Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I've finally gone Dottie

Well it's finally happened. I've gone Dottie! No, it's not a misprint, Dottie is spelled that way!
I've taken on the challenge. The Dottie challenge! I will do my utmost to buy only handmade or second hand goods this year!
I should announce right now there will be exceptions!
Some art making supplies will just have to be purchased outright, no ifs or buts!
Food of course and definitely no second hand toilet paper for this girl!
Recycled yes, reused, umm, no thanks! LOL!

But, seriously, I have decided that this will be good for me, make me think outside the box in all sorts of ways!
If you would like to know more about it all, click on the pic below and the link will take you over to the Dottie site.

As part of my Dottie challenge and ways, LOL, I have also signed up to take part in Debs barter challenge site.
(Clink on the link below to find out more)

Deb has created a site to exchange arty goods to help support each other through the challenge. How nice to be able to exchange goods with fellow artists and spend nothing more than a bit of postage costs! You never know what you might find. Check out your stash! Surely you have an excess of something you could exchange here. Now is the time to declutter the studio of all those bits you have been hanging on to and don't really use, make a list, send it to Deb, and we can all work on swaps to support our art and it will be put to the very use you kept it for in the first place!

Of course this may mean some interesting challenges in the workplace wardrobe will occur!
Oh well, they all think I'm crazy already!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Deep in the Labyrinth-Pulp Redux Update Lisa's Book

From an age of myths and legends...

come stories of strange beasts...

beautiful maidens...

and the heros that saved them.

Welcome to the labyrinth...

and what it contained.

From ancient Greece...

a tale of treachery...

forbidden love...

and death.

Lisa's book for the Pulp Redux collaboration is themed, Labyrinth. The theme is one which brought so many ideas to mind I was having trouble deciding on one, so in true Kim fashion decided to do two! The first part of my contribution outlines the ancient Greek myth concerning the Labyrinth of Crete.

The sea God, Poseidon, sent to King Minos of Crete, a beautiful white bull to be sacrificed in his honour. Minos so admired the bull that he refused to kill it, and decided to keep it for himself. Poseidon was so angry with Minos, that he cast a spell upon Minos' wife, Pasiphae causing her to fall inlove with the bull. Pasiphae unable to resist the God's spell fell in love with the bull and mated with it. The offspring of their union was the Minotaur.
The Minotaur grew to become ferocious and untamable, so King Minos had a prison built to contain the Minotaur by his servant Daedalus. So Daedalus built for the Minotaur a labyrinth, in which the Minotaur was imprisoned.

Years later, the people of Athens killed one of Minos sons and the King called a plague upon their city. The only way Minos would agree to remove the plague was if the people of Athens agreed that each year they would send seven young men and seven young women to Crete, where Minos sent them into the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur.

Prince Theseus of Athens was determined to stop the slaughter of the Athenian youths and volunteered to go to Crete as a sacrificial victim where he would find a way to destroy the Minotaur. On his arrival in Crete Ariadne, who was the daughter of Minos and Pasiphae saw Theseus and fell in love with him. She provided Theseus with a ball of string and urged him to tie one of the ends to the exit as he entered the Labyrinth, then he would be able to find his way out again. Theseus did as Ariadne bade him and deep in the heart of the Labyrinth he met the Minotaur and killed it, then fled taking Ariadne and the remaining Athenian youths.

I have constructed a set of doors in Lisa's book where I have set out the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. It is an interesting tale and one which I thought should be included in the book.

The second part of my addition to the book is quite different, but as I haven't quite finished it yet you will have to wait a little while longer for a sneaky peek at that part.
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