In conversation with Leiko Uchiyama, Master Felter
Please enjoy the experience and perspectives of Leiko Uchimaya who has generously shared them in this conversation.
Meeting Ms Uchiyama for the first time, we were welcomed in to her felt workshop, an old farm shed in the foothills of Mount Leinster, where we quickly set up the kit and started recording. Her views are straight, honest and enlightening, revealing great courage in recognising one’s own life journey despite the distractions presented by modern life.
Although we did not dwell on her craft, you can see examples of her work and explore courses at www.leikofelt.com. Thank you.
Singer/songwriter Oisin O’Neill chats with astraea about how he came to create Grand Design, released on 25 May. Check out Grand Design on oisinoneill.bandcamp.com
We observe the strange coincidence that Grand Design was released on 25 May, the day celebrated by some for “The Glorious Revolution” of truth – a fictional event, and now also to be celebrated by us for the martyrdom of George Floyd. Let George Floyd’s execution not be in vain. The coincidence is in keeping with the spirit of Grand Design which, Oisin tells us, emerged from his passion in a natural integration of feeling, sounds and words. Enjoy the music!
Kung hei fat choi! This traditional Cantonese greeting means “May you have great wealth!” and is expressed at Chinese new year often followed by Lai see dow loi, meaning “Give me me lucky money” ;-).
are many new years celebrated around the world starting from October
(eg Divali in India) to the ancient Babylonian new year, Akitu,
celebrated at the first new moon after the spring equinox (i.e. around
March). Our focus is usually on the solstice, but, hey, any excuse for a
gathering of fun is welcome 😉 .
Here’s a quick round-up at the beginning of this solar cycle …
Thank you to everyone who joined our Walk in the Woods on 29 December. Niall, generous as ever, lifted our spirits with a shot of whiskey to toast the new year! Then, Richard and Jaspar, who had spent the previous day hacking at the brambles, led us all through the woods. It was a glorious day as the lovely photos from Milena on facebook show.
in the meantime, here are a few of our snaps scratched from a video