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Super Sunday

18 Apr

Oh hai! Things have been looking a little thin on the blog front lately, partly because I have been schlepping around the world and have no idea who I am anymore or what time it is. It isn’t even Sunday where you are. Sheesh. I said goodbye to my dad today and am now in New York! I did not intend to take this crazy route (completely crossed wires with airline booking system) and am really quite embarassed about it :s but here I am. So let’s do a Super Sunday.

1. Check out this INCREDIBLE collaboration between cellist Yo-yo Ma and crunk dancer Lil Buck. Crunk is like proper magic.

“What starts as personal choice born out of self-esteem – a bit of self-pampering because you’re worth it – can grow into a terrifying network of conventions which is bigger than any of us. Luxuries can morph into necessities; choices, however initially eccentric, can become rules.”

2. I did rather enjoy this week’s David Mitchell article.

3. I dyed my hair in Tokyo! I don’t have any good pics of it yet, but you can kind of see it’s brown with the light bouncing it off it here. Like.

4. Hilarious (and true) blog – Advice From A Rapper.

5. I booked a long weekend in Paris in June! I’m going with my sister the day after she finishes her A-Levels and it should be uh-may-zing. So excited.

6. Some super actions have been going on back home this week! I am just sorry I couldn’t be there 😦 Check out what the Craftivist Collective, Climate Rush and UK Tar Sands Network have been up to.

7.  This picture makes me happy. (via @presentcorrect).

hanna ♥


Super Sunday

6 Mar

1. Yesterday I went along to 6 Billion Ways at Rich Mix in East London. Listened to a fantastic talk about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in regards to the Palestinian struggle, which I was really inspired by and found very informative, since I have to admit I didn’t know that much about it before. There were also speakers there from N. Ireland and South Africa who gave some brilliant insight – did you know that Nelson Mandela was originally the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress? And that he was described as a terrorist by Margaret Thatcher in the late 80s? Fascinating.

2. Thought this was brilliant. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess make chocolate bars out of Fight Club soap moulds. So cool.

3. Had such a yummy brunch made for me this morning by my friend Laura and her boyfriend Dave. Baked eggs, courtesy of Ottolenghi. It was delicious.

4. LOVE THIS. You have to click on it to make it flashy, because I just can’t work out how to do it in this page. Sorry, but it’s worth it. Operators Are Standing By by Jean Bevier.

5. Went to a cosy house cafe this afternoon, hosted by Sarah Corbett from Craftivist Collective. There was cake (so much cake), tea, acoustic acts and generally much fun and pleasantness to be had on a Sunday, all in aid of raising money for Oxfam and celebrating International Women’s Day. Sarah had made this beautiful banner for the occasion, it says “Become Who You Are”. I want to make one myself.

6. A tattoo of Mary Wollstonecraft! So hardcore!

7. I shared a super article by Molly Lambert last Sunday… have got a little obsessed with her. Here’s her latest, Speak Now.

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

13 Feb

1. The Craftivist Collective have come up with a nifty idea for Valentine’s Day. For the third year running, the collective are hiding alternative Valentine’s letters and gifts across the UK, waiting to be found by unsuspecting members of the public and provoking them to think about the effects of climate change. Cult jewellery brand Tatty Devine have donated a design to Craftivist Collective, which the group have crafted into keyrings – each hidden letter will contain a keyring featuring the design. Check out the video where Josie Long demonstrates how to make your very own!

2. My hairdryer broke this week (for the second time), so in despair I exchanged it for an all-in-one-hairdryer-and-styling-brush-thing and managed to blowdry my hair all swishy! I was quite pleased. Like I just stepped out of a saaloooooon.

3. I gave a presentation this week to my Low Carbon Development class about the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples. It went really well I think, and we had an interesting discussion afterwards. I showed this video as part of my presentation – a chief of the Achuar tribe in the Amazon, Peru, talks about the effects of oil drilling on his land.

4. We already know from last week how much I like cakes. And Valentine’s Day is just another excuse for some cake goodness in my book. Check out this video – it’s soooo cute.

5. Paul Price is a pretty super graphic designer who has been leaving signs like this all over Leeds. Please come to Brighton Paul!

6. We may have already established through this blog that, as well as cakes, I am also a fan of muppets. I love this picture! So real. I wish my doctor was a muppet. Sigh.

ANYWAY, the great muppet-related news, if you can believe it, is that the new muppet movie being released in November is about OIL! It’s going to be AMAZING. Here’s the synopsis:

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds.

To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino house band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

It’s like they went into my dreams and made my ideal film.

7. I bought a book of poems by Mary Oliver this week, and I just love them. Here’s one of my favourites:

The Swan

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?

Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air –

An armful of white blossoms,

A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned

into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,

Biting the air with its black beak?

