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April 6, 2017

Family Easter Activity Day – Cheltenham Hackspace

Filed under: Events,Kids Projects,Upcycling — sarah @ 8:59 am

Cheltenham Hackpace is having an Easter Crafts day on Good Friday Apr 14th 2017 from 10 am, there are lots of activities and we are taking our upcycled basket making :)

Hackspaces are a community workshop, skill share and create space and is a grass roots movement that is spreading globally.

November 4, 2016

Within and Without Virtual Launch Party

Filed under: A Stranger Dream,Events,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 8:18 am

This weekend is the virtual launch party of my poetry, music and art album Within and Without. It went live at 10 am this morning :)

There will be give aways and postings of links, explanations of the recordings, videos and more. I am running a Facebook Event, a Google Plus Collection as well as blogging across various platforms :)

I will be going until 11 pm Sunday evening!

Within and Without is an on going art, poetry and music project that I started several years ago. This is the first part and contains the visual poem A Stranger Dream which is also a colouring in book I have produced. Some of the colouring in sheets or art visuals are included in the download along with art work from a sister book not yet released that goes with the track Winter’s Heart.

The whole download costs £1 and comes free with any merch purchase you make. If you wish to just just purchase the merch you can go to my Etsy shop.

I hope you all enjoy the work.

July 17, 2016

The Neons – Secret Art Project

Filed under: Events,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 10:07 am

So I have a Patreon account – the idea is that people can basically sponsor me to create art, poetry, science etc… at the moment I am posting the progress of a secret art project up on there. Though the art work will eventually go live for everyone to see you are looking at a year or so I think but if you are a patreon then you can see how and when the project progresses – this is only fair as it is money from this platform that has allowed me to buy the art supplies I need for said project.

There will be extras for the higher paying patreons as well :)

Also it is not the only thing – often my stories and poems appear on there before they go public as well.

One secret art project.

May 29, 2016

Up Coming Events

Filed under: Events — sarah @ 4:08 pm

3-5 June Wychwood Music Festival Cheltenham Race Course: steampunk workshop and Cuddly Science with Space-Craft

11 June Mini Mall Con with True Believer Comic Con Gloucester Shopping Centre: A Stranger Dream and merch for sale

12 June Cranham Country Fayre and Farm Open Day Overtown Farm Cranham Gloucestershire

18-25 June Art in the Park Open Air Art Exhibition Imperial Gardens Cheltenham: acrylic canvas work for sale

8-10 July Cornbury Music Festival The Great Tew Park Oxfordshire: Craft Workshops

Reminder that Cheltenham and Bristol Hackspaces both have their open nights on a Thursday when you can go along and see how it all works – I am there when I can be!

Also Cheltenham Drink and Draw as organised by Proud Lion Comic Book Shop first Tuesday of each month!

Summer Creativi Tea still to be called because I also have Poetry, Comedy, acting and some writing and drawing to fit into all of this!

May 8, 2016

Colouring Book Poll

Filed under: A Stranger Dream,Events,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 8:50 am

Obviously I have only just launched A Stranger Dream: Love a non-linear visual poem as a colouring book but… well people have been asking about other books – now I have a long list of other potentials but thought I’d see what people want :)

Yes it’s on twitter – I’m not quiet sure how this works but if you can’t click the options on there then just comment :) Also I am happy to consider other suggestions :)

Thanks muchly :)

April 17, 2016

A Stranger Dream – Virtual Launch Party

Identity Clinging Poetry Cards

I am a poet, I am an artist, I am many things some of which seem contradictory – after the head bang last year the question of identity reigned large in my vision of self – not just my identity but everybody’s and societies reactions to identity issues – so I started working on a series of images.

I was learning how to draw again and the ideas were appearing faster than I could create them, I spent 3 months working on the visuals for A Stranger Dream. And mainly I have had positive feedback though some people do hate the style and that is fine it is stark, it was meant to be.

