Colin Hambrook’s art and poetry blog

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I’ve been revising how to make the audio-artwork to go with the exhibition. I initially scripted descriptions in two parts – giving a straight description of the drawings followed by the context of the making of the image and the narrative it tells. Now, with input from Joseph Young I’ve opted for combining the three facets of the audio-description. I’ve had a go at incorporating the details of the illustration with descriptions of the making of the images, drawing on narratives in the poems being illustrated and the personal stories which were the starting point.

I enjoyed sharing the following script for a creative audio-descriptive piece in the Knitting Time workshop at Pallant House this week:

I had already started this A4 coloured drawing when I decided it would be an apt illustration for the poem Blue Black Feather. It conveys a love of nature in a dream-like landscape made up of birds, faces and human figures, which inhabit a series of hills and pastures. It pictures the encroachment of urban life on the landscape in a series of simply drawn tower blocks which run down the left-hand side of the drawing. It just needed two birds and so I drew a Jay dominating the right hand side of the foreground and a smaller crow further up and on the left, with which it is communicating.

The poem relates to a story from the mid-eighties of when I found  a perfect blue-black barred Jay’s feather. Living in North London during the early 1980s was a depressing time. All my efforts at getting somewhere to live were being thwarted at the same time as all social housing was being sold off. Ideals of community and social awareness were fragmenting. I squatted a housing association property. For a time our eviction notices were thrown out of court by the judge because the housing officers were so embroiled in corrupt deals. Everything, seemed bound up in corruption.

I got very excited by the jewel-like quality of the feather. In my fragile state of mind this piece of treasure seemed to be auspicious sign; an omen of better things to come. It glowed, like something from the garden of Eden. On an impulse I showed the feather to a fellow passenger on a tube train. I happened to be following one of the sillier fashions of the time, wearing striped pyjamas. It was a trend started by the Boomtown Rats who I’d seen play a couple of times.

So, when the woman who I’d shown the feather to announced that she was an off-duty police officer, it was not wholly unsurprising that she’d assume that I’d escaped from Friern Barnet, the nearest mental hospital. She took me aside on the platform, clearly debating with herself what she should do and whether or not she could be bothered to take me all the way back to the police station. She wavered – especially as I had nothing on me to identify who I was. On grilling me about where I was going she asked me if I was harmless or not. She realised I couldn’t cause much damage, armed with a tiny feather. And so she then asked if I’d go back to the hospital of my own accord; making me promise faithfully that I would do so. And so I agreed, escaping the psychiatric system by an edge once again.

At the centre bottom of the drawing is a prominent ball shape across which a skeletal figure is draped. And to the left of the figure is a large cross-hatched shadow which is draped from the bottom corner of the picture, across the bottom tower block and up into the fields above. There is sense of underlying fatalism within this drawing. The frightened expressions on the faces in the submerged figures are expressive of a search for meaning and purpose in a random brutal urban environment.

Bird Song: audio-description:

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I’ve begun the task of writing descriptions of the illustrations for the book and adding some personal reflections which put the poems in context. I thought I’d share the first of these, which relates the drawing of a sparrow I’ve made to illustrate the poem Bird Song.

An  A4 portrait black and white line drawing depicting a side-on view of a sparrow, which takes up the whole of the central two thirds of the picture. The bird is very carefully and delicately drawn, with a great attention to the detail in the feathers and the markings on the feathers. It is a male bird as defined by the dark markings around its eye and beak and down the extent of its wing feathers. It sits on  a short branch, which comes towards the viewer into the foreground of the picture.

The sparrow looks upwards with a fragile, slightly quizzical expression on its face, which emphasises a sense of its innocence. Surrounding the bird is a mesh or web of delicate markings resembling a lattice of small interlacing branches. Many of the larger branches are shaded with small dots creating a grey cloud-like shadow around the bird, which seems to pulsate in the background.

The sparrow symbolises a lot of thoughts and feelings in relation to childhood memories. My mum conferred a love of nature and the bird-life in the garden was very important to us. The chirpy little sparrow was our favorite. We’d put bread out and would love to watch these shy, innocent birds hovering around our offerings.

