Saturday, 16 July 2016

Adam and Hawa

Gingerbread Hawa

7 days to make the bread,
the eyes, the nose and then the head.
14 hours to kneed the body,
the arms and then the legs.
28 minutes to bake in all,
nice and crisp and then wait till cold.

The idea of the act of creation, creating something, putting time and energy and your own days/life into that act. 7 days refers to Allah creating the world and resting, and the 14 refers to the number of hours a person is awake/works/plays. 28 minutes refers to 30 minutes, a way of telling time, half an hour becomes a sign, a marker of what is to come.  
Hawa is Eve's Muslim name, or Arabic equivalent. Both of whom are mentioned in the holy Quran, having been created, Allah took a rib from Adam and created Eve (did that hurt? maybe we should call it rib break and not heartache?), he then taught them how to plant and plow and sow seeds upon the Earth, there is no mention of sin or in the holy book in regards to Hawa. 
Allah taught the first man and woman how to make food, and bread. Bread the staple of a persons diet in any country, it is a common type of food that unites us, chappati from south east asia, breads of brilliant large fluffy and generouse shapes in Africa, to the everyday sliced bread you can find in a supermarket or in Greggs, or great baked sweet and flavour filled breads of Germany and France. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Black and Blue - an inspirational zine

Words have become my constant, as an artist and writer.
At last.

The above images are from a zine I created specifically for a writer at Nanowrimo during the July campnanowrimo. I will upload it at some point and have it available online hopefully, but if anyone would like to have a digital copy just send me a message or leave a comment.
Spent a full day working on the zine and then putting it together was an interesting process, playing with and resizing images and text so the file was a smaller size and easily transferable. 
Idea of the zine is that is it an inspiring goodybag with images and words and phrases. Black and Blue is a play on that idea of physcially being beaten, a great metaphor, but one I wanted to soften and maybe tilt onto its head, implying that the process of writing can somtimes make you sore and leave you with bruises or areas that are are sesntitive too.
Again note the play with fonts and found words.