Book-it List

Hey folks! It’s a fabulous Friday and I have made a sillywpid-img_20151002_095530.jpg pun out of what my post will be today (sorry). I thought I’d share with you some of my books on my bucket list to read. As a lover of all those glorious hardbacks and wonderful stories that many an author has shared with the world; it’s time to get salvaging my pay day pennies for a new book or two…or three.

My favourite book I read this year has been Patti Smith’s Just Kids. It’s not everyday I find a book that just resonated with me as a creative person. It inspired me so much that I gave it to my Auntie to read, so it can inspire her too. Lending and borrowing books off family and friends is one of my favourite things!

So here’s my top 5 in my Book-it List! I researched the most affordable places to go pick up a copy, the links are in the title! ❤ much love, and as always- Keep Real! x

  1. The Coral Sea – Patti Smith
  2. Clothes, Music, Boys – Viv Albertine
  3. Anger is Energy – John Lydon
  4. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  5. Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre

Keepin’ Up With Kimberley #6

It’s been a whirlwind of little events this week. Plusss this weather here in the UK has been crazy! I’ve been designing, reading, working, running and organising some cool thaangs. Everything seems to be in full swing, plus I turn 21 next week! Rad!

I’ve started to read Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which is her autobiography (purchase it here).download (1) Now, this book has been on my wish list for a good year and I have only just got around to purchasing it. So far, I cannot recommend this book enough! In case you don’t know who Patti Smith is, she is an Artist, Writer and Performer (she’s an all-round creative) who gained recognition in the 1970’s in the Punk Rock movement. I find myself reading it whenever I can (mostly on trains and buses!), it leaves me feeling extremely passionate and driven to do what I want to do creatively through Keep Real, as well as work hard and get to where I want to be. If you’re feeling a bit of a creative block, read Patti Smith’s memoir. I cannot praise it enough.

wpid-img_20150701_175503.jpgAlso this week, I’ve been working on some designs for the new collection as well as some pieces for other people. It’s been slow going, as cultivating a theme of mandala inspired works has left me with the laborious task of dotworking large pieces bigger than my head! It’s quite therapeutic creating what I’m creating though. I’ve been trying out varied techniques such as cross-hatching, which so far seems to be working a treat!  wpid-img_20150704_121440.jpg

Last night I had the privilege of seeing Alkaline Trio and NOFX at the 02 Academy in Leeds. The last time I saw Alkaline Trio, it was 2008 and I was the ripe ol’ age of fourteen. I remember them playing at a festival in Sheffield and hearing ‘Time To Waste’ which blew my tiny little mind. So to see them now at nearly 21- brought back a lot of memories of being that awkward teenager who still wore fake converse and studded belts. NOFX however, were incredible. I did get a little battered in the pit- but I LOVED it. Probably the most fun I’ve had at a gig in a long time.

I’m also organising which events I will be running in to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. I have to calculate how long it will take me to have the justified amount of physical health, in order to for me to feel comfortable in running. I’m thinking of doing a 5k run, then a 10k run later in the year. Plus I want to do the Three Peaks Challenge next year! It has been fairly hot temperatures lately, but doing a tiny mile run round the woods near my home should be sufficient in the meantime every day.

Hope you are well and as always- Keep Real! x

Hardbacks, Backpacks & an Invitation

I finally had the time to visit my family in the York – ‘Shire’ which was a long time coming. It was completely lovely, reminding me how precious the time I have with them is. I have a weird schedule these days, and I never want to just see my family for two days. I want to soak up as much Robinson things as possible- so the 5 days I have had has been bliss.

While I was home, I had a crazy cool email from the Exhibition Manager of an Art Fair down in Chelsea, London. I had the opportunity to display my work down there, having been asked last year to do so.However I couldn’t afford the space for the few days it was held. So the Manager emailed me the other day with a special guest invitation to the preview at Chelsea Town Hall. How amazing!! Typing this down all sounds so posh to me and otherworldly. Kimberley Robinson…being invited to a London Art Exhibition? So I better lose the strong Yorkshire accent, put on my fancy clothes and hand out some business cards. This could be an amazing opportunity to gather connections.

While I was travelling, I couldn’t stop thinking about my ever growing list of books I want to read. The last two books I bought and read within months (Prozac Nation- Elizabeth Wurtzel and The Picture of Dorian Grey- Oscar Wilde) so it’s time to wander through Waterstones and some second hand book stores to see what catches my lil’ eye.

However, here are some books I’m meaning to get a hold of!

  1. Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
  2. Just Kids – Patti Smith
  3. Heartburn –Nora Ephron
  4. Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre
  5. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  6. Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words – Joni Mitchell and Malka Marom