A twitterview with Craig Henderson

A twitterview with Craig Henderson

@ChloeHenderson9: @Craig_Henderson as a “head in the clouds” creative kinda guy, can I Twitterview you about language and literature in our world today?

@Craig_HendersonMy head is far above the clouds, thank you very much. But yes, ‘twould be a delight to be interviewed by your fine self.

@ChloeHenderson9: do you have time to talk now or should I come back later?

@Craig_HendersonNot fully joined twitterdom. Can only access this on work PC til I sort my Mac. Can carry on if you don’t mind slow replies

@ChloeHenderson9: of course I don’t! An easy, little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s), and why?

@Craig_HendersonI like “tmesis”. It’s an absofuckinglutely wonderful word and so flexitastically versiwondertile.

@ChloeHenderson9: How would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@Craig_HendersonThey’re of enormous importance, but try as we might, they cannot replace a face-to-face. Ideally with a pint.

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@Craig_HendersonLiteracy and literature has been around for a few milenia, while the internet is in its infancy. Ask me again in a decade.
@ChloeHenderson9: do I detect a cop-out…….?
@ChloeHenderson9: where do you think the value of words, storytelling and all of that beauty sits in our modern world?
a few months later…..
@Craig_HendersonBugger. Are we still in the middle of a twitterview? Lost the plot a bit? Care to help me refind it?
@ChloeHenderson9: I believe I asked you where you thought the value of storytelling is in our modern world?
@Craig_HendersonStories: informative parables, imparting truths, or vicarious tales, eliciting thrills. It’s all good; always was and will.
@ChloeHenderson9: what does the word storytelling make you think of?
@Craig_HendersonMaybe it depends whose asking. I can see several trees talking in a circle, each named after a month of the year.
@ChloeHenderson9: ah, I loved that story. It’s nice to see you’ve been paying attention! *
talking of trees, do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter?
or do you like instant digital responses? I know you print out and send letters, but do you ever handwrite them?
@Craig_HendersonI hand wrote a letter recently. I would do more but my writing is ugly. Scrawled or printed a tangible letter speaks louder.
@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?
@Craig_HendersonAm still in love with Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. But ask me again in 40 years. Ta for the twitterview. Loved it!
@ChloeHenderson9: thank you for the twitterview! You were fanfuckingtastic.
Thank you very much Craig for this little twitterview, although one of the most elongated twitterviews it was still beautiful and full of your awesome insights. Befriend Craig on facebook or stalk him on twitter at @Craig_Henderson
* I gave Craig Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” book for Christmas, and one of the stories is all about trees, named after months of the year, all storytelling in a circle (and I epically recommend it, because it is beautiful – not just that story but everything Neil Gaiman has written).
Chloe out.

A twitterview with Tom Dickins

A twitterview with Tom Dickins

 

 

@ChloeHenderson9: @tomdickins as a writer of glorious lyrics and maker of beautiful music, can I #twitterview you about literature and language?

@tomdickins: absolutely! I’ll be offline for the next halfa – then go for it!

@ChloeHenderson9: great! Give me a tweet when you’re ready my love.

….30 minutes pass….

@tomdickins: I can do it now? Do you want me to do a shout out about it? xx

@ChloeHenderson9: awesome. Yeah sure, that would be great.

@tomdickins: about to do a #twitterview with @ChloeHenderson9 ! Keep an eye on my feed!!! Xx

@ChloeHenderson9: p.s. if ya’ll miss it/can’t keep up, I will be archiving it on my blog later on :)

an easy little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@tomdickins: loquatiousness – it sounds the same way as it means. Just say it out loud… its beautiful…. and trivial ;-)

@ChloeHenderson9: ooo I love words with sss sounds. Good choice!

@tomdickins: why thank you!

also love – I have to run an errand in 20 – so any I miss I will answer as soon as I’m home! x

@ChloeHenderson9: don’t worry about it, i’ll try and keep it short and sweet :)

how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@tomdickins: I wish I read more, but I couldn’t really exist without writing on a daily basis. It’s as essential as morning coffee…

@ChloeHenderson9: as a creator, where do you think the value of storytelling is in our modern world?

