Friday, 15 March 2013

Story Box

I am doing something rather exciting next week! I'm heading to  The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre which contains unique documents reflecting 800 years of history in the area. The Arts Service are opening up the archive for artists to explore the documents through a project called Story Box. They want to establish a community of artists who use the archive as a source of inspiration...how cool is that!! I am attending a workshop that will give me the opportunity to work alongside archivists and researchers to explore not only what fascinating documents are held within the archive but also what fascinates the archivists and researchers.

Here's how they describe it...

Project Description:
Story Box is an intimate opportunity to explore the archive with an expert guide and select few for company. The Story Box project lifts the lid on 8 miles of archives and invites creative practitioners to slip between the centuries and delve into the lives of past generations. The archive contains a vast array of documents that pertain to every aspect of life and death within the county, there are registers of baptisms and marriages, there are proceedings from courts and school punishment books, there are also personal letters as well as the papers of state. The archive covers every strata of society from the destitute seeking shelter to the correspondence of monarchs dispensing their favours. The archive charts the transition of society from the sharp contrast of a feudal medieval society with its gruesome courts of justice on the one hand, and sporadic support to the poor from charities and monastic bodies on the other, to the creation of the modern welfare state with its democratic institutions and formalised widepsread services to those in need.

It is right up my street!! I'm interested in history and people and community and I can't wait!!! 

Monday, 4 March 2013

This working for a living is over-rated!!

Phew! It's been a busy old week!

I have been working on my Etsy site. It is no longer looking sad and dejected...it's had it's teeth cleaned, hair brushed, shirt ironed, shoes shined and it is now ready to be sent off into the big wide world! *gulps*

You can visit it by clicking on the banner below



AND it now has a Facebook friend to keep it company which you can visit by clicking on the photograph below


I am trying to build up a following (so I don't look like Billy No Mates) so if you could click on the links and 'like' my pages I would be ever so grateful!!

Thank you
 (and sorry if your fed up hearing about this...just trying to make sure I'm covering all my bases)