28 June 2011

GLASTONBURY!

Time for my Glasto blog post :) I had such an amazing time at the festival! When we got home, I was pretty knackered and sunburnt and I didn't think I'd want to go again, but after talking about it so much with people in work and friends, I really would love to go again. We were lucky enough to have hospitality tickets, so that meant we camped in a separate area and had access to the VIP part behind the stages.

We left on Thursday morning at 4:30am, which wasn't as tiring as I thought it would be. It paid off anyway because there was no traffic and we arrived there at 10am :) The worst part about the whole weekend is where the car was parked. It was literally in the furthest car park (which wasn't even on the site map!), so the trek to the campsite was a nightmare. It was raining when we got there, and then 30 degrees when we left. I'm not complaining, but lugging all your camping gear in either of those conditions is rubbish. It was all worth it though!

We saw Chipmunk, Two Door Cinema Club, Katy B, Chase and Status, U2, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Example, Labrinth and Coldplay! There were so many other acts I wanted to see, but we had to chose and arrange which ones because it took ages to get to the different stages in the mud. I'm gutted I didn't get to see Beyonce, but we decided to leave early because of the queue to get out and the trek to the car and everything.

The best bits about hospitality have to be the separate camping, proper toilets, showers and backstage bars. Because not as many people had access to the backstage areas, it wasn't as muddy. We saw some celebs there too; Leighton Baines (Everton player, so Aled was happy we saw him), Chris Moyles, John Bishop, Al Murray, Tim Lovejoy, Sara Cox and Wayne Rooney's rather drunk brother Graeme.

My pictures aren't great because I didn't want to risk taking my SLR. So, I was stuck with my battery eating Kodak compact and Aled's cheap-and-chearful camera :/


His and hers sleeping bags :) Our very tidy tent before 4 days of drinking, eating and being lazy took place.


My new Hunter wellies all muddy after just walking from the car!


Very proud after putting the tent up! Haha. Off to get the beers from the car.


Hospitality wristbands. I don't know how they were different to the normal ones but it was quite cool to just flash these at the security guards and walk straight into backstage.


First beer of the weekend!


First of many beers :') I'm quite proud of myself for getting drunk 3 nights in a row! I'm normally way too hungover to even think about drinking for a second night, never mind third.


My room mate for the weekend :) Got the tent up in a surprisingly quick time too!


One of the only pictures where we don't look overly sunburnt!


The state of the festival on the Thursday, before most of the rain. Wellies at the ready!


I didn't like Pimms until a while ago, when I tried it at the BBQ at View. It's really nice now on a summer day. Had a whole jug of it in Glasto.... which may be the reason for my sore head the next day!


Aled's awesome new hoody from one of the stalls. Mario <3


A posey picture had to be done! Starting to get a bit sunburnt here, but it's all in preparation for Mexico.


Rain, rain, go away, come back another day!


The cool little schedule you get with all the times of the acts in it. It was really handy to have for the weekend because neither of us wanted to carry around the programme.


The only celebrity I asked for a picture... Chris Moyles! I love the Radio 1 DJ so I couldn't help but ask for a photo. He's actually a lot shorter than what I thought he was!



It was always going to happen :( I fell over in the mud. I don't really know why, I wasn't in a big crowd or pushed, but before I knew it, I was in the mud! Haha. It was quite funny, and the alcohol probably helped.



Funny weather all round at Glastonbury! The first picture shows a grey, gloomy sky and literally 5 minutes later, the sun was out! Which made carrying two hoodies and two coats for us a bit annoying!



The crowd at the Tine Tempah set on the Pyramid stage. The set was AMAZING! I've seen Tinie before, at Wakestock, but this was unreal! If you're a fan, check it out on the BBC website, because he was on form.


Random people we met who were dressed like Super Mario. LEGENDS.


The last picture the camera took before dying :( We were at the Wretch 32 set in Dance East. Great set, with a guest appearance from Example (to perform 'Unorthadox'). Went backstage and saw him after too!