@tomdickins: storytelling is our quintessential way of learning and healing. Whether written, sung or danced – stories are our medicine.

@ChloeHenderson9: aww, that was like a little story in itself.

what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter,blogging,etc.) are on our literature and our literacy?

@tomdickins: I think it’s exciting for our literature and abominable for our literacy…. (Cont’d in next tweet)

EG: Our ability to research, share and publish independently is phenomenal. Our speeeling and: grammar? sucks now.

@ChloeHenderson9: do your mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digital responses? or do you still write letters?

@tomdickins: I always wrote letters but never got around to posting them… which make them more like diaries in the rediscovery.

case in point:

@ChloeHenderson9: haha love it!

p.s. your sunglasses are making me jealous as I sit here in the dismal Scottish rain :(

@Rosie_Cotton: I do the same – the rediscovery of Boston/New York letters & poems today. Made me happy-sad. love.

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/song/tweet/etc. that you think the whole world should read, what would it be?

@tomdickins: Book: A Heart Breaking Work Of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers, Poem: Everything Auden ever wrote, (cont’d)

Song: Ladder Song, Bright eyes and Tweet: everyone should follow @DeadEndFiction . Xx

Gotta run! Much love! xx

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much wonderful @tomdickins for this kick-ass little #twitterview :)

 

 

Thanks Tom for this beautiful little twitterview, as one of the best musicians and songwriters that I know of I really appreciate your insights.

Still don’t know who Tom Dickins is? Your missing out! Check him out on his website!

Thanks again Tom :)

 

 

Chloe out.

A sort of twitterview with George Archibald

A sort of twitterview with George Archibald

 

George doesn’t have a twitter account but has read my twitterviews via this blog and wanted to give me his answers to the questions.

 

“These are instinctive thoughts on the answers to the 6 questions, and apply now. They might not have applied 20 years ago. And they might be different again in 20 years time. Such is the way of life maybe but here they are now.”
what is your favourite word(s) and why?
“1. Love.
With it the world survives and prospers, without it it wont.”
how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in everyday life?
“2. Very very important.”
what do you think the effects of the internet (tweeting, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?
“3. Often, maybe mostly, detrimental.
The more ways and means we find to communicate with each other, the less we seem able to communicate well, and effectively.”
how would you describe the value of storytelling in our modern world?
“4. Extremely important.”
do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digitial responeses? or do you still write letters?
“5. I do, yes.
I also like ‘instant’ digital response. I do both. “If it’s important enough, put it in writing” remains ever true.”
if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/blog/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?
“6. A song, called ‘Nature Boy’. Written by Eden Ahbez c1947, and recorded by Nat King Cole and others. It contains, in my view, the best lyric ever written. How’s that for a claim to fame?
Check it out, and see if you agree once you hear it. The lyric is “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return”.”
^ I love that song!
Thanks George for answering my questions. I really appreciate your insights and am glad that you were happy enough to respond without the confines of twitter (p.s. if you wanna answer the questions but don’t have twitter, just email me at chloehen21@aol.com or if you wanna be twitterviewed tweet me @ChloeHenderson9)
George is a member of Ragged Glory, who are a wonderful Scottish folk band. If you have never heard of them before then you should head over to their website and check them oot – it’s well worth your time, I promise :)
Looks like they have an upcoming tour date at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – GO!
Thanks again George.
Chloe out.

“In The Corridor” Come along to the second year jeweller’s end of year exhibition.

Visit the facebook event page for more information :)

Second year Jewellery and Metalwork students present to you their Slovenian Brooch Design Project and a selection of work from the year.

The Border Crossings project is a collection of work in which each designer has investigated their own ideas and interpretations of Identity and Culture, within their own nationalities and of Slovenia’s.

