Colin Hambrook’s art and poetry blog


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:


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.


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


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.

Things You Need To Know About Mobile Homes

Mobile homes sometimes called manufactured homes are built in factories and placed on trailer wheels which allow them to be moved.

There are a few mobiles or manufactured home builder that has a standard floor plan and options that allow them to build a house for the same price for a mobile home. 

People use this home as their usual place of permanent and usually put them in one location like the other permanent homes, they still hold the ability to be moved around that is required in some areas.

If you want a manufactured home, you need a builder so that you can compare the quality of construction with newer mobile homes. 

It is very important to concentrate on making a strong infrastructure, not only taking care of the aesthetics. It is important that the appearance of your mobile home is good but it is equally important that it remains strong and resistant harsh environmental conditions of the environment. 

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This will effectively protect your mobile home basement and keep it clean. Mobile home skirting is a very important element for the mini or large adobe that you have spent a lot of your investment.

The plumbing systems of your mobile home mostly placed under and they need protection against moisture. When the pipes are deal with moisture, these may get rusty and eventually rupture if not returned. 

Furthermore, it is important to protect the space under your home with the mobile home skirting.

Know GM Foods Meaning

Genetically modified foods (GM foods) grow from the plant are made using genetically modified organisms or GMOs. GMOs are organisms that have changed the DNA through the use of gene technology techniques or genetic underpinnings.

Through this technology, it is possible to create an organism that has been transferred to genes that are not found in natural organisms. These GMO foods contain many dangerous chemicals that will cause many health issues. There are some lawyers who are working to help people who are suffering from illness due to these GMO foods. They help them to get some financial compensation.

If you or your family member is also suffering from diseases due to the use of GMO products then you can also contact roundup lawyers to file a case against them. You can find No.1 Roundup cancer lawsuits through various web sources.

How prevalent is this practice?

Since the introduction of GMOs, genetically modified crops such as corn, soybeans, and cotton have increased in production. In 2010, of the total land available for cultivation, more than 160 million acres, is being used to produce genetically modified crops.

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Of this amount, more than 45 percent of the crop is being produced in the United States alone. In 2010, 95 percent of all sugar beets, 86 percent of corn and 93 percent of cotton grown in the United States is genetically modified.

Consumer awareness and Policing of GM Foods

Policing of GM food carried out by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration FDA) in the United States. The FDA relies primarily on two parts of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of food and food ingredients.

Are The Dangers?

GM foods are tested for hazards to human health, which mainly comes from the tendency to cause allergic reactions, toxicity, and nutritional problems along with the unknown effects of the product. The Food and Agriculture Organization and WHO remain tight check on native plants that are allowed to be used in gene transfer.

Things to Remember When Finding an Internet Marketing Company

Marketing your business has changed over the years. Today you have to take your online and offline marketing into consideration budget accordingly and then find a leading internet marketing company that can help you drive your business forward and achieve success.

There are so many important factors to consider. Although you can manage your online marketing efforts, it is time-consuming and tedious. To get the best internet marketing company you can visit our site because we are expert in digital marketing.

Things to Remember When Finding an Internet Marketing Company

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You have to keep up to date with the latest trends and algorithms, failure to do so may result in your name distracted and you lose your good rankings, which is why so many companies choose services on the internet marketing company.

They have experienced team are kept up to date with the latest trends, to ensure that they incorporate new algorithms into everything they do to ensure the success of your company online.

The first thing you will want to keep in mind when looking at internet marketing company is that selecting the largest companies are not always the best choice. Choose a smaller company with a high number of customers that they work with regularly.

Companies should focus on helping you grow your business and provide you with a full internet marketing service you can rely on and trust.

See how they rank in search engine results. A company that promises to provide you with the highest quality service and support should be able to promote their own business effectively.

 If you cannot find them in the top-ranking company, then there is food for thought and maybe you should prefer to see another company that can provide you with the results you seek to achieve.

A Brief Introduction of Power Supplies

A power supply provides electricity loads in devices. They convert one form to another. Few control the output voltage to a stable level or compatible value and called regulated power supplies. 

They control the flow and stabilize, avoiding sudden fluctuations and power surges. Power supplies that convert AC current to DC current that is commonly and widely used. 

Electronic devices use two main types of power supplies, linear and switching. Linear voltage regulator is simple in design but could be great with the addition of high-current devices. They generate a regulated output voltage through an active voltage divider.


Unregulated power supplies, which are AC powered, using a transformer to change the voltage of electricity to the lower level. To generate DC from AC, using a rectifier. 

A linear regulated power supply used in such cases to maintain the voltage at a stable value and to protect against fluctuations in electronic applications. 

A regulator can reduce the ripple and noise of the output DC. A switch-mode power supply can change in the mains AC input to DC without an electrical transformer. 

DC voltage is then switched on and off at high speed with an electronic switching circuit. Voltage passes through the high-frequency inductors. This is the type of power supply set.

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This ignores the possibility of respiratory or allergy problems in your home. Clean the vents regularly makes you live in a healthy environment. 

Experts from duct cleaning service solve common problems that occur on ventilation. It makes you live in the cleanest airflow. Now, most homeowners consider duct cleaning is important. It protects your family from germs and lives a peaceful life with the natural surroundings.

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Furniture Tips For The Perfect Purchasing

Nowadays with the huge advancement in technologies, people have more opportunities to gain employment or setting up a new business so that they can increase their income by working from home according to their convenient time. In all this furniture plays a very important part not only for this purpose also for home settlement, it can give you immense pleasure and happiness.

