thoughts of the week

Well after being chuffed about being interviewed by Sheffield Unchained, my week has been quite a busy one! Today is my only day off for a while, so I have been trying to do all my Christmas shopping as well as starting my dissertation and CBT case study. In truth this week hasn’t stopped at all. It feels like I don’t have time to really roll around under my duvet munching on cheese puffs like I wanna. On the other hand, I think I’d freak out with a day of nothing. Anyway, here’s some highlights from my week.

Found a real cool musician called ‘Shakey Graves‘ and I honestly recommend him. Quite Jeff Buckley influenced I’d say, and mad as hell guitar skills. I was just searching through Audiotree sessions (which I bloody love) and he popped up. Finger picking king that he is, apparently he’s also been in films like ‘Material Girls’ and ‘Spy Kids 3′. Who knew huh. But yeah, some of my favourite tracks include ‘If Not For You’ from his latest record ‘And The War Came’ and ‘Built To Roam’ from ‘Roll the Bones’. love love love his music!

On another musical note (heh, my jokes are the epitome of terrible), thanks to my wonderful boyfriend I will be seeing one of my favourite bands for the second time on Tuesday! I have been a fan of Marmozets since they were bringing out tracks on their ‘Passive Aggressive’ EP. I bought one of their first shirts and listened hard to their scratchy vocals and freaky cool time signatures. It’s rad that they’re from Yorkshire. Plus seeing them hanging round Slam Dunk when I was- to them playing there a couple of years later…then Glasto…and touring absolutely everywhere. It brings a Yorkshire tear to my eye, with utter pride and admiration. So I honestly cannot wait to see them again, and to play their latest record ‘The Weird and Wonderful’. 

Also, I got a beautiful letter from my Nan. I have been writing letters to both sets of Grandparents since I moved out to go to University. It’s so much more rewarding than emails or texts. The effort and the feel of ripping open that envelope, reading the words they wrote just for you that I adore and cherish. I love writing to them!! She hoped I was well and sent a ‘guardian angel’ to watch over me- which she had made out of felt and wool and stuck it on with glue. So cute! I keep all my letters in a Vans shoe box with envelopes slightly in tact.

So yeah! Those are my three things of the week, and here is a lovely lil’ photo I found too to make you smile 🙂

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Interview and the Art of Wandering Aimlessly

On Monday, I travelled to my home city of Sheffield for a wonderful interview by an independents focused magazite/website called Sheffield Unchained‘. I met up with a lovely lady called Tricia at the Blue Moon Cafe, which is opposite the cathedral in the centre of town (they do fantastic vegetarian and vegan food- click here to check them out!).

By talking about Keep Real and the aims I have with it, it really opened my eyes to what I really want to do. So if you’d like, you can check out the interview which has been published today! It is featured on their front page, so I am extremely humbled and proud about it! So have a look at Keep Real – The Interview. woo!!

After the interview, I got the chance to look around the recent Exhibitions over at the Millennium Gallery and the Ruskin Collection. I’ve been dying to take a real look, as it feels like I never get the chance to when I visit Sheffield. Ruskin is actually quite an inspiration for me with his ‘connection between nature and art’. I actually have a really old hardback book of Ruskin’s titled ‘Sesame and Lilies and Unto This Last’. So it was really beautiful to take my time looking around the exhibition.

I then ventured through town (having stopped off at Sheffield’s German Christmas Market for a huge lamb and mint burger), to see my Auntie’s Art Studio. However, I nearly forgot the way and just wandered around aimlessly until this wonderful chap called Nathan- who I learned to be studying Computing something-or-other at the University of- showed me the way, having noticed I looked utterly lost. Had a fleeting conversation with him before we parted ways through the city. Wherever you are Nathan- thank you for being cool!

Finally I met up with my Auntie Bekah, which is always insanely badass. I see her as my big sister, so we always have a good natter. Her art studio is so beautiful too, two rooms of just craft goodness- and a loom!

Anyway, after my long day I just felt truly blessed. Sometimes, you need to hear someone else’s views of what you’re doing to truly understand what your aims are. Plus, wandering around my home city felt so natural. Being in my own company used to be so daunting- but I now feel I can hold my head high and do whatever I set my mind to. IMG_20141201_115908 IMG_20141201_120113 IMG_20141202_201628 IMG_20141202_205011