I am a bit of a rough and tumble tomboy who cleans up nicely into a short skirt and heels. I am a Graphic Designer and Jewelry Designer / Silversmither with a degree in Sculpture. This of course makes me quite good with my hands + it means I know my way around a power tool (whilst apparently looking rather fetching in a pair of overalls, or so they tell me). However, nowadays I have moved on to hammering out a living for myself in the magical, mythical business of show, i.e. film and television. I have a creative and active mind, minus an off switch, that has a mighty appetite for knowledge and growth. Mine has been a very interesting and unusual life so far and I have nothing but the highest expectations for more of the same for the future. I truly believe that Life should be lived like a rollicking, swashbuckling farce and Love is only to be experienced with wild abandon.
A smidge more about me:
I have been most fortunate to have lived in some very interesting and beautiful places. I recorded koala bellows in the wilds and not so wilds of Australia for sexual communication research, the published results of which ultimately became headline news on the BBC, as well as a documentary produced by the scientific journal, Nature. Fascinating creatures, those teddies. I also lived across the street from the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. From time to time I get an actual physical ache of longing to be back there even though my German is absolute crap.
I managed to out wit Mother Nature into completely skipping winter one year and was once privy to a 12 hour sunset whilst traversing from Seoul to London. Sure, it wasn't like I was on the back of a unicorn with rainbow jet propulsion at the time, but still, just some of the interesting quirkinesses of my life.
Ah, good times...
Dreaming of a tree-house studio for the back yard
Enjoying a cuppa tea
Defying the physical manifestation of age
Not half-assing anything
Contemplating going back in for a masters degree
Creating miniature feats of engineering in sterling silver (with a heavy hand of tongue-in-cheekiness)
Making orange beurre blancs and sage brown butters
Searching for four leafed clover
Going for it
Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, David Sedaris, Kate Atkinson, Charles Darwin, Michael Pollan, Brian Greene, Mikhail Bulgakov, Mary Roach, Spike Milligan. I am forever reading about anatomy, biology, human and animal behavior and all things science and art.
I highly recommend Miss Piggy’s ‘Guide to Life’. Words to live by...
My library card is nearly worn out from use.
Mel Brooks, Tim Burton, Wim Wender, Jiri Trnka, Jan Svankmajer, The Brothers Quay, The City of Lost Children, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harold and Maude, anything Fellini, Sid & Marty Krofft, Woody Allen, Barbarella, Barefoot In The Park, The Swimmer, The Littlest Outlaw, all 1950’s classic Hollywood and bad alien B movies from the same era. Flash Gordon, Better Off Dead, Dead Alive, Russ Meyer, Being John Malkovich, Spirited Away, Krull, Sixteen Candles, Slap Shot, Trog, Raising Arizona, Blade Runner, the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. I am also particularly fond of Foreign films and Documentaries.
I’ve given up watching tv, but my true loves are:
The Mighty Boosh, Manimal, Brit Coms, Mad Men, Slim Goodbody, the Monkees, the Young Ones, Bod, Flight of the Conchords, and the 1960's Batman television series with Adam West (the art direction is mental!)
I despise reality tv with the notable exceptions of Project Runway and So You Think You Can Dance, so there, I said it! No wait, dammit. I forgot Top Chef... and Chopped... Oh yeah and FaceOff on SciFi...
The Red House Painters or anything with Mark Kozelek, Sergei Rachmaninov, Radiohead, M83, Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Johnny Cash, Jeremy Enigk, Tricky, John Grant, Bruckner, Mahler, Kraftwerk, the Beatles, Zappa, Spoon, Jeff Buckley, New Order, Small Black, Neon Indian, Rufus Wainwright, Blood Orange, Boards of Canada, Gary Numan.
2.) A sharp chef's knife
3.) My turntable and vinyl
4.) My Macbook
5.) Marmite and coffee in the morning. (That’s Marmite on toast. Not Marmite in coffee. Now that would be gross.)
6.) The means to see this vast, beautiful planet we inhabit (i.e. passport, visa, etc.)
*attention* - There has been a major development. I have decided to abandon coffee *gasp* in favor of organic matcha green tea. Make no mistake, this is nothing short of a life changing event. I'll be sure to keep you posted of any further developments. As you were, gentlemen...
Living overseas again long-term
My acute Anglophilia
Why anyone would ever choose to eat fast food
The design of the latch for the secret passageway bookcase to my basement (think Scooby-Doo style) that I plan to build and the title of the book that will be tipped to engage it
How human behavior and animal behavior are one in the same
How Testosterone makes the world go round
*Hmm... this question is proving to be impossible, so I shall now throw out an additional bone. My name is in a Beatles song title as well... That oughtta do it.
Oh, and I was drawn as the female lead character in a Malibu comic series.
You have a mind for academia and a physical form that is fit and active.
You are creative and ever curious of the world around you.
You are musically inclined, but have given up the band.
You’re British (please step to the front of the queue)
-- and / or --
an artist, a creator, a musician, a magician, a designer, a scientist, a madman, a genius… a gentleman and a scholar.
You have any clever ideas about that latch, book title thing.
Okay, so maybe not a magician...
*Hey, psst.... just a head's up that despite appearances, I've let my 'membership' run out, so 'liking' me is somewhat useless. Why not skip that bit and simply write me a message expounding on your most recent favorite smell or thing you ate or better yet something you cooked or your favorite art installation on the Beltline or anything that recently caused you to pause and catch yourself awash in the wonder of what it is to be alive... In other words, be a sport and write more than just 'Hi'.