also !!!! the people that live in the flat opposite to us have a pug! through the entirety of last week we would walk past their flat window everyday on our way into town or doing things and we would see the pug sitting at the window. It’s my total dream to own a pug at some point post uni and on saturday evening phill and I popped to the shops in a rush and we bumped into the owners with the pug. They were so nice and said they had been looking for someone to walk him in the week, so in one short week of living here, i’m now a pug walker to a pug called pickle !!!!!!
last weekend Ariel, Katie and I moved into our new house! Since then everyday has been filled with fun things, last week we went to Ikea Croydon which meant we got to get the tram! we sped around looking at plants and nice glasses for our flat whilst utilising the cafe deals. Then Ariel introduced Katie and I to the phenomenon that is LUCKY DOG scratchcard. Ariel won £10 on the first scratchcard which we then spent on more scratchcards which we won another £10 and with the other cards won lots of £1 and £2 to the point where we kept going back into wilkinson and getting served by the same two women over 20 times. In our lucky spot outside we kept huddled together passing the lucky penny and squealing whenever anyone got two £6000. since then we’ve been making clay beads, having lots of craft nights living with ur friends is so great!
ALSO !!!! we went to despacio on two nights and it was SO GREAT- I had my doubts especially because of the price to see it not at glastonbury (£30) for what was in my mind a ‘glorified club night’ but it was really really good. I even held my camera over the barrier and got a sneaky picture of james murphy himself !!! very cool, there was the most incredible disco ball in the centre and 7 massive 50,000 watt soundsystems (more info)
last week my parents, phill and I embarked on our long journey to somerset, setting off at half 3 in the morning. we picked up julia en route and all squashed together in my dads car, it was extra exciting this year as phill had never been before and i could finally show him how great glastonbury is! there are various things that make glastonbury so special; it’s ability to completely wow me year after year with the sheer diversity of activities, acts, and visuals, the general kindness of the other campers and it is so much less hassle than other festivals, there are no barriers between the stages and camping !! you can take you own drinks around with you!! (ect)
we got the opportunity to go into a little bar area in greenpeace and listen to vivienne westwood deliver a talk on fracking and global warming. her presence and passion was overwhelming and although she was talking about important topics it was a big inspirational talk personally as it made me realise how much I take for granted. She spoke for a few minutes afterwards about how important everyone is and how you must do what you love, the entire time I was in complete awe of her. I really want to be the best person I can be and I’m going to work hard to achieve that. After we went and saw parquet courts I got a text off my parents who said they were at the pyramid stage barrier so we dashed over. Arcade Fire were SO GREAT, such an incredible band live and it was even more poignant because of my parents presence, my dad especially who originally introduced me to them back in 2007! we also saw; dolly parton, kelis, connan mockasin, pixies, yoko ono (more like, oh. no.) + others.
we drunkenly stumbled into the karaoke bar and sung ‘i predict a riot’ on friday night which was awful as you didn’t get to choose the song? and everyone had already been talking about kaiser chiefs TOO much with them playing a secret set the same day they were playing another stage and with the dreadful sound of pals refering to me as “rubY ruby ruby RUBY !!!” (aka the joke that never got old in high school specifically with teachers doing the register and then again in sixthform when people would ask me if anyone had ever done that before to me???) but we won a prize in the form of the most terrifying stuffed doll which I woke up next to on saturday morning named ‘kaiser riot’
i’ve been in east anglia just over a week now and i’ve had almost a month off university, so crazy. last saturday my parents came to london to help me move out of my university halls, finally i have left R3D behind and i’ve left my dysfunctional housemates. I was thinking about making a zine about living away from home and sharing with people you don’t know or something but i’d mostly be stories of the dumb things my housemates got up to and how I mostly hid away and didn’t really socialise with them.
