Home truths

Oh, the funny and fake things we find on the internet. Can you believe the world wide web has only been alive since around 1996? Ask your mum/dad/grandparents about how they coped before then. I'll think you'll find that they got along just fine... but to most it is an invaluable resource. Our generation is certainly one that relies on gadgets, instant everything, flawless and easy to use forms of communication, social networking and, if ever in doubt, being able to 'google it'. What next eh? Everything has to be harder, better, and faster than what came before it. Thats why life goes by so quickly these days, no one lives in the moment anymore. Were all too busy focusing on where we want to be and the quickest/easiest way to get there. One wee quote that I will never forget, is 'happiness is the journey, not the destination'... Think about it.

Playing with paint

I need to make a serious promise to myself that I will be more photoshop literate by the time I graduate. Its a pretty invaluable skill for me to have! The clock is ticking. My own copy of Adobe photoshop would really help first :( There is only so much time I can spend in the Digital Training Unit at the Academy, playing around aimlessley with tutorials. I need some home alone time and my own pictures to experiment with! I would love to be able to do some really effective and awesomely cool stuff with photos and graphics and the like. And where does Illustrator come into things? Is it similar to Photoshop and in what other ways can you use it? These are all questions I need to start finding answers to. I made the above photo a wee while back playing around with the joy that is 'Paint' on Windows, my camera, and and Ikea pillow :) Simples!

Singin' in the rain

Fed up of the weather. Its devestation and life changing effect on people in environmentally vulnerable regions is pretty damn heartbreaking. Nature is a force not to be reckoned with. Climate change much?

I think Totoro needs a bigger umberella. (Eh, eh?)

If only solving half of this Earths problems was that simple.

Oh no it isn't!

Oh yes it is! The badboy superstar of Sleeping Beauty in all his glory :) What a talented bunch of folk I work with. There is gonna be some scared school kids in the Rsamd this christmas haha. Mind yer heads ;)

Oh the things we do...

Deary me, where has my love for extreme sports gone? No where! I'll tell you what has gone however, time and money :( I miss my dirtbike and the Motocross days with my dad. Still makes me sad that I had to sell it. I hate that I only get to surf a handful of times a year now on my annual Cornwall trip. And it sucks majorly that my snowboard hasn't seen any action in months. I haven't had the time, and I haven't had the money. Xscape is just down the road, but it is silly expensive and just aint the same as real snow and real mountains. I would give anything to get a wee trip up north this winter, and I swear by the end of easter 2010 I will have taught David how to surf :) Now for some old school photos ♥

Friday feeling

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? "

Blog Award

Looky what I got :) What a nice end to a hectic week! My blog is meant to mostly be a uni journal for reflection to do with my course and production practice... but its kinda warped into a big whole mix of everything. Life, friends, fashion, art, beauty, random rants. But I kinda like it that way. It feels like its naturally evolved into something I never thought it would be, and I'm proud of my 31 followers because I didnt really expect anyone to be reading and commenting on what I've been writing in the first place :) It would be good to hear anyones feedback on wether y'all think I should have a separate blog for uni stuff, or if it fits in along with everything else I write about too.

Thanks to Phoebe at Peluxe for tagging me for this blog award. I now need to nominate my 15 fave blogs at the moment, so here goes for the newbies that are a must read at the moment :) Check them out!

Notebook Doodles
Butterfly Wings
Place De La Concorde
xLovely Makeupx
A Storm In A Teacup
Lily Loves Lola
Cupcakes and Cherries
An Alien World
Style Is The Sixth Sense
Marshmallow Pie
Miss Onic
Your Face
Made In The Shade

I have just realised what celeb my new haircut resembles... Frankie from the Saturdays! So much for letting it grow. I am ridiculously impatient.

Something inspiring before bedtime

Check this girlie out: www.notebookdoodles.blogspot.com

Simply lovely! ♥ I am fascinated with illustration and typography at the moment. I think it is so important to keep inspired, and share anything creative that you find with the people around you.

