Friday, 12 December 2014

How endings make beginnings


Hello Friends

A bit of a round up

I’ve been now three years living in Switzerland. I’ve met a lot of international people and yes, it really takes that long, to land.

So I finished a project! Something I’d promised to myself. It really helped with all the *landing*. If you’ve got questions – start a project. If you want to find the answers – finish it. Anyway that’s how it felt for me. It is a book, a picture book – I made it, all of it, by hand. It’s called Pocket money; it’s about random acts of kindness, synchronicity and serendipities. And there are a couple of the limited edition of 42 left. If you want one – email me.

I wrote the epic blog post about it. Turns out that was my 100th blog post! It had me looking over where I’d started on this round of adventure and what this emBOLDed thing all meant.

Then in the moment of stillness that comes after *finished*, dropped the next serendipity. The perfect container for my work of helping others going through big changes, dreaming up projects, and getting them done.

It’s a heart centred approach to driving your life, but mostly it’s all about designing a life that feels good! There will be workshops, there will be private sessions, ok and there will probably be coloured pencils. Cue drum roll: I am now a Licensee and Facilitator of *The Desire Map*!!

Let’s be a part of a movement that starts from our hearts.

I’m refreshing my list. I’ll be sharing what’s on my mind, what’s in my heart and sometimes the *bold beings* that cross my path. I’ll keep it short and occasional.

So if you want come along, please sign up here.

Thank you.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

on making a book - my first


When I finished making my book (yep by hand!) the question I was asked by most often was 'wow, how long did it take you'? After a kind of head tilting aaahh. . . like that explains, um what? the sightings at the railway station? the missed dates, phone calls, German classes? that paint on your fingers?

So I gathered up my instagrams for a behind the scenes story
or it could even be the recap of a year
or all of my time here. . .

oh, so
where does it begin?

. . . I think I need a cuppa tea


It took a lot of tea
and lots of different 'takes'

But where it really began was a desire 

to make a kids book 
You know the kind that still work when you're older.
Like these . . .   (I'm gonna make a list of my favourites - I hope you help me add to it)

It took a while from that first out-loud-admition.
I fully wrote and drafted two other books, I did short courses and had a wonderful writing circle full of encouragement back in Australia before this book came in the end - that had no words.


ok more tea and plenty of getting sidetracked on the computer didn't make it any faster.

Then one day these guys turned up, with raised eyebrows, 'so what's going on???"  . . .




and I said 'Ah, there you are' raising mine
and drew out their stories. . .
then started to paint.




ok, not straight away
there were lots (and lots) of stalled moments.
Weekly mutual mentoring with new local Powerhouse pal Pauline helped
and these surprising new leftie friends came along with a different kind :)



Funny questions came up, like, what are they going to wear?
Then I found old sewing patterns my sister had sent me, from my mum's bottom draw
and I made them some clothes. . .


pulled out pencils
sharpened up edges
brightened up bits. . .


There was plenty of mess
but it was good mess
I liked it


Finally there were twenty eight pages.



And then came the technical stuff
I had to learn how to play with this . . .
Thanks again Pauline



Scanned and formatted and pdf'd, it then was all in one tiny memory stick and
Off to the printers
= one big box of solid paper


Then it all left my dining room table and took the train, into the city and off to work - at the Buchbekleidung (book-clother) - a book binder in Zurich on the river Limmat. An amazing place, I'd stumbled upon one day on my bike almost two years ago, exploring the back streets of Zurich, floor to ceiling books and paper and material and old book binding machinery. That day I made myself a pact, I'd be back to make my own book! And here I was. A whole new world had started, with the whole first day - folding.
 

then there was gluing - lots of gluing, 50x books of gluing. a sticky business


Monotonous sometimes, but never a dull moment. Always someone coming in the door with a cool project and always Christa getting them involved. Even my kids surprised me one school-free day and next minute she had them making books. They went home with five notebooks, hand sewn ;)


The pages started coming together . . .
These fold out kind = leporello (my new book word)
that's the kind that open up like a concertina - fun, it takes the story all over the room and out the door


Then there were the covers . . .
more cutting, gluing, sticking


and did I mention the machines? The huge guillotine, the old presses and our favourite the cutting machine that can shave off one rainbow millimetre of a whole stack of books!
And the days and days (and nights) it all took? Oh and the mistakes? argh! the drop in the belly at 9pm when you think you've really really finished after the three other days when you thought you'd really be finished? That's the time you need a working buddy (Lib) who knows what's going on, for those *sigh* exasperated texts or *grr's*, who's been there, who understands the tangles. A place you can share the not so good bits with the great ones too.