For instance one exciting afternoon my housemates decided to play a new fun game called ‘sky knife’ where they would throw a large knife in the air and try and catch it. unfortunately it slipped through my housemates fingers and landed straight down into his foot. the speed of the fall and the angle meant that it went all the way to the bone and bounced out again revealing the cartilage/bone on show. this then led to them getting their drunk friend who studies medicine to sew up the cut with a blunt needle (u can imagine) there was blood everywhere….
anyway it’s GREAT to be home, hanging with billy everyday and having a big clear out of my room at home and finding some artistic gems. But!! i’ve also realised how much of a social asshole i’ve become everyone walks so slowly here and people don’t stand to the right on escalators? uh whats going on?
a good couple of weeks ago now I got a free pass to soho create a festival in the heart of soho which gathered creatives to talk about their processes and inspirations. it was so great and all of the talks and events were from a group of creatives from a wide spectrum of the arts so I went to things I had no previous knowledge about! Definite highlights was the talk with Tatty Devines Hariet Vine and Rob Ryan + the talk with llse Crawford. I also got to go to the special effects studio that created gravity and a talk in the soho dolby office, (they had an open bar! and personalised rock candy! thats when u know you’ve made it). A lot of the q+a questions were focused asking how they’ve managed to do well or what their process is and it’s obvious that this is something that no one can ever describe or comment on because whatever they make whether it’s art or lighting or films everyones process is different and it’s mostly individual to that specific artist.
hey pals i’m selling loads of clothes on ebay at the moment and there is some REALLY CUTE stuff. Mainly selling as I don’t really wear them anymore. apologies for this shameless plug, heres the link to my ebay
also i’m selling a jofo tshirt + a joy division dress from forever ago + henry holland + topshop
Saturday morning we joined a queue of people standing outside a closed metal shutter down a side street in Haggerson. This was definitely an unexpected place to be for a sample sale, but as the shutter lifted and we were presented by a flight of stairs and a bowl of pick n mix it was definitely Meadham Kirchoff. I’m on a total foil curtain binge at the moment and the small studio looked so glamourous lined with them. Unfortunately my extensive fifty pound budget was no match for the beautiful garments, some priced at £1000 but it was a fun morning nonetheless. It was also great seeing sample pieces up close, lines of beautiful shoes, latex embroided bags and hand painted/printed leather!
Over the last couple of weeks i’ve been helping out at an art class run by Charlie Mackesy at Age Concern. “Helping out” is definitely a loose term for having a lot of fun, drinking a lot of tea and seeing people who haven’t drawn in many years get more and more confident with expressing themselves. Being frustrated and critical with your own creative achievements and talents is something that runs through all generations, and it especially shows that positivity and encouragement can make people re-engage with creativity. I am rewatching beautiful losers at the moment and one thing that has always stuck with me i the quote about how you should always put childrens drawings on the fridge for everyone to see and that child will go on to produce more work. if you dont put it on the fridge but put it on the side then the child probably won’t make anything ever again.
The first picture is from the bathroom (i am a sap for mirror pictures and not just selfies) and the bottom right image is Kieth working on his interpretation of Kandinsky! I drew a picture of him and he was so flattered :—)
not sure how i feel about the bag i made last week, the lil face has a variety of facial expressions spanning from disappointed to alert depending upon angle + light. the fluffy strap makes me think of this bag from my childhood which obviously gives it extra cool points, what happened to bang on the door? however it’s SO SOFT and i have enough fake fur leftover to make a skirt/ top or something so i am going to have a variety of matching items of clothing all related to ‘ruby smith ss14 puppy bag’
tomorrow katie and i are going to the meadham kirchoff sample sale and it’s CASH only so i’m deliberating how much to take, i want ALL the things.
The last week I’ve tried to be a really busy bee but it’s really hard being productive when you don’t have to be up in the morning for uni? I’m making a fake fur bag which has a lil bear face on it and i made a paisley dress out of liberty fabric that katie gave me!! trying to fill the next week with things to do so i make sure i wake up and dont become completely room bound for days on end living off episodes of keeping up with the kardashians and smarties again….
i finished first year !!! this is a pot which you put your facebook archive in and then fire it and it gets cremated- my idea was on internet archiving trying to make the internet into a physical thing + being able to cope with the death of people you know solely from the internet. Since then i have been thinking about how weird it is that in the future my ancestors could read my blog and see what I was doing? or download my archive, a much easier and more accessible way into the past?
anyway my tutor said to me “you should look at the work of grayson perry”
woooah what a busy couple of weeks/ time which i last posted on here! i had a really great time over the last weekend of pick me up working for puck collective. It was really great to be able to hang out with some SUPER cool artists and plague them with lots of questions about their work and to absorb all the advice they could give about the “real world”. Being surrounded by inspiring people is SUCH a big boost and I feel ready to spend the next four months immersed in making work and doing crafty things. check out these babes that i had the pleasure to hang with: alice - alice - eleni - holly !