Tag Archives: art

The ship that sails itself…

13 Feb

This chick creates really rather wonderful fanfiction art… a little NSFW but mostly just awesome. I’m a fan of her Johnlock creations…. mmm….

Here are a few of my slightly SFW favourites…

Awesome right?! Her tumblr name is reapersun and i have huge internet crush on her…. check out the rest of her stuff here.

 

Yeah…… this is what i do when i’m not doing uni work………

Chloe out.

If you want to be free, be free.

5 Oct

This is my new favourite thing on the internet.

I’ve watched every morning for the past two weeks.

It is the best get-out-of-bed-and-start-your-day-with-something-awesome song!

The original song, by Cat Stevens, is played during the credits and all credit is due to him this song (and yes i know this sounds horrendously cheesy) speaks to my soul! And for me, watching Amanda Palmer play through a bunch of her wonderful fans, in glorious ninja stylings, to the tune of the ocean in the fading sunlight is heart-breakingly beautiful perfection.

 

p.s. Amanda i do want be you. If i wish for it hard enough do you think it will happen?!

 

Chloe out.

Retrograde

1 Mar

James Blake – Retrograde

A new musical love coming my way, especially the little background humming that makes up the song… mmm mm. And what a lovely video, beautiful and simple.

Chloe out.

Bizzare puppetry.

27 Feb

Bat for Lashes – Lillies

Loving this new video from Bat for Lashes. The bizzare puppetry combined with her beautiful voice has rekindled my love for Bat for Lashes.

Chloe out.

Join the dots.

26 Feb

Wonderful new video from Foals.

Was recommended to watch the video by a friend, who obviously knows my love for join the dots, and have discovered a new musical love for myself… downloading that album now! Really really love this video, the black and white simplicity at the start, constantly flowing and following and artistic patterns i can connect with and then those strands of colour at the end buzzing through the screen. Love it.

Chloe out.

The saddest of sads.

14 Feb

Get your box of tissues ready for…………………….. Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra’s The Bed Song video release, on today of all days this video will grind your heart.

With misty eyes the heart-wrenching beauty of this video, and new recording of the song, has made my birthday that much awesomer.

 

Have a cyber hug… after this you may need one!

Chloe out.

Amanda Palmer is doing a TED talk!

14 Jan

Yup she is!

Just announced it on twitter and in her blog.

I’m so excited for her, can’t wait to see what wonderfulness she will come up with to inspire the world. “if my TED talk is not awesome, i will feel the greatest of sads.” oh Amanda we all have epic faith that it will be the awesomest TED talk ever!

“i want to tell people something they don’t already know, and tell them in a way that will inspire them, that they won’t forget.” if you have anything beautiful to tell Amanda about how beautiful she is, go help her out.

Ooo you can also help her out by sending photos of her being awesome… click here for details.

p.s. if you don’t know what TED is, go here and give yourself an hour or 5 to fall down the incredible rabbit hole that it is.

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Excited.

Chloe out.

I’m sitting in a box.

19 Aug

Today we went to go see Nothing is Really Difficult inside The Box by Theatergroep WAK.

Performed in a life-sized wooden box. A show about nothing. Three men full of self mockery and vicarious shame. Male poetry for men and women, without words. Winner of the Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Theatre Production, 2011.

Why? Well, as we were standing looking up at the sign and trying to pick a show, i noticed the name and remember a tweet from Amanda Palmer, saying how much she had enjoyed it.

So, to The Box we hurried!

The Box is a custom built box, situated just outside of George Square, and is… well… a box. From outside all you see is box, and inside all you see is a box! but with a set of staircase-like seating and that glorious woody smell.

We were running a little late, and although the show doesn’t start until you are inside The Box, the actors hang around outside being entertaining and handing out flyers. Wooden flyers.

We filed into the box, took our seats, the lights went out and we waited in the dark. From under the stage appears a light between the wooden slits, and then banging from below and the light moves along the stage. This continues the whole way across, until a corner of the stage lifts up and out pops a lone figure carrying a lantern. The show continues in odd bursts of movement, leaping, dancing, jumping and a hell of a lot of running around. It is, as described, about nothing at all but is mocking and funny and really quite clever.

