Music and Food! Now that's always a great combination to me... and so it's with interest that I have been watching the Great British Menu on TV at the moment. This year the chef's are creating dishes to serve at a banquet to help celebrate Fifty years of British Pop Music, and it's fascinating to see how they link their food to the brief .
Much like with design or illustration it can be just a few words that helps to spark an idea. With one chef using the quote, "I have complete faith in the individual" made by the founder of Radio Caroline from the days of Pirate radio as inspiration ... it got me thinking what a great contribution Pirate radio had made to music and how we access music today. Because, I don't know about you, even though we have our playlists and streaming apps, I still love listening to music on the radio, especially while I'm working...
So while I listen to another chef's inspiration from that programme - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum, the winner of the first best British Pop single at the Brit Pop awards - (a joint winner with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody); I'm reminded of that quote and trying to let the artist in me have complete faith in the individual...the unique and the quirky!
Fear is a powerful thing - that's a line from the album Devil's and Dust by Bruce Springsteen; it's true Fear can stop you in your tracks, but I'm not thinking about the fight or flight sort of fear where you find a Tiger in the back garden in the middle of a starry night and think "What the Heck!" - no I'm talking about the sort of fear that stops you from wearing that Red dress, from taking a holiday, just in case X, Y and Z happens, or stops you from eating Avocado on toast in case you don't like it!... everyday fears that are self made. As artists we can often be fearful of what people think about our music or art... it stops us from being or expressing who we really are or who we are meant to be...
It's important to be 'Authentic' such a buzz word now that I am reluctant to use it, but we do need to be true to ourselves, as The Boss says "let our mistakes be our own".
Being authentic is something that Bruce Springsteen seems to have managed well through-out his career, from his Irish - Italian roots he's a poet, who puts words into song speaking of the darkness and light of the working class lives of his New Jersey youth, remembering who he is and how far he has come.
I think to be authentic as artist's we need to keep pushing and experimenting, whether that's with technique, colour, style, whatever it is, it's all about the experience of reducing the fear.... helping to find what resonates and makes you and your work YOU!... I'm taking my own advice and trying different techniques such as the collage above inspired by the designer Claire Picard and her great #Skillshare class, I'm doing this whilst listening along the to blues man himself - Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band - I'd forgotten how much I love this!
As some of you may already know, I think The Botanical Garden in Sheffield is a lovely place to visit at any time of year; I love Spring though when the Magnolia and Cherry blossom petals are out in full bloom... knowing that the flowering season is short I paid a visit recently to get a little floral inspiration and I wasn't disappointed.
After spending an enjoyable time exploring the gardens I took a moment to get out of the cold by walking through the glasshouse where I was surprised and delighted to see the Protea and the Bird of Paradise flowering brightly... a bit of a bonus getting some tropical trend inspiration ... on a chilly Spring day!
But back in the studio it's what I call the Wild West trend, Cowboy & Cowgirls on the Prairie as seen on Dior catwalk, that I'm being reminded of as in the background I'm listening to the track "Say Something" a collaboration by Justin Timberlake and Country blues singer Chris Stapleton which I think works really well. I love the official video that accompanies this song featuring the historic Bradbury Building in Los Angeles - now there's another space and place which would be great to visit...
In this space which has no ceilings, walls or doors... I would like to invite you in, and share with you, personal work, current trends and inspiration from every day life...