Where have I been…

…and where has the past 4 months gone! Here’s a little run down.   .   .

We left our sunny Spring-time beloved Rotterdam, beloved Albert in tow, but I shall always leave a bit of my heart at that salmon-walled flat on Van Cittersstraat…the move-01-01…needless to say – it was raining and overcast when we got to Wales. But I was still pleased to see the hills.
Life in a Europcar van right there…
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Had a bit of a mooch about in the hills in Wales, with nephews and nieces and wheelbarrows…
…temporarily claimed my poor p-rents conservatory as The Crafty Prawn’s studio space…
…missed my Albert cat, but replacement waggy-tailed studio assistants made up for it…
home mooch-01…proceeded to make rather a lot of hankies and quilts – more about that later…
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Went to beautiful Greece…
…hung out with the goats – got beaten up by sea anemones…
…lived in a tent and a boat…got caught in a scary storm…
greece-01…didn’t manage to brown up them legs…
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…and now we live in Bristol. more on that to follow.
xxx

‘Wizard of Friedrichstrasse’

Went to see a really interesting exhibition yesterday at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam, which deserves a little blog post! The EYE Film Institute is worth visiting in itself just to experience getting the free ferry across the Ij river to the museum on the other side! The building is pretty impressive too – especially as everything is still white and frozen here (and COLD)

The exhibition profiled Oskar Fischinger, who created ‘visual music’.  He was known as the ‘Wizard of Friedrichstrasse’, being a master of abstract animation. I won’t pretend to be knowledgeable about this field and go on about his work etc, but I found his work fascinating and took away a whole new appreciation for abstract art and animation from the exhibition. Some of his films seem really psychedelic to me, which is amazing seeing as they’re about 30 years early. The complexity and skill evident in the films are outstanding considering they were made in the 1920’s/30’s, so everything you see is created without the use of any digital technology! Take a look at the links below and you’ll see what I mean!

I really loved the early black and white pieces, particularly ‘Spiritual Constructions’ – but there are no videos available of this one on the internet unfortunately, so here are some other favourites: Studie No.8. and Optical Poem. I love the way the little shapes take on such personality through the music.

I also just really like this old logo and parrot!