Monday, 21 December 2009

i'm really rubbish at this blog writing thing, i'm sorry that my posts do not come regular enough. Merry Christmas everyone :) ok now i need to do research for my performance. I'll upload it here when I have finished.

What a snowy Christmas it has come to be :) but my prayers go out to the people who are unfortunately suffering from the weather conditions...

God bless, Helen x

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Jennie and Lydie will ask around this week at their college at Southampton Row for a room we could use on a weekday evening. We are hoping to get one soon to start Thursday, fingers crossed, because it would be our last chance to start before Christmas.

Luci who oversees the University of the Arts London Christian Unions is really excited about us starting the CU and also suggested that we start the first meeting about new life in Christ, which fits in with this new CU. So I have been browsing through the Bible as you do and also looked at my concordance (I have a topical concordance at the back of my youth Bible! I have just discovered - that's quite bad..) for verses on new life. 1 Peter 1:3-9 really inspired me and it has lots of visual descriptions in it too, which is always good for creative students. My youth Bible version goes like this:

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In God's great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. 4Now we hope for the blessings God has for his children. These blessings, which cannot be destroyed or be spoiled or lose their beauty, are kept in heaven for you. 5God's power protects you through your faith until salvation is shown to you at the end of time. 6This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of troubles make you sad. 7These troubles come to prove your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is shown to you. 8You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory. 9And you are receiving the goal of your faith - the salvation of your souls.

What Luci did for the CU leaders meeting was print a chapter or a bit less from the Bible on paper and gave it to us for us to highlight visual things, ideas, repetitions, to encourage us to draw and really get into the verse and try to discover the meanings, which led to discussion. I'd really like to do that for my CU this week and I think the verses are uplifting to start the meetings with. What do you think? Is is a right passage to represent new life? What would you encourage to discuss in a group about this passage? Would like to hear your feedback, thanks x

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Update is that a few people from the Central Saint Martins christian union are meeting up tomorrow to organise the start of the meetings. It's great because I have met a few unexpected christians from my course - you know when you see them at church when you had actually met them at school or at work etc, it's cool. So God is really working there and I pray that we get a good number tomorrow and that we advertise the CU well to reach out to others at CSM.

On the course front, I got accepted onto the Fine Art Performance pathway :) Although I actually went into the assessment saying I wanted to do Graphics Photography, but Marie (the lead tutor for performance) felt I had the fine art approach and that I would love performance, so I thought it through in that session and changed my first choice to performance! I really like Marie and it is great that she was excited about my work (pictured is a still from my mapping video of my dad watching tv, which Marie was particularly fond of), I am looking forward to getting to know her better. For monday I have to see the Linbury Prize for stage design at the National Theatre and write notes on what I think, which is exciting. Speak soon x

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Assessment next week and I think my first pathway choice will be Fine Art Performance Design and Practice, second Graphics Photography and third Fine Art Video & Photography. We'll see who will accept me...

More exciting news myself and Jennie Hah, a student studying on BA Fashion Design at CSM are going to start the Central Saint Martins Christian Union. Because the last leader had graduated and no one has been arranging meetings, so we thought we'd do it instead. We're going to attend a University of the Arts London Christian Union leaders meeting at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday evening. They would discuss what events should be organised and how the CUs run, etc. I'll tell you how that goes and keep you updated on the CU :)

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

I tell you, I haven't read a novel in so little time like this one. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers was recommended to me by a friend, and I will not hesitate to recommend it to you now. I felt like I was living in the emotional love story, the descriptive words are so powerful that I clearly pictured the scenes in my head, as if I was there. The novel retells the book of Hosea, from the Bible. It makes me think that I will just have to wait until I get my own Michael Hosea! Other than it being about a beautiful romance, it challenges where your intentions lie, with God in your life, or without. Do you ever wonder what your purpose in your life is? This book may help you find it...

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Rosalind Nashashibi

Francesca Woodman


I must say, I was listening to Tim Hughes when I named this blog. It's great though because it links creativity with faith. Which I am hoping this blog will be about.

So before I start, I will put myself in context. I am studying a Foundation Degree in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins in London. My name is Helen Williams, I'm a young adult and I am a christian.

At the moment on the course I have specialised in graphic communication and fine art. I am currently doing graphics and today we asked a partner questions about themselves to get information, and make a piece of work from this information. I sat with Liza, a girl from russia and she was telling me that she is friendly and kind, wants to learn new languages and meet different people bla bla. I didn't have enough time to ask her my good questions like are you secretive and what are you self-conscious about!! She did tell me that she spent alot of her childhood playing on her own, which I thought was interesting, so I used it.

We had to either make an objects, a set or a costume. I like creating sets so I chose that, but I also wanted to (stereotypically) dress her as a russian doll, so I would create a costume too. In the end I didn't have enough time to create the costume, but I went for the headress using coloured paper and card. I'll let you interpret my photograph...

In terms of degrees to apply for next year (if that is God's plan for me) Performance Design and Practice

sounds interesting the more I think about it. But so does Fine Art, I know I would enjoy Fine Art but it's well not very academic? I don't know... We'll see.