In May 2015 I was asked to speak at Dundee Pecha Kucha Night Vol 12, with the open invitation to discuss any topic. The only limit being the format = 20 images, each for 20 seconds.
I selected to discuss words.
I planned what I was going to say. 20 seconds per slide really doesn’t seem like alot, it goes even quicker when you are on a stage with a couple of hundred people in front of you. So I didn’t keep to my plan exactly. However, I’ve embedded the words and images that I planned to say below. You can compare and contrast.
1. I’ve got a confession to make… I like to collect words. I am constantly curious about the number of words that exist in our environment. Words are everywhere. So really it is not about finding them, it is about filtering out the good ones. As collections go, it’s pretty tame. I never started out as a linguist. I actually found my high school English class pretty tough…
15. Plus I have to admit, I even brought some fun word play to one of the museums I have worked with. In 2013 I worked on this project with The McManus shop, where we set up a small competition on social media, where we asked people in Dundee for their favourite local words and then used the results to create a bespoke range of jewellery in partnership with Scottish jeweller Bonnybling. It was fun and I even learned a few new Scottish words!
18. I started to combine some of these influences and collections whilst learning how to screen print in 2014. This print, which I made as part of the Dundee Print Collective, is a development of the first screen print I ever made. This first print had started when I cut the words ‘Love Sunny Days’ out of paper, much like my earlier paper cuts. Then I used these words as the base of this print which repeats them, line by line, a little like a mantra, to create a block of abstract sky to hold the bright yellow sunshine in the print.
20. Finally, these words, the Holstee Manifesto, inspire me with a sense of empowerment. I’m not sure if you can read them all in 20 seconds, and every time I read it different words stand out to me… Tonight – it’s probably LIFE IS SHORT, SHARE OUR PASSION and START CREATING.