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Category: Creative endeavours

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Does anybody even use “afk” anymore? Or *brb [insert some activity or other]*? Life questions, I have them. But yeah, I have been away from keyboard for a while. Mostly still due to “LP’s Great Health Scare – ‘We’re Getting To The Bottom of This’-edition”-tour, but also because I spent a week in Rotterdam listening to poetry.

As some of you might remember, I was interning at Poetry International when shit went down, and although I was unable to assist at the festival itself due to just not being physically fit enough to run around all day, they still gave me a wristband to attend the festival with. Which I thought was super cool! I have tremendous respect for the art of poetry, which is why I leave the poet-ing to people who know what they’re doing and don’t dabble in it myself. #stayinyourlane2016

It was however very (for lack of a better word) inspiring to see and hear things that I normally wouldn’t necessarily seek out myself. I have a tendency to limit my “intake” to things I like, which makes sense since there’s so much to see/hear, so little time. The downside of this is that I hardly ever run into something unexpected or totally new to me. This festival made me realise that I do need to step out of my familiar zone once in a while.

Moon adventures!

Last week was not the best week sleep-wise. My newish upstair neighbour decided singlehandedly that he would use his apartment for a fraternity “get together” that existed of lots of loud singing, screaming and cursing that went on until 2 am. Why anyone would “voluntarily” inflict this crap onto other people/submit themselves to this kind of mental abuse is beyond me, but there’s nothing I can change about that.

I did not punch him in the face, but did sent him a nice but firm letter basically telling him that I will report his ass to the rental agency if this ever happens again. After which he apologised(!) and promised never to do it again. File under: highly unexpected response was highly unexpected. Now let’s hope he really likes his apartment and that the fear of potentially losing it wins out over peer pressure.

All this to explain why I was awake on Saturday night and went outside in my pyjamas to take (freehand, as I am not comfortable shooting on my tripod at night all by myself) this picture of what I will call the Pre-Moon (all pictures can be clicked to embiggen:

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The night after, I was asleep and had no plans of waking up to shoot the SuperBloodyMegaMoon, or whatever they called it, but for reasons unknown I DID wake up and then decided that, since I was awake anyways, I’d go outside and tripod it up:

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For those thinking: “That’s weird, that her handheld picture is not shaky at all, while her tripod picture is a little”: I know. I blame te waaay longer shutter speed, in combination with being on a big ball of matter that is hurling through space/the object photographed being a smaller ball of matter hurling through space/cars driving by/me doing a “Red globe! It’s a red globe!”-dance a bit too closely to the tripod setup. Note to self for the next red moon in 2033: no dancing close to the tripod.

And because I’m still baffled by the concept of being able to shoot with 6400 ASA(!!!) I also took this ~artsy~ picture that actually is a more realistic representation of the colour of the moon than the previous one:

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See also: bonus stars! Yay!

ETA: none of these pictures have been Photoshopped/filtered/whatevered. 🙂

Aaand… I’m back!

What’s that saying again, “A hiatus is what happens when you’re busy doing other stuff” or something? After having spent most of July indoors and noticing that I was sliding into a funk of epic proportions, I spent most of August doing things Not At Home: I met up with friends I hadn’t seen in a long while, went to a theme park, visited a museum and left my house entirely so a new floor could be installed in my bedroom.

I also had an attack of The Arty and ventured outside of my usual artyness by creating two huge paintings, to be hung on a huge white wall.

First, there’s “LP goes Pollock”:

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which was indeed created by throwing paint onto the canvas. This was a lot more complicated and strenuous than I expected it to be. I have a new found appreciation for that Pollock dude, that’s for sure.

The creation of the second one did not involve the throwing of paint:

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While The Big Kahuna sees a heart that’s beating in a hardcore fashion, I sorta see a highway. The person who commissioned it however is convinced it’s a Rorschach test, so we’re both right. 😀

From Sunday on, I will be resuming my regular posting schedule, so things will be back to normal. Well, to as normal as things get around here.

Sketchbooks galore

With this being most likely the last long summer break ~ever~, I figured that this was an excellent moment to try and finish up all of my current projects in process. Eons ago, I started working on who “extra” sketchbooks: The Memoir Project and one that was part of the Limited Edition series. By “working on” I mean that I was still in the “generating ideas”-stage of both projects when the deadlines flew by, and I hadn’t worked on them since.

When I found out that you are still able to send in your sketchbooks even (way) past the deadline, I realised that rebooting these projects would be the most efficient way of silencing that “You didn’t finish this!”-voice in the back of my head. Problem was: I had no clue what happened to the two sketchbooks, so I decided to make them myself.

For The Memoir Project, I took a pink, velvet-printed notebook, dismantled it and cut it to size. For the Limited Edition one, I took some of that fancy eco-friendly 120 grams off-white paper and hand bound it together into a book shape. Of course I took pictures during all of this, but when transferring them from my camera to my laptop I saw that they were all blurry beyond postability, except for this one:

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From left to right: Sketchbook 2016, The Memoir Project, Limited Edition

As you can see in the picture, I also did the cover for my 2016 sketchbook. Updates on all individual projects to follow of course, and yes, I’ll make sure to wear my glasses before deciding “Yup, this picture is ok!” and moving on.

My Creative Writing Portfolio Adventure

And I’m back! I had planned for this post to go up last week, but after finishing up my portfolio I still had exams to prepare and proposals to write and then it was today already!

So, my portfolio. For my creative writing class I was expected to hand in a portfolio consising of 20 – 30 A4 pages of writing, a two page process reflection, and of course an index and a title. It also said that while not obligatory, nice paper and such was appreciated, so I of course went on a trek to my dear friends at Vlieger Papier. At first I thought I would just put my portfolio in a regular binder, but then I saw a green art-portfolio thing and this happened (as usual, all pictures can be embiggened by clicking on them):

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The green thing is an art portfolio/travel folder, you know, the type you transport drawings in, or fancy paper. I decided to get the attachable clip thing pictured above right and attach it to the folder.

