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DESH 3 min excerpt from Akram Khan Company
"Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. At once intimate and epic, DESH explores fragility in the face of natural forces, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the rhythms of labour, in dream and story, and in transformation and survival."
Would love to see this!
All images for Akram Khan Company by Richard Haughton
21 January 2013
What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me … is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.
It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
-- Ira Glass
Posted by Rachel Johnston at 10:17 am
18 January 2013
17 January 2013
Few homewares are as precious as a handmade quilt. Warm, individual and deeply personal, they're easier to make than you think.
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Cassandra Ellis was contacted a few years ago by the widow of a man who had recently died. Would Ellis take her late husband's clothes to make quilts for their three children, she asked, to give them something precious to remember him by? So Ellis sat down with the kids, aged 11, nine and eight, to talk about what their dad meant to them and how they had spent their time together. Armed with stories and piles of his clothes, she went away and sewed three quilts, delivered to the grieving family on what would have been their father's 52nd birthday.
It's an emotional story, but one that reveals how a handmade quilt is more than a warm bedspread. It's a precious, deeply personal object, an heirloom and a teller of stories. Often filled with fabrics that have special meaning, from a cherished item of clothing to a hand-me-down tablecloth, quilts improve with age as fabrics soften and fade. Traditionally, they were a chance to sit with family and friends. Today, most of our downtime is spent online or in front of the TV...
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Posted by Rachel Johnston at 3:11 pm
16 January 2013
We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin… but who we are internally… perhaps even spiritually. There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.
-- Maya Angelou on why we write. Also see Joan Didion and George Orwell on the same.
Posted by Rachel Johnston at 12:28 am