The Art of FORGIVING but not FORGETTING by artist Ann Supan (FreeSpace #3)

21 May

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MANILA CATHEDRAL by Ann Supan 

 

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The Art of Forgiving but not Forgetting

Art, for me, is the artist’s converted thoughts and emotions of a subject into something tangible such as a sketch, drawing, or a painting.

I won’t dare argue how others defines Art because Art is quite subjective. I do, however, believe that ‘WHY someone makes Art’ reflects a lot about what Art really means to them…

(in no particular order)

– adventure, fun and enjoyment

– to connect

– to edify or educate

– reuniting and recording of one’s thoughts, feelings, and memories

– to communicate

– money

– to be famous

Probably an artist should make a percentage chart of ‘Why I make Art’ instead of the usual direct statement as answer to this seemingly simple question. I myself can agree with a number of above mentioned reasons because they are sort of interrelated with one another.

It would be such a mendacity if I say that I don’t make Art for money at all…How else will I be able to buy the materials I need to create without money?

However I draw the line between trying to be “recognized” as an artist and to be “famous”. I have every reason to believe that someone can be an artist yet not be famous especially now that the term “fame” has been somehow “evolutionatized” by how the majority uses social media. I don’t intend “educate” with my art either as I am learning myself.

Nevertheless, based on my own definition of art, there is one which I agree most –

– reuniting and recording of one’s thoughts, feelings, and memories

My memory triggers my thoughts and somehow exaggerates my feelings with this imperative desire to create.

I observed that I’m having a hard time to draw when I’m happy. I’m actually able to make what I consider memorable pieces when I feel deep melancholy- a feeling that, though part of life, I wish I could just ‘pray my way out of ‘ but can’t. So instead, I just ‘create my way out of it’.

For this reason, I realized that I draw to be able to forgive too because I’m usually sad when someone hurts me. I momentarily forget about the pain when I’m able to concentrate all my thoughts and emotions in the process of creating art-

– When I draw I tend to think of something else…go to another world…whether fiction or not, I don’t care…as long as it’s not here- my real life. I create lines/shadows over and over again until I get tired and accept the fact that it’s over. Usually, this is the same time when sadness drastically turns into anger until I realize that I can’t keep hating someone forever so the feeling of self pity strikes in. As I continue on forming figures these feelings subsides and then gradually turns back into sadness.

I choose to forgive this way but that does not mean I could just choose to forget what was done to me…that is just not possible.

“Your memory is a monster; you forget – it doesn’t. It simply files things away; it keep things for you, or hides things from you. Your memory summons things to your recall with a will of its own. You imagine you have a memory, but your memory has you.” – (In One Person by John Irving)

No matter what, as long as I have a pencil and paper in my hands I can choose to draw rather than focus on this feeling of immeasurable pain brought by my ‘uncontrollable’ memory. Should one day the finished piece would remind me of what I felt when I was making it, that is “OK” because it serves also a proof that I was able to overcome that miserable part of my life and “laugh” about it now.

As artists, we presume that all the artworks we make are our favorites but, whether we admit it or not, there are those which really stands out for us. Pieces we could spend a day looking at…pieces which brings a lot of memories…pieces which we understand far beyond the audience does…pieces which we find very hard to “let go” – mine are those that I usually made from sad memories which would somehow be translated as portraits and, most recently, as landscapes as well.

The Places series is a collection of architectural landscapes pieces, in different styles, which ‘I’ve been to’ and ‘dream of going to someday’. What the audience doesn’t know, until now, is that those pieces “I’ve been to’ included on this series are of places that ‘I would rather forget’ due to personal reasons.

Since every piece is unique, to read about the description of each piece, kindly click on the corresponding Facebook link below (“Places” album) so as to avoid making this blog any “longer” ;)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.739950812786497.1073741833.125692274212357&type=1

But why do we end up creating something tangible out of those feelings we would rather forget? – because ‘we have to’…WE MUST.

That is what creators do.

Otherwise, we could always end up doing something else instead of creating like those who just ‘drink and/or wallow their way out of things’.

