A Design for Life at the H’art of Emerging Talent

A Design for Life at the H’art of Emerging Talent

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As we continue to support new and emerging creative talent, we recently met the young and supremely talented sculptor Lydia Smith.

Lydia exudes positivity – but what strikes you most is her humility, coupled with her boundless tenacity and drive – and this winning combination has resulted in her remarkable achievements.

But It has not all been plain sailing – Lydia was bullied at school, and lacked confidence; she failed many of her academic exams, battled with dyslexia and was pressured by her school to drop graphics. She also tragically lost her beloved grandfather in a road accident whilst she was at university – a trauma which shaped her future.

Lydia looks younger than her 23 years, with a warm, self-effacing manner and is an inspiring and creative force of nature.

At school, Lydia says that “art was the only thing that I was any good at” – and clearly she was right to follow her passion, achieving 100% in each of her A-levels (Art, Art Graphics and ICT). Championed by her favourite teacher, she was encouraged to take an Art Foundation Course, after which she progressed to The Wimbledon College of Art, to study Theatre and Screen: Technical Arts and Special Effects.

Lydia and gremlin

Lydia immersed herself in the various disciplines on offer – including animation, fashion design, green screen and prosthetic make-up. She studied puppet making with the highly skilled Darryl Worbey, who taught her the intricate pattern-cutting method, and enjoyed a work placement with Jimmy Grimes, the puppet coordinator of the West End hit show, War Horse.

She loves theatre and film-based work – especially character creation – and was particularly drawn to sculpture. She learnt figurative sculpture (working with live models, sculpting the human form) with Allan Sly and Livia Turco – and says “this is where my obsession with figurative sculpture truly took hold”.

Her first job after graduating was as a prop maker at Pinewood Creative, where she worked on part of a yacht for the third Johnny English movie, and a giant lily pad for a Louis Vuitton advert! It was a great experience, but she really wanted to sculpt – so during her tea breaks she “would leave the studio and wander around Pinewood to see what doors were open”. She found the Art Director’s office, and bravely knocked on the door. Fortune clearly favours the bold, as he looked at her portfolio and put her in contact with his sculptor to discuss a forthcoming project. What Lydia modestly describes as “hopping round the studio bluffing my way onto these art depts” led her to several key contacts, and plenty of work.

This drive and proactivity has underpinned her substantial body of work – leading to her involvement in the remake of Tomb Raider, and joining the construction department for the final series of Game of Thrones – “the most amazing job” – where one perk was chatting to Jason Momoa!

Lydia has several plates spinning at once – she works as a freelance lecturer at her old college; she runs her own studio where she sculpts for exhibitions and commissions; and she has been on the British team at the world Snow Sculpting Championships! In April, she is off to Athens to study ‘drawing in space’ sculpture technique with Robert Bodem, the former director of the Florence Academy of Art. She frequently sculpts for the film industry – and has worked on The Voyage of Dr Dolittle, Star Wars Episode 9 and HBO’s Avenue 5. But she says “figurative sculpture is my passion” and “my personal dream is to have a public sculpture somewhere”.

Lydia’s passion is reflected not only in her vast output of work, but also in her desire to bring people along with her. How many 23-year-olds do you know who have an apprentice?! Well Lydia does – Ellie, a 16-year-old art student, whom she teaches and supports, as well as giving her work experience in the studio.

Lydia working on a sculpture with sitter

In addition, Lydia is currently setting up her own figurative sculpture school. She has a clear goal – “in my head I’ve got this image of a glass building with five or six students working in their spaces around me; I’m working on my own projects but I’m also there as a mentor for them”. Anyone familiar with the Law of Attraction will know that visualisation – having a detailed image in mind of one’s goal – is the most powerful tool with which we turn our dreams into reality. And you can bet that Lydia will be running her school in the very near future – with commissioned work, a public sculpture and a range of other projects no doubt coming her way too.

Lydia is an amazing ambassador for sculpture, and certainly one to watch. And did I mention she’s still only 23…..?

Check out Lydia’s creations on her Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/lydia_smithsculpture/

 

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Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette

Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette

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Looking forward to a special breakfast treat, but are not in the mood for an elaborate cooking session? Then this recipe for scrumptious Salmon and Parmigiano-Reggiano Omelette is just right! It’s easy and fast to make, but packs a flavour punch! The smooth, salty salmon harmonises well with the umami flavour notes of the Parmigiano-Reggiano as well as the tangy, milky Gorgonzola Dolce. Fresh dill and young pea shoots or watercress complement the dish and give it a green boost.
Why not try this weekend for a special Mother’s Day breakfast.

Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette

Yield: 1

Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette

Ingredients

  • 2 large Free-Range Eggs
  • 50 ml whole milk
  • 2 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 15-20g Gorgonzola Dolce
  • Butter for the pan
  • Fresh Dill
  • Cracked black pepper to taste (salt optional, as smoked salmon, Gorgonzola and Parmigiano-Reggiano are already quite salty)
  • Pea shoots or watercress and olive oil to serve

Instructions

  1. What you’ll need:
  2. Frying pan
  3. Spatula
  4. Bowl
  5. Fork or whisk
  6. Knife
  7. Grater
  8. Measuring cup
  9. Tablespoon
  10. Method:
  11. Crack the eggs in a bowl. Add the milk and whisk thoroughly with a whisk or a fork.
  12. Melt butter in a frying pan. Add the whisked eggs and let it set on medium heat. Once the egg is almost cooked, sprinkle grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on it.
  13. Carefully place two slices of smoked salmon on half of the omelette. Scatter fresh dill on top and sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Cut up the Gorgonzola Dolce in small pieces and distribute on the salmon.
  14. With a spatula, carefully lift the empty half of the omelette and flip it on top of the filled half. Apply some pressure with the spatula to bond the two sides together. Cook for several more minutes to brown. The omelette is quite fragile, so the attempt to flip it over to brown the other side could break it. Alternatively, to brown the top further, the frying pan could be placed under the grill or in the oven on the grill setting (with open oven door and pan handle sticking out) for several minutes.
  15. Wash pea shoots, watercress or mixed green leaves. Drizzle with olive oil or salad dressing, plate the omelette and serve immediately.
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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

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I recently heard on the radio a so called coffee expert and Barista exclaiming that the aroma of coffee is always so good that the taste never fails to disappoint.

As my friends will tell you I always rise to a challenge, and have been investigating this notion ever since, and think I have proved her wrong!

A long time buddy of mine bought me a Tassimo coffee maker for my birthday at the end of last year, which has totally revolutionised my life in that not only does it cut out the painful cleaning of my old coffee machine, but it makes incredible coffee too. Now you may think that this is an advertisement for the Tassimo, but I assure you it is not, I am just sharing my knowledge and excitement at this recent discovery!

tassimo

The coffee and creamer comes in separate capsules and you simply slot them into the top of the machine and away you go. The milk or creamer is delivered piping hot and steaming and frothy, just the way good coffee should be. Plus the taste really does not disappoint as with so many other makes of coffee, even in established coffee shops.

I am also going to invest in one for the office, as it will cut down on the crazy prices that have evolved since the birth of trendy coffee cafes such as Starbucks and Costa. Don’t get me wrong, I will still enjoy the occasional cup of coffee at the weekend when meeting up with girl friends in our local chic café, but for the everyday, will continue to enjoy the various types of coffee available for a Tassimo coffee machine.

So far I have tried COSTA cappuccino, COSTA macchiato, breakfast coffee and COSTA latte, and all of them are really good in their own way. Of course nothing beats going into a COSTA coffee shop with friends but now I can enjoy the great taste at home as well.

mug

There are also lots more on the market, and I won’t spoil it for you, go and explore the coffee counter in your local supermarket once you have invested in a Tassimo, and let us know which one you enjoy the best. I am betting you will find it really hard to decide.
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THE FEAR OF ANXIETY – YOU ARE NOT ALONE

THE FEAR OF ANXIETY – YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Reading Time: 6 minutes

 

Performers are always having the conversation about the fear of first nights, their nerves when singing or dancing for the first time in a show, or the fear of forgetting their lines.  Their hearts pounding, mouths hellishly dry and beads of perspiration breaking out on their forehead.  Then all is all resolved when they walk on stage, the symptoms miraculously disappearing, allowing them to perform perfectly without a glitch.

In the majority of cases performers are at home on stage or in front of a camera, but what happens if the nerves really do take over, and start wreaking havoc in a performer’s life.

Actor Denise Welch recently admitted to an overwhelming bout of anxiety whilst on tour, and explained how she suffered from bouts of depression.  This brave lady has told the world how she has been suffering over the years, and how it creeps up on us without warning and sets out to wreak our lives.

Anxiety does not discriminate and can affect any one of us, and I am sure the majority of you will have suffered from this devastating condition at some time in your life.  Thankfully it is no longer a stigma or considered a weakness to own up to mental health issues, and it is now being encouraged by public figures, actors and even members of our Royal family, to speak out about it, because when we share problems they are far more easily overcome.

