Close up of illustration (this is from one of my own paintings) for the Pulp Redux project
Well, I'm a bit overdue on my weekly posting (by four days in fact...tut tut) but I've been on holiday!!! Well, a holiday of sorts. It has been punctuated, unfortunately, by the flu and an overwhelming tiredness that has been demanding sleep (a lot of it) - hard to do when you have a two year old running circles around you every 5 mins...but yesterday, I checked him into day care and got 12 hours worth of sleep. Three hours in the morning and nine more last night - ahhh, bliss! Admittedly, dreaming about coughing up flies and finding spotted slugs in the creases of my my palm was a little disconcerting:
What are you two doing in my dream?
So when I woke up from my morning slug dream, I knew it was time to hit the studio - which, btw, is all nicely organised - I even have somewhere to sit!! Look:
OMG! Whose studio is that?? That's not mine!
Well, actually, my proper tidy studio shots are on my other computer, which I'll get to later on tonight, so this will have to do for now. Ok, I'm home now...so here's the tidy studio...ta dah!
So anyway, it was to the task at hand - my Pulp Redux pages for Lisa J's book; namely...
...finishing off a bit of drawing (above) - hey, those slugs are everywhere! This is the start of the explanatory illustrations and notes for my Anglo Saxon pages (below):
...which are hidden behind a shroud that folds back to reveal the notes pages...
"I am opposed to widespread advertising impacting every aspect of our existence. And I am drawing a line around the space that I deem inappropriate for advertising to inhabit. In this case it is my blog.
As an avid blogger I [have been] receiving numerous offers of money from companies to both advertise on my site and also to "mention" products as a form of endorsement in the content of my blog. Knowing this, it has become necessary to differentiate myself from blogs that contain ads and inform my readers that they can know for sure that my endorsement of anything (whether it's a product, a book, a piece of art, an idea) comes directly from me and not influenced by any outside source/company/or corporation.
Many bloggers say they will not let the ads affect the editorial content. I question this statement. Can you guarantee that? And knowing that other people are offered money to "mention" a product on their site don't you start to wonder whether someone is recommending something in an unbiased way? We live in a culture where advertisers directly influence and in some cases control and create the culture at large. Honesty of the writing is affected when corporate interests are paying the bills. This has been proven time and time again in the case of periodicals, films, and television. The more ads that appear on blogs the less we will all trust in the honesty of the medium as a whole.
The by-product of this is that blogging medium (as with many/most others forms of media in our culture, magazines, news, film, etc.) is now *influenced/controlled* by large corporations."
If we, as a society, lose our voice completely, and corporations start doing all the talking, then we'll be utterly lost. To some degree, this has already happened. Our ability to envision a future collectively has already been severely compromised.". ~ Kalle Lasn
Like I said, I feel strongly about this, and I can hear some of you saying "But surely we wouldn't have blogger if it wasn't for advertising?". Actually, that's not true...it has only ever been an option and, although it still is...that freedom of choice is slowly being eroded by the likes of what I found on my dashboard this morning. Indeed, the more bloggers that are enticed away from blogging as an ad free medium by participating in this type of surreptitious advertising, the more we as artists and creative indviduals are in danger of losing our integrity as free-thinkers. I'm not asking or bullying you to join with me on this pledge but to at least think about what I've written here.
Anway, out with the motley and in with an example of the amazing powers of blogger as an agent of free thinking, exploration, networking and amazing finds: namely, this lovely lady and her fantastic, incredible fabric paper making:
These pictures belong to Sue and she's from the Waikato, New Zealand, and that's all I know about her...and maybe that's all she wants me to know about her, but after last week's blog posting - the one I did on fabric paper. This post was inspired by the book (and this is an endorsement from me), Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor. I gave the fabric paper a go and posted photos up last week and as a result, I got this amazing collection of pictures from Sue via my blog email, with the note:
"I've used some of it for ATC's, must make some more , I also use it for preserving old newspaper but I don't like the shiny effect. Enjoying your blog..."
Sue in the Waikato
Well Sue - these are just bloody amazing!!!!!!! I am feeling totally inspired to make more and more fabric paper so that I've got a good stash of it just like you! And if you're reading this then get a hold of me and give me real permission to keep these pictures up on my blog.
Till next week, folks!