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Thursday, 25 November 2010

The World Isn't Working.



I keep being reminded by this work of art by Mark Titchner. Somewhat removed from London at the moment, I just see glimpses of the student protests and can only imagine the atmosphere at art school at the moment. I wish I was there! I used to paint next to a guy who’s subject of his artworks were protests. Then there was the guy who made a beautiful final piece commenting on the state of our particular institution; the day before the degree show our Uni cut pieces of it down. Then I read people’s facebook status’ saying they were “appalled to be young today” on the day of the protests…. Now the last thing I want is for people to be hurt/injured; but thank feck our generation is reacting. Even in music we’re starting to reject lolly sweet pop and hungering for depth in vocals or bass notes. No longer the MTV generation who’s mind is swallowed by the television; we’re doing something.

It’s an exciting time to be creative. Embrace it! Politics aside, a lot of the journalist’s that are criticising the action of the students should remember the protests of the 1960s; the Hornsey Art School sit-in for example. Or even they should remember the birth of punk and how important that still is to British culture? When I quoted the Mark Titchner piece “The world isn’t working” one of my friend's said “So let’s fix it then” and I really hope that our generation can, and be creative with it too.



Rosemary Cronin


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Introducing...

Hello! My name is Lindsay, a new blogger for Diy Womp! I'm a London based gal who likes vintage clobber, bargain hunting, good music, film and arts.

I will be bringing you reviews/ news and all that jazz about exciting, creative and inspiring events from London and hopefully further afield! Suggestions are all also welcome, if you've got an event that you think would be of interest then get in touch!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Karol

Dear All,

My name's Rose, I'm new to blogging for Womp, but I have been a fan for WOMP for a long time after exhibiting with them many moons ago at The Good Ship...! I am an artist who graduated in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design this summer, but I also work for the education programmes at both The Tate Modern and The Victoria and Albert Museum. I listen to Siouxsie Sioux and The Doors, I love galleries and reading about fashion. I really hope you enjoy my first blog entry you lovely creative people you!


Two weeks ago I ended up at a Tarot card reader; now this isn’t something I would normally do, but I had come to a crossroads and a new pair of shoes didn’t seem like they’d help, that’s why I found myself sat in front of “Karol”. I took a deep breath letting go of any thoughts I had, and anxiously gazed at the cards.

I didn’t know what they symbolised or meant, so then my eyes fell to Karol’s lips awaiting some revelation.

Weirdly there several…. She’d picked up on my family history, my childhood, my living situation, relationships; the first thing she said was that I was at a crossroads. Knock me down and call me ginger Karol, you were bang on. As the cards helped me work out what I wanted with other stuff, we tentatively came to the subject of my creativity. A sore spot since I graduated in June, I’ve been hit with all matter of illnesses and personal crap-o-la, that Blank Page Syndrome had more than taken over. Blank Page Syndrome (B.P.S) can take hold of any creative at any stage in their career; where you stare at the screen, you hover over your canvas, or you mindlessly pluck at guitar strings irritably, you just simply get nothing done. Be you a poet, painter or printer it’s the getting over it that counts. Do you go for a walk? Do you make a strong coffee? Do you just draw? I had tried all three but not shaken the syndrome; but here I was in front of this lovely stranger facing my fears, suddenly I could feel myself biting the bullet of BPS.

The best quote I have ever read/heard to help anyone get over something similar was in a letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse; “Learn to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itchin, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!”

Sitting here I’m inclined to turn BPS into Blank-page Syndrome (B.S.). Because once you get over it you feel elated, victorious and relentless. I guess you need hurdles, cross-roads and blocks in life to make the achievements mean so much more. So just hang on in with the piss-trickling and eyeball poking, stay strong and bite the bullet; your creativity is so much stronger than all that B.S.


Rosemary Cronin

www.rosemarycronin.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

When Brands get it right

I love grass roots creativity and i think that some of the most exciting and clever things I have seen have come from tiny little groups that have just sparked into life and put on an exhibition or something similar. Sometimes BIG brands try to get involved in similar things and mostly I'd say they get it wrong, but at the moment there is one brand that's doing it and doing it very well. Levi's are currently running workshops around the globe, and the latest one is here in New York. It's incredible. They have done a similar "workshop" in London and San Fran, which I believe was equally successful, at least this video makes it seem so...





The New York workshop is exciting me because I think photography and Autumn go hand in hand. At the store you can hire vintage cameras and snap away, then go back to have them developed. On top of that they have talks and exhibitions from some of the best in the industry. All this for absolutely bloody free! All in all it sounds like a cool creative spot. I will be down there on Saturday and hiring a camera. Now don't you worry my loves, I will update this page with pictures of how it looks etc. In the meantime go and have a look at the site and what you can do.

http://workshops.levi.com