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Coloured balls of wool and knitting needles to illustrate the health benefits of knitting

The Health Benefits of Knitting

As a child I hated sewing classes at school. Until I realised that if I said I’d left my sewing at home, the teacher would give me needles and wool and tell me to knit a square. I loved knitting; it relaxed me, gave me a purpose – to knit as fast as I could […]

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Girl street artist on wall opposite East Dulwich Station

The Impact of Street Art on Wellbeing

Is street art a blight on the urban landscape or colourful fun that’s good for the soul? What is the impact of street art on wellbeing? I love street art and, fortunately for me, in the past two years my part of south London has been transformed into something of a street art mecca. The […]

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antidepressants and creativity, depressed woman

Do Antidepressants Affect Creativity?

There’s a fascinating article on the affect of antidepressants on creativity in the latest issue of Mslexia, a magazine for women who write. In the article ‘Waving or Drowning?’ writer Faridah Newman trawls through what little research there is on the topic and also refers to anecdotal evidence and the results of a Mslexia survey […]

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Card with picture of woman saying The most creative force in the world is a menopausal woman with zest!

Living with Zest! Creativity and Menopause

A friend sent this card to my partner and I thought the quote so wonderful I had to share it with you. ‘The most creative force in the world is a menopausal woman with zest!’ is actually derived from a quote by cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. I love the fact that it links menopause with […]

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andy warhol's paintings of campbell's soup cans

Creativity: Turning a Negative into a Positive

Last week when I was at the Andy Warhol: The Portfolios exhibition I was intrigued by the story of how Andy Warhol came to create the images of the Campbell’s Soup cans. The Story behind the Campbell’s Soup cans Apparently Warhol asked a friend, gallery owner Muriel Latow, for ideas. She asked him what he […]

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philip haas' four seasons sculptures in front of dulwich picture gallery

Summer of Art – Food Art at Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Summer of 2012 must surely rank as one of the greatest London has ever known.  Not only have we had the excitement and pride of hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games but there has been a wealth of cultural entertainment as well. Museums and art galleries around the Capital have pulled out all […]

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Cover of the gallery guide to the bauhaus art as life exhibition at the Barbican

Lessons from The Bauhaus: Creative Experiment &Time for Play

This week I decided to take some time out from my usual schedule and treat myself to the Bauhaus: Art as Life exhibition at the Barbican in London. Time for Me I enjoy going to exhibitions alone.  It means I can take my time if I want to read every word and linger in front […]

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