Discovered Suminagashi the art of Japanese marbling at a decorative paper workshop I attended and must say I found it fascinating. Suminagashi, which means floating ink, uses ink floating on water to create one-off patterns. These patterns can be printed on paper, fabric or objects such as boxes and so on. Here are some prints I made using Japanese and Chinese calligraphy rice paper...
As a new dawn beckons, I wonder what would happen if, I do away with unnecessary expectations and instead, look forward to taking baby steps inplace of giant leaps? Or make a conscientious effort to take each day as it comes and savouring each moment each day brings? Or better yet, what would happen, if I let go of absolutely everything that’s out of my control and let God take the reins? This is the principle I would like to embrace this year even if I fall along the way.
To be hopeful of the future; be patient in the midst of any affliction and to continue to pray, no matter what life brings my way, is all I can ask for in the new year. Looking back, last year taught me the importance of encouraging myself and others, which led to the 'Lift up project' that you see in my post below. I hope to keep learning and developing in this area, as we all need encouragement from time to time and it does wonders for one's wellbeing.
I wish you all, a fresh new start in the coming year and sincerely pray you have a hopeful new year!
Kemi West xx
Having this photography exhibition in a public space like the station, is much needed. Something to distract the mind from the chaos and let it wander to the most beautiful of sceneries or places!
This Ginger drink is the perfect way to keep the winter cold at bay. It's like a warm hug in a mug! All you need is:
We all need to have hope (mine is in Christ), that all will be well. This artwork by Mark Titchner is a reminder for us to have hope and not give up in this testing times.
Recently went shopping for a new pair of prescription glasses and dragged my ever-patient sister with me. Being someone who wouldn’t buy new pair of glasses without a trusted eye, my sister was the perfect shop buddy. She wouldn’t hesitate to tell me if the glasses didn't fit, whereas the shop assistant’s advise could be a little tricky to believe in their well lit shop.
Having convinced myself I needed a new pair of glasses, I headed to my local Optician. I told myself, I new exactly what was wrong with my old pair, 'they weren’t the right fit'. So, I needed new ones to replace them. I told the opticians what I wanted and out came the frames. One-by -one I tried them on. With each one I tried, I started to doubt if glasses were made to suit frames like mine. All I had was a low bridge nose, surely there must be a pair of glasses out there that’s got my name written all over it. Plus, how hard could this be?
It took me trying my fair share of ill-fitted glasses, to discover that my current pair of glasses, were actually ideal for my flat bridge nose. Problem solved!
As I left the Optician's, I put on my old pair of glasses, with a new found appreciation for the glasses I’ve had for almost two years. I thought to myself, who knew I could learn a thing or two, just by shopping for a new pair of glasses. Which goes to show, there is truly no need fixing something if it isn’t broken!
Thought I was being brave when my friend refused to go see these reptiles with me, but I insisted on going alone. Looking back and seeing some of them with their mouths wide open, my thoughts are somewhat different. But I’m sure I’d do it again just to be at one with nature, albeit with a little bit of caution!
The word ‘staycation’ is fast becoming the new ‘vacation’. In light of the uncertainties surrounding travelling at present, the reasonable thing for ‘Moir’ to do is explore my surroundings. Which was how I ended up at this surprisingly interesting craft market last week! Had some lively chats with the stall holders and fellow customers alike as I admired the skillful craftsmanship behind the products on display.
Thought I’d share some of the pictures with you and have included some websites for those wanting to know more about the artisans in my post. Just goes to show, you never know what’s lurking round the corner unless you have a nose around!
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