I lost my earlier mutual mentoring buddy to the international-life-and-going-back-home story :/ I miss the tea and the excursions to the city but it still works on skype.
I so value this friendship of co encouragement that now I'm putting dates all through my week, like my great walk-together-speak-in-German-friend, and my walk-a-bit-faster-oh-o-jogging friend, and the watch-out-running friend?! I'll be fit and fluent in no time. ha  ;)


Here was a window when we (that's me and the book) went out to play - we were invited to the
12. Frauenfelder Buch und Druckkunst Messe (that's Art Book Fair) It was amazing to see all the beautiful books and meet some of the makers. Totally inspired. But.
It felt a bit like holding your two year old's hand though and asking her to tell that lovely story she came out with in the bath. Oh and remember all this was in German! ha ha, and every time I missed another German class in the 'making of' Christa would say 'You are learning more German with me' (in German of course) and I was. I recommend it now - any project or curiosity - for us in other countries - try it in another language - Challenge on ;)


So back in the workshop and hand doing the final touches, or the crazy bits = stamping letter by letter :/  thanks to maya for the stamps. Just like it takes a village to raise a child it's all the interwoven parts I love that make a project come alive.

done!
then it was time to celebrate and dedicate.



This story is dedicated to my mother.  To those random odd conversations with strange Greek villagers, that made the teenage us cringe, but that brought invitations and sacks of fresh apricots to out feet. To the warmth and the boldness and the welcoming smile. And to the hand bag full of weird stuff that we used to scoff at, but that always produced the perfect answer to help someone.  



Frau Gerold's Garten reminded me of her. A little bit of wildness in the Swiss city.  I chose it for
The Launch. It was another place I'd found in my Zurich wanderings. The Powerhouse girls sent me past there on my way their great meetings at the Viaduct. In the summer it's all outside and renegade gardens in boxes but in winter it was even better. We snuggled into the wooden Stubli, fire burning, all decorated with knitting ha. just like my mum's ;) We shared coffee and cakes and books and stories. And I got to thank all the people that have made this new city, country, place, feel like home. 


The books went off with special messages and hugs, there was music, and
we made some flowers from paper - and left them behind, on our way home 
to brighten up someone else's winter.

 Seeding serendipity.

So, yes there was a lot of tea involved . . .
here's how much!


and much more that spilled over and got dipped in with paintbrushes . . .
yep Yogi tea - with the tiny reminders every time.
That one on the top?  'Fall in love with your strength boldness' ;)


What's your desire?
What's your project?
What's your tea??

with love
and gratitude

Kaye


p.s. They did also ask 'Can I get one?' ' Do you have any left?'
Yes, there are a few of the limited edition left,  if you want one send me a note.
Or stay tuned for the regular published version - coming soon.

book launch - it's finished! and a party :)



Monday, 22 September 2014

how to make your own tale


For this one it helps if you are at the beach 
with some sunshine and a whole lot of sand.
Any other time 
just start where you are, with what you have. 

We are all creative. We all have a story.





Thursday, 10 July 2014

not all bears are big



 fragile for illustration friday

My daughter just finished a project on bears so I've been seeing a lot of them this week. (Did you know that polar bears fur is hollow, it traps air inside and makes the bear buoyant in water. ha ;). 

But it was when a friend told me I had an owl as a 'spirit animal' and I started thinking of other kinds. I thought, if you had a bear would you always have to be larger than life and strong? . . . Then I thought of the little guys that live in the wild place over the hill from me. When I first saw them, the three of them were rumbling around together and then one raced up the tree. Like the thinnest young tree and it just bent, right over. Mum was watching from the pond though and when it looked like breaking she leaned on out of the water and looked, hard. Instantly, baby came clumsily down. So I'm thinking 'no' and 'yes' both. 

ps. I made an owl too. . .

what kind of animal have you got walking with you?


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

beard




 






















After a random meeting last year these guys and I got to talking 
and they had a story . . .
We made it together. "Pocketmoney" 
Limited Editions - coming soon!!
Excited :)