Hello friends, it’s been a while again! I hope your year is going well. I am doing well health wise. I’ve been working on two big projects this year and both are now nearing completion so maybe now I’ll be able to get back into blogging again. We’ll see, my track record so far has not been too good has it?
When I finished my cancer treatment back in 2015 I was given the mask I had to wear when I was having radiotherapy:
I wanted to do something creative with it, but I had lots of ideas and I didn’t want to do just one thing, so in the end I used the mask as a form to create a series of papier mache ‘warrior masks’. Each one fixed onto a canvas.
All the time in my head I had the title ‘Radiant Warriors’. I felt it complimented the journal of Warrior Women I made when I was having chemotherapy.
The image at the top of the page is the first mask I made. I can’t begin to tell you just how disappointed I was with how it turned out, which is nothing like I imagined it would. I’ve made 11 masks so far and none of them have turned out how I planned. It stressed me out a fair bit that I couldn’t reproduce the images I had in my head, but in the end I realised the masks turn out exactly as they are meant to be – full of imperfections and faults, just like me. To be a warrior means you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to keep trying.
As well as mask making I also wanted to see what my journal pages would look like if I reproduced them big. Ideally I would like to see them massive like on a wall on the side of a building, but as I don’t have a wall A2 size paper was the biggest I could go:
This is the first page I did in my Warrior Women Journal when I was first diagnosed with cancer. It’s made of collage, painting and penwork, it measures 15″ by 9″.
And here is the A2 size painting it measures 30″ by 22″:
Now that I’ve finished the Radiant Warrior project I feel like I can move on from the Cancer thing. It’s such a relief. Not everyone makes it though do they? Earlier this month a very brave young woman who put up a couragous, positive and inspiring fight lost her battle with cancer. It really hurts when this happens.
Rest in Peace beautiful Sam xxx
The other project I’ve been working on is the garden project I started back in November, to build some raised beds for T’s vegetable garden. This is what it looked like before I started. Just look at all those weeds on the paths!!!
And here is a video of the finished raised beds.
In other news we had a holiday in Malaga city in Spain at the beginning of May, it’s a lovely place and we soaked up loads of art and culture. I might blog about that later.
That’s all for now, I hope you are all doing well and are happy and I hope to see you again soon.
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