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The fear of you has consumed my existence. I often lie, overwhelmed by the blood that flows through me. My mind is a tomb of locked impressions, periodically released through destruction. I tell myself excuses… That I’m collecting experiences for some glorious tomorrow, which I will soon chronicle. Or, that one can either live or write, and at this moment in time I am living, and as I live, my writing subconsciously evolves. I am no mathematician for I do not believe in derivation. Rather, I choose to realise my maximum. But thus far, I have lacked a method and I assumed that this was a problem, until quite recently. For there need not be a method. A method inspires process, sequence and linearity. Whilst these are all necessary for the the physical world to function, they offer no value to those in pursuit of the unattainable, as they condition us to be dual… If we toss a coin, we automatically assume this duality: the coin will land on either heads or tails, and in that moment, it assumes the persona of heads or tails… But what if we were to witness the event as opposed to engage in it? Suddenly, we experience totality… We are now the coin. And we no longer need to acquire the outcome, namely heads or tails… We simply realise it. I no longer fear you for I have nothing to acquire.

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Olive CooperOlivia Martyn is a creative, caring and incredibly diligent entrepreneur. I met her through the New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme. For the past year she served at Seatwave, as the CRM and Social Marketing Manager. All the while however, she worked on a secret project…

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Olivia will be launching Olive Cooper, a luxury women’s handbag brand, at the ‘Best of Britannia’ exhibition in October 2014! Her inspirational first collection is featured on the Olive Cooper website

Over the past few years, I’ve followed the RSA ( Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Animate Series with great pleasure!

Thus, you can imagine my delight when I was invited to become a Fellow of the RSA, a few weeks ago. Today, I am thrilled to announce that my Fellowship has been confirmed! I look forward to a lifetime of creative collaboration through this incredible organisation. In the words of Neil Gaiman, “Let’s make good art”.

 

Today, I’d like to share (and briefly) discuss the work of two great artists…

Stefan Iyapah is a student at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. I had the pleasure of working with him this summer. His creative approach and aspirations truly inspired me. Stefan is one of the creators of the following paper cut stop motion animation, Synesthesia:

At the time of my first viewing, I was unware of the story and context behind Synesthesia. Nevertheless, I admired the way that the artists infused life into inanimate objects- the collection of 3D paper shapes. Later, I learned that synesthesia was in fact  a neurological condition in which one sense (e.g. sound) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses, such as sight. The word is derived from two Greek words, syn (together) and aisthesis (perception)- thus synesthesia literally means “joined perception.” In the case of Stefan’s piece, sounds express themselves as colours and shapes. After this enlightening insight, I was simply at a loss for words at the cognitive brilliance, non-linearity and psychedelic style of his animation…

Next, Joseph Prior, a Yorkshire-man and an Architecture graduate from The University of Manchester. Joey and I went to high-school together- he was one of the school’s most talented fine artists. Last week, I  was lucky enough to happen upon another of his creations, Elemental:

The scenes are so beautiful and of such high quality that they could each stand alone as independent final pieces. But, for me, it is the fluidity and progressiveness of the story that makes Elemental so unbelievably powerful. The changing natural world is a pool brimming with inspiration- Joey has really tapped into this pool and delivered a unique and masterful painting experience…