Mind Boggling

Gauze! Its like painting on a huge pair of flat fishnet tights. The rules are, your paint cant be too thick (or you will block all the holes) and your paint cant be too thin, or it will bleed down the rest of the fabric! Oh, and you cant make any mistakes either, because they are almost IMPOSSIBLE to rub out. So for this crazily precise and geometric design, the pressure was on, a tad :)

This is the backdrop for the transformation scene in Sleeping Beauty. When a gauze is lit from the front, it looks opaque. But when it is lit from behind, it becomes transparant! And in that case, another scene is normally set behind this backdrop. Preparing for a 'mystery reveal'. However in this case the designers only wanted the clock face to disappear when backlit, and for the surrounding lines to remain. Incase you are wondering why the numerals are backwards, it is because the cast are meant to be inside a clock tower :) But anyhoo, how does one solve a problem like Maria? How do we make half of the Gauze features become transparant, and the other half remain intact even when back lit? Well... we painted the clock face as normal, and when it came to all the other geometric lines we based them with latex glue first (which blocks all the holes and prevents the light from shining through) and then painted over the top with normal black paint! Not that much of a mystery :) Its quite a tricky thing to do, but hopefully it will look stunning. And get a few "oooh's!"

I will try and get a proper picture of this transformation during the dress rehearsals. Not long to go now. I hope you all get to see a Panto this christmas, support your local theatres and get into the festive cheer :)


"I use mouthwash, sometimes I floss.
I've got a family, and I drink cups of tea.
I've got nostalgic pavements.
I've got familiar faces.
I've got mixed up memories.
And I've got favourite places"

- Kate Nash

What's inspiring you at the moment?

Sunday Best

I will apologise in advance, as this is a rather picture heavy post! But I feel like I have alot of catching up to do. Its a chilly sunday evening, and I'm cosied up in my jammies with a malteaser hot chocolate and The Aristocats on tv. The Wizard of Oz was on before it - my most favourite film ever! Later on this evening I'll be watching the X Factor, as most of the population will. But for now I'm chilling, its been a relaxing end to a manic week. I feel like a little bit of a rewind and some reflection is in order! So last saturday me and David decided to have a wee night in for halloween. Last year, I had a party! And here are some pictures from last all hallows eve (which does not seem like a year ago... how much has time flown)

As you can see, I went as Princess Peach and David went as Mario! :) It was really fun dressing up in a twosome. My outfit was from a company called Legs Avenue. We sold alot of their stuff when I worked in the fancy dress hire shop Forgotten Dreams before I went to uni full time. Its a bit more expensive and upmarket than your usual Anne Summers 'am I lingerie or am I a halloween outfit' effort! No offence to anyone who has worn anything from there for halloween, it is just a bit risque for my liking :p So this was a nice quality outfit but still cutesey and fun to wear. I never thought wee princess peach would see the light of day again, but in the last year she has been borrowed by my friend Dominique, and more recently Davids sister Amy. So money well spent :) Haha, now feast your eyes on our pictures from this year...

We decided to dress as something that reminded us of each other! We have lots of wee in jokes, and things that we laugh about. So I was originally wanting to go as Rupert Bear, or Ron Burgandy from Anchor Man :) But I opted for Little Miss Sunshine... as in the film title (This was a film David got for me on our 6th month anniversary me thinks. And he wrote in a lovely card one time that I was his little ray of sunshine) But I have went as the real Little Miss. Kids outfit from asda, which I cut up and sew onto a new top. Voila! David went as his geeky alter ego 'Cedrick'. Cedrick is a side of David that pulls the most stupid faces, and puts on ridiculous voices and chases me up the stairs. Id never really imagined what this character would look like, but I think he is pretty spot on! :) We watched some scary films and ate a ridiculous amount of sweets. So much so, that I felt sick for like a week! Haha, who needs a hangover? My dentist will not be happy!

