snapshots of my week – 29th july

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close up of pink hydrangea

my goodness the past couple weeks have been overwhelmingly stressful. overall july has been pretty damn awful and i really hope that august will be at least a little better.

i guess the most momentous thing that happened (on a personal level, anyhow) is that i FINALLY went to the doctor and said i need help with my mental health, and more specifically that i wish to see a therapist. i have various issues that have developed over the years, some since childhood and others a little more recent, but the biggest, darkest cloud of them all has been depression. i’m a bit upset that i’ll have to wait a minimum of 2 months to see someone though.

i’m really annoyed with myself that it’s not something i’ve asked for help with before as i know i need it, and really i should have tried to get help in my teens. but hey laura, why not wait ’til you’re almost 30?! good one. as the saying goes – better late than never!

alongside this, my knee and shoulder joints have been a bit worse than usual, which, as you can imagine has limited my motion a bit. i don’t know if it’s the changeable weather making it flare up or life stresses, but either way i wish it’d go away for a bit! ahh, i don’t live in a very good body. i’m *still* waiting for a rheumatology appointment – have absolutely no idea when that’s going to come through, but hopefully it’s not too far off as i’d love to have some clarity as to what my body is trying to do to me.

good things include: a delicious sandwich, a press trip to the new next store in swansea (and delicious curry after), ava being her ususal cute self, making a few collages, hydrangea everywhere and meeting up with laura.

blue garage door

squashed leaf on ground

strapped grey bricks

pastel yellow and cream wall

red door

rainbow windows on st mary street, cardiff

pink and purple graffiti on wood street, cardiff

pete fowler mural in swansea

gf smith the collection book

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cutout flowers | new pattern

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pink floral cutout collage pattern by laura redburn

in the midst of the referendum results a while back, i wanted to do something to distract myself from constantly checking social media and the news. even if it was just a short break, for the sake of my sanity i needed to get away from it.

what came out of that is a pattern that i really enjoyed making. it was one of the kind that just comes together really easily, but i think that was partially aided by having the idea for it a few days before. i’ve a few more plans for this ‘cut out’ style pattern/collage, but in the meantime, cast your eyes over these!

i’ve uploaded the blue variant to my society6 and redbubble shops, and might add another colour variant too. maybe the pink? what do you think?

if you’d like to commission a pattern or collage from me you can contact me via email.

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green cutout collage pattern by laura redburn

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blue floral cutout collage pattern by laura redburn

where’s warhol? | book review

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where's warhol - book review

where’s warhol? £9.95

where’s warhol* is (obviously) a book based on the classic ‘where’s wally’. warhol has travelled through time to visit art and artist throughout history. this isn’t just any old hide and seek book though – as well as trying to find platinum haired warhol sneakily hidden you can also discover and recognise many, many others from art history.

this book is a collaboration between catherine ingham who is an art historian, and andrew rae who must have had an incredible amount of patience in illustrating this. so worth it though!

where's warhol intro page

where's warhol - book review - scene in pompeii

some of the scenes included are: pompeii, the garden of artistic delights, basquiat at the washington square park, and more. in total there’s 12 scenes, which, added in with discovering other characters can fill in lots of time.

in the back of the book is an index of sorts, identifying many of the other characters, and detailing some factoids about them. ironically (or not?) there’s so many people i’d have missed if they’d not been pointed out.

where's warhol - book review - scene with frida kahlo

where's warhol - basquiat at washington square park

where's warhol - book review - index of characters

fun and educational for adults and children alike, this book is sure to keep you entertained. it doesn’t take too long to find warhol in each scene, but where the real fun lies (for me, anyhow) is trying to name all the other historic and recent characters, reading more about them, and marvelling at how intricate and colourful to look at. you don’t have to even be a warhol fan, but if you’re interested in or want to learn a little art history i can guarantee you’ll enjoy this.