I invited Canadian blogger, bi-linguist and teacher Michelle Payette-Daoust to write about creativity. Michelle responded with a three-part lyrical essay, exploring several of the creative pieces published on this site since it began. Michelle also ‘looked between the lines’, examining my orchestrating role as interviewer, blogmaster and MC.
I was born and still live in a suburb of Montréal (Québec) and have only travelled to England twice for short stays. Unlike Leslie Tate, the author of this blog, I’m not connected to a broader artistic community, and I’ve never been published, except in local newspapers. My vision of the world has been profoundly shaped by my simultaneous bilingualism which—in a Canadian province where debates about language, identity and politics are ongoing and always fraught—has allowed me to move effortlessly between the English and French speaking worlds here and to understand and feel invested in the view from both sides. Because my bicultural identity is more fluid and flexible than most Québécois, my province’s intermittent lapses into nationalist identity politics cause me sharp pain and anxiety. Continue reading MICHELLE PAYETTE-DAOUST ON CREATIVITY – Part 1: WHERE THE WORLD EXPANDS→
I interviewed grassroots musicians Kim and Martin Olyett about their passion for traditional folk – a type of music Kim defined as: “About people and what they did.” After naming Julian Mount as the source of her definition, Kim Olyett added, “I believe it is possible to write new folk songs about people nowadays and these songs will become a testament to our lives in the future. I don’t see this music as historical but rather organic, something that grows with each generation.”
I began the interview by asking joint questions to both Kim and Martin.
The newly-released film Heaven’s Rage is a story of self-discovery: of soul lost and found, and the truth behind everyday appearances. Based on my memoir of the same name, the film explores ‘Burning questions, hidden feelings and pressures to conform’.
It was made by:
Mark Crane, Creative Director (ex Labyrinth and Judge Dredd).
I wrestled for quite a while with how Reiki and Christian faith might go together and always, eventually, came out with answers which showed me that they were one and the same. – Rosie Press
I asked Rosie Press who is a school teacher, a Christian, a Reiki Master, a Reflexologist and a Holistic Therapist about learning and healing matters. Rosie has had a lifelong commitment to an unusual combination of physical and spiritual disciplines.
I interviewed Jean Langdon and Pete Greening, two very different artists who often exhibit together. Jean is a potter whose artistic work draws on Ancient Greek forms. She is an expert at creating a range of perfectly-proportioned and classically-inspired pots. Pete is an abstract artist, specialising in ‘Op Art‘. Pete says about himself: “When I went to St Albans FE College in 1970/71, I visited the library just up the road and pulled a book at random off a shelf – it was about Op Art, which was then still a relatively new movement. Looking through the book, and seeing work by Vasarely and Riley (among others) I had a real epiphany, and realised that this was something I would enjoy doing. On the way home I bought some paints and when I got home raided my dad’s store cupboard for a bit of wood, using these materials in the first painting I ever did for my own pleasure. I still have this painting. I never finished my A levels at college – I left at the end of that academic year.” Continue reading OP ART MEETS CLASSICAL POTS – TWO ARTISTS TALK→
A short documentary by Jemma Driver ‘exploring the lives of the cross-dressing community. A series of interviews with cross-dressers from around England, this video’s aim is to educate people on what cross-dressing is and means to those who do it.’ Continue reading DRESSED TO THE NINES→