Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Thanks for joining me.....


It's been on my mind for such a long time, but I've finally decided to say goodbye to this blog. Other platforms suit my posting better, these days. You can find me on FB, Instagram and also on Pinterest. I will also post short pieces on my website.

Thanks to all my readers, all my followers and the blog buddies around the world who have joined me over the last 8 years on these virtual pages that have been such an inspiration, and especially to those of you I have met in person. It's been a great adventure. Thanks for joining me.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Want to be walking in the woods


It's been the most beautiful autumn I can remember. Apart from a couple of stormy spells, it's been dry and bright and like some graceful party piece, each type of tree both in the town and the forest seems to have taken a turn to turn and to fall. 

These crisp sunny afternoons call me out into the woods, but there's a living to be made and I have to keep the show on the road. But any excuse and I'm scrunching way across the park.

I've been busy creating some new books and have 2 designs now on my desk, having tweaked the dummy versions and settled on the best finish. Plenty to keep me busy on days when the weather keeps me indoors. 

In the meantime, I have an offer running in my Etsy store where orders to UK addresses can enjoy free shipping. Offer ends on 5th December. I have 9 different designs in stock and they all fit into back pockets, small bags and Christmas stockings.


Here are some of the covers. Some designs have ties, some not. Perfect for sketching, writing, notes and keepsakes. And you can browse the whole range at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/inkhaven


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Inspiration catchers


My own pocketbooks are filling up with sketches, poetic ramblings and to do lists, but more time indoors on these shorter days means I hope to spend more time making. 

I currently have 9 different designs of pocketbooks ready for new pockets, Christmas stockings, tree presents or as gifts that are easy to post overseas. And you can see more photos if you browse them in my Etsy store which is at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/inkhaven

This London maps design has been popular and there is now only one left in stock.


Great to use as a journal, notebook or sketchbook, they fold flat to fit into your pocket or small bag. While the cover designs vary, the pages are made for Fabriano Tiziano paper which is acid free and is suitable for graphite, charcoal, pens, watercolour, ink and pastel. 


The paper is heavy enough to holds collage, small photos or keepsakes and is smooth enough to enjoy writing with ordinary pens.

Room for panoramic sketches, side by side small pieces, long rambling sentences or tiny memos.


Inspiration catchers for writers who sketch and artist who write. 


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Straight out of the press


Straight out of the press, here are some shots of brand new pocketbooks that I just listed for sale in my Etsy shop. 


I always have to distract myself when books go into the press. It's so tempting to keep on taking a look. This time I was able to get things finished just before a few busy work days that I dotted with beach time and blackberry picking on the sunny days. So I was able to forget about the books a bit.


I've used various designs for the covers this time - Winter sun with birch tree silhouettes, red and black geometrics, gold feathers, black fans and some more of the old London maps design that have been so popular.


They fit perfectly into a jeans back pocket. That's where I keep mine.


Friday, 30 September 2016

Concertina pages


Spending an hour here and there, making a series of new pocketbooks.

Yesterday I was doing my least favourite bit - measuring and cutting long strips of Fabriano paper which make the pages of these concertina books. No room for error. And watch those fingers! With the help of some tracks that I had forgotten I had by Anouar Brahem and his trio, it turned into a restful experience.

The new books will be in my Etsy shop soon.

In the meantime, I found some gorgeous new cover papers which I'm dying to use, so I'd better get Anouar's albums out!!


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Summer of 2016


Hills, walking, sketching, cliffs, writing, beaches, painting.

It's been a great summer!

But what has made the summer of 2016 even better, is to have shared some of the best places in Sussex with people who have joined me on walks and my walk with your sketchbook workshops. Thank you to all of you who booked a place and joined me, and also to those of you who have supported me in launching this new project.

Despite the weather here still being glorious, I've had no bookings for my next 2 workshops, so I've decided to cancel them. While it's disappointing, I'm looking forward to going out walking on my own, with time to take stock, explore new routes and test out new spots to write or sketch.

Preparing for next year is about to begin. Hope you'll join me for walking, hills, sketching, cliffs, writing, beaches and painting in 2017.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Page 101

So happy to see this month's Viva Lewes which features a directory spotlight on the walks and workshops I've been offering this summer. Viva magazines are beautifully produced visual feasts that highlight people and events in Brighton and Lewes and I was delighted to have been invited to be featured in such a publication. It's still early days for my new project, so it's great to be offered this extra publicity. Thanks Viva Lewes!














Thanks to Lucy le Brocq for heading up our closest hill to take the shot that was picked for the magazine. This month's theme is "Into the wild" and you can read the magazine online via the link at the top of this post -  or fast forward to page 101 to read the article I'm featured in.

Still time to book a place on this Saturday's walk with your sketchbook workshop - Let the River Cuckmere run through your words and images. And also this Sunday's walk - Through the woods to Ditchling Beacon. More information, photos, and booking details can be found on my website at www.anniekerr.co.uk

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Walk with me at Crowlink


I'm heading out of town early this Saturday morning to lead one of my favourite walks at Crowlink.

The weather's looking good, so I'm really looking forward to walking in a landscape that I know so well. It takes in the exhilarating ups and downs of some of the Seven Sisters cliffs shown in this photo. Lots of beauty and windswept drama packed into 6 miles, with a well earned cafe stop before the final stretch.

Fancy joining me?

You can read more and book your place at - ww.anniekerr.co.uk/walks.html
Go on. All you need is sensible footwear.