The final body of work comes with collaboration from Slovenian students across an online network and a new understanding and interpretation of what Slovenian culture is.

Come one, come all, see our work and have some free wine and cake!

Chloe out.

Etching samples (HELP ME) and the last life drawing session ever :(

I’ve been working on some etching samples.

For my final brooch piece I plan to use the etching technique as the main focus of the work, as my research has all been looking into the ways in which we interpret words, and illustration plays a huge part in that, etching seems to be the most logical route forward.

I’ve made up a few samples (copper and brass) to test out my drawing-on-metal skills as well as figuring out how long I need to expose the metal to the acid, how thinly/thickly to apply the etching ground solution and how to finish the pieces, including testing out the polishing machines.

I like to start off the etching by drawing my image onto the dry etching grounds with a light pencil stroke. If you’re a beginner etcher I would suggest following this tip because it makes the process easier and once you make a mistake with your etching tool it is really tricky and messy to fix!

This is what the etching looks like pre-acid bath. The black bits will switch places with the coppery bits when the piece is finished. Often when I’m etching I find myself liking this pre-etched image a lot and find it hard to stick it in the acid!

After removing the etching grounds with white spirit, you can burn off the excess stubborn bits and then pickle your etching.

These pieces are all just out the pickle, so now I must oxidize them:

Cut the cupcake!

All these next pieces are finished, rounded corners or filed down and polished (because they are so shiny it’s hard to take a good picture with all the reflection so apologies for the bad images):

 

 

I’ve started the etching for my final piece. I’ve narrowed it down to two images and I really couldn’t decide which one to pick so I have etched them both. Which one do you think is better/represents love the best?

 

 

It was the last official life drawing session last Friday :( We don’t get scheduled life drawing in 3rd year but I think I will still try and sit in on some of the classes, because as much as I always moan about it I do really like life drawing and I think it’s really important for the jewellery course because I am dealing with designs that (mostly) have to relate and are harmony (or not depending on what yr up to) with the human body. Anyhoo, hope you like these ones and as ever your comments are epically appreciated.

Yes, I made his nose massive. I didn’t realize it was so big until I was finished. In my defense, this life model does have quite a large nose!

 

Chloe out.

A twitterview with Steven Hislop

A twitterview with Steven Hislop

@ChloeHenderson9: Normally I contact ya’ll when I want to twitterview you, but if anyone wants to come to me please please tweet at me for a twitterview :)

@CandyCupcake92: Hi Chloe @THE_OAM in Marchmont would like to be twitterviewed :)

@ChloeHenderson9: Hiya, are you free for a twitterview just now,or should I come back later?

@THE_OAMAvailable today apart from between 12 and 1 if any good Chloe?

@ChloeHenderson9: how about now?

@THE_OAMPerfect!!

@ChloeHenderson9: great! an easy, little self-indulgence to start: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@THE_OAMFamily time…self-explanatory

@ChloeHenderson9: aww, that is such a beautiful way of looking at the question.

where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our modern world?

@THE_OAMHighly as there r 2 many serious situations happening around the world so it’s important to stay “light-hearted” so 2 speak

@ChloeHenderson9: how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in everyday life?

@THE_OAMAgain highly as technology (like this) is taking over and the younger generation are missing out that importance

@ChloeHenderson9: ooo you touched on my next question! so, with your answer in mind…

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (tweeting, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@THE_OAMWow tough questions haha. I think it has its merits but as you can see from this you can get used to shorthand ie 2, r etc

@ChloeHenderson9: on the whole, do you consider the internet a positive or negative thing in relation to our language, literature and literacy?

@THE_OAMProbably a positive in the grand scheme of things but a negative in terms of language, literature and literacy

@ChloeHenderson9: do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digitial responeses? or do you still write letters?

@THE_OAMI wouldn’t say I mourn it but times change&digital response is the future. Ive written letters recently but it felt strange

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/blog/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?