Mischeviously they would peck the aluminium tops of the milk bottles left on our doorstep by the milkman. “Look mum”, I’d say “They’ve been at it again”, and we’d share a smile at their daring do. I think we shared an intuitive connection to their fragile natures. We would delight in counting the numbers of male and female birds we could spot at impromptu moments when a ‘quarrel’ of them would come to visit.

The decline in numbers of sparrows in our London garden in the late seventies seemed to parallel the worsening of my mothers health and wellbeing. The disappearance of the birds was inextricably linked, in my mind, with the irrevocable changes in society wrought by the rise of Thatcher. It seemed that the world fast became a harder and more corrupt place with the influence of American Economist Milton Friedman’s free market ideology, that was so important to the Thatcher government. From the late-seventies their policies spelt an end to the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that had been a marked feature within society since the Clement Atlee government of 1945. After 35 years of common ownership of all essential utilities and industries, we were subject to policies that established a framework of private enterprise and competition. The idea was that we learn to rely on market forces to ensure the ‘survival of the fittest’, rather than attempt to work together to achieve a fair society. However the political appropriation of the phrase, first coined by Herbert Spencer and then used by Charles Darwin as a synonym for the idea ofnatural selection in the fifth edition of On the Origin of Species, published in 1869, was incompatible with the meaning both scientists intended in their search for an understanding of evolutionary theory. Darwin had intended the phrase to be a metaphor for how life adapts to its immediate, local environment, often working collectively to achieve common aims. The political interpretation that Darwin was vindicating the actions of the rich and powerful over and above the needs of the weak and those less well-placed was in fact a fallacy.

As the 1980s dawned, in my mind at least, there was a direct association between the increase in Corvids in London parks and gardens with the harsher pragmatism of the dismantling of the welfare state. The crows, magpies and jays replaced a lot of the smaller more benign birds. The families of finches, tits and sparrows decreased dramatically within a short space of time, never to return in the same numbers. The decline of the sparrow, especially, who my mum and I identified with so readily, was especially symbolic as indicative of our own predicament.

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It’s been a while since I updated my blog and as I’ve been fairly busy painting I thought I’d add a photo of this work-in-progress. It’s great to be working on a fairly large scale (4 foot x 4 foot) and am enjoying it greatly. Without planning it I ended up going back to poetry from my first collection 100 Houses as inspiration for this image, which depicts how it feels to have an involuntary out of body experience – something which I was prone to until about ten years ago.

In the woods, Crow will blast your courage to tell you, you are not a tree

black and white drawing of an Oak tree on the left side of the landscape and a male and female figure on the right side, merging into a landscape of oak leaves

Knitting Time is finally on the horizon

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A starting point for the work on show in the Knitting Time exhibition is a collection of poems which explore personal narratives from infancy to the present time. The stories stem from my induction as an infant into the delusionary belief system of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. My mum became lost to strange beliefs after the JWs kicked us all out as representatives of Satan come to disturb the flock. One of her beliefs involved the ascribing of animal spirits to individuals and groups of people. As a child I was ‘Mole’ and I still sign much of my artwork accordingly in her affectionate memory.

There are many State-sanctified psychotic belief systems. It just depends how many agree to subscribe to any particular ‘belief’ as to whether it gets labeled ‘psychotic’. If you’re in a club with only one member, the chances are you’ll be in trouble, unless you learn to shut up.

All religious or spiritual belief has an element of ‘psychosis’ about it – not that ‘psychosis’ is necessarily a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. In its original meaning the term is derived from the Greek psyche, meaning ‘soul,’ ‘mind,’ or ‘breath.’ It was regarded as the animating principle in life. From that Greek ideology came the modern hierarchy which places the spirit and the mind above matter. The poor old material world is not giving much credo, which is possibly why we care so little collectively about plundering and destroying the earth and for that matter for torturing the ‘mad’ who as a general rule tend to not like what the human race is doing to itself.

