(c) Tom Smith 2014.
Well it’s been quite busy lately and I, as usual, forgot about the blog here. The first term of third year has come to an end, and we’re on hols, but are we really. There are a lot to do and typically I’ve been very slow on both the dissertation and course project. But hey, it’s still holidays. At least I don’t get to worry about havin’ to show my werk - which has been, mostly, fuck all - to tutors every week for a month. Freedom.!
Will be back on bloggin’ soon. A lot of WIP’s at the moment, hopefully they’ll all get done so I can upload new werk here. There’s also a - yet another - new blog I set up for the rant/rambling/thoughts, short or lengthy, I usually share on Facebook. Am still postin’ them on FB, but it’s rather hectic to find them to re-read later on since those roamin’ words quickly disappear into the woods of the mountains of photos and YouTube links. So here’s the link, if anybody reads anything on there, I do hope you enjoy. : http://thefloatinwords.tumblr.com/
Halloween party 2013. II
Halloween party 2013. I
I had a wee blog on South Korean bloggers’ site, Egloos. It was an interesting experience for a good while, then I got bored with it. There was nothing wrong with the service itself, though a wee bit confusing to navigate. I suppose it was the cultural difference and mainly the language problem - I couldn’t understand a lot of what they say sometimes due to my lack of urban slang usage - that had put me off. There were arguments, too, between users - quite often over ‘nothing’. After some time, I thought to myself, ‘Fuck this.’ The frustration continued to grow bigger and there really was nae point in it. Well, I couldn’t find one for myself. Maybe things could’ve been different if I lived in their country. So I said a farewell to my wee blog. But I kept my account, because like everywhere on the internet, there too were some good people on there who I’ve enjoyed communicatin’ with. Angsi Kwak( http://yulinsci.egloos.com/ ), from Sweden, was one of them.
She is a ‘creative recycling designer’. Never heard of the term yourself.? Neither have I. Recycling is one thing and design is another, but ‘recycling designer’.? Well, she does exactly what she says - bringin’ new life to old (often neglected) stuff with a good touch of creative thoughts. How could she come up with the idea, you’d wonder, if you were from South Korea. As far as I know, there hasn’t been much a thought of ‘recycling’ in the country. Partially because of the post war poverty and the sudden economic boost in the ‘70- ’80s. Koreans, who had had enough with livin’ on a tight budget for years, did not want to look back in the past once the country’s economy was settled. I remember how my maw disliked the ‘junks’ I brought home from streets and always wanted to keep the house pristine clean. The most Koreans would consider ‘second hand/used’ items as ‘spoiled’ and a lot would not even touch clothes someone wore before. That’s how I remember them, but I see the change is formin’ now that people can look at it a bit differently. It wasn’t whatever items were ‘unusable’, it was the way they saw them that way, the way of living they were taught by teachers and parents. I would not dare say their way of life was ‘wrong’, as I am not here to judge. They had good reasons to believe in that mindset.
So it was quite refreshing to hear a Korean lady has been workin’ on this wonderful recycling project - it’s called WACR : Writer, Angsi, Creative, Recycling. She’s been givin’ away vintage tea cups and other stuff to Korean bloggers exclusively on Egloos.com for a while. The rule was the same as the most giveaways go: leave a comment with a brief statement about yourself + why you need the item. Then she draws a couple of names for the items she’s prepared to send off. I was delighted to know that I got selected among the few others.
AND it arrived.!
I received two goblets in grassy green and a tea towel, all well packed with a thoughtful note + a copy of thank you letter for participants. In the note, she said she was goin’ to get me a mug with a goat’s head on it that she had seen a while back, but someone might have taken it before her as she could not find it on her next visit to the store. She offered she’d send me another one if the goblets are not my cup of tea - well, I don’t drink T in them, but I DO love goblets.! And I really like the green on them. Am gonna give one to my pal who’s got a new place recently, I know she’d appreciate it. I am usin’ my goblet for drinkin’ wine. I’ll be drinkin’ mulled wine and hoat toddy in it soon when it gets colder.
W.A.C.R. label on the tea towel.
" Thank you for taking part in this recycling movement that is to use again what has already been used. " This is the vintage that was used in Sweden. Sweden is famous for recycling culture which is to reuse what was used before. Congratulations! You have won the event of WACR ANGSI.
It was a good surprise I had in October. Angsi’s fun, creative and inspiring project can be viewed at: http://wacr.se/category/angsi/news/
And more on W.A.C.R. and her story at: http://wacr.se/
Happy Halloween / Samhain everyone.!
More Hackney Marshes, watercolours / gouache paints.
Rainy Hackney Marshes, gouache paints / watercolours.
Am officially back.! Been busy as hell, no so much physically, but it was the classic ‘one thing after another’. New term at uni has started and am no where ready for either project(s) or dissertation, oddly excited about it, though. I was neglectin’ here so much because I felt I needed to post all the pics/werk from this Summer…ahhh fuckit am startin’ from this eve.
Piki the Mighty Kat, silkscreen. 2013.