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Sensing Helen: the story so far…

It began with a playreading two years ago. Friend and fellow Artist Michele O’Brien and I sat down to read William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. I was instantly struck with Helen Keller’s childhood story – how she developed a communication system with companion Anne Sullivan – enabling her to interact ...

Missing

Once upon a while ago when younger, still brash, cocky and apathetic I thought I’d enter a tryptich of photographs into a Shape Arts Open on the theme of, if I recall correctly, what disability means to you. I started well but the apathy won (again). The pictures went missing. ...

Highly colourful abstract pattern made of a tiled photograph of cluttered art and craft materials.

Another excerpt from the Dirty Books library

An artist’s studio can be a hive of activity, a space to create and experiment, to start new projects and revisit old ones. It is somewhere to get messy and hear no one complain. You can leave work out and expect it to still be there, exactly as you left ...

two puppet bodies lying side by side

The dance of puppets

I have come to accept that certain art projects take years to grow from the initial seed (idea) to a finished piece of art, with its own story to tell. My ‘Reflection’ puppets, is one such project. Background to the puppets  I found this abstract From a blog post in March 2014: "... During ...

Dreams of Resting Spaces and a Resting Network

I have an invisible disability (chronic pain), and I need to lie down (a lot). It is difficult to be out in the world unless I lie down and rest when I need to: on trains, in galleries, on benches. Sometimes I get kick back, and sometimes I get moved ...

Time Heals?

Time Heals?

So I'm alive and still Not Half Right. Still standing....well, sitting mostly. I can't believe it's a year since I posted a blog on DAO. Partly through life circumstances that have left my brain even more scrambled than usual and partly because I couldn't face trying to figure out the ...

Drawing of a hand laid open

Art from an emerging artist on the autistic spectrum

My name is Patrick Samuel. I’m an emerging artist diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome), marked anxiety and low mood. I’m also on a very long waiting list for an ADHD assessment, treatments for PTSD and CBT. I got into art as therapy in December last year as I ...

Daphne next to the Eiffel Tower

Yes it’s time for your regular date with Daphne

And remember, if you don’t like toast – don’t eat it! Before we get started, let me extend a quick hello to Patrick and Dennis who both wrote in to my previous blog– thank you boys! Last week I took a cheeky little break and popped over to Paris. Oo-la-la! Very romantic ...

Summer of 2017

What a busy few months I have had. This summer I have been invited to take part in all kinds of events.  It’s been exciting and overwhelming, considering I work full time, live in an extended family of three generations, help run a writing group and work on my ...

Take Responsibility for Being Tortured!

I was recently in Boston attending the World Hearing Voices Congress, thanks to a scholarship. I was there the same time as the Alt-Right rally at Boston Common. I met some cool people and laughed at the weedy Alt Right congregation vastly outnumbered by counter protesters. The fascists kept whining ...