Monday, 30 March 2015


Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn


noun: cast; plural noun: casts
  1. an object made by shaping molten metal or similar material in a mould.
    "bronze casts of the sculpture"
    • a mould used to make an object by casting.
      noun: plaster cast; plural noun: plaster casts
      "the artist's casts and moulds became the property of the museum"

    • a bandage stiffened with plaster of Paris, moulded to the shape of a limb that is broken and used to support and protect it.
       noun: plaster cast; plural noun: plaster casts
      "I had to spend a month in a cast"
  2. an act of throwing something forcefully.
    "he grabbed a spear for a third cast"
    • the form or appearance of something, especially someone's features or complexion.
      "she had a somewhat masculine cast of countenance"
      • the character of something.
        "this question is for minds of a more philosophical cast than mine"

    • a slight squint.
      "he had a cast in one eye"

    Friday, 27 March 2015

    “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”

    ― Alvin Toffler

    set yourself free

    (gif found here)

    Thursday, 26 March 2015

    “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”

    Johnny Dawes

      "What you learn helps you to find out who you are. The rock will show you exactly in what way you are not being you." --Johnny Dawes (via archclimbingwall)

    Wednesday, 25 March 2015

    learning to swim...methods are always changing!


    "Before you make a pattern, you gotta break a pattern.” -Gray Cook
     "The culture that gave us yoga did not intend to provide trendy flexibility exercises, but for many Westerners, that is what yoga represents. We fail to see that yoga does not serve as a workout, but as a daily moving meditation where breathing and movement become one, creating mobility, stability, endurance, strength, patience and focus that can increase that day's quality.
    ...We often spotlight the physical side effects of calorie burning, and neglect the primary purpose, the chance to gain competency and efficiency in a movement."

     Gray Cook on yoga

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015

    take a step back

    a note.

    Sometimes opening your eyes to knowledge's blind spots can reveal fresh solutions to old problems and give you an appreciation for the unknown. ...this is the journey I am on right now with all this yoga stuff. It's both terrifying and tremendously exciting to step away from my old dogmas, question assumptions and challenge paradigms, but change is hard!

    I'm currently taking my time to adjust my work flow and research and implement new skills. It hasn't been easy to admit that there are plenty of gaps in my knowledge of how the body works and moves, but i'm taking the responsibility of unlearning and relearning to heart and hopefully this little space I tend to on the world wide web reflects that, tips and hints of things to look at always welcome!

    learning to unlearn

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.”

    -- a summation of Darwin’s workby someone in the 1960's...

    Friday, 20 March 2015

    "We are made of all the things that broke us just to keep us alive"

    --Anthony Anaxagorou

    Audrey Louise Reynolds

    Audrey Louise Reynolds, A Fashionable Selby Film from the selby on Vimeo.

    Searching for Stability

    "We tend to become tense and stiff when we feel unstable but this is unhelpful - rigid structures topple more easily than responsive ones. The principle concern in balances is to develop poses slowly, steadily and with quiet stability."
    -- Peter Blackaby Intelligent Yoga

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Balance Face

    Brilliant photo via  orbityoga
    from South Dakota, 1959.

    Do you have a concentration face?

    Nice little exercise in awareness, notice which bits of your body get involved unnecessarily when you are trying to complete a new task. For example when trying to wiggle just your left big toe, does your right big toe try and join the party? When balancing do you stick your tongue out or clench your jaw?

    Your body is one big conversation. When something is challenging or new sometimes your methods of communication misfire or get their wires crossed. The more you practice the new movement the better at communicating you will become.

    Shedding Skin

    “The skin biopsy was the first stage to creating the artwork. It was the moment when I thought OK this is real. It was a proper procedure. It wasn’t overly intrusive – it didn’t hurt or anything – it’s just a case of sterilising a part of my arm and cutting out a chunk of skin.