Wanna go see it? Nothing is Really Difficult on in The Box just outside George Square at 15:30, 17:00 or 18:30 and runs until 26th August 2012.

Thanks Amanda Palmer for this recommendation, it was glorious!

And alla Amanda Palmer i have deemed it #AFPart

Chloe out.

 

p.s. all image (bar the #afpart one) are not my own and if you wanna claim credit just hit me up and i’ll be happy to pop in your name 🙂

 

*update* while looking for more information about this show, i found this article by Sunday’s Child about promoting shows, check it out here.

“Live with a rainbow in your heart” Mephisto Waltz – Derevo

8 Aug

Last night i recieved a little unexpected text from Miss Morven Bell asking if i wanted to go see a show. I dwindled a little, trying to come up with an answer; of course i love the fringe and i love going to see shows but i hadn’t picked out any i wanted to see yet and i hadn’t read up on any! Spontaneousness is not always my forte, i like knowing about what i’m going to see. I’m still not sure if that is good or not.

 

So, i picked Derevo’s Mephisto Waltz.

“This compelling new work by the multi award-winning troupe is a gospel of dance, a personal journey and a declaration of love. Maybe it’s the end of dance theatre, maybe the madness of a world where people still make wars that divide the Gods… You forget that all the feelings of the world, the rains, the sounds, the cities, the birds, the people, and everything … is you. Don’t seek inspiration from what surrounds you. You will find it deep within your heart. And when you live with a rainbow in your heart then you need nothing else. ”

Is what is said on the Fringe page. It sounded interesting and from past experience (i went to see Derevo’s performance of Harlekin two years previously) i was sold.

 

Part of me wishes i had read up on it beforehand so i could understand some of the bizzare imagery being acted out before me, but i’m glad i didn’t. Not knowing everything that was going on was what was beautiful about the show. It was easier to tap into the high-charged emotions and base powers floating through the room.

Even if i had read about the show i still think only Derevo frontman Anton Adasinsky may be the only one who truly knows what it all means. From a black, and quite bleak opening, the show moves into the more surreal, and then further into the even more surreal.

The only thing I was aware of was what the title told me, and that the main plot-line was based around Mephistopheles, the seductive demon from Faust. Also, the music accompanying the physical storytelling and clowning around were extracts from Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltzes. Everything else i had to guess, or not, it didn’t really matter; i was lost in the energy.

 

The acts move through the seasons, exploring them through humanity, through love and nature. The ongoing connection between them all was the personality of Mephistopheles. So, although the scenes were changing his madness was still present.

 

I found this on Derevo’s website. If you have seen the show, or are planning to, have a little read and one memorable scene will become more apparent:

“The Scarecrow stood on the edge of the field. Replacement for his rusty tin-cans was well overdue.

The Wind stole his hat and his coat was ragged.

But joy was always coming in December .

Village children used to make a Snowman right next to the Scarecrow. Right like Snowmen should be: with a tin bucket on his head and a carrot as his nose. The sleeve of the Scarecrow’s coat was then tied to the Snowman’s twig paw and with a happy squeals children were aiming their snowballs at the pair of figures. Maybe children wanted to separate them again.

The Scarecrow was smiling though. Yes, truly. He was smiling.

And then April came on tiptoes and took the Snowman away. Just a twig remained tied to the Scarecrow’s sleeve.

But it’s alright. December will come again. Not quite soon but it will. I can wait.

I can wait.”

 

 

I found this little clip while trawling the web which gives your a glimpse into some of the beautiful movements that the dancers exhibit:

 

 

I’m really glad i went.

I would say it’s not a show for everyone. I loved it. Morven…. well…. not so much.

It’s for those with an appreciation of art, those who don’t need to be following a strict plot line and story and those who don’t need to understand.

 

Wanna go see it?