Knitting Time illustrates ‘loss’ as a guiding principle for existence and for creativity. I’ve never fitted into the world, which is no bad thing. I was taught from an early age by JWs that the world would end when I was 17 in 1975. And so I’ve spent 38 years living with a sense of mourning the ‘end’ that never came and in grief for the injustices perpetrated against my mum in the name of psychiatry. Psychiatry – like much of humanity and especially organised religion – continues to be as deluded as ever in the way it treats people.

The audio-descriptive sound installation in the  exhibition describe a selection of ten of the works including work made during our workshop programme expounding on personal stories that underpin the making of those pieces. I’ve a history since infancy of getting lost in dreams and hallucinations; of entering a world which is outside of time. Much of the art and poetry here is based on those experiences, which have often been very profound and beautiful.

At the same time as expressing a ‘spiritual’ world, seeing angels and so forth… I’m no believer in the hierarchy we’ve adopted from the early Greeks. As Antonin Artaud put it so eloquently in his essay Shit to the Spirit: “The spirit was never anything but the parasite of man, the ringworm of his worthy body when the body was no more than an animalcule swimming around and having no desire to be worthy of existing.”

And therein lies the dilemma of who we are and why we’re here? Knitting Time is a piece of my dealing with that conundrum.

I hope you find the exhibition thought-provoking and would love to hear your thoughts on these concerns.

Finding the Accurate Commercial Real Estate Agent

To find a commercial real estate broker, you can see on the yellow page under the heading "real estate", you will see all the national names and national franchise names that are well known. However, if you want to do a commercial real estate investment business like us, then you don't want to be directed at them.

Instead, look for a smaller local private commercial broker. Instead of 100 agents, they usually have 10 or less. Of those 10, although they can all handle all types of commercial agreements, they each often specialize in one commercial area such as an apartment or office sector which is their special specialty. For getting more information you can check out ‘real estate agent part-time study’ ­(which is also known as ‘eiendomsmegler deltidsstudie’ in the Norwegian language) from various online sources.

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If you are thinking of entering this market, contact some of these private commercial brokers. Ask who specializes in the commercial field where you will invest. Take the agent for lunch and pay. What are you doing? You buy an education. Don't forget to ask them to pack on the current property they represent.

Most of the time in the commercial area, when agents or commercial brokers have a list, they compile a long comprehensive package, which includes regular listing information, traffic calculations, zoning, profit and loss analysis, best use information, and possibly current property valuations.  

If you invest in the housing market, they will have information about the school district in the area. However, because you are in the commercial field, the demographics they will include in your package will help you determine whether this will be a wise commercial investment for you.  

What Are the Advantages of Granite Countertops?

In recent years the number of people who buy granite countertop has increased substantially. The majority of people who buy these unbelievably beautiful granite countertops in Long Island are interested in their sleek and sophisticated appearance.

Despite the fact that the surface of the granite is very pleasant to look at, they are also very durable. The durability of these countertops is one of their main advantages and selling points. They can support hot or cold cooking pans without a damaged surface.

Those who like to bake, also often have a preference for granite countertops above others because they can remove the dough and cake directly onto a flat, smooth surface. Chef likes granite tables.

As a result of its durability, this is a long-term investment, because once installed, you don't need to replace the kitchen table for several years. But you have to take care of them.

Even though they are durable, they need to be treated. You must arrange them to be sealed regularly so that they are protected from stains and spills. When cleaning it, you need to make sure that you use soft, clean clothes that are not abrasive in any way.

The same rule applies to each solvent or liquid you use to clean it. In any situation, you may not use solvents or abrasive products. If you keep these countertops carefully and ensure that they are regularly sealed they will last for years to come.

Solo Vacations: The 30 Best Places to Travel Alone

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You may meet all kinds of women in Las Vegas. If you want to travel to meet girls, it might be a fantastic concept to head to an Eastern European nation. At the Fremont Experience, it is possible to meet women from throughout the world. Since men in Chicago are also famous for their warm Midwest demeanor, meeting a wonderful guy you wish to devote your life with might be simpler than you believe.