Friday, 29 July 2016

All you need


The weather's looking good for tomorrow and I'm busy preparing for my "Walk with your sketchbook" day workshop that will take us out for a day of walking and sketching or writing in the Sussex countryside.

My pile of materials is growing by the minute, despite advising everyone to bring only light kit. I will listen to my own advice and throw a few things out of the bag. All you need are simple sketching or writing materials and a picnic lunch.

We'll be spending the day at Seaford Head and Hope Gap, which are 2 of the most dramatic locations in Sussex, with huge chalk cliffs, wild beaches, downland slopes, shingle beaches, a river estuary, tidal creeks, surrounding wetlands and field margins. And we'll be walking and working outdoors with sketchbooks under huge skies, filling our pages with ideas and sketches.

Love wild places? Want to walk to stunning locations to sketch or write? Want to be inspired by nature? Need a creative spark? Whatever your level or area of interest, all are welcome, beginner and experienced artists, writers, scribblers, sketchers, nature lovers and anyone who has always wanted to try writing or sketching and or would like to try out new ideas.

There's still time to book a place if you would like to join us tomorrow. (Please book before I hit the road at 9am tomorrow morning!!) All you need is a sketchbook and pen and a picnic lunch. You can read all the details about this and future walks and workshops on my website. And you can book your place here. 



Monday, 13 June 2016

The best kind of day


The best kind of day, strolling the strange forgotten landscape of Tide Mills near Seaford, with notebook and camera in hand.

I was planning walk routes and activity ideas to use in a workshop I'm leading, coming up on Saturday 25th June.

All very exciting. There's been lots of interest for this day of walking, writing or sketching outdoors and gathering ideas in this unusual landscape. It's been a bee in my bonnet for so long, so it feels great to finally have the date in the diary, the info on my website and the plans on my desk. I have more locations in mind for other walks with sketchbooks over the summer, so if not this time, hope to see you on another.

You can read more info and book your place on my website here.



Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Gap the mind


Great to have a go at letterpress printing this weekend. Lots of inky fingers thanks to a popup studio event where everyone could have a go.

It's a great phrase, reversing the famous safety message from London's underground. And creating a gap in my mind is something I'm welcoming as I try to firm up plans for workshops and walks. Hoping to get some dates booked into the diary very soon so that people can book a place at www.anniekerr.co.uk

Certainly felt a gap opening up in my mind as I walked through the buttercups this weekend. Another new walk explored that I hope to share with others soon. 






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


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Proof


Proof.

I always hoped that winter sunlight would make me taller at the end of the day than at the beginning. Soon I'll be taller than that beach house.

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Been busy with new projects with a group of people into book arts. We have quite a new blog here if you'd like to take a look.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Wanting red in January


Heading out. Hands in pockets. The last sun of the day before the dark sweeps in too soon, so warm if you hide behind a wall, shelter and turn to face far flames. You stroll a meandering route from small patch to small patch of gritty sand, right beside the lace border of surf. You're lost in the sun glare and sea sounds, and the town's grinding turn towards rush hour might never be happening. 

You notice a red crate split open, revealing tangled red threads and nets and sea bitten red foam spilling out. The smaller pieces run up the screes of stones, a new adventure just beginning. And abandoned fish heads know the red ship, loaded with red cargo crashed to shore right here, high tide this morning. 

And the tide is lurching in, wanting to wet your shoes with every wave and your heart is pounding and you have no camera and you wanted a walk in this sun right here before dark and you feel so lucky to have this the heat on your face right now, while you have the time, in this precious break without gale lash and rain sting and bleak January skies pressing down, but the best bits of flotsam are like the sides of small houses, red cabins wrecked on shore. Drowned red haired dolls peep through their shattered doorways.

You take some pieces, turn towards home, ignore the skinny dog that runs from out of nowhere wanting the wood you carry. And you hear yourself tell it that you want it more.














Saturday, 10 January 2015

Strike action

I'm taking part in another of the Drawing challenges today. This one is number 154 and the theme is matchboxes. Thanks to Eric at Cerulean for organising. Please check out his new post today where you will find the links to the other participants.

I was taken with playing with the word strike and on these dark January days it inspired me to sit in the kitchen with glue all over my fingers while the soup bubbled away for lunch......



Strike Action

40 matchsticks are currently on strike, making a stand, lining up to encircle their box, shoulder to shoulder. Their spokesperson said - "Tired of having our heads set on fire, we have turned our backs on limited prospects and the daily threat of dangerous friction in our workplace. We refuse to be confined and demand safer working conditions."




Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Timing the river run of oranges

This is my reflection on Cerulean's latest Drawing challenge. The theme is Time and poems, photos and drawings were welcome. Mine turned out to be poetic prose and a photo. Please take a look at Eric's interesting post over at his blog today. You can also follow links to the other participants there.

Thanks to Eric for organising and for having me join.

Timing the river run of oranges



10 bells count down the final seconds of the school day, of the week, haul the lazy clock into making proper sense. Classroom doors spill students across wet fields. They race along curving suburban streets, run down tracks through sandhills, meander home into and out of salt spray mirages.

The Ten Bells. Nearest pub to school. He sinks into the glory of doing nothing, takes a gulp of beer, loosens his tie. His class had laughed all day as they checked grid references and contour lines, had sniggered while setting stopwatches to time the river run of oranges.

He hears someone tap the 10 chimes on the bar. Hard to resist when you first visit. He glances down at his feet. Mud and grass from their field trip cling to the rugged soles of his shoes, one black, one brown.

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Happy New Year, everyone. Hoping 2015 brings you many creative adventures. Ax