A quick catch up.

Oh gosh I don’t even know where to begin in writing this post. It has been so long, far too long since I have updated here and goodness knows if there is anyone still checking in!

 Can I say that I have 2 excuses? (I hate making excuses although I suspect I do it all the time) Oh well, I know there is no justification needed but 6 weeks of broken internet left me without the resources to continue telling this story here and the internet-less break and subsequent 7-and-a-bit weeks of radiotherapy just made it all the more difficult to re-focus and re-start writing. The longer the break went on the harder it became to get back to it.

I have been writing snippets of the last 3 months down on paper and so much more of it is in my thoughts and waking dreams. This week I had wanted to get bang up to date in recounting the last few weeks so that I could begin afresh in 2011 but for one reason or another it has not happened, however I have promised to not give myself a hard time over it and do mean to fill in the gaps soon.

In the meantime I just wanted to say that I am well if more than a little exhausted and am generally moving a lot slower than is usual for me. I am resting and reading, pottering and lounging, crying in frustration at how little my body will allow me to do at the moment and wishing to regain my strength so that I can get on with all the things I want to do!

I will be back here in the new year, but in the meantime I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and joyful New Year and 2011. We shall be celebrating quietly at home with our bunnies if I can make it past my current bedtime of 8.30(ish). Cheers to a wonderful 2011 for all of us!



About gillianleesmith

A lifetime fascination with storytelling, history, fairytales and folklore, has led me to create imagery based on the everyday whirling mind of a person who does not always wish to be rooted in the realistic present. Themes of times gone by and reminiscence are especially evident in my designs and my work often delves into the expression and characterisation of our human nature, which we may hide away and only ever glimpse at when prompted by a reflection of our inner selves. My character sculptures in particular are a nod towards my own imaginations, avid reading and childhood dreams. They are a way of seeking the perfect representation of our character. Each tells an original tale, with a single image that endeavors to embody a whole life story in an uncomplicated way. My most recent work begins to explore ‘dwelling places’, a place where we can truly be content and again the setting that truly represents our character and history. Each material used is carefully chosen to create layers of texture incorporating textiles, paper, paint, hand painted imagery and meticulously detailed hand embroidery. The combinations of varying media help me to create many layers and textures, which are evocative of the memories and history that is integral to my work. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005, I have since been working on my own creations as well as teaching workshops with community groups. More recently, I have been coordinating a project involving reminiscence work with older people. This has been a huge source of inspiration to my latest artwork and themes of memories, dreams and childhood.
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