This is the outfit I put together for visiting Strange Worlds. It seemed appropriate to dress for the occasion, wearing something with a hint of dark fairy tale.
The Fairy Tale, Di Oliver
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by fairy tales. As a child I was enthralled by the pretty princesses and magical phenomena, but as I grew older I started to notice the darker elements of the tales, to wonder what was going on behind the scenes. Why were the (usually female) protagonists always warned to stay out of the woods, away from the tower, or not to go to the ball? What was lurking there that was so dangerous? And was it really dangerous to the protagonist, or was there something more oppressive at work? When I discovered the work of Angela Carter, who so skillfully weaves all these questions into a tapestry of magical realism, carnival colours, and often shocking sexuality, I was completely entranced. Her writing made me think deeper about not only the stories I had grown up with, but the real world, and my place in it. It made me realise that magic can be found in the strangest of places. Above all though, her writing conjured up a series of very clear images, pictures in my mind which have influenced me ever since.
I've had several failed attempts at a 365 day challenge before, but somehow I still wanted to come back to the idea. So I decided to quietly start one on January 1st 2017, and wait a couple of weeks to see if I could actually pull it off. So far, so good.
During my past attempts I felt like I had to have massive variety in what I was showing, but this year I am much more focused on ACTUALLY FINISHING THINGS. There may end up being multiple photos of the same project, but I think that will be an interesting progression to look back on, and it will be a good learning experience to work out different ways of photographing the same project. I'm also going to be much easier on myself this time, allowing any art challenges I do to count as part of this 365 day challenge, if needs be. So without further ado, let's dive right in.
#CreativeKickstart is a hashtag to share what we've been making and being inspired by each month, created by my merfriend Cuttlefishlove. I kept up with it for a few months in 2015 but then lost track. In 2016 I wanted to post a photo for each month, so that I could look back at the end of the year and see my creative journey. The last quarter of 2016 got pretty hectic for me, but I was determined to finish my year of #CreativeKickstart, so here are the photos for October, November and December!
I almost didn't decorate at all this year. We moved a little over a week before Yule, I was ill for a week, and the place was full of boxes and mess. I clearly wasn't going to have the Yuletide I had dreamed of, and I thought I would probably just skip the festive season altogether this year, But then I found the decorations while unpacking, and I had brought my little pine tree from the old place, and the urge to decorate suddenly emerged.