Did you hear it, fluting and whistling

A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall

Knifing down the black ledges?

And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds –

A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet

Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?

And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?

And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?

And have you changed your life?


hanna ♥

Super Sunday

7 Nov

1. Love these pictures from the Ballerina Project – sooo pretty. It just makes me wish ballet wasn’t confined to the theatres and could come out on to the streets like hip hop.

2. And speaking of dance, I started street dance lessons this week (and breakdancing next week! oh god..) which are hosted at Brighton Youth Centre. The centre is covered in amazing graffitti, like this one. I had an idea a while back to make bags and tshirts that said “How to be a domestic extremist” and I think this image would be perfect for such a venture! I shall have to try and get in touch with them.

3. Saw the Kids Are Alright on Tuesday – so good. Julianne Moore is such a dreamy actress and Mark Ruffalo is just dreamy.

4. Loved looking at the 100 best signs at the Rally to Restore Sanity And / Or Fear hosted by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show over in Washington.

5. Loving this girl’s style from The Sartorialist. It’s all about mahoosive eyebrows.

6. I’m reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X at the moment for book club – completely fascinating. I have to say I only had a vague awareness of who he was and had absolutely no idea he was assassinated by his fellow Black Muslims, so it’s a real history lesson.

7. Last weekend I went on stage with Josie Long and the Craftivist Collective to sew patches for the Bed In project (more to come on that). Because it was nearly Halloween, we wore “the scariest costumes ever” – masks of Mugabe, George Osborne and Rupert Murdoch. Mwahahaha.

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

3 Oct

1. I made another video for The Otesha Project with Josie Long and Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective. Editing it took FOREVER and it didn’t have all the bells and whistles I wanted it to, but I was still pretty pleased with the result.

2. I went to go visit my grandparents this weekend and my grandpa dug up some hilarious photos from when I was little. Here I am rocking out to a boombox (you can tell it was the 80s) looking like a little grumpy old man. I still look exactly the same.

3. I came across this photography project called Switcheroo by Sincerely Hana where she asked couples to switch outfits. Cute cute cute.

4. Loving these old-timey adverts for social media! Found on bumbumbum, lovely art and design blog.

5. London Fashion Week finished a week ago but these are my personal style swoons. The Orla Kiely show didn’t use models but cardboard cut-outs, very pretty. And this Giles Deacon dress… if I was a princess/willing to mire myself in debt… sigh.

6. This comic from Emily’s Blog made me laugh out loud because I too have had this conversation about a gajillion times. It is especially poignant since I am supposed to be making curtains today. I am not.

7. One of the first things I do when I move to a new area is find a Japanese restaurant! E-Kagen on Sydney Street in Brighton is one of the best Japanese restaurants I have ever been to in the UK, no jokes.

hanna ♥

Craftivist Collective meeting – photos

23 Sep

As promised, here are the photos from the Craftivist Collective meeting from last Thursday, hosted at the lovely Paper Dress Vintage. Proof that I have been crafting! We were embroidering the names of women who have gone missing in Mexico, presumed dead. The authorities won’t investigate the disappearances of these women, so we were taking part in an art project designed to remember them and raise awareness.

I also need to show you all the ace action the group did to mark the beginning of London Fashion Week. They snuck inside Somerset House (where a lot of the shows go on) and put up this mini protest banner. C’est tres cool.

4 Simple Goals – an update

22 Sep

Hallooo. I set myself 4 Simple Goals to complete before the end of 2011 over a month ago, so I thought now would be a good time to chart my progress!

No. 1 was to learn how to use my camera properly. I have been trying! You can see my photos of Climate Camp here, of Notting Hill Carnival here and of the ArtCrank bike poster party here. I know there is much, much room for improvement though so any tips would be much appreciated! Reading the manual will only get me so far.

No. 2 was to make a nice nest. Ooh and I have been busy. I am nearly done, just want to tack up a few postcards and then I’ll take some pics and put them up. I don’t why I’m nervous to show you, you don’t actually have to live here, I do!

No. 3 was to craft more. I must confess, I haven’t done anything on this front yet. I have so many plans. I also have fabric for curtains and I can’t bear to look at the current chintzy ones anymore so hopefully I will be taking action sooner rather than later. I also have an exciting art/craft/climate change project in the works which will hopefully be coming together over the next couple of months. Wait, WAIT!!! I forgot. I totally went to the Craftivist Collective meeting last week and joined in with their project. I’ll upload my photos tomorrow. TICK!!

No. 4 was to wear lipstick. That is me above, pouting my lipsticky lips at you all. Except you can’t really see it all that well. It was technically more of a “tint” today, but baby steps, my friends, baby steps. I will look like a clown soon enough, don’t you worry about that.

hanna ♥