*** The image (Manila Cathedral) I used on this blog is the 2’nd piece of my PLACES series ****

*** Why ‘I’ Make Art ***
50% – reuniting and recording of one’s thoughts, feelings, and memories
20% – to connect
15% – to communicate
10% – adventure, fun and enjoyment
5% – money

 

Biography

What if?’ will always be the question Ann Supan tends to ask herself every now and then. She is an Engineering graduate who knows she wanted to be an artist since she was 10 years old. She is a Filipina visual artist who loves to draw and likes reading as much as travelling. Her main interest in art is portraiture as it is her ambition to express beauty and emotion on her work. She focuses mainly on likeness as her technique and style is simple. Recently, she has been making ‘dual portrayal’ portraits in order to make her work ‘thought provoking’ as well.

She specializes in traditional drawing in the categories of figure drawing, illustration and shading using graphite and charcoal as her main medium. She also likes to use different mediums as shown on her selective impressionistic pieces.

Through years of practice and experimentations her artworks now revolves around on both realistic and impressionistic form.

https://twitter.com/Sketchbook0918

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*FreeSpace offers 3 post slots on ArtiPeeps to any creative or group. They can be taken in a cluster or over a period of months for showcasing, projects (encouraged) or self expression. If you’re interested in FreeSpace do get in touch via the reply box on this post or the contact form on the What’s On page. 

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Muspelheim: Sparks and Flames 2/3 The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing

20 May

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The Nine Realms

9 months, 23 poets and writers, 22 Artists, 3 composers, 1 Viking boat: a magical reworking of Norse Mythology for contemporary audiences

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 Muspelheim

(the realm of fire)

Featuring:

Eleanor Perry, Jim C. Mackintosh

and Nat Hall

 

 

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Under the Damage Tree

by Jim Mackintosh

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what is this brooding shape
fire licking across my vision
I smell it in the ice : shimmering tongues

in the destroyer’s raging silhouette
whose leaping flames freeze to the sky
in the impassable surrender to fire

a frozen corpse under the damage tree
cracked by the kiss of Surtr’s shine
his shadow bleeding over the moon

too late to stop the sway of travellers
mirrored in the crunch of brittle death
jammed to the parapet of Bitfrost

time straining against the reins
burning the days to come
quickening the battle’s build

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Fiery Us

by Nat Hall

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Look at the eye of the dragon.

Emerald
shining inside night,
from neck to
crown,
leaping red,
scalding scales 
lost inside orange,
in between
flames
and
Valhalla;
out of
earth’s plume,
world’s underworld, 
where lava flows,
fire giants,
fire demons
obey the land & their master,
the arsonist,
maker of sparks,
glow, ash-filled  sky –
the one
a seer
saw in a dream or
a nightmare.
Now lay your shield down
with your axe,
stand at the 
edge of
the
ocean,
your sheepskin
boots tied inside kelp,
and mind
the 
eye
of 
the
dragon.

© Nat Hall 2015 

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Find out more about Eleanor, Jim and Nat here:

Eleanor Perry

https://twitter.com/nellperry

Jim C. Mackintosh

bigbaffy.com

https://twitter.com/JimCMackintosh

Nat Hall

nordicblackbird.weebly.com

 https://twitter.com/nordicblackbird

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As always, thank you for your interest.

 

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The Nine Realms Campaign/ Project Update #4 + VSS Competition Results

15 May

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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat!

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Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Update

The latest news is that we are now 79% funded, with 34 backers and £966 of our £1222 goal, which is really great news.  We have 5 days left our campaign to go. All those involved in The Nine Realms are working hard together so that we can meet the commissioning costs of Mark’s boat. It’s a real collective endeavour. Thank you to everyone who has backed us thus far (see wordle below).  

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 #9realms vss Competition Result

A few words from competitition leader Shirley Golden about The #9realms #Thor #vss Competition: I really enjoyed reading the tweet-length stories and loved the humour that the theme evoked. It was fun to receive two separate stories that could have been a prequel and sequel (see the Walmart themed stories below). Thank you to everyone who took the time to send a story and helped support the project.

Here are my favourites:

Winner:       Susy Churchill @SusyChurchill

“Every problem is not a nail!” reproached the management consultant. Thwack! “Other leadership advice?” asked Thor.

A special mention goes to Terri Ross whose enthusiasm was unsurpassed, and whose stories were highly entertaining. A Nifelheim greetings card in thanks will be hurled your way!

Terri Ross @writer_terri

Thor arrived at the house made of brick. His hammer struck a thunderous blow. He’d had enough of those little pigs.

Mike Scott Thomson @michaelsthomson

Thor struck the door: 1, 2, 3. The chamber shook; MPs wiped plaster from their hair. This new Black Rod meant business.

Gill Offley

Thor, hunky serious-minded god, flair for accessories, WLTM attractive family-minded F to show him the lighter side of life. Must like birds. Height immaterial.

Kristen Bailey @baileyforce5

Thor stared his enemy down. I’ll give you an unexpected item in your bagging area. He lifted his hammer.

Clare Archibald @Archieislander

Rain thrashed on heads. Sirens looped & rumbled. Tunes banged. Rhythms furrowed. Feet earthed & twitched. Ecstasy now writhing in cuffs.

Gill Offley

Walmart SOUNDED like a fortress. Thor got in. Loaded up. Troll(ey) bore his loot. “10 items or less” foiled him. So he struck a bargain. He’s now working on the checkout.

Terri Ross @writer_terri

Thor embraced his new position. His thunderous voice boomed over the crash of shopping carts; “Welcome to WalMart!”

Yvonne Marjot @Alayanabeth

“Hey Thor, over here, mate.”
“Can I help you?”
“Yeah, my steak needs tenderising.”
*Sigh*
“Do you want fries with that?”

Jim’s  last Norse-themed poetry competition is running across this coming weekend.

Here are further details if you’d like to submit.

 

Live from the Workshop: the latest video

Day 23: Working On the Dragon….

Other News:

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Minecraft

I had a really good telephone conversation with Adam Clarke the Minecraft Developer yesterday, and the map for our Minecraft Viking world is well under way. At its centre is going to be a large Yggdrasil tree with 9 rainbow bridges running from it to each of the realms which will hold all of the audios and music and pictures attached to each realm.  There are going to be floating Viking boats and all sorts in the sky.  The inside of the Yggdrassil tree will act as a gallery for the work of any of the participating schools.

And on that note, I am happy to say that yesterday I also heard that very shortly the Norse-inspired writing from Millfield School will be coming in. Hopefully along with audios too! 

Copy

As soon as our campaign is over on Tuesday it will be straight into the creation of all the copy for all the promotional material, as well as the creation of the Interactive PDF and Schools’ book. 

Poetry et al

The  realm poetry writing will come to its conclusion at the end of June, with the last batch of Alfheim poems going out in July.  The first editing session of the mp3s at Future Radio will take place on 27th May and I’m determind to pin down when there will be some programme features and interviews on Future Radio of The Nine Realms. These have been pushed back due to illness.

Ragnarök Comic Teasers:

Webcomic artist, Koos Kleven is hard at work on creating the 4 page comic we are going to be using at our schools’ day and throughout the experience.  Here are some teasers from the comic, below. He is working from a Ragnarok story script created by writer/ illustrator Elizabeth Fernandez

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Wordle

Here’s the latest backers’ wordle that I created for Day 23, by way of a thank you to the 34 people who have backed us thus far. A larger version of the  wordle will be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House throughout The Nine Realms event in September.

 

Day 23

 

Viking Rewards

There are just 2 more spaces for anyone’s initials on our Viking boat. It’s a really unique opportunity to become part of a bespoke sculpture and a collaborative experience. 

There are some other great Viking related rewards in our campaign:

  • Get a 3 pack of realm poetry-art cards
  • Commission a Viking artist for a Norse themed painting
  • Have a Rune Poem written especially for you, or a song composed

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And more….

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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All the Realm Artwork is in!

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is here:

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

‘Magicking the Norse World to Life’

Thank you for your interest.

Weekend Showcase: Sonja Seear (Photographer)

15 May

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Sonja Seear

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Time for Tea

The image is from my project ‘Time for Tea’ focusing on the subject of tea drinking. I chose afternoon tea as a subject, as it is quintessentially an English tradition despite tea drinking being imbibed in many cultures across the world. The project aimed to reflect the social aspects of tea drinking, the intimacy of this experience where increasingly time is more precious, and communication is becoming instant, yet impersonal and superficial. The project aimed to illustrate how the ritual of tea drinking is individual in terms of colours, flavours, and setting.

 

https://twitter.com/Sonja_Seear

https://www.behance.net/Sonja_Seear

For more information about Sonja’s Photographic Services: http://www.sonjamartinphotography.com/contact%20page.html

 

Please do get in touch if you would like to be showcased via the form in the What’s On page, or the reply box. 

9 Realms Viking Showcase: featuring Jasmine Renold (artist)

14 May

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19 Poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat

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Featuring

Jasmine Renold

(One of 2 Realm artist s for Jotunheim)

Question: what piece of your art best represents you at the moment?

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Most of my work is made from objects I find and wire. I love wire for its malleability and resistance. Sometimes it has a mind of its own and wants to go in a different direction. I like double meanings and so many of the titles to my sculptures are a play on words, sort of 3D conundrums. The themes of flight, freedom, constraint and being stuck or trapped are evident throughout my work. Sometimes with the sense of how we restrain ourselves from being free and being able to be true to ourself.

Biography:

I live in Manchester, UK and I have been a teacher for more than twenty years and have always been passionate about communication in its many forms. To teach well one has to be an amazing communicator. I studied Physics and Music for my degree and so my creative and logical sides often do battle with each other. My art work often displays a certain inner battle , particularly the mixed media sculptures.  It also reflects my purpose in life: exploring effective and beautiful communication. Jasminerenold.wordpress.com @jrenold on Twitter.

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Please do take a look at our Indiegogo Campaign.

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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Muspelheim: Sparks and Flames 1/3 The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing

13 May

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The Nine Realms

9 months, 23 poets and writers, 22 Artists, 3 composers, 1 Viking boat: a magical reworking of Norse Mythology for contemporary audiences

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 Muspelheim

(the realm of fire)

Featuring:

Lenka Monk, Tom Murphy

and Rebecca Audra Smith

 

 

Flammable

by Lenka Monk

Inspired by story of Surt and Sinmara

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……Everything is ablaze
with you in my realm.
Even the stars seared themselves into the black vast canvas above.
They can never go out. Not while your afterglow ignites
the very last inch of me.
My Twin flame you have become.
I am a firefly, drawn to your inferno
in an eternity of firestorms.
Our power combined, forged by the fiercest heat
inside a furnace consumed and spent on all levels.
The embers aglow.
You are my beacon to guide me
through darkness.
You are my lighthouse inside a storm’s eye.
I burn in you.
I burn with you,
while everything around us still smoulders…..

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Part 7

Muspelheim

by Tom Murphy

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there is this thing like a memory
a bridge between the living and the dead
between past and future

this thing is in the grove
this thing is in us
a bond even when we’re apart

it is a thick iron chain
it is a thin filament of web
it is a bridge of ice
melting in the fire
it is a waterfall
very high
and very thin

this beam of sun and moon
shining from the eyes
holds the gaze
holds everything in it’s lattice

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Baltimore Fires

by Rebecca Audra Smith

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the stars slip out of the way to show the unending tale
of what is done in their names, it’s Baltimore
Rocks thrown by men thrown by children thrown by police
Arson is their attempt to lick the sky with flame
Headlines tomorrow read, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray

In the midst of all that noise
Comes the sense the fight’s still hot, quell the flames
They cut the hose, when the store started burning
the protestors for peace, held up their hands, said don’t shoot,
but still sons are being shot, mother slaps her boy hard,
you’re not Freddie Gray, Walter Scott

earth swallows the sun, the flames are burning fire,
vapour and rage have made the air both crisp and dry
you don’t want to be famous, known for the hands by which you died
someone says it like a litany, Walter Scott, Eric Garner

I heard strange fruits being sung upon these police lined streets
As she spoke of her neighbours death, body swinging, heavy tree
Your name is a future hashtag when you were born dark skinned
In the midst of all this noise it seems no one has had their say
Protestors hold their signs up, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray.

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Find out more about Lenka, Tom and Rebecca here:

Lenka Monk

Contact ArtiPeeps

Tom Murphy

https://twitter.com/sandcave

Rebecca Audra Smith

https://twitter.com/BeccaAudra

beccaaudra.wordpress.com

 

 

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As always, thank you for your interest.

 

The Nine Realms Indiegogo Campaign:

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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The Nine Realms Campaign and Project Update #3

8 May

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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat!

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Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Update

The latest news is that we are now 75% funded, with 31 backers and £920 of our £1222 goal.  All those involved in The Nine Realms are working hard together so that we can meet the commissioning costs of Mark’s boat. Thank you to everyone. It’s a real collective endeavour. 

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 #9realms Competitions Update

The kennings micropoetry competition and picture arts title competition closed earlier this week.  They were a great success.  Many congratulations goes to winners (@Alayanabeth) and  (@Sonja_Seear). Many thanks, indeed goes to everyone who took the time to submit an entry. You can find a list of the competition favourites on the Competitions page. A big thank you to Kate and Jamie for running them. Jim’s Norse-themed poetry competition is running across the next two weekends and Shirley’s competition is ongoing across this week.

Here are further details if you’d like to submit.

 

The Nine Realms Event Poem Selection (Up Until Helheim)

The Poetry for the The Nine Realms project up until the realm Helheim has now been chosen.  All the realm poets have been brilliant and the quality consistently there. Thank you Viking poets!!  I am also aware that the Norse Sagas are complex and very different from the material in last year’s project Transformations: lots to delve into in a different way from Ovid.  

Selection was also quite a tricky task because we had to bear in mind the educational element and the work with schools that is beginning to drive our large-scale projects. Here is the list of poems.

NB. There could be some changing around as we have to consult with Caitlin Ellis (our Norse expert). Poets coming will have the opportunity to read other poems from other realms at the poetry reading in Norwich.

 Asgard:

Asgard by Jim C. Mackintosh
Yggdrasil Groans by Shirley Golden
Northern Lights by Karin Heyer
Two Children by Rob De Born
Asgard by Tom Murphy

Vanaheim:

The Name Of…by Lenka Monk
Freyja by James Knight
The Throats of Giants by Rebecca Audra Smith
Mjolnir by Richard Biddle

Jotunheim:

Traditional Enemies by Lydia Allison
Killing Ymir by Greg Mackie
Legend by Nat Hall
Ymir by James Knight

Nidavellir:

The Mock of Alvis by Jim Mackintosh
Paste Nuptial by Eleanor Perry
Little They Know by Mina Polen
Fenrir by Kate Garrett

Nifelheim:

If All they Should Weep by Joanna Lee
Don’t Follow Me by Mina Polen
Nifelheim by John Mansell
Send Me To Hel by Ross Beattie 

Helheim:

Mist by Lydia Allison
Strata and Strata of Faults Through Time by Shirley Golden
The Sybil’s Lyric by Joanna Lee
My Helheim by Ross Beattie 
All Angels Go to Hel by Lenka Monk.

 

Live from the Workshop: the latest videos

Day 16: 

‘Making a flat surface for our figurehead today, shaving off the thinnest slivers so the wood sits flush. Long painstaking stuff…..’

Day 17: Drilling!


‘Far more satisfying than a black and decker!’

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Day 19: Carving the Figurehead: 

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Media Coverage:

We had some great media coverage in the King’s Lynn News last Friday with an article entitled ‘The Vikings are Coming’. It outlined our Indiegogo Campaign and our plans for The Nine Realms event in September, and the two workshops we will be running for the general public.

 Here is a link to the piece, with a great picture of Mark (Crowley) doing what he does best! http://goo.gl/3cHpJN

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Mark Crowley 1

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I also had a really great interview with Amber Love a writer and podcaster on her site amberunmasked.com where she hosts interesting talks with creatives that blend artistic, literary, graphic art and mental health issues. We had a good talk about The Nine Realms and the role creativity plays in ongoing  recovery from mental health challenges. It was really lovely to talk to Amber and the hour flew by. I’m really pleased to have made this connection! Here’s the podcast, and thank you Amber for asking such good questions!

http://www.amberunmasked.com/ep1518-artipeeps/

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Wordle

Here’s the latest backers’ wordle, for Day 19 that I created by way of a thank you.  A big thank you to the 31 people who have backed us thus far. A larger version of the  wordle will be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House throughout The Nine Realms event in September.

 

Day 19

 

Viking Rewards

There are just 3 more spaces for anyone’s initials on our Viking boat. It’s a really unique opportunity to become part of a bespoke sculpture and a collaborative experience. 

There are some other great Viking related rewards in our campaign:

  • Get a 3 pack of realm poetry-art cards
  • Commission a Viking artist for a Norse themed painting
  • Have a Rune Poem written especially for you, or a song composed

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And more….

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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Realm Art Thus Far: Even more  additions!

1 more paintings still to come…

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 Look out for new realm poetry next week. We’re in Muspelheim!

Here’s a bit of Jotunheim (realm of the giants) from poet Lenka Monk:

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Schools Involvement

I am also pleased to say that very shortly the pupils from Millfield School Somerset will be sending in their Norse inspired poetry and writing, which we will be posting out, and including in our event DVD and Minecraft world. It will be a pleasure to have their work on the site again. Their last work with us was Freshly Pressed here: A Sense of Place  

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is here:

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

‘Magicking the Norse World to Life’

Thank you for your interest.

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