Monday, May 24, 2010

And we're off.

What's for Tea: Kasapin, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana 26 May 2010 - 05 August 2010.

Wire so serious.


Join in and be a part of a networked collective.

As What's for Tea? will be in Ghana for the next three months, I ask that you try and fill my void with this Ambitious Menu...

You can join in on Facebook.

You can take these as they come. You can read into them as far as you like.

You can then get creative with the tools and used to. Or the tools you are not.

DIG IN!...and get fat on the following projects:

1) Explore your area code e.g LS27 (don't be afraid to break the rules)

2) Go somewhere/ do something that you went/did as a child and reconnect with it

3) Pick a word and go with it

4) Image of the day: record at least one thing from your day that you remember for a week (You could compile these as one final image/piece of writing or a combination of them all).

You can interpret these projects as you wish through the use of written word, doodles, sketches, photography, film...just go with what you love.

Start a blog or add to the one you already have, upload your photo's, your words, your doodles from THE MENU.

Share your platter with us by linking to your blog from this group. You can even upload them on the Facebook group in the PHOTO's section- we would love to see what you are up to.



A small slice of LS27:

Friday, May 21, 2010

What's for Tea in Hunslet?

A collection of images: The exploration of demolition and decay.

What was left of the high rise flats no longer exists, all that stands at Gaitskell is the rubble of what once was.

These high rise flats were once full of people, some happy some not. Full of people with belongings they treasured, some they did not. They now lay dead, barren in the memory of what once was. As cement, rubble and metal fall to the ground with a great sense of loss, a family of pigeons find shelter, hope and a place to call least for a while.

The crumbling lost and left becomes a loft.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Frida and Me.

I recently joined in on an online art project on tumblr.

Independent illustration and image maker With Your Hands have built an alter for Frida Kahlo and asks that you too pay your respects.

This on-going healthy obsession with Frida has been strengthened by a recent trip to Mehico City by illustrator and come what make Amanda Wayne.

Her hands were certainly busy on their return producing a stop motion animation set in a traditional Mexican cigar box, this in itself a shrine to the colourful country.

You can watch the short film, inspired by 'Between Going and Staying' by poet Octavio Paz, who won the nobel literature prize in 1990...just click this.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Preparing for Ghana.

I am lucky enough to be one of a group of volunteers heading to Kasapin in Ghana at the end of the month. This is part of global volunteer project Platform 2.

I have tried to comprehend what it will be like when I get there, and although some research has given me some insight I doubt that I haven't even touched the surface of the experience.

As part of the Platform 2 project I will be making bricks, laying these to eventually form a bank, post office and youth centre for the community in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana. I will also be teaching numeracy, literacy and may be some life skills in the local school.

There are a lot of global issues that Platform 2 have asked us to research before we head out to Ghana. Some which effect third world countries in a way we can't relate to. I have been looking at Health, mainly HIV and Malaria.

HIV and Malaria are both misunderstood and heavily stigmatised. Looking at Malaria I have found that this is a preventable disease through the use of medication and a simple mosquito net. I am sure I will find out more about this wide spread disease which has a high mortality rate for under fives. A high number of children in Ghana are also affected in directly by Malaria and HIV, with family members suffering and dying from either disease.

recently aired a documentary 'Blood, Sweat and Luxuries - Gold and E-waste' which sees a group of young adults travel to Ghana, extracting Gold from what can only be described as clay pits for next to nothing. The group visit a toxic waste site of E-Waste which depicts something from the Apocalypse. These images and this documentary are truly eye opening and a recommended watch.

As I sit and prepare for Ghana I realise that this experience is something which I cannot really begin to understand until I get there.

Watch the BBC documentary - Gold and E-Waste

Donate a mere 15 quid and prevent the effect of Malaria for a family
Watch an animation about Malaria produced by Christian Aid

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hello May 2010.

There has been a certain lack of posts as of late.

I blame this on the general election and too much going on all at once.

Hoping to update this blog with more 35mm photo posts shortly.

In the mean time I leave you with a Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of 3OH!3's 'Starstrukk' by Marina and the Diamonds, which I feel everyone should experience at least once.

Yum Yum:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Working Way.

A crooked wick of deliverance
to an infathmobale situation,

crack pipes.

Lie with me almighty
a maker of this water.

Of purity and nothingness
a malice in the desire.

to be all of that and nothing
a working way of want.