So, after the fun weekend it was back to uni last monday morning. We are all steam ahead with panto, and I feel like I'm settling into my management role quite well. We hung up our next 6m x 12m cloth, and this was to be the panto style kitchen! It is the scenic artists job to take the designers design, and make it into life scale from their teeny wee 1:25 model. So starting off with our blank cloth, I organised my team and we drew the cloth up, colour matched and mixed all the paint and then painted our wee hearts out!

As the head scenic artist, it is my responsibility to run the team and make sure that the design is realised to its full potential and artistic accuracy. It has been a big role to undertake, and it has made me realise how hard it is to motivate and delegate to a large team. I am still learning myself, but in this case I need to be the person who knows everything... The schedule, costings, budget, methods of how we are going to mark out and paint the cloths, set pieces etc. I am really lucky to be working with such a team of talented people, who dont need much instruction, just to be organised and have colours and bits and bobs approved by me once the job has been done! Which is really wierd, because I am not used to organising people who are actually much older than me. Its been hard :( But anyways, this was the end result by monday:

It is identical to the model, so the designers were happy! :) Aswell as production work, I also have written work lingering on my mind. I need to get on track with my 3 reflective statements to be done by the end of dec, and also a sort of first draft of my big research essay (which will essentially get me my degree) I also need to find a work placement! And sort out things like my website, business cards, and updating my portfolio to a new bigger folder. So many things to think about, but I feel like my mind is completely consumed by panto at the moment. The show goes up on the 8th december, so hopefully after then I will be able to focus properly on other things I need to get done. Its been a slow uphill struggle, but I feel like I'm getting there. My mums friend Drea, who produces and directs for the likes of Wifeswap and The Secret Millionaire has agreed to be my 'professional mentor' - a figure whom we need to formally have on our files as part of our final year. She pretty much mentors me on an informal basis anyways, so was a doddle opting to make her my official one too! And my uncle chris is the production manager at the Citizens theatre in Glasgow... so he is kind of an unofficial mentor too, for the theatre side of my career. Thinking of all this... Im actually not going to be a student for much longer! What's a girl to do?!

Pretty safe to say that this week gone past has been a bloody long one. I was quite looking forward to the weekend and getting a break away from the academy. Feels kinda claustrophobic being there every day, 9am till 9pm some nights :( Saturday was wee Tylers 5th birthday, so me and David went round to my mums for a bit and had some lovely grub and watched her open her pressies. She had a party at a local adventure play area, and got so many cards and pressies! She was definately spoiled, but shes a good wee girl so she deserved a day of being a princess :) 25 kids went to her party, I definately did not have anywhere close to 25 friends when I was five years old. What a loser! :p haha. She got £55 in total from cards alone, all given to her at the party. Not bad eh! We all had a good laugh, and she thought she was rich :)

And today I was up bright and early for the christening of one of my best friends new baby boy :) Here is me, Gemma, Rea, and baby Blair! He was very well behaved, he is such a wee sweetheart. I got him a pair of navy baby converse, theyre possibly the cutest things ever. Gemma is quite a young mum, which I know can be a controversial topic in this day and age. But she is a sensible young woman, in a happy long term relationship, has a big supportive and loving family, and I think that bringing those factors into consideration then a baby is very much a blessing and not at all a burden.

So after a busy week, I feel like its been a luxury to have a sunday night in to relax. Uni has been silly busy, but its my final year... so I guess I cant expect anything less. I just need to be organised, take it day by day and give it my all like I always have. Ive been working quite a bit, which I feel bad about because my boyfriend and friends and social life has kinda taken a back seat. But if I want to go my annual surf trip in easter and around europe next summer then Ive gotta keep saving my pennies! Im looking forward to christmas, purely for a bit of time off and the chance to spend some quality time with my family, friends and david. I have 2 books on my shelf that Im desparate to read, and a whole box set of old musical dvds that need watching! Its a busy time of year, for everyone. I think amongst everything, it is important to stay inspired, so I shall end this mammoth post with a wee quote :)

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy