A little make shift collage quickly whipped up with bits and pieces from a couple of playful paint sessions last year.
So, I'm on the autistic spectrum. Many of you may also be or know someone who is. Have you seen the jigsaw piece symbol that is widely used as shorthand for autism? For the record, many of us find it misleading and inappropriate. I won't say 'offensive' and not just because I'm pretty much with Stephen Fry on the concept of offence (i.e.: 'suck it up and stop whining' only he said it with a dash of profanity). More correctly, it is about a poorly considered image being used without question to describe people for whom it does not represent. There's no (good) excuse for bad design.
I don't know where the puzzle piece concept came from (was is Autism Speaks? I'm not linking to them but feel free to have a look around this.) but I will bet my last penny that it wasn't run by anyone who is #actuallyautistic. Sure, people with autism can be difficult to understand but then, people without autism can also be difficult to understand. Yes, life with autism is complicated sometimes as life without... oh, you get the idea. Of all the aspects of existence to choose from, why select a demoralising one that doesn't actually speak solely of us, the autists? In simple terms, not only is this not a kind or helpful way to describe a human being, neither is it a correct description of autism. I suspect it was chosen, and is still widely used, by so many non-autists who neither consider nor comprehend its connotations. Indeed, it's become so ubiquitous, many with an autism diagnosis now unquestionably associate themselves with it.
As an option, I wonder how many with autism can see themselves using a clean, geometric symbol instead?
When considering the differences between life with and without autism I often think about the phrase, 'fitting a square peg into a round hole". For me, that is a clear metaphor describing autistic life in a non-autistic-understanding society. (I'm going to assume you don't need that explaining as this is a blog post about a logo. Feel free to let me know if you do so I can elaborate.) I would rather use a representation of a positive, future paradigm rather than one that continues to portray a problem waiting to be solved, presumably by someone who doesn't consider themselves to ever be 'puzzling' to others. So this is my offering; a square fitting comfortably within a circle encased safely within a larger square, because that is a visual description of the future I envisage for all people on the spectrum; accommodation and acceptance for all.
Let's talk colour and demographics later :)
Take one minuscule, 90 second sketch (about 20mm square) and run through the free Prima app. Download image and share with great amazement at the colourful twiddlings it offers.
Functional crochet - I call these Wrapples for reasons I'm going to assume I don't need to explain - for eco-friendly, safe transport of apples to school. Easy to post present too ;)
Which also translates as autumn here in sunny Wales (brrr!). Don't forget to check out my Kickstarter project for you to receive a lovely little book of illustrations for your own doodles (or for a Christmas gift)!
I've put Inktober down long enough to start piling the colour onto a 1m square canvas. No idea where it's going but the colour felt mighty good and reflected recent finds:
Ok, so I didn't exactly 'find' the dog so much as look after him for a week :D
What with the summer holidays (i.e. kids home constantly) and now back to work (teaching) it felt like forever since I spent any serious time creating.
Kickstarter has changed all that though and look see, it's Inktober already too! I will endeavour to create an inky illustration every day in October (but working on my Kickstarter project will continue to take priority).
That said, already 46% funded. WHOOP!
Ink, abstract mark making, September 2015
It's no coincidence that I haven't been blogging much over the summer. Although I have still tried to create something new everyday, parenting has taken centre stage. And what do I do once they're in bed? Try to recover, mostly!
But now, after a mini-trip to Manchester this week (photos to follow), an Art Party for the newly 9 year old tomorrow, and a meeting on Monday, I'm back in the game. The aforementioned trip included a little spree around Fred Aldous too so I'm all shades of ready for it. :D
Watercolour warm-up, 2015
Doodling with intent. I'm just unsure as to what the intention is!
Do you ever have a little paint left over and just rinse it away? I can't bear the waste so I take a new sheet and put it down on that. Not always a clean page, this one had that blotchy blue line running down it so I just added the red circle with my almost dry brush.
From my year long #makemarksdaily challenge.
From my own garden.
I've been busy finishing up my teaching qualification, hence the lack of posts but, I have continued to draw daily for my year long instagram challenge (up to day 149 so far).
I took a slight detour with the floral theme to decorate a cake for my tutor of 2 years. Turns out the food colouring needs to be mixed with vodka instead of water to thin it but I only had brandy, hence the warm tones :D
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