Hope you've enjoyed the photos and my babbling :)

MY WEEK IN PICTURES 26/06/11


Two days late (woops!) but I was super tired after Glastonbury, so I've only just had the chance to do it. I haven't been taking as many pictures on my phone recently because it's gone so slow in it's old age :'( I've got an iPhone 3G and it's nearly 2 years old, so everything seems to crash and slow up now. Thinking of getting a Blackberry Bold when I get back from Mexico (which i never thought I'd say!).

001. I literally love Mexican food. I could eat it every night :) So, here's a picture of our yummy chicken fajhitas that we have at least once a week. I can't wait to try them on holiday to see how different they are.

002. Okay, I'm a huge Angry Birds fan. Sad as it may be, but I have every version and updates available and 3 stars in every level. So, you can imagine how annoying it's been to have just one level at two stars (in the first world!) since I downloaded it. But, last week, I finally did it!! :) haha *GEEK*

003 + 004. Went to golf with Aled last week. He's a member at North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno, so I go after work with him quite a lot in the summer. I can't play golf, I've tried and failed miserably, but it's good to go for the walk after work because the views are really pretty and, to be honest, I really enjoy watching golf.

005, 006 + 007. GLASTONBURY! We left on Tursday morning at 4:30am (YUK!) for the legendary festival in Somerset. It took 4 and a half hours to get down there, so I put Aled on the insurance for my car so that we could share the driving.

008. Arrived at a very muddy and rainy Glastonbury. Our phones didn't work when we got there, which was weird because they had full signal and even 3G but we couldn't make calls or text. It didn't matter anyway because the batteries died after a few hours, so this is the only picture I took on my phone!

19 June 2011

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS 19/06/11


It's been a bit of a random week. Sunshine, rain, essay writing, walks and food! I'm getting really excited about Glastonbury now too :) I'm going to pack later on today, which I'm dreading because I don't know what clothes to take. I keep checking the 10 day weather forecast and there's not much rain at the moment, but it's Britain, so anything could happen!

001. Ariba! Our tickets for Mexico have arrived! :) I'm so excited it's ridiculous. I literally can't wait to just lie on a beach for two weeks and drink cocktails. We go on July 11th, so it's only 3 weeks away now. We're staying in Playacar, but I'm hoping to visit Cancun because there's a bar crawl night out thing that you can go on. Note to self: Don't get as drunk as I did in Jamaica and everything will be ok :')

002. Random, but I grow lots of my own fruit and veg. These are my own strawberries that I had with some cornflakes the other morning. They're so yummy I don't want them to stop growing.

003. My baby boy ferret, Joe. I used to have 8, but they've all grown old and gone to pet heaven now :( Joe is my only one now. It was really sunny here the other day, so I put him out in the garden to run about and dig some holes in the lawn.

004, 005, 006 + 007. I went to the Wrexham degree show on Monday with Nic and Sophie from uni. The show was really good (there's a separate post about it). It was so sunny that day, I shouldn't have worn a black top and skinny jeans. We went to Tesco afterwards and bought some lunch to have a little picnic on the grass near the car park. I think the locals were looking at us a bit funny, but there was no way I was sitting in a black car to eat my lunch!

008. On Tuesday, my friend Dale came round for a catch up. He fancied a curry, so I made my homemade chicken tikka massala :) Picture doesn't look great, but it was really tasty. I love cooking, I can't wait to have my own place and cook every night.

009. After our food on Tuesday, we went for a walk up to Bryn Pydew and back. I've no idea how long it was, but it took ages because I'm slow at walking. You can probably tell by the photo that wearing gladiator sandals wasn't the best idea... a nettle stung my foot :(

010. A lovely foal we saw in one of the fields we passed. Dale got it to come over, but it was bored of us after a couple of minutes.

