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Raspberry Thief Newsletter No. 5
Here we are in March! Spring has sprung here in the UK.

It's been a funny start to the year for me, it began on a high with the Big Garden Birdwatch event, and since then I've felt a little off kilter. When that happens you just have to keep at it, keep going, and hope something turns up.  It also helps of course to feel inspired, here's a few of the things that have inspired me and helped me so far this year to keep at it.

Thanks for your support Angela.
Newsletter 5.
 
'Interesting things happen when you do interesting things. It’s an equation, an unwritten law, and a universal truth all rolled into one. It’s a way at looking at each day, at each opportunity, each time you meet someone.' - David Hieatt

1. Corita Kent book - Learning By Heart

If you read my last newsletter I hope you followed some of my Corita Kent links.  I purchased her book Learning By Heart and it's a wonderful source of inspiration. Filled with ways to get your creativity going. It begins with exercises on how to 'look', really 'look' at something. I highly recommend it, even though it is fairly costly.

The House of Illustration in London currently has a Corita Kent exhibition on, I'm hoping to be able to visit.

2. Following on again from my last newsletter with Jerry Saltz list of How To Be An Artist, and Corita Kent list. David Hieatt is the founder of the 'Do Lectures'.  I love his 23 Laws Of Interesting list, the idea that in order to produce interesting work, we have to experience interesting things and people. It can be very easy to sit at home in your creative comfort zone, it's reminded me how my work began, by getting outside and being inspired by my surroundings.

3. Have you read any of Nick Cave Red Hand Files? He answers fans questions, but with sage, wise advice that can apply to any are.  Issue no 9 he talks about creativity, and that for it to happen you just have to keep showing up.

'I have rarely sat down at my desk with something to say, other than I am ready. The sitting comes first, turning up with a certain alertness to possibility. Only then does the idea feel free to settle.'

4.  If you follow me on Intagram you'll have seen my sketch of the 'Women Of Steel' on my recent trip to Sheffield.  A follower recommended this BBC programme that looks at crafts and industries of Great Britain.  This one of the Sheffield steel industry is so interesting, how we went from mastery and craftsmanship, to mass production, and are now slowly returning to craftsmanship. In an era of mass production and consumption it's fascinating.  I'm trying myself to only by good quality items, that will last me a long time, and that I love..  Made In Great Britain - Steel

5.  Did you ever watch Bruce Parry's BBC documentaries Tribe?  Bruce would throw himself into tribal life, experiencing all their rituals and way of life.  On this podcast he talks about a his tribe experiences and a film he's made about one particular 'egalitarian' tribe.  Insights into how we may have lived before we became a patriarchal society. Bruce Parry - Podcast

Here is the film that Bruce made Tawai film - I will be watching this soon.


Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you find my newsletters of value.  Please feel free to message me about anything, I'd really appreciate your feedback.

Happy Spring!
Angela
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