@THE_OAM:  I genuinely don’t think I can answer that 1 but I do believe that every1 has a song that they remember for their own reason

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much for this little twitterview, it has been fantastic and your thoughts have been so useful :)

@THE_OAM:  My pleasure. I enjoyed it and there were some tough questions there.

 

Thanks again Steven for this wonderful twitterview, your insights and thoughts were greatly appreciate and deeply valued. Follow Steven on twitter at @stevenhislop or at @THE_OAM

 

Chloe out.

Candy Cupcake Parties!!!

Yup, you read the title correctly. Candy Cupcake are now doing parties!

I am so excited and cannot wait for my next birthday! Because Candy Cupcake parties are suitable for little kids and big kids alike!

Here is all the information ya’ll need to book yourself a superly awesome amazing partayyyy:

Cupcake Decorating Parties & Candy Tree Making Parties
New for 2012. The Candy Cupcake team are excited to introduce our Cupcake Decorating and Candy Tree Making Parties for both adults and children.
Candy Cupcake is the perfect place for all manner of gatherings including, Birthdays, Hen Parties, Baby Showers, Retirement Parties, Pre-Wedding Parties and corporate celebrations.
We have listed below the selection of party packages available in our beautifully boutique style setting.
Candy Tree Making Party
A truly fantastic party creating your very own edible Candy Trees. Our package includes:-
Choice of various Candy Trees to learn how to make and take home with you.
Balloons and decorations
Photo of each child with their finished Candy Tree supplied to the party organiser via disc.
Certificate for each child
Minimum 6 people
Maximum 10 people
£15.00 per child
Party food available at and additional cost from £4.95 per person
Duration 1.5 hours without food
Duration 2 hours with food.
Giant Birthday Cupcake available for the Birthday Boy/Girl with candles to be brought out at the end of the party £39.00
Party bags available from £1.25 per child
Parties suitable for age 7 upwards
Available at Candy Cupcake Tuesday to Saturday between 12.30pm – 6pm
Cupcake Decorating Parties – Children
A fantastic party. We will teach you the art of creating your very own sugar decorations – a selection of flowers, leaves etc. Then you will be ready to adorn your cupcakes with swirls of buttercream, sprinkles and your own handcrafted decorations. Each guest will take home a gift box of their own 4 decorated cupcakes.
Photo of each child with their finished Cupcakes supplied to the party organiser via disc.
Certificate for each child
Balloons and decorations
£15.00 per child
Minimum 6 people
Maximum 10 people
Party food available at an additional cost from £4.95 per person
Duration 1.5 hours without food
Duration 2 hours with food.
Giant Birthday Cupcake available for the Birthday Boy/Girl with candles to be brought out at the end of the party £39.00
Party bags available from £1.25 per child
Parties suitable for age 7 upwards
Available at Candy Cupcake Tuesday to Saturday between 12.30pm – 6pm
Cupcake Decorating Parties – Adult
Want a fun time with your friends? Learn how to make your cupcakes look amazingly delicious? We will teach you how to colour your own sugarpaste and then teach you the art of creating your own sugar decorations – a selection of flowers, leaves etc. You will then be ready to adorn your cupcakes with swirls of buttercream, sprinkles and your own handcrafted decorations. Each guest will take home a gift box of their own 6 decorated cupcakes.
Minimum 6 people
Maximum 10 people
Duration 2 hours
Balloons and decorations
Bring your own bottle, glasses provided
Photo of each adult with their finished Cupcakes supplied to the party organiser via disc.
Certificate for each adult
£20.00 per adult
Giant Birthday Cupcake available for the Birthday Boy/Girl with candles to be brought out at the end of the party £39.00
Party bags available from £1.25 per adult
Available at Candy Cupcake Tuesday to Saturday between 12.30pm – 6pm
Call us on 0131 446 0907 to book your party
elaine@candycupcake.co.uk wwwcandycupcake.co.uk 92 MarchmontCrescent, Edinburgh EH9 1HD