Light Night Leeds 2017

What? – Illuminating the City centre of Leeds, light night is an annual free multi-arts and light festival that runs over two nights in October.

When? – 5th & 6th October

– 6pm – 11pm

(Please see event official site for event times)

Please note that the roads going into Leeds were very busy last night, it took me over an hour and a half to get into Leeds when it usually only takes me 20 minutes. Set off early if travelling by car!

Where? – Over 40 events are spread across the City centre. Purchase Festival Brochures from Briggate street information point for venue details.

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Last night, I attended Light Night Leeds, I enjoyed it so much I’m thinking about going back again tonight. There really is so much to see it’s difficult to fit it all in to one evening. I had planned out the event times so I had a route for myself around the venues but as I mentioned above, the roads going into Leeds were very busy so my plan went to pot, although I did get to watch the Beating Heart installation ( think Sleepless in Seattle) whilst sat in traffic. I got to see a lot of the events however, the top three of the evening were the Aerial Circus- Cirque Bijou in Trinity Leeds, Spark! Worldbeaters in the Carnival on Briggate and Ross Ashton’s Projection Project on Leeds Civic Hall, Millennium Square.

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I also purchased a Festival Brochure and Light Night Leeds tote bag designed by illustrator, Pearl Thompson (see image below) from the Information point at Victoria Gardens. Light Night Leeds is a free event, all the money raised through merchandise and brochure sales enables it to stay a free event so please go support them if you visit this evening.

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If you’re planning on visiting Light Night Leeds tonight, I hope you have a brilliant time. If you want to cram in as much as possible I suggest planning your route beforehand but if you just want a nice little walk around the city there will still be plenty to see.

Happy Light Night.

 

Pass on the happiness.

All images belong to myself.

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Finding your true north

I try to watch a TED talk everyday, it can be any topic, sometimes I chose a subject or I just pick a random one from the home page. About three weeks ago I decided to look up talks on the topic ‘Success’, a whole playlist came up but a talk by Scott Dinsmore – How to find work you love’ caught my eye. In the 17 minute video, Scott relays the lessons he learnt whilst trying to make a living out of his passion, eventually turning it into the company, Live Your Legend. The main three lessons he passes on are as following:

1. Become a self expert. Understand yourself completely through your values and your strengths.

2. Push your limits. Do something you believe you can’t do to prove yourself wrong. Repeat process.

3. Environment is everything. Surround yourself with positive and inspiring people.

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It’s great having this advice when you’re going after what you want, starting out a new career for yourself, doing exactly what you love but what if you don’t know what you want to do? What if you haven’t figured out your ‘true north’ yet?

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I know Art is my passion but if doing what I’m doing now was my true north would I be looking up videos on how to how to find work I love? Probably not. In the talk Scott recommends a book for such a problem called Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, so of course I bought it. I’m literally on the first page so I’ll let you know if it works in a later blog but if you’ve already read it let me know what you thought.

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I wanted to write this blog because A LOT of the time I’m thinking ‘what the hell am I doing?’ (and there’s probably a few people thinking the same about me to be honest) but there’s probably a ton of people out there thinking exactly the same thing about their live’s/career’s etc. Creative careers are really tough, it’s easy to see why people go and work in the corporate world after studying Art and trying to make a career out of it. If you’re in the same boat as me and have the luxury of trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, buy yourself a copy of Strengths finder 2.0 and see if it helps, let me know. Also have a nosey at www.liveyourlegend.net

Pass on the happiness. 

All Ted related images belong to ted.com

Book image belongs to Google images.

 

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Discovering Artists

 

Whilst I was working on Monday, an enthusiastic gentleman I was helping asked whether I had seen the John Ruskin Prize 2017 winners. He went on to tell me about the Artists who have work featured in the Shortlist Exhibition on at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, mentioning I should check out a Paper Artist called Louisa Boyd. Later on that day, I checked out Louisa Boyd’s website and was blown away at her amazing Art work’s.

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Who? 

Louisa Boyd

What?

Artist; work consisting of Paper Art, Paintings and printing techniques.

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Why am I blogging about her? 

I follow a lot of Paper Artists/Paper Art accounts on Instagram so I constantly see different styles of paper manipulation. When I saw Louisa’s work it was like nothing I had seen before. There’s always a small buzz of excitement when an Artist finds another Artists work so inspiring and motivating. Both myself and Louisa create works inspired by natural elements and use books as a medium for our work however, it’s interesting to see how we have taken completely different approaches to portraying and creating an idea. Sometimes I don’t seek out new art enough so I am grateful to the enthusiastic gentleman I spoke to on Monday (I sadly didn’t get his name) for recommending the Exhibition to me. I haven’t managed to get to Sheffield yet so if you’ve already been to the gallery or see it before I get around to it, let me know your thought’s!

Pass on the happiness.

All images belong to Louisa Boyd.

 

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Seeking out Inspiration

Confession time; I love listening to motivational speeches.