But what is A Stranger Dream? Well for a start it is not A Stranger Dream it is A Stranger Dream: Love but it’s not it is

Love: A Stranger Dream…

or both or neither or something…

Love: A Stranger Dream

It is a non-linear visual poem on identity, gender, our place within family, our concentric non-ecludian intersecting and exclusionary circles of all the cultures of us – it is the distorting mirrors within our own heads – the fitting and the not fitting – the fires within.

I know it doesn’t look it but it was a hell of a lot of work.

Then someone said “it says colouring in book to me” and I thought… why not?! I thought people colour to relax, to sort thoughts, to just be themselves and that is fitting – plus colouring in book is on the list of to-dos and I have been producing colouring in sheets for my kids workshops for ages.

So I started by popping the images up as individual sheets for download and colouring – they are still there and they are free.

Then I made ring bound ones at home for shows and events… people far away started asking how they could get hold of them so I have created a colouring in book complete with purple spine and title box because… I am the Purple Poet!!!!

Here is a picture of the spiral bound ones at The True Believers Comic Book Festival earlier this year.

A Stranger Dream spiral bound

And this weekend (April 22-14 2016) I am having a launch party – sadly I am only running a virtual one but it is going to be epic!!!

I will be pinging around the internet – of course hoping people will buy the book but as I said don’t feel you have to because I put the individual sheets out there for free download and I know times are tight (having said that I need to buy more art supplies… to you know produce more art!).

There is a Facebook Event, a Google+ Event, a twitter hashtag # astrangerdream and my patreon account (which will have hidden extras in it for patreons only). There are also the blogs namely this one and Turquoise Monster which is my poetry blog :) So I think that is pretty much everyone covered – I am hoping to do a little film thingy too but we will have to see how the laptop holds up!

The colouring book is already up on Amazon and Book Repository etc… it is appearing as £10 odd – I meant it to be roughly £7 if you’ve bought the £10 copy let me know as I have a little goody bag to post to you containing some lovely tie-in items :) (yes I am trusting people to be honest here! Thankyou :) )

Oh and there should be a gallery unveiling where people can post pictures of their colouring in – if they wish :)

There are going to be give aways but there will also be merch for sale and special offers etc… (sorry guys I would love to give you everything for free but I do need a new computer!).

I am actually stupidly excited about this and am even making myself an outfit out of the art work! The poetry cards have arrived and are beautiful in a way I was not expecting :)

Most of all though regardless of weather you buy or take for free or just look – mainly I hope everyone will be enriched by the work itself, it was very important to me whilst creating it. It’s kind of an imprint of the soul, maybe a darker one than people would like but it is… something – I’m not quiet sure what.

I hope you will join me for turning the starkness into a rainbow.

Splice and Split rainbow

September 19, 2015

Sand Castles!

Filed under: Art and Drawings,Events,Photography — sarah @ 7:44 am

Tuesday we went to Weston Super Mare were they have a Sand Sculpture Festival – these are basically giant sand castles – but… oh my! They are amazing! It’s still on and is an annual events :)

Space invader sand castle building

This guy was working on a giant gamers birthday cake with lots of vintage computer game graphics on it!

The skill and craft were amazing as were some of the ideas and geometry behind the sculptures! Here are some of my pictures but really if you get a chance to go… then go! It was a couple of quid and careers go free and there were lots of student and elderly concessions etc… plus sand pits to play.

Faces in Sand

Portrait in sand 4

Portrait in sand 3

Portrait in Sand 2

portrait in Sand

Fairy Tales

Sand frog prince

Fairy Tale Wood in sand

sand castle building on a different level

The Wild Things in Sand

The thistle and the flower dancing in sand

Alice and the catapillar in sand

From our bedrooms we dream in sand

The Catipillar in Sand

Because we saw the sculptures just after the Dismaland exhibition I looked at the little sand world and all I could think was “I See No Borders”.

World of sand

Sand tent

Campsite in Sand

Sand castles on a new level

A sand castle for gamers

sand sculpture

Big Ben in Sand

Heart Birthday Bear in sand

The tea party with gorilla and friends in sand

There was loads of character work – I could of taken a lot more pictures but time and weather were running against me!

