Monday, 22 February 2010
Winnie Caw discusses hair;
"The 'crowning glory' is one of the most indestructible parts of the body. As such, a sudden loss of hair is unlucky, forecasting a decline in health, loss of property or failure in business. Red hair is associated with fiery-tempered people (e.g. Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I); black and dark brown hair indicate strength; fair hair implies timidity. On a man, if the hair grows low on the forehead and back above the temples he will have a long life; if a woman's hair grows in a low point on her forehead ('widow's peak') she will outlive her husband. If a woman suddenly develops curls on her forehead her man has not long to live.
Lank hair = a cunning nature; Curly hair = good natured, full of fun; Long hair = strength (e.g. Samson) and luck.
It is said to be unlucky to have your hair cut when the moon is in the wane as this will cause it to fall out and lose its lustre. Cutting your own hair will tempt fate. To determine your future: set fire to some strands of your hair - cut them off first!. If they burn brightly, you are in for a long life. If they splutter and smoulder, it is said to be a death omen. Never pull out grey hairs, for one will be replaced by ten. It has often been believed that a sudden fright can turn hair white."
When looking for info on animal symbolism I came across this picture. It interests because of the way the hair is drawn.
If two males are seen sitting together this is a very good omen. Should a blackbird nest anywhere in your house then you can look forward to a year of good fortune.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
I always find relevant stuff in charity shops...check out this diamond! It totally fits with the line of enquiry I'm going down on my residency.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
I have just finished my second week. What a brilliant opportunity to have my own space, it’s so inspirational being in the cafe environment and although I am hidden away in my warren a lot of the time(I am planning to emerge!!!), I love hearing the hustle and bustle of the cafe. I’ve had a few visitors this week who have popped in to see what I’m up to...please, if you’re curious I more than welcome the chance for people to see the space and discuss my work.
My thoughts have turned more towards an installation of some sort. I feel like I’m in a little forest hideaway with my dark green carpeted walls, and the domestic space is very relevant. I have bought lots of leaves in the sale from Fred Aldous and I’m thinking of ways to intertwine them with objects in the space...so, watch this space.
Also, it’s surprising me how the environment is informing the way I work and causing me to approach it differently. I am creating a large collaged piece, which is not normally the way I work. I feel a departure from the small sculptures I make, although they need to exist in my space because they provide inspiration and are good to use as still life for drawing. I am also surprised by how much the media mentions and draws upon expectations from fairytales. Dotted around my studio you will find adverts and text that I’ve cut out that illustrates this. Also check out the French Connection and Harvey Nicholls windows in central Manchester for a bit of Anthropomorphism!(above)....
Oh yeah...Happy Valentine’s Day!
p.s. below are some drawings from this week x
Friday, 12 February 2010
Sunday, 7 February 2010
I have just finished my first week at Nexus Art Cafe in Manchester where I am currently artist in residence. I have been settling into the space and letting my sculptures and drawings 'live' in their new home. I always love the beginning of a project when there are ideas buzzing around my head and I feel really fortunate to have a studio space (outside my home) to work in again. For me, ideas flow when I experiment with juxtaposing my drawings and sculptures with the space, with different textures, varieties of materials, and found objects or belongings that have a particular resonence to me. Basically when I play.
Recently I have become really submerged in research around illustrating, storytelling and the psychology of fairy tales and the symbiotic, fearful, transformative relationships between the female and animal characters in these tales .
I studied for an MA in Drawing from Wimbledon College of Art and my degree show left me at a point where I was investigating how I could transform my body through sculpture and sewn costumes/adornments. Since my degree ended I have become a mother and my relationship with my body has altered, I have begun to look more into the symbology of certain animals, and it has ignited memories of fairy tales and being read to which will be a rich resource to draw from. The cautionary, frightening and brutal nature of these tales is more vivid now that I am revisiting these stories as an adult.