    About two weeks later we converged at the Institute of Neurology to look at the stains and the actual skin that had been processed. They were stained in particular colours; a purple, minty green, blue and a pinky colour. They looked amazing – they just looked like paintings. I was really blown away by all the detail. What we created was me!”

    -- Ghostpoet on the making of his latest album Shedding Skin.

    Found via it's nice that. 

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015

    Maryanne Casasanta

    But what if the truth is neither in the represented nor in the representation? What if the truth is in its material configuration? To participate in an image rather than merely identify with it could perhaps abolish this relation. This would mean participating in the material of the image as well as in the desires and forces it accumulates. How about acknowledging that this image is not some ideological misconception, but a thing simultaneously couched in affect and availability, a fetish made of crystals and electricity, animated by our wishes and fears, a perfect embodiment of its own conditions of existence? It doesn’t represent reality. It is a fragment of the real world. It is a thing just like any other—a thing like you and me. 

    --Hito Steyerl

    Work by Maryanne Casasanta.

    Wild Women

    I went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Union Chapel this weekend and loved this film! For California-based Faith Dickey mastering the fine art of slacklining and highlining is a passion.

    She set the women’s world record for highlining length (a full 345 feet of pure balance and fear mastery) in Moab, Utah. She also set a record for highlining height at 4,000 feet up from the valley bottom in the Swiss Alps. Faith also has accomplished 30 free solos (highlining without an attached safety leash), the longest of which was just over 91 feet.
    Can you imagine?

    I've been dabbling with this (at very low heights!) and it has to be one of the best balance tools i've ever tried.  Balance is so dynamic and there is no getting away from that on one of these. I like this one...gibbon-slacklines

    Here's a clip of Faith in action from polishedproject.

    He could use the bridge, but no. I like his style.
    Lesson learnt: You have to choose to vary your movement!
    “Don't confuse symmetry with balance.”

    ― Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

    Saturday, 14 March 2015

    Saturday Cartoon

    Saturday Poem

    Among the Rocks

    Oh, good gigantic smile o’ the brown old earth,
          This autumn morning! How he sets his bones
    To bask i’ the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet
    For the ripple to run over in its mirth;
          Listening the while, where on the heap of stones
    The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet.

    That is the doctrine, simple, ancient, true;
          Such is life’s trial, as old earth smiles and knows.
    If you loved only what were worth your love,
    Love were clear gain, and wholly well for you:
          Make the low nature better by your throes!
    Give earth yourself, go up for gain above!
    --  Robert Browning

    Friday, 13 March 2015

    one old and one new

    by Lauren Spencer King for ArtBookStand
    Roger Caillois, The Writing of Stones. 1970.

    Apophyllite specimen from bijoux et minéraux.

    Recipe: Natural Home Cleaning

    All-Purpose Cleaner
    1/2 cup vinegar
    1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons Borax)
    1/2 gallon (2 liters) water
    Mix all ingredients into water in bucket. Store and keep in spray bottles.

    Tough Scrub
    1 cup baking soda
    1/4 cup salt
    10 drops citrus essential oil
    5 drops tea tree essential oil
    Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight tub.

    Dusting Spray
    1 cup distilled water
    3 drops essential oils
    Combine in a spray bottle and use with a cotton cloth.

    1/2 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup baking soda
    5 to 10 drops citrus essential oils
    Combine to make a paste and use a damp cloth to wipe off.

    Glass Cleaner
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    1 gallon warm water
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    Mix in bucket, store solution in spray bottles.

    All found via Kinfolk. The glass cleaner is a gem!
    (image by me)

    Home Play

    Thursday, 12 March 2015

    Mysteries, Yes

    Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
    to be understood.

    How grass can be nourishing in the
    mouths of the lambs.
    How rivers and stones are forever
    in allegiance with gravity,
    while we ourselves dream of rising.

    How two hands touch and the bonds
    will never be broken.
    How people come, from delight or the
    scars of damage,
    to the comfort of a poem.

