Claire Fletcher's Five Things.

Written by Lazy Gramophone on Friday the 8th of March 2013

Five Things is a series of short journal posts introducing each of the writers and artists involved in our up-coming Time project.

Since the project's inception, the idea has been to create an environment where independent writers and artists could come together in order to share their work. The result of this endeavour is a collection of stories, images and poems based around the theme of time, its pages placing particular focus upon the relationship between words and pictures. By sharing in this way we hope to inspire each other as well as those around us, to draw a diverse audience and so help to illuminate the work of alternative artists and writers everywhere. 


Since childhood I have used writing as a way to elucidate and explore the feelings and events that awe, baffle and inspire me. Writing helps me to search and bridge the space in-between the world I know and the world I am exploring. It is one of the ways that I make meaning from my experiences. I am a collaborator in Lazy Gramophone's The Book of Apertures and The Time Project. 

Five Things that have Inspired Me.

Music, to me, is the most sincere and articulate art form for exploring and expressing emotions and experience, the most primal and the most cerebral. I have an insatiable appetite for it. Music has always loosened the membrane of my reality and allowed the osmosis of new worlds. I have been inspired by many artists from all genres and eras.
Bowie: Innovator, magic man, creator of new worlds - Bowie is an artist I found early on in my life that seemed to me so completely other yet so completely me. His constantly renewing influence on me continues to this day.

Magic Worlds
The confusions and truths coming from my understandings of this world become clearer as they are reflected in the otherness of the magical worlds created by Brian Froud, Desmond Davis' Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts, Tolkein's LOTR, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, the paintings of Piero di Cosimo, and the work of Lotte Reiniger and W. Heath Robinson

Art and Photography
At the Fundaci√≥ Joan Miro in Barcelona I read that Miro wanted his painting not to be an end in itself but to bring about a certain state of mind, to stimulate the imagination or to induce meditation. I feel that this is true of all my experiences of art and photography, the sense that I don't necessarily have to know the meaning of a piece of art to understand it. 
Miro - all of his work I find incredibly inspiring, particularly 'Tapestry of the Foundation' 1979 and 'The Half Open Sky Gives Us Hope'. 
Kandinsky - particularly 'Composition IV'.
Klee - 'A Young Lady's Adventure'. 
Rothko - I used to spend at least an hour sitting with his massive paintings each time I visited the climate and light controlled Rothko room in the old Tate. 
Pollock - particularly 'Summertime: Number 9A'. 
Francesca Woodman - particularly 'Self Portrait Talking to Vince' and 'Untitled' [hands and glass]. 
Man Ray - 'Retour √† la Raison' 1922. 
Annette Messenger - 'My Vows' 1990. 
Kusama - 'Leaves' 1954. 
Lee Miller, The Surrealists - Max Ernst, Roland Penrose, Dorothea Tanning. 
CoBrA artists - particularly Karrel Appel.

Films and Musicals
I am constantly inspired by film. Something about the coupling of music and the visual resonates with me, whether this is in the actual film or as a connection made in my mind.
Jean Cocteau - 'La Sang D'un Poet' 1930. 
Powell and Pressburger - 'The Red Shoes' 1948. 
Gene Kelly and Stanley Donan - 'Singing in the Rain' 1952. 
Jean-Luc Goddard - '√† Bout de Souffle' 1960. 
Disney's - 'Mary Poppins' 1964. 
Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass - 'Koyaanisqatsi' 1982. 
Susan Seidelman - Desperately Seeking Susan 1985. 
Miranda July - 'Me and You and Everyone we Know' 2005. 
All of the work of Charlie Kauffman and Michel Gondry.

People's Lives
People who have lived brave, exploratory and adventurous lives. People who have not chosen a life but lived one, who have used their imaginations to wonder and sought to explore their passions, make meaning and communicate what they have discovered to others. People like Bowie, Lee Miller, Kate Bush, Carl Sagan, The Surrealists, Katharine Hepburn; the list keeps growing...

The Time Project.

1. Time Book Launch Lazy Gramophone Events Page 

2. Time Book Launch Facebook Page

3. View our Clock page (counting down to the release of Time)

4. An introduction to Time

5. Contributors' Five Things Journal Posts:
Adam Green
Bryn Hall
Inua Ellams
Zoe Catherine Kendall
Andrew Walter
Laura Dockrill
Mat Lloyd
Sorana Santos
Will Conway
Hannah Stephenson
Matt Black
Claire Fletcher
Carl Laurence
- Zophiel Webb
Jude Melling
Stacie Withers
Tom Hirons
Megan Leonie Hall
Vincent J Prince
Kaitlin Beckett
Guy J Jackson
Eliza Gregory
Jeannie Paske
Jo Tedds
Maria Drummey
Tom Harris
Liz Adams
Lola Dupre
Kirsty Allison
Alexander Aspinall
Paul Bloom

6. Buy Time from the Lazy Gramophone Shop 

7. Press/Reviews
(Click the links below to read each article in full)

Huffington Post:
'An intriguing book project from one of the most innovative groups of creative people in the city.' ~ Huffington Post

Fabric Magazine:
'...we'll bet you've never seen time as it's portrayed in this stunning new publication.' ~ Fabric Magazine

Rooms Magazine:
'Time is a treasure box brimming with creativity and fresh talent.' ~ Rooms Magazine

Annexe Magazine:
'Lazy Gramophone's anthology, Time, lives up to the high bar it sets for itself.' ~ Annexe Magazine


For more on The Time Project tweet us @lazygramophone or #TheTimeProjectLGP or visit our Time Facebook page.
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