Rob (my husband) was chatting with our daughter (7) and realised her idea of famous women in history was limited to some British Queens. So he started compiling a wider range of inspirational figures to expand her sense of what women can achieve. When she was given a Periodic Table book as a birthday present, … Continue reading The Periodic Table of Brilliant Women & Girls
For the January 2020 issue of Good on Paper I interviewed Susie Donkin of Spitz & Co, a female comedy duo presenting the third in the Gloria trilogy of shows about a vain French diva and her hapless English sidekick Josephine. I got to see the show as well - it was hilarious and wonderful … Continue reading The Glorious Les Gloriables
As a Matron (sponsor) of Mothers Who Make, the UK based peer network for mothers who make things, I was interviewed by their founder Matilda Leyser. She writes: "Just in time before midnight I am glad to present the second of our Matron Saint Tuesdays, the day when I publish an interview with one of … Continue reading The Making of Matronage
Over the past few days a crowd of images and words keep tumbling through my head. On election results day, last Friday, December 13, a lot of people were very highly emotional and the internet was alive with this intensity. In the middle of the night I dreamt a story about a caged bear. Several … Continue reading FAKE NEWS
For the November 2019 issue of Good on Paper I had an opportunity to interview Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West and (at the time of writing) somewhat controversially, an MP candidate for Stroud. Its a classic edition, with cover artwork by letterpress poet and dear friend Dennis Gould, and a piece … Continue reading Molly Scott Cato on Paper
Missing cat posters are a staple of street life across the UK and elsewhere. So are the creatures that are declining in number, many of which we think of as familiar visitors in our gardens and streets. Like the European hedgehog. This crisis seems rather invisible. I would like to honour also some of the … Continue reading LOST/MISSING
This is commentary on an installation artwork that I made for SVA Open Studios 2019. Called ‘Private View’ it was an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the view from my studio in private for up to ten minutes. Participation was charged at £1. I have calculated that collectively, artists invested over £160K in this event, at a high personal investment risk, but to the fairly secure benefit of local property owners.
The Bureau for the Validation of Art, presented by the Women's Art Activation System, and featuring Sharon Bennett & Sarah Dixon. Filmed with artist Hilary Powell at Hoe Street Central Bank by Dan Edelstyn in 2018 as part of Art Licks Festival.
What is the inconscious? We are used to talking about the Unconscious, as invented by Freud. The idea there was that we had the conscious mind where we are rational, aware and can hear our own thoughts. And then there was this murky hidden 'unconscious' full of repressed lust and weird impulses. The unconscious would … Continue reading The Inconscious