    Let me keep my distance, always, from those
    who think they have the answers.

    Let me keep company always with those who say
    "Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
    and bow their heads.

    —Mary Oliver

    Wednesday, 11 March 2015

    Movement is something that happens while you are getting something else accomplished...

    These images made me giggle at first, but then they bought to mind a little something Katy Bowman had to say in this podcast for Liberated Body and now I think these vintage ladies were on to something....

    "Remember you are an animal walking around in a zoo. Reflexively your body is always trying to conserve energy. The decision to shuck convenience has to be a choice. You are going to have to choose to get out of your couch and sit on the floor. You’re not really in a cage, you’ve put yourself in- there’s no lock, it’s habit. You can go outside whenever you want.

    Movement is way easier to get in your life than exercise. Exercise takes time away from your family living. It takes a drive, a shower, a special outfit, equipment. It’s not as easy as. “I’m making breakfast anyway, I can make it on the floor? I’m walking on this path anyway, why don’t I just walk on the grass just 6 inches to the left? I’m going to the bathroom anyway, why not put my feet up on this squat platform?”

    Because movement is not exercise, you have the potential to move all day long. I have no more time, I’m doing this podcast now so I could be sitting in front of my computer, or I could be standing and doing a calf stretch, and squatting a bit. Once you start thinking that way you can really move all day long even if you can’t go anywhere....

    ...The real difference between exercise and movement would be anytime you are doing movement for the purpose of reaping a health benefit, that’s exercise. While movement is something that happens while you are getting something else accomplished."

    --Katy Bowman via Liberated Body.

    Tuesday, 10 March 2015

    a piece of quartz

    My brother once showed me a piece of quartz that contained, he said, some trapped water older than all the seas in our world. He held it up to my ear. ‘Listen,’ he said, ‘life and no escape.'
    Anne Carson, Plainwater.
    "You can ask yourself, What’s it like to be me? You know, the only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That’s where home is."

    — Bill Murray

    Saturday, 7 March 2015

    Saturday Poem

    Phenomenal Woman

    Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
    I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
    But when I start to tell them,
    They think I’m telling lies.
    I say,
    It’s in the reach of my arms,
    The span of my hips,   
    The stride of my step,   
    The curl of my lips.   
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenal woman,   
    That’s me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,   
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.   
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.   
    I say,
    It’s the fire in my eyes,   
    And the flash of my teeth,   
    The swing in my waist,   
    And the joy in my feet.   
    I’m a woman

    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Men themselves have wondered   
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can’t touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them,   
    They say they still can’t see.   
    I say,
    It’s in the arch of my back,   
    The sun of my smile,
    The ride of my breasts,
    The grace of my style.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head’s not bowed.   
    I don’t shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.   
    When you see me passing,
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It’s in the click of my heels,   
    The bend of my hair,   
    the palm of my hand,   
    The need for my care.   
    ’Cause I’m a woman
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.
    -- Maya Angelou

    Saturday Cartoon

    Friday, 6 March 2015

    Good use of chair!
    Gifs by Donald Christie for Ally Capellino.

    No Guts, No Heart, No Glory

    I went to see No Guts, No Heart, No Glory by Common Wealth Theater at The South Bank Centre last night (it's on as part of the Women of the World Festival) and I HIGHLY recommend going to see it.

    It is a site-specific performance (originally staged in a boxing gym in Bradford) based on interviews with Muslim Female Boxers and collaboration with the five actors in the piece. Although the performance represents a young Muslim female experience, I think it's content will resonate with anyone who has ever been young, has a body, fears, frustrations and dreams (i.e. all of us).
    From a movement perspective it was just pure joy to watch, especially the mesmerising steps of boxer Saira Tabasum, and it was beautiful to see the mapping of these young girls thoughts matched with such a riot of movement...body and mind united.

    No Guts, No Heart, No Glory from Common Wealth on Vimeo.