011. One mahoosive strawberry that I picked off the plants the other day. I wish they were all that big!

012. I've never seen Fight Club. Well, I sort of have now. Me and Aled watch a DVD every night, but I don't like all of the ones at his house. He suggested Fight Club, which I'd never seen... but Brad Pitt is topless in it... so I agreed to give it a go! I was really enjoying it, but I haven't seen the last hour yet because it got quite late and we were sleepy :') hopefully I'll see the rest next time I'm at his. Oh yeah, sweet popcorn. NOM.

013. On Thursday, we all handed in our essay about the work based learning. It was bags of fun to write a 3200 word essay in two days :/ But anyway, it's all handed in now and I've officially finished my second year! We get our results on July 12th (I'm in Mexico, so the internet better work!). We (Me, Alice, Soph, Nic, Chris, Alex, Andy and Lorna) all went to the Slug & Lettuce in Chester afterwards for some lunch to celebrate. I had this greek chicken kebab meal with a flatbread and hummus. It was amazing, I want to go back and eat it again.

014. My cat, Smudge :) He's always sleeping on my bed at the moment. I think it's because it gets the sun all day, so he's nice and warm! He was sleeping on his back the other day though, proper chilled out kitty.

015. Had a night in with Leanne last inght, because we're getting old and prefer a load of snacks and a cup of tea, rather than shots and dancing (well, sometimes!). Had some doughnut cakes :)

15 June 2011

WREXHAM GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY DEGREE SHOW


Yesterday I went to the Glyndwr uni degree show in Wrexham. I met Sophie, NIc, Tom and Beverly (all from uni) there and we walked over to the arts building together. The show was really good! It didn't have a lot of graphic design work, but the illustrations and textiles work was really nice. I'm loving illustration at the moment :) can't wait to get this essay out of the way, and then I can start doodling whenever I want. I took some pictures whilst I was there because some of the students don't have websites and I really want to use their work for inspiration for future briefs. I don't know whether you're meant to take photos, but one of the students said go ahead, so I don't need telling twice! Apologies for the poor quality photos, I had to take my Mum's camera :/ and it ran out of battery towards the end! Anyway, here are some of my favourite pieces….


I really like this childlike drawing, especially the hand drawn type. Me and Sophie both agreed that it reminded us of the Charlie and Lola characters :') not that I've ever read / watched them!



I like the concept of these teabag packaging designs, making the different flavours relate to a different character of the Alice in Wonderland books. But, I think the type lets it down a bit in my opinion.


Another illustration I like. This one is quite softly drawn, and looks like it would really suit a children's book.



I really like to incorporate textiles into my design work, so I was always going to like these little handmade stuffed owls :) I love their bright colours and wide eyes. Not sure if anything like this would ever find itself in my graphic design work next year but I would like to make one!


Another different style of animation, this one done with inks. The drawing of the buildings is so intricate,  very talented illustrator. I really like this style of using inks. I have my own set of inks but I don't use them enough.... this may change soon.


This really reminds me of my friend Sophie's work :) She's really talented at cutting tricky shapes out of textured card and paper, and she has a distinct style. It's all really pretty, but I don't have the patience to cut things like this out.


I really like these doodles. There's something really nice about them being in black and white, without any colour. Something like this would look really nice if used as a background (maybe). I have a really bad habit of throwing away any quick doodles I do in uni or at home. I'm not throwing anything away next year, I need to start being messier.



More stuffed animals :) The fruit are really funny, like little characters.




I looked through this persons work for ages. The illustrations were so lovely, but to make it even better, they had all been made into a published book, along with the children's story. The illustrations look nice when on their own as artwork, but they work even better in the book.


Nice illustration work where a jumper unravels into a big 'doodle' of wool gradually in each drawing. What I liked most was that the drawings were hung on a roll of paper that reached the floor, which added to the effect that the jumper was unravelling.





 There was also a photography section, which was really interesting to me. I like these photos taken by one of the students, which are based in a city centre. All of the photos are of people in the city, but they aren't posing, the images just show the life of the city to the average passer by.


The last image before my camera ran out :( and to make it worse, it was smudged slightly. Another nice illustration though.