The majority of people can get intimidated traveling by themselves, but nevertheless, it can be quite freeing because you’ve got the greatest choice in what you get to do. Another good alternative is to study something. You’ll locate a great number of relaxation options along with activities that provide the opportunity to mingle.

Unique locations provide different attractions. While the destination you choose ought to be somewhere you’ve always wished to go, being in a secure location where it’s simple to navigate both the transportation and culture alleviate major worries and permits you to concentrate on being present. Drive around Iceland gawking in its awesomeness Iceland has come to be one of the latest travel destinations on earth in late years and following a couple of trips there, I can see why. You’re able to satisfy a broad range of tourist visiting Las Vegas, particularly in the region of Caesars Palace. Destinations are scattered all over the world. When you are working to decide on a particular vacation destination from far away you might challenging to discern the differences from 1 area to the other. You can browse http://www.stylebuzzer.com to get more information about it.

Each one is extremely different from the other and offers something different, distinctive and special. The ideal one is that you’re absolutely free to do whatever you desire. In case you go to one of these places, however, staying present probably won’t be a problem. It’s possible for you to travel from various places alone or you may travel together with individuals who are the exact same as you.

The feeling of accomplishment once you finally get there’ll be equally as sweet as the experience itself. You may even use the chance to fulfill fellow singletons. In any event, it is a wonderful chance to fulfill a well-off sports fan! Well, you must give yourself an opportunity to meet someone organically. Put simply, you own an opportunity to be set up with a millionaire if you’re not one. Speaking of the locals, quite a few of our adventure holidays for more than the 40s offer you the opportunity to get up close to a number of the world’s most wonderful wildlife. Just like anything, you raise your odds of meeting a woman in the event the odds are in your favor.

The Sales Of Vending Machine Have Increased

Most people have been looking for any good investments wherein they could originally receive huge money in return. At one point in time, engaging yourself from any form of investments can either be worth it or not. It depends on what every person has chosen to invest. Right now, some few folks have decided to invest at vending services in Long Beach.

People have been long deciding about this kind of engagements. They have preferred this matter and also the other factors as well. However, most questions are about what they could basically avail out of all available investments as of now. They should further focus on what has been available lately.

They can establish and own a few coffee shops or start a business. For starters, it can be a completely different story. The money they have as of now is clear enough and not too much. Hence, they should pick something that is not financially heavier and complicated. This is where they come across vending machines.

Vending machines could display everything. People never have to out and have to buy at the stores. The office itself was currently having this machine. All items are on sale. There are chips, junk foods, sodas, and even sanitary napkins. Everything is well organized while being on display and on sale. This is how it typically works.

People become interested in buying and availing them. However, even before they could start everything, they should know the process first. The money they invest from it should also be determined. Most questions have asked from these future investors. These investors just wanted to know simple things.

There are factors which need of course to consider. Operating vending machines can be difficult at times although some tips are given towards these investors. They must find a good spot. Finding a good spot is necessary so that many buyers and consumers will have the chance to see your machine. They would gladly use some few coins to buy what they wanted from the displayed items.

Permits are required so that a certain person will be allowed to operate such machines. Hence, they have to ask for these legal permits and have to follow some certain rules and regulations which are all involved. People must know how important these matters when being followed. These things are beyond necessary in terms of considerations. Hence, folks need to cooperate as one.

The need for permits will vary from state to state. Hence, there are cities and countries which are strict with this and there are some places also wherein the permits are no longer necessary. Always choose a good spot for your item especially if you see yourself doing the same business for long years.

Besides, engaging yourself with such business can be worth it. The sales will be increased from time to time. This was something which most people have wanted also to consider. They are constantly looking forward to increased sales. Right now, they are getting busy in dealing with the distributors and also the suppliers every now and then.

Learn More About The International Demand For Cooking European Authentic Ethnic Food

The idea of global advancement would be premised within the political renovation of agriculture being a global economic field. Experts envisioned a global cultivation where upcoming agriculture plans must be focused into the global market. They must incorporate agriculture into the current economic climate. It must not be insulated as proved by cooking European authentic ethnic food.

