Category Archives: making and mental health

Swimming the distance: mental health as a endurance pursuit

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may (or may not!) know that I’m currently training for a long distance swim in June. I’ll be swimming 5K, which is just over 3 miles (not an insubstantial distance … Continue reading

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Putting things down, picking things up, starting again

Over the last few weeks I’ve been making a slow return to working on two projects that I started last year. At the beginning of last year I took a course in documentary film making and I took two courses … Continue reading

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You are here by Jenny Lawson

So being ill can have an up side sometimes. I’ve been unwell with some awful head cold [wo]man flu and haven’t been able to do much work. I’ve been mostly sleeping, drinking honey and lemon, and watching telly, with a … Continue reading

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Don’t for a minute think about stopping you lovely bunch of creatives

[EDIT: So I had a nice formal sounding title for this post, but then I went and changed it because this feels better in getting across what I want to say] I was procrastinating before work this morning and read this … Continue reading

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A bit more on ‘On not being able to paint’

I’ve been digging into Marion Milner’s book ‘On not being able to paint’ and have been really enjoying this. The book describes Milner’s efforts in trying to learn how to paint, and she takes a psychoanalytic perspective on this. I’m … Continue reading

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Cool artsy stuff with Jade Herriman

A few weeks ago I came across the blog of Jade Herriman. It looked like she was doing something interesting but it wasn’t until this morning that I had time to take a bit of a dive into her blog … Continue reading

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On not being able to paint by Marion Milner

I’ve just begun to read ‘On not being able to paint’ by Marion Milner and I really liked the following quote from the page 6 of the first chapter. Marion Milner writes about her struggles in trying to learn how to … Continue reading

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