Diary of a Sjala linen wrap – final dispatch

Diary of a Sjala linen wrap – final dispatch
I know, I thought, I’ll do a video of wrapping Smallest. You know the sort, where the wrapper makes it look so effortless, so easy, so…efficient. I’ll attempt the Mermaid carry because it’s really pretty and will work fabulously with Millions (aka the Posh Pink wrap). What could possibly go wrong? Everything. Everything that could ...

Diary of a Sjala linen wrap – opening 1

Diary of a Sjala linen wrap - opening
I was thrilled to recently be asked by Yvonne at Sjala to be the UK ambassador. I have a great passion for what she does and the general ethos/pace of the company. For ages I have been fascinated by the 100% linen wraps that are woven at Klässbols in Sweden, sort of the gold standard in weaving ...

The House on the Corner – Podcast

The House on the Corner - Podcast
I work in what was the Cornerhouse, an arts centre that has moved down the road. We occupy one building and for the past month or so, Loose Space and Manchester Activist Network have squatted the other. The other building, which belongs to Network Rail, has been sitting empty for a couple of years. It contained ...

Lawilde Elliott Corvus 1

Lawilde Elliott Corvus
Corvus: genus of birds that includes crows, ravens, rooks and jackdaws. This is the story of a wrap that is based on memories and imagery that are imprinted on the soul. As a child, sitting in the back of a car in the Devonshire countryside, watching Crows play in the sky together at the side ...

A promo video for a babywearing brand

A promo video for a babywearing brand
Digital media; it consumes my life but never onerously. I take great pleasure in creating content for my work but my most creative times happen away from the office. Coco-N’s owner, whose group I admin, knows I like to play with video and asked me to rework a draft video for a wrap release. As is often the ...

The Rockin Rhinos at Christmas 1

The Rockin Rhinos at Christmas
We went to a gig yesterday afternoon, it was great. The band were full of energy, there was lots of lunatic dancing, enthusiastic audience participation and some brilliant Christmas song interpretations.  A gig in the afternoon you say? Well, yes, it was a gig for children under seven and their family. It’s not an unusual ...

Instagram Husband

Instagram Husband
Sometimes you watch something that cuts a little close to the bone…I’m not this bad…I selfie better to be honest. Instagram Husband is a very witty commentary on the pernicious social documentation of our lives. Worth a watch. It might turn up in a lecture.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  It’s been a long time since I was compelled to write about new music. One of the side effects of maternity leave is that you enter a cultural black hole. The most I managed in terms of any new media was the occasional TV series (thank you streaming services) and lots of books. Books ...

Expression through Instagram; Leane and McQueen

Expression through Instagram; Leane and McQueen
I have discovered a love of Instagram as it’s the perfect place to express my interests in fashion and babywearing (and yes they do converge due to the critical element of fabrics and blends). I’m reposting this here as it perfectly sums up my duel love affair with Lee McQueen and Shaun Leane, partners in ...

Random media thoughts – 15th September

It’s a busy week for politics and the media. Here are some of the things that have caught my attention. Jeremy Corbyn No one could have missed the landslide win Corbyn achieved in the Labour leadership election. As someone who takes a keen interest in the media I’ve been watching how it unfolds. Generally the ...

Looking back at OFFF2014

Looking back at OFFF2014
I realise it’s over a year since I attended the OFFF festival in Barcelona. Rather than post initial reactions I tweeted through it, took extensive notes and sat back to see who continued to make an impression on me.  Here’s a few of them whose work I’ve followed for personal interest, incorporated into my teaching, ...

Snapchat journalism and Casey Neistat

How is it possible to feel older in a mere moment? Realise you’re missing another social/technological nudge (not a shift yet) in the world of media and journalism. This is an interesting article on the use of the video networking or ‘vlogging’ website Snapchat for journalism. It’s mainly used for, well, having a chat and ...

Stepping over the front line of reporting

Stepping over the front line of reporting
I read with interest the Twitter outrage sparked by Sky News’s Colin Brazier’s actions as he reported from the MH17 crash site in Eastern Ukraine. It was easy to initially share the feelings of revolt and bile that users were directing at the reporter when viewers witnessed him reach into the luggage of adead child ...

Hercules and the Love Affair – reclaiming words used to oppress

In a recent romp through new music that took in the total delights of John Grant and everything he’s been involved with I came across Hercules and the Love Affair. John appears on two tracks which are as I’d hoped for, however the rest of the album is impressive. It’s a mix of Chicago House, ...

Journalism – current reading

I’m very pleased to be teaching Broadcast Skills this year with the MA Multimedia Journalism students, in part because half the term focuses on radio. On the basis this blog is in part a reference back to stuff I’m doing at work I thought it useful to add some of my current reading. Websites BBC ...