My granddaughter LJ is my inspiration. She meets life head on and on her own terms. This morning we went to a pottery painting session. (Thank you
The paints were a wonderful array of pastel colours in a circular palette. LJ started with one colour then decided that she wanted to use them all at once. She dipped her paint brush in each one and mixed – the resulting muddy brown may not have been my first choice but she was beaming. Covered her ‘bunny rabbit’ in it, clapped her hands and wandered off in search of another bun.
I want to be #morelikeLJ
My aims for this summer are:
- Stop saying sorry
- Remember I am not responsible for other people – I can support but ultimately they are responsible for themsleves
- If I’m happy with something and I’ve done my best I’m not going to worry about what others might think.
- I will plan my goals according to what I want to do (I’m 60 soon – surely almost ready for ‘I shall wear purple’)
- Be kind – my grandmother taught me that and I aim to leave the same legacy to my 3 grandchildren.
- If all else fails I will go and get another bun
So this Summer I WILL be #morelikeLJ
The LimbBo foundation continues to develop. 3D printed arms, a planned day out in August and a growing number of people following us and supporting us.
Our book is now in print!! Huge thanks to the year 10 GCSE group at Darton and my friend Amie, their teacher, for their illustrations, Photobox for agreeing to a bulk deal and various people who are ‘testing’ these out in schools.
I took Tommy into Darton to deliver their copies and for 10 minutes we experienced what fame must feel like. Tommy’s photo has been literally plastered around school for weeks and so as we walked down the corridor (lunchtime – major error on my part!) pupils from all years ‘high fived’ Tommy or just shouted ‘Hiya Tommy’ – he was as bemused as I was but it was wonderful. We went into the Art room where Tommy was greeted with ‘his’ display – ‘Look Mamma it’s me’ – what a day – priceless. If we have done nothing else we have educated pupils here that Difference is OK and something to be embraced.
The book is for sale on our website and hopefully we can get this into as many schools and nurseries as possible.
When we started this charity we had no idea how much support we would gain – friends, family, colleagues and people who were strangers a few weeks ago.
A special warmth for me is that my son (who started the charity with his wife) was a pupil at the school where I taught so many of the people helping us are his friends, people I taught years ago – good to see the #Kingstonespirit lives on.
We have a lot of work to do but these are exciting times – if you want to follow us we are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook too.
Sometimes you know you need help. You know what your skill set is and, more importantly sometimes, what it isn’t. I have never been able to draw or paint – it’s one of the main reasons I took up photography.
The LimbBofoundation has come a long way in a short space of time and we have many projects ongoing. The book for children was an idea that we needed help to achieve. I’ve written the story and I have friends helping me to shape it. We put out an appeal for an artist to help us. Amie from Darton asked the question ‘why don’t you get pupils to illustrate it?’ Never one to miss out on an opportunity (and we love a good project!) I went into Darton College to ask for help.
I was encouraged that the pupils all said yes of course we will help but had no idea what I would get. I left them with lots of photographs and the story outline.
I walked into Darton College today and burst into tears! Look what greeted me.
Look how amazing and how thoughtful. A whole range of skills, ideas, understanding and a sea of smiling faces. These pupils are year 10! What can I say? Education is about educating the whole child – not a cliche in this case, these pupils have empathised and offered their skills.
I’m not sure yet how or where we will get this book edited – but I do know that we WILL.
(any offers of help gratefully received!)
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, often people will help willingly but don’t know what you need. Thank You Year 10 x
More oil and water!
Sunday stroll around YSP.
The images posted today were taken last night. I was really proud to see the finished art work of year 8 pupils from Darton being displayed at Barnsley Civic. The work is amazing, the pupils and parents were justifiably proud. Alongside this I feel I have made two wonderful friends in Michelle Stables Clarke the artist that inspired this work and Amie Hudson the teacher who had the vision and then worked tirelessly to see it through!
The header image is the light installation at the side of the Civic – no tripod so it’s an ‘abstract’ shot 🙂 x
I woke up this morning to a text telling me that one of my photos from Monday (see 19th Jan post) was in the Yorkshire post! Thank you to Michelle Clarke Stables.
Following that I went to drop some discs off at the Hepworth Gallery – beautiful morning and a beautiful setting.
If you look at the post from 12th January you will see that I have been working with Amie Hudson from Darton college and Michelle Clarke Stables to document the amazing portraits that year 8 pupils are producing. These will be exhibited at The Civic in Barnsley from 6th February. This morning we had a meeting with David who is in charge of this wonderful space. More photos of this when the exhibition opens.
Over the past few months I have been working with Amie in the art department at Darton college and with artist Michelle Clarke Stables. It is actually wrong to call this work as it is amazing to work with wonderful people and see pupils so engrossed in their work.
This work will be exhibited along with photographs at Barnsley Civic in February.