Something a bit different!

It’s rolled up paper and getting bigger, I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this but I like it!

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In the studio

I love it when it’s bright and crisp, I can get lots done in my cosy studio!WP_20171027_16_10_40_Pro (2)

Theatre of One

 

The other day I up to London for an exhibition.

My best girl friend Belinda was having her first  photography exhibition at La Galleria, Pall Mall. I’ve know Belinda for ever.

After studying photography she carved out a career as a very successful fashion model, its only recently that she’s moved back behind the camera again.

She’s produced a collection of self portraits inspired by and  interpreting her visions and dreams She works alone, producing sketches, making costumes and props and sourcing locations. She sets the scene and takes the pictures herself, in fact you can sometimes see the hand held remote.

It was a fabulous exhibition incorporating specialty created film, music and spoken word as well as the photos, some of which were huge.

Shanklin Town Council Elections – Thursday May 4th

I am letting you know that I am re-standing for Shanklin Town Council Elections on Thursday 4th  May.  I was co-opted onto the Council around 18 months ago and will be a candidate for election in the Shanklin South Ward.

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I am standing as an independent.  Shanklin Town Council has traditionally not been about party politics.  This enables us to ensure that we are able to get things done for the benefit of all Shanklin residents.  With the Council elections going on the same day and with some town council candidates also standing as party representatives for the IOW Council there is a danger that this could give the Shanklin elections a political bias which could be detrimental to the town.

With more aspects of the Council’s work being devolved locally the role of the town council is becoming increasingly important.  I can offer stability as I am already a council member, enthusiasm and drive to ensure Shanklin continues to thrive.  I have spent seventeen years in the tourism industry and know how important tourism is for Shanklin’s success.  I have recently sold my guest house to move onto new challenges and I have moved to the Shanklin South area I wish to continue to represent.  I am now self-employed as a professional artist.   I hope this also gives me a creative vision towards the future of Shanklin. Public money may be tight on the island but with energy, determination and imagination we can get things done.

Please include Karl Stedman in your choices for Shanklin Town Council Election – South Ward. I would be grateful if you could share with Shanklin South voters.  I am not intending to produce a leaflet as I do not feel it is appropriate and it is less recycling for you!

An evening at Ventnor Botanical Gardens

Yesterday evening I was very lucky to have an after hours guided walk around the wonderful Ventnor Botanical Gardens. It was the perfect weather to enjoy the magnificent planting and made very  special by being shown around by a passionate gardener eager to point out the rare and unusual blooms. There have been a number of changes since I was last there, the main one being that it’s no longer run by the IOW Council. The gardens are managed by only a few full-time staff with the help of volunteers and they are achieving amazing things. The micro climate at Ventnor means that plants grow here that don’t elsewhere in the British Isles.

 

A day at Lisle Combe

Thanks to the Isle of Wight Gardens Trust I spent a very enjoyable day at Lisle Combe a lovely house at the Undercliff just past Ventnor Botanical Gardens. The reason was for a talk by Kate Harwood a garden historian and lecturer. Lisle Combe is an early 19th century cottage orne (no, I’d never heard of one of those either!) and the home of the poet Albert Noyes (no, I’ve never heard of him).

The talk was titled….Gardens of the Picturesque and Recency Period.

I hadn’t known what to expect but in fact it was a terrific day. Amazingly it was  sunny and warm. The group were lovely. Kate certainly knew her stuff and how to share it with us in an entertaining and informative way. The house was fascinating and the owners pulled out all the stops to make us welcome and wonderfully well fed.

The gardens are overgrown and in a sad state but it’s still possible to imagine how they once were and hopefully can be again. Like all these old houses and gardens upkeep is a huge job and restoring and maintaining the house should probably come first but it would be wonderful to see the gardens looking fabulous again.

I have even been inspired to do a little pencil drawing of the house, something that I’ve not done for a very long time…….IMG_20170323_1751519_rewind_kindlephoto-605451760

A little trip to Bath

If we were going to move house and had a couple of million in the bank then Bath would be pretty high on our list of places to move to, unfortunately we don’t have that kind of money and there is no way that we are ever moving again………………..

The architecture is sublime and the shopping is somewhat better than on the Island.