I have suffered personally from acute anxiety and it began at school when I was asked to read in assembly when I was 14.  I was incredibly excited as I had begun to be interested in a local amateur dramatic group for under 20s, and this was my opportunity to shine.  To my horror, as I began to read my hands started to shake, my voice began to tremble and I had to walk offstage not finishing the piece of prose I had been asked to perform.  I felt humiliated and desperate, which was not helped by the words of sympathy from my classmates, which only added to my grief.  In those days anxiety and depression were swept under the carpet, and yet I had managed to give a highly visible display of acute anxiety in front of 200 people.  I was devastated.

Fortunately, I had a wonderful teacher called Mrs Frears who taught literature and drama, who supported me throughout and encouraged me to get back on the stage and perform.  I owe so much to her as she not only helped me turn it round, she also was a big part of why I went to performing arts school and worked in theatre and television.

The best advice that was ever given to me when I was tackling the ongoing problem of acute anxiety was from a brilliant psychotherapist who told me to embrace the anxiety, and not try to push it away.  He said that I should give it a name as it was a living entity, and respect it and nurture it – I called it Martha.

I now live with the concept of ‘Martha’ and speak to her as a friend when she turns up unexpectedly.  She can be high maintenance sometimes, in terms of time, but is well worth it as I can then get to grips with my own agenda and learn to live with my own fears and anxieties.  It has certainly worked for me.

I now mentor and train speakers in Presentation and Public Speaking skills and a big part of that is managing anxiety.  Why am I such an expert, is it because I have performed on stage for decades as an actor and singer?  Of course that is a big part of it.  But the most important aspect of my training is my ability to recognise fear of speaking in public because I have suffered badly from anxiety.

The condition is also not just reserved for performers and can infiltrate any area of your life, affecting your social interactions your relationships and even your everyday working life.  It has no boundaries and there is no pattern of how or where it can manifest.

I have a friend who seems to have everything, a wonderful husband, beautiful kids, fabulous country house, great circle of friends, successful career – on the surface everything seems to be perfect, and yet she is the most anxious person I know.

There are so many ways of dealing with fear and anxiety, and these can be personal to you. You can begin by reaching out and knowing that you are not completely alone, which is a brilliant way to start.

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Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets – available now

Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets – available now

Reading Time: 4 minutes

 

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is proud to announce Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets

is now available to own on DVD

Series 6 DVD comes with limited edition exclusive Post Cards featuring Endeavour art work

Starring Shaun Evans & Roger Allam

The most famous Detectives from Oxford are back!

The acclaimed itv drama is based on the characters created by Colin Dexter

Endeavour Series 6  is now available to order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

MAMMOTH SCREEN FOR
ITV
ENDEAVOUR
EPISODE 2 2019
Pictured: SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour and ROGER ALLAM as DI Fred Thursday.

Synopsis – Endeavour Series 6

TX- 10th February – 3rd March 2019.  It’s 1969, and things have taken a darker turn for the old Cowley team. With Endeavour (Shaun Evans), Thursday (Roger Allam) and the gang now scattered across Oxfordshire, it takes a series of brutal crimes – including the death of a young schoolgirl, a fatal act of sabotage, a deadly campaign of gossip and rumour in a picturesque village and a murder at the Bodleian Library – to reunite them. Now joined by former adversary DCI Ronnie Box (Simon Harrison) and his sidekick DS Alan Jago (Richard Riddell), the gang must battle crime and corruption to finally solve their greatest challenge – the truth behind George Fancy’s death.

Endeavour Series 6  is now available to order from Amazon

MAMMOTH SCREEN FOR
ITV
ENDEAVOUR
EPISODE 2 2019
Pictured: SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour and ROGER ALLAM as DI Fred Thursday.

Synopsis – Endeavour Series 1-6

Set in Oxford during the 1960s, amid an era of revolutionary social change, Endeavour charts the early criminal casebook of a young detective who will grow to be Colin  Dexter’s immortal Inspector Morse. The fledgling career of our novice detective is in crisis when a case calls him back to Oxford and his troubled past. Working alongside the gruff yet kindly Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, who will become his friend and mentor, Endeavour’s investigation marks the start of a new chapter in the eternal city of dreaming spires. Together with the crime-solving team at Crowley Station, Endeavour contends with baffling murders and diabolical dark deeds that will test his mind and body to breaking point, while challenges and tragedies pull his life in unexpected directions. As the 1960s draw to a close, the fate of Crowley Station will see everyone forced to trial pastures new. However, despite their separation, an unsolved case still hangs over them all. Written by series creator Russell Lewis, each unique and thrilling case unravels more of the hidden and secret history that shaped the future of one of television’s greatest detectives.

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 6 

  • Available Now
  • RRP: £24.99
  • Certification: 15

 Endeavour Series 6  is now available to pre-order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 1-6  Box Set 

  • Available Now
  • RRP: £49.99
  • Certification: 15

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

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