This reference to a global agriculture would be a discursive construct inlayed in international relations. It could be a progressive recognition of financial liberalization. The narrative will be prescriptive, but never inevitable. Yet, while farming trade continues to be the center of community controversy, the mostly irresolvable nature of those trade guidelines will still realize the benefits of this move.

At the same time, agricultural experts believe that this massive movement usually forces increased movements of people. It has profound effects of population displacement upon such a developing scale. Oftentimes, the juxtaposition of recent circuits regarding food and work represents a duplication of capitalism through systems of accumulation through dispossession. The latter could be a powerful dynamic.

Funds expands with the release involving assets. Accumulation through dispossession pushes out a set of resources, including work power in very low cost. Surplus of accumulated capital may seize such property and instantly turn these to profitable use. In business globalization, accumulation through dispossession operates via general components of structure adjustment.

These adjustments devalue as well as privatize properties along with the specific mechanisms of displacement in agriculture. This occurs with the globalization of this science. Local provisioning could be subjected towards the combined difficulties of throwing excess products. This could be an industrial trend observed in the last decades.

Moreover, there should be property acquisition for exporting. These processes might take advantage of economic liberalization. New export strategies often displace small local farmers into casual labor. They should be flexibly used when employed. Therefore, a global job reserve along with released cultures on provision, open up new possibilities for building up international development.

The research proceeds by examining institutional factors in global improvement, by means of an organized food export pattern. The exercise of comprehensive progress is strained through the competing relations amongst varying approaches. These aggressive relations could then be increasingly ruled by the corporate and business pursuit for comparative advantage over the program. This should be important in building new agricultural patterns, producing new engines for worldwide development.

The corporate regime should be a key vector within this progression. These efforts translate into deregulation of international financial relations. Experts calibrates value by credit instead of labor contact. Through privatizing internalized disciplines, the private acquisition involving agriculture stimulates casualization of manual labor.

The corporate regime illustrates, and underpins, these approaches, through the observing agricultural products regardless of price. It dismantles agriculture value from market price and it does not bother with political implications. It then examines the artificial depression of prices via a program of excessive production and dropping values and while the postwar agricultural regime handled overproduction in order to serve specific developing marketplaces, the world tariff of the corporate nutrition regime is certainly universalized by liberalization as suggested by previous examinations and related literature.

Silk Dress – Look Beautiful In Silk

Silk is the ideal fabric for the warmer months. When choosing a dress made of silk, be sure to choose the right size. Petite silk dress that are too small and ultimately it will look attractive for tiny girls.

Most clothing will have a washing label, just behind the size label in the clothing trunk or on the inside.

It is very important to follow specific instructions for washing your clothes. Most dresses made of silk require that you send the dress to the laundry for cleaning. And keep in mind, if you are careful with the dress, you don’t need to wash it after every use.

Most of the silk fabrics are machine washed. Never spray perfume or body spray into your silk clothes; some perfumes contain oils that can stain the fabric and cannot be removed.

You can maintain the beauty of your expensive dress by storing it properly. First of all, never hang silk or alternative clothing from cable hangers. This kind of hanger can absorb moisture in the room and rust, over time.

Cable hangers can destroy your silk dresses with rust stains; Rust stains cannot be removed. Choose wooden vases or plastic hangers.

Silk is a natural fiber; do not place your silk gown into a plastic bag.

How to Choose the Best Rugs Cleaning Service

Carpets are increasingly being used by people in their homes, offices, and shops. The most important part is the routine cleaning by the owner is necessary. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning oriental rugs. Special attention is needed to maintain the quality and originality of this work of art.

When to Clean Your Carpet

Ideally, the rug must be cleaned every 6 months. Depending on where your wool carpet is used, they can be cleaned once a year too. But the recommended time is twice a year for those who are used in high traffic areas. An easy way to identify whether your carpet needs cleaning is to rub your palm on the carpet for about 10 seconds. If your hands are dirty or dust is flying, it's time for a thorough cleaning.

Carpet rug cleaning services are very often offered by carpet dealers. It's always good to use this service that they offer because as dealers they know what can and can't be done for carpets.

