I interviewed Laura Bundesen whose artwork is focused on the wonders of the human brain. Laura describes her fascination with neuroscience, her materials and methods, and how she overcomes the Critic Within. Continue reading STITCHING TOGETHER ART AND NEUROSCIENCE
I interviewed Tamara Evans Braun about her efforts to limit her impact on the planet, which she discusses on her website ASPIRING GREENER. Tamara, who lives in Bristol, says about herself: “I am a grower, writer, organiser, wanderer, campaigner and mother. I was a scientist for a while but it’s nicer outside.”
Leslie: How has living in Bristol and your past as a scientist shaped your thinking? Continue reading HOW CAN WE LIVE GREENER?
I interviewed Anneliese M. Knop who was born with a degenerative retinal condition, but whose REAL story is about achieving a B.A. in Communication Arts and a Master’s in Christian Clinical Counseling while studying a variety of martial arts and making up stories since childhood. Anneliese describes herself as a reader, hiker, swimmer, seeker and space cadet who one day is going to change the world. Continue reading BLIND MARTIAL ARTIST, WORLDBUILDER & DAREDEVIL
In Part 2 of my interview with mixed-media and stitch artist Cheryl Hewitt she talks about memory and ‘Personal Effects’, her work habits as an artist, and ‘meditative stitching’.
Cheryl says about herself: “When I am not making I enjoy collecting, rummaging in charity shops, exploring forgotten places, foraging for acorns and dye plants, wandering along the river and mudlarking.”
Leslie: Tell us about ‘Personal Effects’. What’s their backstory – where did they come from, what do they get their deep charge from, and how do they shape and remind us of who we are? Continue reading MOURNING DOLLS AND MEDITATIVE STITCH Part 2
I interviewed Cheryl Hewitt about her mixed-media and stitch art inspired by nature and the discarded objects she collects. In Part 1 Cheryl talks about childhood, her use of natural materials and processes, and her ‘Mourning Dolls’ and ‘Mourning Vessels’.
Cheryl says about herself: “I employ hand stitching, eco dyeing, reclaimed and found materials to create tangible, often quiet textile forms as metaphors. My most recent work has used doll like sculptures to focus on themes of memory, absence and childhood experience.”
Leslie: How did your early life point towards the creative person you are today? Continue reading MOURNING DOLLS AND MEDITATIVE STITCH Part 1
I interviewed novelist and poet Helen Murray Taylor who talked candidly about her mental health experiences and her related comic/serious debut novel The Backstreets of Purgatory. Helen‘s work has appeared in Boundless Magazine, Product Magazine, Poetry Scotland and as part of the Un(Mother) project at the Brighton Fringe 2021. She currently lives in France.
Leslie: Can you tell us about your ‘previous life’, training as a doctor and working as a research scientist?. How does your ‘rational’ past relate to the two major strands of your subsequent life – obsessive writing and life-threatening mental health issues? In what ways were the two states of mind always present? Does one state shade into the other or are they opposite sides of the same coin? Continue reading FROM MEDICAL RESEARCH TO A MENTAL HEALTH EXPOSÉ
I interviewed Debbie Jenkinson whose graphic novels explore the triumphs and frustrations of everyday life. Debbie‘s work includes Remorse, a long-form comic about a girl trapped in a call centre job for ten years and Ghosting; a graphic thriller about a missing Italian chambermaid and a Bus Eireann driver who fears he’s been ghosted.
Debbie speaks about the “magical triangulation” that occurs in comics, between the image, the text, and the reader. “I think our brains take in pictorial information in a different way…a more natural way. There’s something really immersive about reading a comic, that’s different from reading prose…It’s like looking at the world through someone else’s eyes.”
I interviewed historical novelist, archaeologist, teacher and performance poet Kate Innes about her writing and her life experiences in Zimbabwe, Connecticut, and now Shropshire, UK. She is the author of two #Arrowsmith medieval novels, a children’s WW2 fantasy, Greencoats and a poetry collection, Flocks of Words.
Kate, who has a deep interest in nature, fairy tales and Greek Mythology, says about her life now, “We live in Shropshire, amongst its tangled forests, ancient hills and lively history; a truly inspiring landscape.”
Leslie: Can you tell a few stories about how your upbringing has shaped who you are + your enthusiasms & interests + what you write? Continue reading ADVENTURES IN WRITING WITH KATE INNES