New t-shirt design – Knobs!

June 27, 2016

I have a new T-shirt design up at MoreTVicar. Retro knobs on your chest.

Knobs-Facebook

Europe Referendum – Social Media Banners

June 18, 2016

Hello,

I am very tired but that is irrelevant. I knocked up a couple of images to use on Facebook in my support of the #remain campaign and they appear to have become moderately popular. If you want to use them for your social media profile feel free. A link back would be appreciated but by no means expected just supporting the campaign is enough.

Here they are, click to view full version:

Square Image (good for Facebook/Twitter/Google Plus profile pic)

EuroFlag

Banner pic (correct size for Facebook cover photo)

EuroFacebook

Happy to know up new ones at whatever size, just leave a comment below or on the Facebook page.

Did I mention the Facebook page? Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/AnxiousSilence/

AWESOMEFOOD Suggestions – The Avocado

May 30, 2016

I love avocados. I do not like the woo and bullshit increasingly associated with them by charlatans who will remain nameless.

Superfood-Avocado

Jubilee Meadows – Wootton Oxfordshire

May 27, 2016

Christ I’m behind on blogging, unemployment would make this easier but then who would pay for the electricity?

Back in February I accidentally found a nature reserve in Oxfordshire – Jubilee Meadows near Wootton. I was up visiting a client who has an amazing office round the corner which overlooks a beautiful river (we were watching kingfishers out of their office window). As I tend to do I had turned up far too early and was too awkward to call them and ask if I could come and see them before we had planned so I just wandered round the area for a bit looking for public footpath signs (always a promise of adventure). I’d driven through Wootton and seen an amazing early morning view of mist over a flooded meadow so went back after the meeting (which was lovely) for a lunchtime wander.

Only saw one other person in the couple of hours I spent there, although it was February and quite cold but plenty of rabbits enjoying the peace and casting me begrudging glances for my intrusion into their quiet wilderness.

Here’s a video slideshow with some audio I recorded on the day.

The full set of photos is here. Here are my favourites:

Looking into the valley (again)

Bridge across the stream...

Teasels in the winter sun

Cthulhu Rising

The way up

Winter branches getting ready for spring

SCIENCE: Graphing my energy levels against client emergencies

May 3, 2016

I really suck at managing my blood sugar levels at certain times of day, my clients really suck at having emergencies at certain times of day. I have made this scientific graph to illustrate this problem.

Graphy-EnergyLevels

Springtime is here… get out in the countryside

April 30, 2016

Helping British tourism where I can.

RabbitMan-Woods-2

Just keep calm and don’t look behind you.

Your Carriage Awaits – Prints on Society6

April 23, 2016

I remembered I have a Society6 store – https://society6.com/anxioussilence so I’ve remembered to upload a design for print. I’ll add some more next weekend.

I’ve been primarily focusing on photography recently for a few reasons. Firstly, health. I really need to get a lot of exercise at the moment. I’m managing diabetes primarily through diet and exercise (with a little bit of drugs) and finding time and motivation to get any exercise after all the other responsibilities of being a theoretical adult can be a challenge. Photography is a good motivator to get out and walk someplace. Secondly, I’ve spent a lot of time over the years flitting from one interest to another, never giving enough time to anything to get any good at it, sticking to one medium for a while has been a great experience (and will be ongoing). Finally, it’s the only creative outlet I don’t need a run up to. For illustration, music and video I need a bit of warm up time which I just don’t have right now, for photography I can just pick up the camera and go.

Oddly, I never intended to get into photography as a medium in it’s own right. I picked it up again as an adult (having loved it as a child) primarily to collect source materials for illustration and digital collage, this has over time become secondary.

Anyway, I’ve added ‘Your Carriage Awaits‘ as the first item. I need to resurrect my Etsy store shortly as well. You can get a print or the image on a mug, a travel mug or a clock (because I am an awful merchandise whore).

Your-Carriage-Awaits-Blog

Bring on the laser (cutter)

April 21, 2016

Every year I promise myself I’m going to stop buying people Christmas presents and start making them then I remember about two weeks before Christmas and realise I have not the time, the requisite skills, the time to learn the requisite skills or the inspiration to actually do this. This year I sort of managed to edge towards this ideal, although massively misjudged by needing to order some stuff in which took far longer than expected.