They will know if the tapestry will run out of a color or shrink when washed. If you have several complaints about cleaning work or if the carpet is damaged during washing, the dealer is always in a better position to help you improve the situation than a normal dry cleaner.

A good carpet cleaner must have all the equipment to do professional work. The rug must be checked for damage because cleaning the damaged wool carpet will only make it worse. In the case of damage, it must be recovered expertly and the proper liquid and cleaning process must be identified based on the material from which the rug is made.

The Advantages of Getting a Deep Tissue Massage

This type of massage is done with deep finger pressure. The professional therapist will complete long, firm strokes of the deep tissue to treat all different kinds of physical issues. If you want more information about the deep tissue massage in Kirkland, you can browse the web.

Just a few of the benefits of getting this type of therapy include treatment for chronic pain, an improvement in blood pressure, the ability to break up scar tissue, rehabilitating muscles that have been injured, and stress relief.

Those that experience the ill effects of perpetual agony are frequently coordinated to take prescription to get some alleviation. Be that as it may, there are others that would preferably not take a prescription when they feel a touch of distress.

The reactions of the drug can regularly be more awful than the first side effect. A back rub can offer help to those experiencing interminable torment since it lessens the irritation that is causing the issue.

Muscle pressure is another explanation behind perpetual torment. Muscle pressure can happen anyplace all through the body including the neck, back, feet, legs, arms and shoulders. With back rub, the tight tissue groups can be separated. After some time, these muscles will never again bring on any issues.

Somebody with hypertension can likewise receive the rewards of profound tissue rub. The activity of the back rub treatment expands the degree of serotonin in the body in a characteristic manner.

This is the concoction that makes you feel glad. With the new inclination, the circulatory strain will go down giving the individual that is enduring some respite.

Tap Dance Lessons Are A Great Way To Get In Shape

Dancing is one of the best forms of training out there and the best thing is that you won't even realize that you are exercising because it's so much fun.

You can dance privately in the comfort of your own home or register for tap dance lessons to improve your movements. Tap dancing is a good form of exercise for adults and is one of the more challenging dance styles.

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Tap Dance Lessons Can Help You Get Started

Through class, you will benefit from professional instruction and advice, learn the right way to warm your body and learn new techniques that you can practice in the studio or at home.

When you choose a class, be honest with yourself about your abilities. Don't register on a course that is too advanced or you will feel frustrated and give up.

Tap Your Way to Health

In addition to cardiovascular benefits, dancing has been shown to reduce stress, improve balance and flexibility, help participants lose weight, improve memory and fight depression.

Dancing beats make your heart pump and involve all parts of the body. The mind-body connection is very strong on the tap because of the complicated movements that involve the upper and lower parts of the body and the need to think a little forward to keep the routine flowing.

If you like to dance or listen to music, this can be the thing that makes your body move and or changes your exercise routine.

How To Know When Oven Cleaning Is Required?

Cleanliness in the kitchen is not only useful, but also important. By keeping all your equipment clean, you can minimize the risk of spreading bacteria, and also extend the life of the equipment.

Over time, our ovens can be coated with layers of dust and dirt that require great effort and time to remove. You can get the best services for oven cleaning in Epping.

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If you want to make sure you return your device to its original state, you might find it much easier to hire professionals to do work on your behalf.

It's not always easy to identify when our oven needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Because fat and sparks can accumulate slowly for weeks, months, and years, a scenario can appear where only when dirt has reached an unpleasant visual level we take action.

If you can see a pile of dirt inside of the oven door, you should be aware that action needs to be taken. Most ovens today have transparent doors that are useful for checking cooked food without letting the heat out. If you can't see clearly through the door, it's time to consider cleaning.

It can happen that the knob on your stove also becomes sticky. The best way to clean these components is to remove the actual knob and give them scrubbing.

This alone can be a time-consuming process, unless you are willing to dedicate a few hours to the task, save yourself from that effort and contact an expert.

From beginning to end, a complete cleaning process can be a real task. After hiring a professional oven cleaning company, you might feel like you have been given an entirely new tool.