The opposite of play is not work, it's rote

Edward Hallowell


Grayson Perry once said "I feel it is more important to have a long and sympathetic hands-on relationship with materials. A relaxed, humble, ever curious love of stuff is central to my idea of being an artist."
May I be so bold as to agree with you Mr Perry?


I am inspired by just about anything I have ever read. "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi woke me up (again) to the potential of comics and the graphic novel.
I like telling stories and making pictures. So comics are a real no-brainer.

Place-based Learning

Experiential, art-based, environmental, often outside the classroom but not always. Start where you are. Start with an open mind. Start with a sense of wonder and curiosity. But make sure you start.


My blog is a way of thinking and interacting. I am also a translator, working from French, German and Swedish to English. This helps when reading comic authors like Marjane Satrapi, Sara Granér and Ralf König in the original language.

From my blog

Paradigm shift is a big, fat pain in the arse

Eileen Laurie

Bricolage – Keri Smith

August 22nd, 2017 Posted In: Other

Bricolage A little bit of inspiration from Keri Smith and Lucky Treehouse. A bit of my bricolage from my own wanderings.  

Closed Sunday

  The Sabbath is still taken very seriously on the isle of Lewis in the Western Isles. There may be Sunday ferry sailings, but not much else. Now I don’t care about not being able to shop one day a week, and I appreciate that if the swimming pool is open, then someone will have […]

Latest projects

September 17th, 2017 Posted In: Writing Tags: 2017, Birth, Children, Death, Poetry

Ectopic So missus, how are you? Going home now, that’s fine You wait two months now Before trying again Aye right son, trying again As if my battered bones Will ever move again without creaking After that guid hiding After that nasty surprise That dragged me out of bed And threw me out to sea […]

September 17th, 2017 Posted In: Writing Tags: 2017, Language, Poetry, Scotland, Swedish

Vikings Learning Swedish, I had a head start In this language studded With words I already know. A Christmas cake plump with raisins. The German words lost their Z and SCH Smoothed and polished away like stones on a beach. Thanks to Konung Jean Bernadotte, An elev goes to school And you buy a biljet […]

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