Zine submission

It’s been busy in the studio, juggling projects and tying up loose ends before my holiday starts on Saturday. In the busyness I decided to enter a competition for artworks for a zine focusing on chronic illnesses.

I decided to create a piece about my personal experience with chronic fatigue syndrome. Working in a different manner, I wished to create a more simple way of working, fast and effective and potentially be developed further into a animation.

I am delighted that I won a place in the zine which will be produced in September.

I am now working on individual stills for creating it into a animation, which I will share once complete.

Dyslexia Scotland Blog contribution

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I was invited by Dyslexia Scotland to contribute to their online blog “a life less ordinary”, and today it went live.

https://alifelessordinaryds.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/bear-with-me/

Through the process of thinking about what to illustrate and write I noted that it was taking me time to think of a good concept and one the what accessible to those with Dyslexia and those without.  The biggest challenge I have with my Dyslexia is the act of processing information, I can do it no problem, it just takes me a little while longer, and this is across the board, whether its in conversation, answering questions, or devising a idea or new concept for my work.  The best way for me to explain it is for you to imagine you come to the edge of a field, and you can see a path that clearly cuts through the middle getting you to your required destination, naturally you would take this path, as for me taking this path would not be as natural, I would walk the perimeter of the field or make up my own route wandering across the field, deciding a way that works for me.

It will just taking me longer, but this does not equate to me being slow or stupid. It is a proven scientific finding, that those with Dyslexia process information over three sectors of the brain whereas those without dyslexia process information over 2 ares of the brain.

So the final concept for the Dyslexia Scotland blog was called Bear with me, and so tank you for bearing what me as I have explained the process of the ,making of the concept,  I hope you will like the illustration and take the time to read the poem that I created to go with it!

Bear with me

 

Bear with me as I fumble for words,

it takes time, which may seem absurd

Bear with me as I doodle and draw,

I have the feeling I just can’t write anymore

Bear with me as I go for a walk to clear my head,

to try and lift this feeling of dread

Bear with as I get myself back on track,

to meet this deadline which I know I can crack

Bear with me as I doodle and draw, my head is full,

I can’t think straight anymore

Bear with me as I take my time,

find a pace that suits me fine

Bear with me as I pick up the pace,

I feel I can win this deadline race

Bear with me as the words transpire

Woohooo look at me I am on fire

Bear with me as my fingers tap away,

I am nearly done it’s the end of the day,

For this little rhyme,

it took a huge amount of time,

Bear with me as bring this to a close,

Scraping through by the skin of my nose,

As I sigh with relief,

I will keep this brief

Bear with me is my mantra in life,

its kept me out of certain strife,

Knowing I need that extra time

letting people know I am Dyslexic is fine

Dyslexia is part of me

so please bear with me and let me be me