Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
As part of the celebration of reaching 100 secrets I have collected the favourite secrets of other people along with some words explaining a little bit about why each secret was chosen. I think the most significant part for me of reading why other people have chosen each secret is the feeling that I am not alone in the secrets I reveal on AI. The aspect of postsecret that I have long admired is the ease with which I find secrets which I instantly connect to. Although my secrets are very personal to me, what I have always aimed for is a certain level of ambiguity which makes them easy to relate to. I believe that from the way each person speaks about their chosen secret that I may have, on some level, achieved the accessibility that is such an integral part of postsecret. This, more than anything, really makes the whole process worthwhile for me - so thank you for sharing.
Here are your favourite secrets:
H - So I’m not sure that it is allowed but I have selected not one but two of my favourite AI’s. I simply couldn’t choose between them...
I have selected this AI as one of my top two because not only do I whole-heartedly agree with the message behind it, I also LOVE the design. The texture created in the background and the ‘roughness’ of the printed letters, in my mind, only serve to emphasise the meaning of the message. The bold ragged letters seem to highlight the raw emotion being conveyed making it one of my all-time favourites.
This AI is the other of my two favourites. I think the design is beautiful (even more so since seeing the real-life version). I particularly like the way that the words seem to be suspended from threads that perhaps suggests that although the under-tone to the messages is essentially “Fuck You” there is a sense of fragility to this sentiment. Love you, love your work and will always support you.
M - My favourite secret constantly changes but at this moment it is "Getting Older Scares Me" because it relates to where I am now. The future is the great unknown - will I be happy, will I achieve my goals, when will I die? There are no comforting definites to cling on to; we are left with nothing but the certainty of uncertainty. Sometimes I worry that I worry too much about the future. Maybe I don't worry enough.
A - I’m going to have to start this with the caveat that this isn’t actually my favourite – not just because I’m too indecisive and averse to committing myself on such important questions, but because my favourite genuinely depends on my mood and what’s happening in my life at the time. However, this is a pretty strong contender for the title. I see postsecret (and AI) as being about discovering how your own experiences and feelings are there in the secrets which others reveal, and this one chimed with me instantly. I think about a lot of people a lot of the time, probably far more than I should – and I like the way this secret has an almost guilty tone to it. I also especially like the design. Black and white is possibly the best combination ever, and I love how simple it is, yet strangely complicated: at first I couldn’t tell if the creatures were birds or bats, and it was hard to say which way they’re flying. They seem to evoke the randomness and uncontrollability of thought perfectly. Both the words and the image made me stop and think, and now this secret is sometimes the subject of my thoughts itself.
P - I absolutely love this secret, not just because of how amazing it looks - the colours, textures etc - but because this is something that I think a lot of people can empathize with, yet not be able to express themselves. I think coming to terms with something in such a beautiful and creative way is extremely commendable and while I know that other secrets probably were harder to admit, I think this secret expresses that in a really quite stunning way.
A - My favourite secret is the one with the pressed flowers on it, it says 'I am fragile'. I think this one is really pretty and I like how each flower is perfectly placed and how the red writing stands out but not too much so it makes the picture kind of 'soft'. Pressed flowers are fragile and delicate so I like how you have used them for your secret. The style of this secret is victorian/edwardian which I really like as victorian things are also old and delicate which is good for your secret about being fragile aswell as the pressed flowers. The tea stained background gives the flowers a subtle tone and it really matches with the colours in the flowers. Altogether I think this secret is really really pretty and it is my favourite.
E- Of all the AIs, this is my favourite. The delicate flowers put together with the sharp red letters make it really striking and a nice contrast. I like the washed out yellow background too, it’s cool how it’s peeking through the flowers, blending it all together. Also the planning involved makes me think this secret deserves to be the best. Although I do have to slightly disagree with the message, as you do own a sufficiently lethal punch, which I have felt on many an occasion. I am fragile? I think it’s more ‘I am deadly’. Peace Out x
A - There were so many secrets I nearly chose for this, but recently this subject has been on my mind a lot. I really agree with this; and although I want to do certain things first, I want to be a father SO much, I can't wait. And although I see how stressed out my Dad can get and know the kind of freedoms I might lose; I can't wait! Perhaps It's not as strong a feeling as a maternal one, but it's there all the same and the sooner, the better! (maybe in 4 or 5 years though..) (but definitely before I'm 25 I hope!). Also, I like the way you made this one, much as I really like like your gold leaf ones (they really hit the spot) I made something in a similar style recently and still have glitter EVERYWHERE. How manly! Amelia, or Mills, I really admire you for doing this, for the time and effort you put into it, and the testicles to put things up that may offend and may expose things about you that you would never normally show. SO GOOD SHOW OLD BEAN!