When I can’t prioritize or organise my thought’s I usually find listening to a motivational speech really helps me to focus. Have you ever watched the film, Pursuit of Happyness? If you have, you’ll know the feeling you get after you’ve watched it. It’s the feeling of wanting to succeed and improve, regardless of life’s difficulties, whether big or small. This is the feeling I get when I listen to motivational speeches. Lately I have been experiencing a lot of creative block so I actively seek inspiration, rather than wait for it to come to me.

The current speech I am listening to is Matthew McConaughey’s – The habit that kills your dreams. McConaughey lists his top ten rules to succeeding and improving your life. Some of you may be able to relate to it, some of you may not, the link is below for you to listen to regardless.

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Images belong to Motivation Addicts YouTube channel.

Pass on the happiness.

 

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#dosomethingfornothing

‘We’re not raising awareness; we’re raising compassion.’

Who?

Hairdresser, Josh Coombes and Matt Spracklen, an international photographer, founders of the movement Do Something For Nothing.

What?

The movement #dosomethingfornothing was born when hairdresser, Josh Coombes started cutting homeless people’s hair for free. Teaming up with his friend, Matt Spracklen, to document the process, they took it upon themselves to tour this idea around the south-west towns and cities. The idea behind the movement is to create inspiration and awareness of the fact that we are all able to do something for someone, for nothing. The best way to get this inspiration across to the masses was to create the hashtag #dosomethingfornothing and allow it to trend across social media platforms.

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Why am I blogging about it? 

I’m not suggesting you go out and cut people’s hair, it’s literally just about doing one thing that creates a positive outcome. If this blog inspires someone to go onto the #dosomethingfornothing Instagram page and follow their movement, that’s brilliant. If it inspires someone to even just think about creating a positive outcome then it’s all worth it. It’s as simple as the title, do something for nothing.

Please visit  www.dosomethingfornothing.net or Instagram for more information on this brilliant movement.

All images belong to Do something for nothing.

Pass on the happiness.

 

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Artistic Connections

‘No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.’

 William Blake

Art is a big part of my life, I believe connecting with other Artists is essential to moving forward with your work and idea’s. The idea of this blog was to create inspiring and positive content, my intention is to write about the Artists that firstly, inspire me and the way I work and secondly challenge and change the way people view the world for the better, through art. 

Who? 

Boris Ipsum is an Artist from Germany. His Artworks consists of paper Art, Illustration, Illumination and Graphic Design. 

What does he create? 

As you can see from the images on his Instagram page, Boris creates complex structures and sculptural pieces through the use of layered paper and cardboard. Using a range of lighting techniques he is able to change the dimensions of the artwork, which results in challenging the viewer’s perception. All the artworks are beautifully handcrafted to a professional standard.

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Why am I blogging about it? 

1. Boris Ipsum is a very talented Artist. His level of skill as a paper Artist is something I aspire to.

2. We all have them Instagram friends that are consistently positive and supportive of your work. Boris has been a big supporter of my work and idea’s from the start of my Instagram account, at times when I have doubted my own train of thought he has suggested I look at it in a more positive light. Genuine artistic connections and support for other people’s art work is something I beyond appreciate and encourage.

3. He is what I like to call a ‘good egg’. I can only base this on social media interact alone as we are yet to meet in person but I believe Boris to be wonderful positive person. I have never seen any negative comments or correspondence from him. When social media is filled with negative comments and general pathetic trolling, it is so refreshing to find someone taking time out of their day to be nice to others.

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Getting back to the artwork, please visit these links for more information and images. All imagery used in this blog belongs to the Artist.

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Who has inspired your work today?

 

 

 

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The inspiration behind starting a blog.

Have you ever come across the book ‘The Art Of Shouting Quietly’ by Pete Mosley? If not and you’re in any self-promotion Business, I suggest you buy it.

Who is Pete Mosley? 

In his own words, Pete works with people who aspire to do or create extraordinary thing. He is the Author behind the two books, ‘Make your creativity pay’ and ‘The art of shouting quietly’. After training with the UK’s premier coaching company, Pete has gone on to working with a diverse range of creative clients and delivers talks and workshops on the art of self-promotion.

What is the book about? 

As stated on the cover, ‘The Art Of Shouting Quietly’ is a guide to self-promotion for introverts and other quiet souls. Don’t be quick to judge a book by it cover though, just because you wouldn’t class yourself as an introvert doesn’t mean the tips and advice can’t help you to up your game when promoting your work. From start to finish, Mosley takes you through stages of how to deal with being a quieter soul in your chosen field, giving you worksheets and asking questions that require deeply honest answers.

Why am I blogging about it? 

This book has become my inspiration behind starting this blog. I wouldn’t necessarily class myself as a shy person, I am confident in meeting and talking to new people but I definitely enjoy my own company. Whilst this is good for getting a lot of work done, it’s not so good for when I finally need to get my work out there and network with the right people. From completing the stages in the book, I have come to realise the things I am truly passionate about. Inspiration and positivity, whether in the creative world or not, are at the top of my list.

For more information on Pete Mosley visit shoutingquietly.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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