However, buying furniture is not as easy as you think, especially when we have not much info about the right type of furniture woods and finishes used for specific products in your house. You can check Dublin furniture stores  in ireland to get the different types of furniture.

So in that particular situation, it will become more difficult for people to buy furniture for their office or home and which type of furniture we have to buy it may be traditional or modern. 

We have better option i.e. buying furniture online. It is the best option because it will save our time, money and we get top quality furniture and we have so many options related latest design and trends.  There are so many websites for buying furniture online.

These are the reasons why most of the families are purchasing modern furniture these days with passing time. Do your research first and get friends and family opinions too. The information can be too much and you might need to look for different reviews because the right information is the key and this is the way to go.


Know More About Metal Roofing Maintenance

It is important to keep your metal roof to make sure it has a long life. Manufacturers of metal roofing suggest spending a weekend a year to power wash the dirt and organic material from the seam and channels. 

Sometimes, the roof if broken could require one or more panels replaced. This method calls for the opening of two or more seams side lap to ensure that the damaged panels can be removed and replaced. You can also look for metal roofing service in Ontario by clicking at:

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Recoating rusty metal roof systems or bad weather might be an economical option to completely replace the roof. In general, recoating process requires that each peeling paint and loose, heavy corrosion is eliminated with either wire brushing and blasting.

The entire roof surface must then be cleaned thoroughly. Use a cleaning solution that is suitable for the original finish and allow the roof to dry completely.

With low maintenance and long life, many people are turning to metal roofing system for their home. You will find a lot of big roofing company that you can reach out to help with the installation of your new roof.

Make sure the roofing company is licensed, insured and has experience working with metal roofing system before you hire them. Try to avoid the company's first metal roof was installed. Although they experience roofers, metal roofing can be tricky to install the first time.

Importance Of A Security Guard For Property

There are many facilities that you enjoy to hire security guards to keep your property. They are basically the skilled guard who not only trained but also experienced and mature. Best of labor services will give you a professional security guard with a broad background relating to the security industry.

Availing guard services are important because they are a clear deterrent to potential criminals. In spite of this, they provide professional protection for your property as well as all the valuable assets you have.

In this article, we will discuss the importance of a security guard on the property that you might underestimate in this era of technology where most of us leave security in the hands of technology. You can easily get professional security guard services.

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The following points will highlight the importance of the security guards in place:

Availing guard services are important because they are a clear deterrent to potential criminals. In spite of this, they provide professional protection for your property as well as all the valuable assets you have.

This just is not vulnerable to theft within the premises but there is always a fear of car theft, burglary, and vandalism in addition to a variety of other types of crimes.

If you have hired a security guard on site then its presence is able to prevent such crimes to occur. You should not forget that security guards are trained in preventing such crimes occur.

Developing own expertise and skills

Existence is a challenging aspect for individuality in present era where basic sustenance is very sensitive factor. In the world full of competition and rivalry, for one’s own existence and establishment there implies a need of certain types of risks and tasks time to time for satisfactory survival. Population in several countries around the globe is engaged in getting succeeded concomitantly for fulfilling their desires. Therefore, it automatically creates a competition among the people to get success in time. To get fortunate in a proper manner, execution of plans is necessary in an organized way.


The role of technology in development

Technology helps an entrepreneur by keeping track of records, maintaining quality; manage contacts, organizing types of processes, keeping profitable and valuable records, improved services and systems etc.  It not only keeps desirable data but also helps in securing privacy of a startup of any organization.  By keeping track of the sources it also adds in the development of economy and generation of variety of results which helps in comparing in the near future for the growth of an organization or startup.

A way to retain individuality

Contracts and procurement courses are the courses guiding an entrepreneur to manage all contracts and to develop enough potential skills for the self-growth and esteem prestigiously. This course also helps in making good and valuable contacts with the people associated with any business startups. Sometimes having an academic oriented discussion helps in own skills and personality development in vast areas to deal with varieties of people.

When such courses and workshops are executed around; one should always keep an eye to grab an opportunity to be a part of it for self-development. To sum up, getting involved with such courses with Procurable, helps in valuable growth and progress of organizations.

The Way An Engagement Photographer Creates Lasting Memories

There is so much that goes into the process of being married. Before officially married, most people go through engagement. This engagement lasted anywhere from a few days to years depending on the individual’s personal preferences. While most people focus on the wedding and all the tasks that will come to the fore, the engagement itself is a huge event as well.

To do these several things must happen. Often times some will hire an engagement photographer in order to create a lasting memory of their engagement process. There are various ways in which the involvement of a photographer can create memories for the bride and groom’s perspective to see in the future. Some of the ways in which the engagement photographers Dubai capture the experience of involvement including album, online and digital slides and prints.


Engagement Albums- the album is a unique way for individuals to record the experiences of their engagement. The engagement album is a collection of photos showing various aspects of the engagement partner. These photos can include everything from pictures of the restaurant where the proposal took place for the bridal shower photos.

Bride allows the photographer to take pictures of involvement throughout their involvement as they want. After collection of images arranged engagement, the bride will only decide which images will be entered into their official engagement album.

The involvement of the photographer can create lasting memories for their clients by offering a variety of media to display photographs of their involvement in a variety of ways. Individuals have the option to select an album, print, and online or digital media as a means to show off their engagement.