I am told top ten lists are good for your blog, so they say, who ever “they” may be…the inimitable collective “they”.I have been asked to write guests blog posts in the past with my top ten tips of how to be creative. And I have always struggled at defining them or rather struggled with the presumption that my top ten would be relevant to the readers of other people’s blogs, when I don’t know the reader’s personally. We are all so different, are we not? Yesterday I found a reason why…why I need a top ten list of music on hand and today I wonder if perhaps it might inspire you to create your own: for times when you might need to get your mind in a good place…
Yesterday I made a visit to my favourite hospital on the island. I have a heart condition ( I have a pacemaker, I haven’t had a heart attack, nor do I have heart disease in the way many assume) but something new appeared recently, unexpectedly and so tests had to take place (and after my putting off the inevitable, with lots of very good reason) yesterday was the day for one of them- the angiogram.
Cypriot figure – American Medical Centre, Nicosia
I couldn’t have a more understanding consultant to guide me through my particular unique vein, artery and electrical situation of the heart. The hospital feels like it was designed just for me: they have great large-scale artwork and archeology on display – things I love. The hospital building’s colours, use of natural light, metal, glass, stone and wood are beautifully chosen … plus fantastic medical facilities and of course great doctors and other medical staff too! But understandably I was still nervous.
As sometimes happen, a good friend got in touch just when my new symptoms were presenting, just at the right time and we got talking about music and films. As a result of the conversation I began to build a playlist of music, favourites from over the years or perhaps stuff I just haven’t had time to listen to for a while and new discoveries too. Rediscovering my random musical tastes. My musical autobiography perhaps: each with its own story.We discussed movies and music, specifically those that make you feel good, perhaps aid us on the way to recovery from illness?
Fast-forward a few months and the playlist has grown and I am now at the stage of my life where really, do I need to explain away the ‘uncoolness’ of some of my choices? No – So I picked out a few tracks to take to the hospital, for the simple reason: they made me feel good and I felt they would relax me too, during the procedure, my consultant agreed – he knows me well.
So here it is – my playlist, listened through earphones whilst great doctors and nurses did there stuff, and I can tell you it definitely helped calm my mind during the angiogram, with the support of my lovely husband and the considerate cardiologist: Dr Savvas S. Constantinides and his team. Happily the result of the angiogram was good – lovely disease free arteries and so back to the Shed with the Chandelier – where I am happy to be!
My personal angiogram top ten playlist: well top 11 and few more:
( after the procedure : 12.Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive 13. David Bowie – Absolute beginners, 14. Take that – Shine..Simply Red…Al Green…Paolo Conte…The Corrs…Grace Jones…Sheryl Crow, Beyonce -Halo..Van Morrison, Nancy Wilson, Jerry Rafferty…)
What would be on your personal “happy” playlist? Let me know in the comments below.
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As a recently graduate artist, it's been really great to be part of the Shed with the Chandelier. Tracy has been really welcome and encouraging, she has made the Chandelier a shelter for all us artists, a place for inspiration and exchanging ideas. Keep on with the great work xx
I first came across Tracy and her awesome Shed with a Chandelier some months back when we talked textiles. Coming from the fashion business (I worked for several years alongside Hubert de Givenchy) we immediately hit it off and Tracy was the first person for a very long time who encouraged me to blow that creative bubble that was fighting to be set free! I, like many members of Tracy's community do not "do creative" for a living, I am in fact a PR consultant and sometime hostess of our B and B in rural France. However, since I have been paying regular visits to the Shed I have noticed my creativity has started flowing again having laid dormant for such a long time. The great thing about the Shed is that you can pop in and out when you feel like it. You can contribute, find inspiration or simply admire ... whatever takes your mood.
Congratulations Tracy for this wonderful initiative and thank you for being Creative Godmother Extraordinaire ... to me and to us all!
During the making of my film "The Seed of a Spark of a Glimmer" I interviewed over 70 artists from around the world about how and why they create. Two recurring themes, on what it takes to be a successful artist, were the importance of collaboration and having confidence in what you do. "The Shed with the Chandelier" encourages connections between artists and acts as a support when confidence is down. Congratulations on your work and what it gives to the creative community on a whole.
I have a background in Art & Design as I am a trained Fashion & Textile Designer, and a qualified Art Teacher. In my current life in Cyprus I run my own Sports Massage Therapy business and I make high quality pure essential oil perfumes. Art and Design is my passion and Tracy has given us the forum, via The Shed with the Chandelier, to be part of an art loving community wherever we are based. We often discuss interesting articles, current exhibitions and topics that are currently inspiring/moving us. Tracy gives us support with our ventures of all types and helps us to see the creative side of whatever we are involved in. Thank you Tracy for this invaluable resource which has touched our lives in many ways.
Eva Evangelou - Sports Masseuse, Essential Oil Perfumer and hibernating Artist/Designer, Cyprus
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I first met Tracy through twitter, when I fell in love with her Chandelier in her Shed ! I have an adult sized treehouse, and have always been intrigued by beautiful small spaces. I am so happy that I found her and her wee shed. It is a beautiful example of how social media can grow relationships, businesses and FRIENDSHIPS ! It has been so fun getting to know Tracy and discovering her love of bringing people together.
It has been an absolute pleasure following the Shed on Facebook too. I love how it is a caring,open space where creative, like minded entrepreneurs can grow together and learn from each other.
Thank you Tracy for making all of that happen !!
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Thank you, Tracy, for providing this space of inspiration and encouragement. It has helped me to get out and create more. Seeing what others do has been rather inspirational. I am looking forward to interacting with others via the Shed with the Chandelier too and seeing what more there is.
Irena Ellis - artist / gallery educator
"I feel so privileged to share with' Sheddies' their creative processes. It lends a 'can do' attitude to everything I attempt and I have taken on projects I would never have tried before - from creating a stage set, to crafting a tiara of fine gold wire and pearls, to choreographing a dance routine for a show. There now seems no end to the possibilites!...."
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“Following the Shed with the Chandelier and enjoying the unique inspiration it gives me, is like reading a story that get more interesting and meaningful, the more you read. Tracy has created a space for creatives that truly allows us all to engage with the stories of others and find a place for our creative selves again”
I really like the way that Tracy made the "Shed with the Chandelier" as a place where you can be inspired, talk about your art and share creative process with others. I am not a very chatty person but am going to engage with the conversations more as it feels very warm and welcoming.