5FTINF FEATURE LIONHEART MAGAZINE

Interview with 5ftinf Philippa Stanton in Lionheart Magazine Issue 7 Photographs and words Melanie Barnes

Some of you may recognise this table top as that of artist Philippa Stanton, who is perhaps better know as 5ftinf on Instagram. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her at her home in Brighton last Autumn, for the wonderful independent publication Lionheart magazine. The focus for this latest issue is ‘Art’ and I knew Philippa would have some fascinating things to say on the subject, so I couldn’t wait to chat to her.

It was so great to hear more about her work, what creativity means for her, and of course there were lots of conversations about Instagram. I could have hung out with Philippa all day, and it was a real treat to photograph her whilst she worked, and to see inside her lovely home. Not to mention a peek inside the treasure trove that is the famous shed (where Philippa paints, and also is the starting point for her yearly art installation).

You can read the full interview in Lionheart – issue 7, which is out now. Buy your copy here.

Also, I thought you’d all love to see some extra photos from the shoot that day… Enjoy!

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SLOW LIVING FOR LIFE OCTOBER FAVOURITES

photo by @tete_de_linoth for #slowlivingforlife October Favourites

Photo courstey of @tete_de_linoth

Wow! There are over 4,700 photos in the ‘slow living for life’ gallery. Thank you so much for joining in.

Here are the images that I particularly loved this month. You can see all the other wonderful photos that are being shared in the gallery here.

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monthly Voice: April

monthly voice: April on the Geoffrey and Grace blog

Things look a little different around here. I don’t just mean the way that the blog looks (although that is different too). The new design is not 100% finished yet, and the blog will probably sit in this ‘nearly done state’ for a little while.

Originally I started the Monthly Voice to let you know where I have been finding inspiration each month, and to share things that have captured my heart. However I spent most of April trying to slow down and reconnect to my heart and find any form of inspiration at all. Occasionally inspiration would strike, but it would quickly dissipate into a fog of tiredness.

Oddly, even though really good things have been happening recently, it was one of the most challenging months I have had for a while. I’m experiencing this disconcerting mix of feeling stuck, yet also feeling like I am right on the verge of something. I have only just figured out that fear is playing a big part in holding me back, but I will write more about this soon.

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earth day and an instameet

earth day and an instameet on Geoffrey & Grace

Today, the 22nd of April, is Earth day; A chance to think about this wonderful planet of ours that we all call home. The Earth Day movement was created 46 years ago to spread awareness to make sure we are all doing what we can to reduce our impact on the world, keeping this incredible revolving rock of ours healthy and thriving for generations to come.

Sarah-Lou from Lapinblu and I have organised an Instameet for this Saturday the 23rd of April to coincide with celebrating Earth Day and to help make others aware of the Earth Day movement. If you are a regular reader you will know about my love for Instagram, not only because it’s a place to share wholehearted moments captured through photography, but also because it is a social network that has a wonderful sense of community. Instameets are a great opportunity to connect with some of the brilliantly creative people you get to know online, in real life.

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tired but content – the days after our vintage jumble

tired but content - the days after a vintage jumble

What a wonderful day Sunday was. Having never done a vintage jumble sale before, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. The hall had such a lovely atmosphere, and was soon buzzing with the happy sounds of friendly conversation and clinking china. Petal and Feast did such a perfect job with the tea and cake. It was great to see that people made an afternoon of it, and sat down in the hall to re-fuel on some tasty treats, before doing another circuit in case they’d missed some gems first time round.

I am currently feeling very tired, but very content. It warms my heart to have spent the afternoon in good company, and I feel proud of our little vintage jumble. We raised £150 on the door, which we will donate to Save the Children.

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