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting some stuff laser cut for a while, I’ve got a big bunch of sketches and ideas for a variety of homewares and entertaining tat and I’d been talking to Paul about some ideas we may at some point work on together so thought I would give making some Christmas decorations for friends a go.

I had two made up (see pics below) for my friends Tim and Caitlin who are keen on (hopefully) Christmas tat and animals. I was hoping the process would be simple enough that I could start selling decorations on my Etsy store but unfortunately the production cost has slightly killed that for now. The material costs were incredibly low but the cutting cost was really high (for the size of decoration), excluding shipping it worked out at just under £20 for both decorations, which is great for a one off gift for a friend but not viable for retailing.

As it happens the cost is driven up by the number of curves in the designs. Straight lines are quick and easy to cut, curves expend far more energy. All of my current designs are quite curvy and I don’t have the energy to come up with new designs right now. We did investigate buying our own laser cutter but that’s currently way outside our financial reach for a couple of ideas which may never generate any cash, also it looks like the power consumption may be the real killer.

You can see in the photos where I skated underneath the minimum width for parts of the design and ended up with some very fine cuts, they look quite cool but are fairly fragile.

The two here were cut by RazorLab out of 3mm MDF. I was going to paint them but the burn marks made by the cutter give them quite a nice handmade look anyway.

I would still like to have a crack at making some bits to sell but will need to find out if I can get the production cost down a bit first.

Laser Cut Personalised Cat/Dog Xmas Decorations

Laser Cut Personalised Cat/Dog Xmas Decorations

Laser Cut Personalised Cat/Dog Xmas Decorations

Laser Cut Personalised Cat/Dog Xmas Decorations

St. James the less – Stubbings – Photos

March 28, 2016

I’ve driven past St. James the less in Stubbings (Maidenhead) repeatedly over the last couple of decades but never had the chance to stop and take a look around. I was on my way back from hiking in the Chilterns much earlier than expected and the low winter sun looked phenomenal so stopped to look around.

Unfortunately, because I had spent the day focusing so damn hard on not working one of my clients got to the point of being overwhelmingly trigger happy with the redial button on his phone and I spent about 40 minutes pacing around the car park while hoping to accidentally lose a leg or be struck by a falling tree. I missed the best of the light, I was also too mentally unfocused to try and go inside for fear of having to engage with other humans who may ask difficult questions such as “how are you today?”

Again, it’s been a couple of months since I took the photos so don’t have much recollection of the details aside from pacing round the car park while discussing websites. There was a man playing loud music in an Ocado van out the front but I don’t think he was a permanent fixture. The church is located just down the road from Maidenhead thicket so quite a peaceful surrounding (loud Ocado man notwithstanding). There were quite a few crows, but again I suspect these were not an intended feature.

The church dates back to 1849, and if their website is anything to go by has some decent stained glass windows. My aforementioned horror at possibly human contact prevented my experiencing these. I appreciate my reviews are getting patchy at this point, I’m working towards writing stuff up closer to the date, or just learning to write things down.

St. James the less, Stubbings website

Full set of photos is here.

The front end

Front window

Towering above

The lonely angel

Protected by forensic science

St. Mary the Virgin In Turville

March 27, 2016

I had to think about including this entry as I’m not particularly happy with any of the shots. I only stopped in here on the way back from a long hike in the Chilterns, I was quite tired and a little emotional. At some point I’ll drop back in and give it another try.

It’s a nice little church in a lovely location. There’s a great view of the windmill from the churchyard. It has some decent stained glass windows. The current building dates back to 1340 and is a lovely flint building. It includes a small John Piper window.

The church is situated in the incredibly quaint village of Turville although I found it incredibly hard to get a decent angle to get any shots of the building itself (there’s a lot of trees very close by), tiredness may have contributed to this.

More info on St. Mary the virgin

John Piper on the Tate website.

Full set of photos is here.

Stained glass at St. Mary the Virgin in Turville

St. Mary's back entrance

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Stained glass at St. Mary the Virgin in Turville

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