and architectural work are based on concentric flowing organic lines and spirals, with bold colours
1) Zoom!- Super Furry Animals (see my entry about Gruff Rhys' Separado film)
2) What Is Not But Could be If- Silver Jews (I'm so glad I caught their final tour)
3) I'm On Standby- Grandaddy (about sums up the last few weeks)
4) Dry The Rain- Beta Band (I've been listening to the Beta Band a lot recently, makes me think of being in 6th form. Scary to think that was well over a decade ago.)
5) Like New- Deerhunter (would love to go to their ATP this year, but looks very unlikely)
6) Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats of Fire Are Falling From the Sky!- A Silver Mt. Zion (I didn't get to see them last time they played over here, a pity)
7) Romantic Rights- Death From Above 1979 (More Canadians. Pure testosterone and sweat. Again missed them in 2011. This is turning into a regret list of gigs I've missed in the last few years)
8) Rhoda- Slint (On the other hand, I didn't want to go to their reunion in case I was too disappointed)
9) Paint it Black- Fennesz (Austria's finest. I don't think you'd know this was Paint it Black if you didn't know already)
10) Taschenrechner- Kraftwerk (Auf Deutsch. Übrigens, sie sind besser auf seine Muttersprache meiner Meinung nach, und mit Wortspiele/Witzen die englische Version mangelt)
11) No More Workhouse Blues- Bonnie "Prince" Billy (It's always good to be someone's favourite horse)
12) Dymuniadau Da- Datblygu (This doesn't appear to be on Spotify or available for download easily. Best Welsh language goodness)
13) Gyroscope- Boards of Canada (Not Canadians)
14) Chappel Hill- Sonic Youth ( Again, glad I caught one of Sonic Youth's final shows)
15) Independence Day- Elliott Smith ( Never saw Elliott Smith either. Another pity)
16) Mushroom- Can (I like songs about nuclear war.)
17) Frozen Warnings- Nico (I don't know why people call The Marble Index "unlistenable". I think it's a lovely album. Nico herself was a pretty horrible person though)
18) All is Full of Love- Björk (I should make a playlist about robot love)
03 March 2013
02 March 2013
If you google "storming an onion" you only get one thing- people discussing how to understand an INFJ personality type on the Myers-Briggs system. That's a pity, I wish there were more onion storming about.
01 March 2013