Pattern of Life

2/Jun/12

A collaborative piece with Documentary Photographer, Joe Jinks.

We created twenty-eight photographs that demonstrated the recurring patterns within human life, animals and nature.

Each page has a hole cut into it which allows the reader to see the next photograph and gives them the opportunity to see the relationship between humans, animals and nature.

Also in the book is a unique essay by Joe inspired by people like Carl Sagan and Terence McKenna.

The two original books each come with a protective slipcase.

This was my most enjoyable assignment so far, hopefully going to make some more so let us know if you want one, either on here or e-mail me on: christiepowers@hotmail.co.uk


This is today’s doodle. It began as a bunch of dots, then I turned them into shapes and patterns and incorporated some typography. I made this with my 0.4mm pen on A4 paper, got it onto illustrator and vectorised it. I’m really happy with this and believe it should be seen bigger so I included some close up screen shots. I see this piece as a celebration of shape. I hope you enjoy it.

 

10/Feb/12

Carl Sagan Quote from Cosmos

This is an article I found on Before It’s News, really puts things into perspective.

Regrets of the Dying

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Haus-Rucker-co

13/Nov/11

Haus Rucker Co is an Austrian art and architecture collective. Some of their pieces ceased to be built but the ones that did had a very sc-fi-esque feeling to them.

I love their work because of its scientific and futuristic approach to architecture, a lot like the Soviet Russian architecture blog post. An example of their architectural work is the Inflatable Retreat.
 

One piece of art they made was the Mind Expander (1967-69), it was a collection of helmets you had to put on and it could ‘alter the perceptions’, for example, Fly Head made your sight and hearing “an entirely new apprehension of reality.”

As I said earlier not all of their work was built, but Haus Rucker Co appeal to me, not for the architecture as much but for their thought behind it, creating something that “altered perceptions of space” or expanding consciousness through art and architecture: I think people are becoming more aware of separate realities and since the 60s and the psychedelic movement, consciousness movements are growing rapidly and people are always trying to find alternate realities, whether it’s through drugs or art or any other means. The curiosity is always there.

Joachim Schmid

1/Nov/11

I read in the British Journal of Photography that people are speculative about what to label Joachim Schmid but why is there always a need for a label?

He calls himself a visual artist.

For 3o years he went through archives, he found photos in flea markets and adapted them into his own projects,

“editing, interpreting and re-purposing”

I personally really like this project- Photogenic Drafts because it’s inspiring for my current assignment in the way that he presents his found photos.

“Family snaps, ID photos, strips from photo booths – all have been archived and the place and date of their discovery recorded by Schmid. And this is vital. It is the moment the artist finds them which marks their transition from personal photograph to (part of) an artwork.”

31/Oct/11

Wasted Rita

28/Oct/11

Wasted Rita works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Mostly, I love her typographic work but the illustrations of people are also hilarious. Not only does her work attract me because of the freehand style but her brutal honesty is comical.

A subject close to my heart and this definitely needs to be shared and passed around.

“A new study shows that psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” may help terminally ill cancer patients get some relief from anxiety.”

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Terminally ill cancer patients may get some relief from a guided “trip” on the drug psilocybin
  • One to three months after taking psilocybin, patients reported feeling less anxious
  • Patients said their experience gave them a new perspective on their illness

Find the full article here.