On the bottom right you can see how I measured out where the clip had to be attached by using a piece of paper with hole punches in the right location. As you can also see, I had some issues adjusting my hole punch, resulting in useless holes on the right.

The funky tool thing is my awl, or “pointy piercy thing, you know, for paper things” as I usually call it. The white thing on top of it is a piece of foam to avoid having the pointy piercy thing pointily piercing my hand when I pick it up from the box I keep it in. The piece of foam is also the home of both my bookbinding and weave sowing needles.

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After measuring out the holes, I punched them with my awl (photo left), widened the holes (not pictured), put the screw-like thing through (top right) and then literally hammered the clip onto the folder.

This took some force, generated by anger and frustration I felt over at that point not having written my second story while the deadline was a mere 9 hours away. This is also why I have no pictures of the actual writing or printing, as I ended up priting everything at 16:00, when the deadline was at 17:00 and I still had to travel for 30 minutes. #livingontheedge

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Thankfully public transport was on my side and I got to the Bungehuis at 16:45, where I proceeded to finish up the assembly of my portfolio. As you can see in the picture on the left, I had not only taken my folder and my printed out materials, but also my hole punch, tape and a piece of cardboard, and got to work.

After almost breaking my hole punch due to forgetting that I had chosen to use fancy eco-friendly 120 grams off-white paper instead of regular 80 grams paper, I ended up with a neat little pile of hole punched fancy eco-friendly 120 grams off-white paper topped off with a ultra-fancy kinda-expensive handmade off-white cotton-based paper cover sheet. Because I’m hardcore like that. The heart covers my IRL name and such, fear not: there is not actually a giant red heart on my cover page.

In the picture on the right you see the finished product: the cardboard wraparound has my name and the teacher’s name on the other side, and a piece of orange “Fragile” tape on the back. I then put it in my teacher’s pigeonhole and checked the time: 16:53. I did a “Yesss!” like I’d just won something and proceeded to call my mom, whose sigh of relief could be heard down the hall.

Short round up/update

Despite being three days late, this post will be a short one as I am taking a break from studying linguistics for tomorrow’s exam. For all the people thinking “I am sick and tired of hearing about your studies!”: so I am. Unfortunately, not much else happens around here at the moment, well, except for cat snuggling and sleep.

Let’s see: since the write-a-ton, I have finished a 2500 word final and a review for one class, a 3000 word final for another, and played Hamlet, of Hamlet fame. While probably not as convincing as my MacBethian witch last year, there was applause and nobody threw things at me, so I’ll just consider it a success.

In the coming 5 days, I will have 2 two hour exams and I will need to finish up my 30 page writing portfolio by writing a 15 page story. I will also be crafting a folder in which said portfolio will be presented, I will of course take pictures that I will post here later. When all that is done, I will “only” have to rewrite my proposal, read a 600+ page book, write an abstract about it and then do a presentation about it, and that will be it for this year. Unless I have resits of course, but I haven’t had any results from anything yet, so I’m not worrying about that right now. And back to studying linguistics I go!

Fyeah! Decoden phone case!

A couple of weeks ago, I was first introduced to the concept of decoden and was so entranced by it, that I immediately ordered all the things necessary so I could make my own case during summer break.

This Friday evening however, I decided that I desperately needed to do something creative, so I grabbed all the supplies, looked at the tutorial once more and decided to just go for it. All photos are clickable to embiggen, as usual:

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On the left are all the things I needed: 100% silicone in a fancy contraption courtesy of The Big Kahuna, who is our family’s hardware expert. Then there’s a plastic bag and an icing tip, which will be used to get said silicone onto the phone case, and of course the clear phone case and the cabochons. In the middle picture you see a close up of the icing tip attached to the plastic bag with clear tape. And in the picture on the right there’s a sorta-kinda layout of the cabochons.

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On the left you see the 100% silicone being pushed into the plastic piping bag and on the right there’s the first row of silicone icing. The icing and the placing of the cabochons was extremely stressful, I was so terrified of ruining my entire project that I even forgot to take pictures during the process. It did however turn out pretty awesome, if I may say so myself:

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How awesome? So awesome! As you can see, I at some point just freestyled the layout, as the dimensions were quite different due to me sticking the cabochons in a more upright position into the silicone.

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And here it is with my phone in it! Although from this angle it might look like there’s a lollypop in front of the camera opening, in reality both the camera opening and the little opening for the speaker (bottom left) are left completely unobstructed. As advised in the tutorial video that I saw, I’m going to let my case dry until the silicone doesn’t smell anymore.

I am super happy with the end result and, after a bit of stress somewhere in the middle when I thought I was doing it wrong, really enjoyed the process! Doing something practical did lift my mood enough for me to get right back into writing yet another multiple thousands of words in the coming two weeks.

Future career goals

Peeps, I have found my life’s purpose! As soon as I’m done with my studies, I’m going to dedicate my life to Decoden. Deco-what? Decoden:

 

I have always wanted one of these beyond tacky @#$#$@% awesome phone cases, but for some reason never realised that they are perfectly easy to make. Just some sillicone, a piping bag, a plastic cover and some cabochons (= the thingies you stick onto the phone), it’s probably the least amount of materials I’ve ever needed for any of my projects! 😀

Although I promised myself I wouldn’t do any more projects than I already have on my list this summer, I’m most definitely making one of these cases as soon as this semester is over. *yells “Gimme ALL the cabochons!!!” like the 39-year-old teenager she is*