MJ - This is my favourite secret of Amelia's because it applies to me as well. I also go to Oxford, and there are times when I feel like it's too hard, like I don't deserve to be here and like there's going to be nothing for me when I finish. Even though I've got friends to help me get through the bad times, when you're up until 4am and your lecturers don't seem to understand and you haven't got enough money to last the term, sometimes the anonymity of the Internet helps. 'Amelia Is...' is one of those websites that cheers me up every time I read it because it reminds me I'm not alone and that everyone has secrets.
M - This is my absolute favourite because for me it expresses hope and fear at the same time. We are so busy planning our futures thinking that it will be exactly as we want it to be... But what if it turns out compeltely different? Would that be such a bad thing? Personally, I can't wait to find out - I am quite in for a surprise, keeps life exciting. Thanks for sharing.
Then the exams came and we all panicked over revision. The results arrived and I felt as if I should just hide in a tiny little corner of the world, undisturbed. However, you were there for me too even though we were all at home for the vac. That long talk on facebook made so much difference after all that had happened and it really summed up the year for me. No matter what, I knew that I could always count on someone to be there and make it better. I think we both went through similar things last year in different ways. However, our conclusion was (and still is) the same; no more negativity. I love our new house and being a second year.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
1. I drink tea with almost every meal.
2. I want seven children.
3. I could easily live without meat for the rest of my life but I am not a vegetarian.
4. I name almost every inanimate object I own.
5. My favourite colour is green.
6. I pretty much only wear dresses.
7. If I was an animal I would almost certainly be a cat.
8. I think Katie Price is amazing.
9. My feet are a size 4 (sometimes a 3).
10. I love having freckles.
11. My favourite alcoholic drink is probably (really cheap) cider.
12. I need my feet to be cold before I can go to sleep.
13. I love trashy TV.
14. Poetry is one of the few things that can make me cry.
15. I can’t think of many things that are better than ordering things by colour.
16. My favourite place in the world is my bed.
17. My celebrity crush is Alan Davies.
18. I tell people my favourite film is ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ but I am fairly certain it is something like ‘Bride Wars’.
19. I would really love to go blonde, however bad it would look.
20. Turning 20 is just as scary as it seems.
So, all that is left for me to say is thank you to all of you who read AI and like what I am doing - it really means a lot to me. Have a great day (and hopefully I will too), enjoy!
Monday, 19 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Here is my favourite postsecret for the week - go and have a look at http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com/. This secret stood out to me as something that I should probably remind myself of from time to time. I absolutely love making secrets for you all to read and I really enjoy the feedback I get. I also find it is liberating to reveal a secret about myself which I find hard to accept. However, sometimes I just find it too difficult to admit one of my secrets and I am very hard on myself for not being honest enough with myself and with others. Hopefully having this secret as my background for a week will teach me that some secrets don't need to be shared. I hope you have found your own favourite postsecret from this week. Have a relaxing Sunday and I will post my AI for Monday a little bit later on. Enjoy!
Friday, 16 October 2009
So here is the guest secret I promised you. I think this secret is something we can all relate to (especially now that I am almost twenty - arghhh). I hope you like it as much as I do. This secret was created by using a postcard and a red biro - it was also anonymously pidged to me, although I think I might have worked out who it is from. I love receiving guest secrets so if any of you have a desire to create something for me then just let me know. Oh and thank you to the creator of this lovely secret, enjoy!
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
A rather exciting post today - mostly based around the hand held sewing machine I was gifted by my friend Manasi. It will forever remain on my list of the most exciting things I own. I have taken a photo of it so you can all see how amazing it is - it has also been used as one of the main components of my secret for tomorrow. In conclusion, I love it. So, as a bit of an anticlimactic downturn in this post, this secret was created by using: my lovely hand held sewing machine (her name is Claudia), some left over material from covering my pin board and a white gel pen. Oh, and I drew the letters with my hands. I hope you like this secret, enjoy!
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
No postsecret yet, how rubbish. I am sure it will be a really good one when it does materialise though. So here are a few more photos of the decorative touches I have added to my new room. The top picture is the ugly red pin board which I covered with some pretty material. The other two pictures are the butterflies which I made before I left home. Enjoy!
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
This is my lovely new room. It is room 11 in a 16 room house in Summertown, Oxford. The room is pretty spacious and I have already been adding my own little creative touches as you can see in the third picture I have carefully placed some nice cushions on the bed and some candles on the shelves. I have also bought a throw to cover the red chair and I have adorned it with some floral cushions which I made over the summer. So far I am pretty pleased with the minor improvements, but I plan to do much more to it...so watch this space. Enjoy!