Minion in Sand

Lego and Sid and the dino egg in sand

Jungle – complete with the liberian 😉

Camelion in sand

King Kong in Sand

The jungle in sand

The ook sand castle

orangotang in sand

The Jungle Book in sand

Rainforest frog in sand

Koala and humpty in sand

The Sea – I am obsessed with seascapes so I spent alot of time looking at this lengthy sand sculpture, complete with whale and boat.

The reef in sand

Under water archeologist in sand

the reef of statues in sand

The Diver in sand

Boat on the beach in sand

Octopus comes to the party in sand

Sand fish

Don’t lick the sculptures! (He never listens)

Alaric! Don't like the sand sculptures!

The Dragon! (I took this one with the 3D camera as well and am most pleased with the result!)

Sand dragon on a bed of sand gold

Seriously love this dragon!

March 3, 2013

100 Birds in 100 Days

Filed under: Events,My Books,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 9:13 pm

Gaia

A few days back on Google Plus I saw a post about a drawing challenge – now I was in the middle of not only trying to run a poetry writing drive but trying to do the drive myself as well as plan things for a science-art exhibition this month and start gearing up for festival season – so I thought I would join in 😀

Insane yes!

The challenge as set by Margareth Osju and is to draw 100 birds in 100 days – I am off course already lagging behind but hope to catch up!

There is a Google Plus circle and Margareth’s blog.

I shall be posting the pictures on my Picture Books and Illustrations blog Orange Monster.

This first one has been done as a request for my husband, most of the drawings will not be this style at all. The picture is called Gaia and is part of my visual poetry journal.

February 3, 2013

Post Cards and Stickers

Filed under: Events,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 10:02 am

Because I am running the WoPoWriMo (World Poetry Writing Month) website this year and am going to be meeting up with writers I’ve had my Tea pictures turned into postcards and stickers. I’m really pleased with how they have turned out :)

Tea Postcards and stickers

October 28, 2012

Green Unconference and Upcylcing

Filed under: Events,My Books,Paper Craft,Upcycling — sarah @ 12:27 pm

Yesterday I attended the first ever Green Unconference in Long Ashton near Bristol, organised by Daniel Lewis. It was an amazing setting with brilliant speakers – I only wish more of the people I’d invited had turned up but apparently most of them hadn’t seen the FaceBook invite until the event was actually taking place :(

Daniel Lewis opening the Green Unconference Lady speaker at the Green Unconference Diodynamic farmer giving his talk at the Green Unconference

I have come away saddened but optermistic and re-energised about the stuff I do to try and be a bit more friendly to the planet. Everything from government policies to how to garden to how to save/use waste food to feed those who are increasingly needing to use the food banks in this country was covered. I myself did an Upcycling and Junk Art workshop – complete with a mini talk and slides.

Sarah Snell-Pym explaining Ucycling and Junk Art at All Saints Church Long Ashton at the Green Unconference

It was the most gorgous setting for a workshop and I had my visual poetry stuff with me as well which a couple of people stayed on to do as a mini workshop. The workshop was making a vase of flowers out of old magazines.

Beautiful backdrop for the Upcycling and Junk Art Workshop Upcycling and Junk Art workshop at the Green Unconference Visual Poetry of one of the participants of the Green Unconference 2012

My little girls were about as well behaved as I think I could realistically expect :/ I think Jeany eat most of the buffet before we officially had stopped for lunch!

Sisters sharing food whilst being relatively good at the Green Unconference The family lunching at the Green Unconference near Bristol

I’m glad that people are taking on board that the average family can not afford or percieves at the least that they cannot afford organic food and that steps are being taken towards sorting this out. I wish I had managed to catch a few more of the talks but they clashed with my workshop and we had to leave early due to having triple booked ourselves for the day :/

I am going to attempt write up a few more of my junk art and upcycling projects. In making the slide show I realised I had a lot of material which I may try to collect together into at minimum an ebook. I have had people asking me to do this for a while now but haven’t had time what with all those workshops and other publishing projects on the go :)

And talking of e-books don’t forget to download your copy of The Little Book of Spoogy Poetry before midnight on the 31st of October! Click the image below for your free PDF.

The Little Book Of Spoogy Poetry

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