look at this cool space jam jersey i bought phill for his birthday !!!
look at this cool space jam jersey i bought phill for his birthday !!!
some very exciting things have happened over the last few weeks and as I’m in the relaxing comfort of home I can have a slight reflection and a large blog update.
I’m going to be illustrating and writing for the online website the burn book which launches in September! There are some really cool gals who are part of the team so it’ll be great working closely with them on content. The video above is a little promo, but no doubt i’ll be posting lots of links soonish.
I wrote a mini article about Enid Coleslaw for the bfi website, it runs alongside their teenage kicks season. I can’t work out whether it is the fact the film industry at times takes itself way too seriously or that society constantly undermines the interests of teenage girls, making what they enjoy somehow less legitimate because it’s celebrated by teenage girls (for example, one direction). In this situation probably the latter is more appropriate. I always felt that about the teen genre, it was merely for entertainment, not deep or interesting enough to be considered in any seriousness. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a talk called ‘We could be heroes’ at the BFI. It was a discussion on teen film and the icons of teen cinema with Roz Kaveny, Charlie Lyne, Sophie Mayer and Kim Newman, other than being really insightful and interesting it was extra important to me because listening to writers and critics who spoke so passionately about the genre made me realise that my interest was legitimate! (a side note: i’m now desperate to read Roz’s book entitled ‘Teen Dreams’ and Sophie Mayers book ‘There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond’ just to engage again into the wealth of knowledge. Also i’m imagining in my head how GREAT i’d be to write about teen films for my dissertation !!!)
moral: if you like something then it is IMPORTANT and sometimes it takes an event and being around equally passionate people to realise that.
me and pickle best pals forever :——)
i cant stop thinking about this screencap
I watched the episode of Kris where she interviews Kanye and at the end he doesn’t even go for a hug he just slowly rests his cheek against hers?? what an angel
The last couple of weeks have been hot and sweaty and some days when the weather is just right the sky hangs low and sticky and you get clammy a horrible predecessor of an already hellish atmosphere. My favourite quote of summer thus far has been when katie said “sweatpatches, great! just what this outfit needed” and as I got on the tube in phills baggy grey shirt under each arm was a darkened stain of summer.
on monday I got the opportunity to go to the bfi and take part in a ‘blogging masterclass’ - you’re probably thinking why does anyone need to go to a masterclass to be good at blogging? well! After we were all asked to say our names and our level of experience in the writing world, not only was I the only person who didn’t write for a website I was also one of the only people who didn’t write about film, (yikes!). When the circle inevitably got to me I slurred “well-I-kinda-talk-about-what-I-get-up-to-a-lot”, oh and I actually do illustration and nothing really to do with writing- woops. The whole day was mainly focused on how to get paid to write articles and eventually becoming a writer/journalist/other. It was really useful and inspiring so I feel even worse about not utilising my abilities. The lady ran the website and writes for the guardian amongst others, spoke a lot about writing “features” which probably don’t include the articles I’ve been thinking about:
1) how many cute dogs have i have seen in the street today, with times, locations and breeds - by ruby smith
2) a list of drake lyrics that really *speak* to me in a spiritual way - by ruby smith
3) supernatural experiences i have had since watching x-files (mainly the time mulder was wearing little red swimming trunks) by ruby smith
anyway- i have come to the conclusion that she didn’t mean any of the above and actually meant real life interesting articles so maybe that’s whats going to clog your dashboards/my blog now? who knows. we did get to see a screening of ‘Beyond Clueless' and we got to hang out with (and pester) the director, Charlie Lyne with questions all evening. so i’m going to write about that soon but in the mean time GO SEE IT, IT’S FABULOUS! + summer camp doing the score is pretty great too. Tomorrow I’m seeing Carrie and going to a talk called ‘We are heroes’ which focuses on the relationship between cinema and teenagers.
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!
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.