It’s currently on at The Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh (Fringe venue 139) from the 7th – 27th August at 20:00

Get your tickets here: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2o12

 

 

Did this review do it for you? Lemme know! Hit me up via twitter @chloehenderson9 or comment on here or email me at chloehen21@aol.com

 

Chloe out.

 

 

p.s. photos are from various sources and are not my own, if you wanna claim credit just let me know.

What Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s album funding via Kickstarter means for an Amanda Palmer fan.

17 May

This video makes me smile (and will let cha know what I’m talking about in this blog post):

I could talk about the funding of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s new album via Kickstarter in the terms of how it is going to affect the future of music and it’s creation and distribution but there are already a lot of blogs and discussions out there and they say it so much more eloquently than I can, and they actually know what they’re talking about.*

I want to talk about what this means for me as an Amanda Palmer fan.

As far as I’m concerned the reason Amanda Palmer has such a loyal following and fans who are actively fans is because she actually cares.

Although I go on about Amanda all the time, I do listen to and love other music but I just don’t feel as close to it, I don’t have as much of a passion for it because I don’t feel as close to the creators. And although I don’t know Amanda, I’ve barley met her (she gave me a hug once… yeah you’re jealous), I feel like I do. But its not just the connection to her that makes us avid fans, through her you feel better connected to the music, there is a sense of insight into it. I’m not saying all other musicians hate their fans and don’t encourage audience participation, i’m just commenting on the way Amanda does it because, to me, she does it best. The more you can connect with the art the better it is. And on top of that she makes some pretty fucking good music.

This Kickstarter funded, this fan funded album gives us yet another chance to feel part of something, part of her world. It means instead of having the influence of big record label employees who don’t know what it is to be an Amanda Palmer fan, the album is influenced by the people it matters to the most. And don’t even get me started on the rewards! Amanda Palmer house party here I come. If more artists were willing to get down with the fans then the world of music would have much happier people in it.

So, as an Amanda Palmer fan I urge you to back her on Kickstarter. She is the future of music, but not just because she is funding her album on Kickstarter, but because she has involved her fans in her art. Click me to back Amanda.

Not an Amanda Palmer fan? Dont know if you’re an Amanda Palmer fan? Donate $1 (about 62p) to the Kickstarter and get the whole album downloaded to your computer. You’ll soon fall in love. 14,000 fans cannot be wrong.

Back Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra on Kickstarter now!

* Here are some of those articles:

Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign raises $100K in 7 hours: proves beyond a doubt We are the Media

I’m pretty sure I became a musician so I’d have an excellent excuse to throw an Art Party everywhere I went. This upcoming gallery tour is about as close as I get to fulfilling that fantasy,” says Amanda. “Wine flowing, visual art and artists everywhere, music playing loudly, everybody excited about the album in one tiny room, jumping up and down… it doesn’t get any better than that, really.” eh heh, now i’m wishing I had the funds to trekk down to the London show, Amanda please do one in Edinburgh because it sounds like heaven.

Is Kickstarter the future of the music biz? Amanda Palmer and $490K say yes.

Catching up with Amanda Palmer

This is the future of music

“Ms. Palmer is not ashamed to say “fucking” nor is she ashamed to express her love for her fans…….I confess I am not a huge fan of Ms. Palmer’s music and her stage acts. But I admire the hell out of what she’s doing.”

The problem with the future of music: Amanda Palmer and the rise of the music biz and Super PAC

How one small business raised over $300k in a day on Kickstarter

How Amanda Palmer built and army of supporters

“While you were sleeping, Amanda Palmer built an army.”

Amanda Palmer – The Queen of Fan Funding for New Record, Art Book and T-O-U-R

Crowd-funding: Viva la revolution!

“what is art once the soul is gone?”

How Amanda Palmer built an army of supporters: Connecting each and every day, person by person.

 

 

As ever I would love to hear your thoughts on this… comment below or tweet me @ChloeHenderson9

p.s. what do you think of my newest drawing ^ it’s so nice to be self-indulgent in artwork and not be doing something for uni, or other work…. ah the freedom 🙂

Chloe out.