Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Happy


Sketchbook in a pocket. Bottle of ink in the other.
Up the track at the end of the next street, through the woods and onto the hill.
Walk for an hour. Leave town behind.
Pick up sticks, sheep's wool and teasel heads along the way. 
Find a spot with a view.
Draw with twig pens.
Scratch into pages with a teasel head.
Use sheep's wool on a thorny twig as a brush.




Full pages.
Inky fingers.
Doze in the sun listening to skylark song.
Walk back.
Take this track home.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

At my desk


This is where I'd like to be right now, walking to the hilltop in the sun, but dark skies are keeping me at my desk today. And while my legs might think otherwise, it's a great day for me to sit at my desk and get on with so many things I've been putting off.

Been a while since I posted here. Lots of changes for me so far this year, including having to move house. It wasn't in my plans, so now that I'm starting to feel at home, I can get back to all the things I was doing before, like adding more content to my website and setting up the new projects that are close to my heart.

Teaching music, playing music, facilitating creative workshops and leading walks are all gradually building and one of my most exciting plans is to bring some of these threads together in workshops that include time spent outside in wild or inspiring places. Something I've been moving towards for a long time.

If you'd like to read more, please take a look at my website at anniekerr.co.uk

It would be great to hear what you think. Dates for the first workshops are coming soon. Join my mailing list to be first to hear of workshop and walk dates.






Thursday, 25 February 2016

My new website


It's been a long time in the making, but I recently put my new website on the web at anniekerr.co.uk So happy to have taken the plunge and built what I wanted myself, learning so much along the way. It's very much a work in progress, so lots more will be added soon.

I decided to bring all my creative interests together on one site, so there are pages about my music tutoring, performing, my handmade books, workshops and walks.

Be great to hear what you think. Click here for the link.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Not much sketching on the hill


Not been doing much sketching on a hill lately. The sky has chased me home far too many times. Hard to see properly in the thin light of these dark days, but while the soup has simmered on the stove for lunch, I've been busy making more concertina pocketbooks.


Thanks to everyone who bought books from me in the last few months, my Etsy shop was left with near empty shelves, so it's been great to get on and change that.

Recent field research has proved that no-one needs ribbon ties when sketching in a gale on a hill. They make no sense when trying to fold a book away as horizontal rain slants in and you need to run to hide behind the nearest barn. New for 2016 are some slightly different pocketbooks, made without the ribbon ties that I usually add to hold pages closed. Ideal for anyone who loves wild sketching.

These and other books are now available to browse at my Etsy store. Inspiration catchers suitable for sketching, writing, memos, drawings, notes, collage, mini scrapbook, plans, long ramblings…….

Plans are afoot for other creative projects. I'm still keeping them under wraps, but will let you know soon. I have a hundred ideas in my head and it's hard to prioritise, but keeping hands busy has helped me sift through thoughts and plans. Better for being busy crafting.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Red, green and gold


I've been missing having the back door open onto the garden, but I've enjoyed making new pocketbooks this week either to give as gifts or to add new stock to my Etsy shop. I'm very pleased with sales so far, so thank you to those of you who have made a purchase.

SPECIAL OFFER UNTIL SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER - order 1 or 2 books for UK delivery and they will go with free postage and packing.

The birds have been diving through the rain like inky streaks and my shoes have waited beside the front door. Not much walking this week. More like mad dashes across the seafront to hide inside the bus shelter so I can go to work. All very dramatic. The sea has looked spectacular when I've been able to see out of my glasses!

So here are some new books ready to go - some with new cover designs and colour combinations. These have concertina style pages, fold flat to fit into a pocket or small bag. All the pages are double-sided and open up to allow for panoramic sketches, side by side small pieces or very long sentences.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Happening in Brighton

Very excited to be starting a new series of writing workshops on Monday.
I know most of my readers are scattered across the world, but if you're in Brighton there's still time to book a place. Please send me a message if you're interested.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Cut and paste


Where it's at with some new pocketbooks. A hundred ideas in my head, but have been loving the quiet soothe of being busy making things. The kitchen floor looks like a hundred muddy boots have been round for tea. Makes me laugh that most of the footprints are actually mine. I'll get round to that another day.


So, 8 new books are complete, sitting out a few days under a stack of books heavier than me. Need to get on and re-vamp and re-open my Etsy store. Then they can hopefully move out into the world for sketches, drawings, notes, poems, lists, photos……. All very exciting.


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Scenes from a kitchen table

The back door is open, the towels are (optimistically) on the line, a robin is pecking through falling leaves throwing thin threads of song across the garden, the breakfast things are still beside the sink while I wonder if I want to make soup for lunch. That extra hour of clock time seems to have fallen into the day too soon.

Inspired by other pocketbooks I've made, here's what's happening in the chaos of my kitchen. These are full of sketches and notes, but it's great to use them as patterns and to use the things I like best about them to make more. 



There's a bit of a production line going on, helped by lots of tea and the radio. I like the precision, the hypnotic feel of the repetition.

Greyboard cut and trimmed.


Fabriano cut and folded. Covers and endpapers measured ready. Ribbons trimmed. Bracing myself for an afternoon of glue!!


10 new pocketbooks in progress and a head full of ideas as to how they might like to be filled, by me and others.



Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Under the surface


Under the surface, another world, mirroring part of the sky.

I was looking for an old photo the other day, remembering that it was on a blog post from a few years back. And opening up these pages, I let myself get sidetracked for a couple of hours, with a growing sense that I maybe I was actually searching for something else instead. Unable to put my finger on the exact thing, I knew I would recognise it when I found it.

I played with different template settings, stumbling upon the mosaic views that show many thumbnails on one page. And there it was….

Despite the slightly off kilter page layout that I can't seem to fix, pages and pages of images and little clips of each post reminded me of what I needed to know. So many creative adventures that I shared with you, the kind of high happiness times that so many of you also share on your own blogs.

And it's not like those times have disappeared from my life. I've been busy with other projects, other plans, with the day to day of earning a living and making dinner and having enough time to walk in the hills before it gets dark. I have pages on Facebook now, that keep me better in touch with family and friends, but I've decided to open up these pages again, carrying on where I left off, with plans to open up my Etsy shop again soon as well.

So, for now, looking forward to all the best reasons for being in touch with you again. Ax



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Time to say goodbye……..?
















Guess it won't come as a surprise that I'm thinking about saying goodbye to my blog. I've had an odd and exhausting year. Without going into detail, posting here has been the last thing on my mind and although I intended to keep up with reading what everyone has been up to, that hasn't happened much either.

It's time for me to do things a bit differently now, I think. I'm working on a website. One day it will all come together!! And I've also joined Facebook - yes, me who said she never would!! And like it so far. It's been great to have found some of you are also THERE. So if any of you would like to keep in touch with our creative projects there, it would be great to say hi. It's always great to see a blog post pop up on my timeline, as I do get a bit tired of clever cat videos, much as I love cats!! Don't send me one, please. (I'm listed as Annie Kerr and Annie Kerr music.)

It's been great to meet so many creative buddies online and to have become friends with people near and far. I have genuinely felt like I was part of a warm community of like-minded souls. So thank you for your friendship and the kick that you have given my creativity when I have needed it most.

For now, Annie xx