The Cardigan

featuring BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize

I own an eclectic wardrobe. Some of my dresses may even be a century old. Most trousers are winter sales snatches off the high street. My sister buys all my socks. The scarves and bags are from my sister-in-law.

I love mixing and matching and living in an a-temporal fashion gap. I sometimes receive compliments on my clothes… and sometimes I don’t.

One of the most surprising items to ever receive compliments on has been a cardigan. A green-grey, hand knitted, larger than average cardigan that got out of the wardrobe and onto my shoulders through pure luck, one random, chilly Tuesday morning. Continue reading “The Cardigan”

On Art

 featuring Creativity for Wellbeing

Jimmy – an artist – told me this story:

‘There was also a young kid there, sleeping rough, like me. I remember he was about sixteen, seventeen.

And we hung out together and I was just nineteen, twenty at that stage, and what I did was I took him to the Tate Modern and we spent two days. And then because of my art background, I shared like, I wanted to show him Rothko and you know, explained it all to him, and actually he started saying to me he wanted to become an artist and get off the streets. Continue reading “On Art”

On Love

featuring #IAMWHOLE

I first met Ania 13 years ago.

She was fifty years old, she had the bluest eyes and thick short hair. We never spoke much. Back then, we each spoke different languages. She liked to sit in her chair by the window, in the tiny kitchen, with a permanent coffee in her hand and sometimes a cigarette. I often stayed in the kitchen with her. I would take pictures and listen. Sometimes I would wash up. Ania loved to cook but hated washing up. Continue reading “On Love”

On Storytelling

We tell stories every day of our lives.

We tell stories to explain ourselves to others. We tell stories to elicit answers, to start conversations, to remember loved ones. We tell stories to our children. They can be bedtime stories, or moralising ones, or both.

We tell stories to our husbands and wives. They may show us in a better light! Or they may help us share those important, wonder-filled moments of our childhood.

Our stories are of joy, of loss, of denial, of belonging. Continue reading “On Storytelling”