Saturday, 11 March 2017

Oh my twitchy witchy girl

Hello hi, this is me resurfacing after a very busy patch of life, then probably disappearing again to continue with deadlines, CU events, family gatherings and the rest of that real life stuff. 

But I'm here now, you know I love to keep things updated.


It doesn't show up well in these scanner pics, but I have blue hair and it's a not-quite-perfect-but-close-enough Coraline dream.









These are a bunch of stuffed animals I picked up at a charity shop today. I was so drawn to them, they are just such classic, old toys, you know? I had to have them, I'm going to use them in my work (check it out on my tumblr). I definitely want to explore my fascination with toys (amongst all the other things I'm exploring ha), it's all relevant. 


Here's a playlist with some of the songs I've been listening to recently:



I freaking love alt-J's new song, mmmm such vibes. I've also been listening to the soundtrack from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which I bought recently, it really makes an everyday walk much more magical.

P.s there are some new videos on my youtube channel. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

"I am an artist and what I do is art"

Here are a few pages from my reflective art journal. It's part of my university work, documenting thoughts, ideas, research, inspiration, everything really.  I started it back in September and I think it will probably last until the end of the year. This is the first time I've ever had a proper Moleskine notebook which is exciting. Anyway, here's a peek into my brain:













If you like these and want to see more (plus lots of other things), my art blog with all my work on is HERE.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Behind every great woman is an abundance of bulleted lists + some sick tunes


Without lists my life might fall apart.


A Bible from 1875, my friend gave it to me. I love the hilariously white, angelic Jesus bookmark.


A wonderful book on identifying houseplants.


A Spanish book which I bought because I found it so funny, the way it tries to spell out the pronunciation of each word haha. Me gustan los way-bos re-bwel-tos.


I found a Spanish leaflet about Falmouth on my adventures, and also this adorable book by Philippa Rice. I have loved it for years and found it on sale so I couldn't resist.

Also, I thought I'd just share the albums I've bought recently, because sharing is caring and these are some sick tunes. You know I love music but for me to actually buy an album it has to be really special. However, I've had a bit of a revelation over the past few months about the importance of buying music, or to word it better, how perhaps it's good to actually pay for the songs that I've listened to hundreds of times for free (on Youtube). Out of respect and appreciation I guess, also it's just great to own music and be able to take it around with you. It's not like I won't be getting my money's worth, especially when albums are so cheap on iTunes and in second hand shops. To quote another Hayley William's gem: “Support music every day because there isn’t a day music won’t be there for you".

  • Takk - Sigur Rós 
  • Ellipse - Imogen Heap

  • Post - Björk

  • My Love is Cool - Wolf Alice

  • The Bones of What You Believe - Chvrches


As you can see I have rediscovered the joys of the scanner! You'll be glad to hear I have a couple more scanner-related posts to come, see ya then.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Return of the magical scanner selfies

You may remember last year I made a series of scanner self-portraits as part of a foundation course project (here, here, and here), well I've been meaning to start doing that again. Now that I have a scanner in my room I really have no excuses.















How creepy are my fingers though?

Saturday, 4 February 2017

City of stars, are you shining just for me?

A post about current music favourites is way overdue. I've been jotting down names to include here for a little while, I'm going to narrow it down purely to music that is new or just new to me, I'll save the old favourites for another day.

The surprising thing about this bunch, for me, is that they are mostly male vocalists. I nearly always listen to female singers, not on purpose but that's just what I end up liking.

Keaton Henson


Super sad, all of his songs are, that's why we love him I guess. But the lyrics are beautiful.

Nick Cave


I only really knew about him because of the (fab) song he did with PJ Harvey, I heard this one because it's in the film 'Wings Of Desire' which we watched at uni.

Ben Howard


Of course Ben Howard isn't new to me but it's new that I've started listening to his music.

Sin Fang


Yes! Nice! I discovered his music through this song (which I LOVE). 

Seabear


The same goes for Seabear. I think I'm going to make a post about my favourite Icelandic musicians because the list is getting quite long.

London Grammar


I've listened to London Grammar for years but new songs!!!

Anaïs Mitchell


A completely new discovery, my friend introduced me to her. She has the most pure voice and her lyrics are super.

Pierce the Veil


Pierce the Veil go back to when I was like 14 or 15, but there are a couple of new songs that I heard for the first time the other day. 

Eisley


They have a new album coming out soon! This song is so sweet, Sherri's dark lullaby to her daughters.

La La Land


I saw La La Land with my friends the other week, listening to the soundtrack lots because it's great!!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

CHOP CHOP



Hey!!!! I told you I had some hair plans! After much contemplation I decided to chop it off myself.

My long hair had been a kind of safety blanket for a long time, something to hide behind. I felt like it took attention away from other parts of me, so if I was having a bad skin day then I could feel a bit more confident knowing that my hair was long and pretty. But I think I got tired of that, I wanted to do something brave.


I was also bored with my long hair. Although it looked really nice sometimes, it was almost too long to do anything with and I was eager to get rid of 2015's blonde ombre. The great thing about being A Creative is that you can do pretty much anything you put your mind to. A haircut seemed like a fun challenge, for some reason I just knew that I could do it.

This is a moodboard I made:


These are a couple of videos I used for ideas of how to go about it:

 


I initially thought I wouldn't be able to donate my hair because it has been bleached and dyed but after doing some research I found I was able to send it off to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs. Yay!



I'm enjoying it as it is at the moment but I'm considering a fringe ?? also I kind of want to bleach it, or bleach and dye it a wacky colour. I'm not sure. So far there are lots of benefits:

  • It doesn't get stuck down my clothes or wrapped in my scarf
  • It fun to wash and takes much less time to dry
  • It's cute and arty
  • It's not so heavy and limp
  • I look a bit more like a 19 year old rather than a 12 year old (I didn't get IDed buying superglue)
  • No more yucky bleached split ends 
  • A friend said it was a Call the Midwife hairstyle


I've been thinking about this Hayley Williams quote:

❝ i’m really into healthy self-expression; that’s why i dye my hair, that’s why i wear stupid clothes, that’s why i don’t care that my bangs look like spock from star trek. ❞


Yes!! It's just that really. I used to feel dull, like I wasn't expressing my true quirkiness. But now that I've got my nose pierced and I've cut my hair I feel like my outer-self looks a bit more like my inner-self which is nice.


Ta da! In true Bethany form, I documented this momentous occasion with a video which you can watch here:



Sunday, 22 January 2017

Lights

A collection of photos from Christmas and New Year. I like experimenting with my camera but I don't often share the outcomes.