Stepping Away for a while

Last week, something happened to me that put me off tumblr. So I’ve decided to lay off for a while, and won’t be posting much, unless I feel really driven to. I started this “scrapbook of the good” when I began my recovery from mental breakdown early last year. I found tumblr to be quite a magical place of inspiration, through poetry, prose and wonderful photography and art. 

I’m sure I’ll look back at my own archives for future inspiration, and continue to check up on my favourite fellow tumblrs who have sped me on my recovery, especially Greg Sellers (a poet reflects), Karen Tregaskin (korhwythkevrinek), Lauren Smith (pondweed and pond-dipping), Jamie Males (oakapples), Adam (Commonorgarden) Smith, Christopher (Is It Juicy?) Todd, Rachel Parent (milklake) and Beth Murray (peedieblogger and thebandplayed) who have been amazing and friendly people. :-)

Helen

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phoebe-bird:

Ophelia Pang

phoebe-bird:

Ophelia Pang

(Source: opheliapang)

girlinlondon:

Cloud Study: Stormy Sunset, 1821-22, John Constable

girlinlondon:

Cloud Study: Stormy Sunset, 1821-22, John Constable

(via stevehj)

Nobody knows what kind of trouble we’re in
Nobody seems to think it’ll all might happen again

A friend just posted a song. The Byrds’ One Hundred Years from Now. I used to listen to the album this is on quite a lot. And so now it is playing in my head, and these lines here … well they go along so well with my experience last week at the Centre for Alternative Technology, studying climate change … and a week later, it is all still ringing in my head, and just sometimes, it seems all too much to take in and remain positive. 

From the ideas for shape and design to the finished objects

Here are my Hare-Jugs back finally from pottery class. They are slab built, and I chose to shape the pouring spouts and build them in rather than simply stretching the body of them, to give them a more hand-built look. The designs were made using stencils of drawings I made by hand, and a variety of coloured slips. The mixing of these turned out to be really unpredictable and the colour rather than being dark blue, is a very dark green. The trees were made using sgraffito, taking the colour back to the lovely golden stoneware clay. 
Overall, I’m quite pleased with these. :-) I’d definitely make more this way. 

mmepastel:

J’ai pas trop bien compris si c’était l’effet voulu, mais cette peinture de Becca Stadtlander me fait penser aux sœurs Brontë.

mmepastel:

J’ai pas trop bien compris si c’était l’effet voulu, mais cette peinture de Becca Stadtlander me fait penser aux sœurs Brontë.

(via korhwythkevrinek)


Seven Sisters by Robert Tavener

Seven Sisters by Robert Tavener

(Source: commonorgarden, via brushstrokesandshutterclicks)

*this time of year*

Everything changes so rapidly. Ravens are loud and indecisive, constantly on the move. Wake up one morning and the air, the earth smells different. Each day a significant bit shorter; each night stretching its shadows further into the day’s retreat. I love it. 

(pics, Lathkildale ©helen kennedy @ brushstrokesandshutterclicks)

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