Hair of the Dog 2017 - photographic conference

Sorry about the crappy phone photo, I am sans camera at the moment working away from home!

I finally got a chance to emotionally process Hair of the Dog and all that it was. I have been madly on the go ever since getting home. I'm sitting here going through all of the gorgeous gifts, notes and lovely things everyone has given me over that weekend.

 

I want to take a moment to say a big THANKYOU! I present and speak a fair amount but something about that weekend was majorly different. I was presenting work I hadn't entirely spoken about before, I got way more real and messy than usual. I didn't think you all would believe the glitchy fun stuff I had been working on was as cool as I thought it was.

Presenting at Hair of the Dog

Presenting at Hair of the Dog

 

But weirdly enough... you all got on board. You all got carried away with the whimsy and delight that is the playground I'm currently dealing with. And in return, you all shared your own ideas of how to make this stuff bigger and greater than ever before.

A glitched image created in workshops for Hair of the Dog

A glitched image created in workshops for Hair of the Dog

 

I came home mega inspired, even though it was probably my job to inspire you. They say you learn more as a teacher than you do as a student and I think that was indeed the truth.

 

SO thanks folks...

Also....

I thought I would clear up a story that you all have super politely asked me about. I told a story during my keynote, that was about playing a ukulele to a human being who may never hear it - it kind of had no ending. It left you all wondering who I was playing it to and why. Sorry beautiful normal world humans who weren't there... we have an agreement that what was said there stays there... I guess you will just have to come to an artist talk to hear about it. 

Even if there is no ending to that story, I guess I'll let you in on a little secret...

I found out, messages have been sent across oceans in the form of postage stamps and art well before a ukuele was even owned. I found out maybe this is a dance thats been going on for 12 years but time always said "no" - except for this one time it said "yes" (remember the Wine and the music?)

Me with Kate Pardey (my platonic life partner who kept me in check and sorted the entire weekend) tuning Happy the Ukulele before going on stage.. Thankyou to Kris Anderson for snapping this on his phone!

Me with Kate Pardey (my platonic life partner who kept me in check and sorted the entire weekend) tuning Happy the Ukulele before going on stage.. Thankyou to Kris Anderson for snapping this on his phone!

As for the neighbour - He keeps listening in on the messages. Some actually get there now. In the wee hours of the morning between timezones and text messages. He's privy to a story much grander, full of "aweee fuck" moments and sillier than the one I let facebook know about. But I guess dear Hair of the Dog folks, that's a story we all keep together right? The rest is left for me, the neighbour, Happy the ukulele and a human far away. 

Kate holding the Mic up so people can hear me play Happy the Ukulele across an ocean 

Kate holding the Mic up so people can hear me play Happy the Ukulele across an ocean 

And that is it. There isn't any more I'm willing to give. Remember stories and secrets are all pretty magical and how we choose to tell them - well motherfuckers that's the best part...

You will probably find out the ending in artist talks to come...

Mad thank yous to the IMPRESSIVE Hair of the Dog team, the other presenters and to Kate Pardey, who keeps me sane when I can't handle life...

Me and Kris with our handmade Safety Unicorn Badges. We gave them out to people over the confrence as a way for newbies to get to know us a bit

Me and Kris with our handmade Safety Unicorn Badges. We gave them out to people over the confrence as a way for newbies to get to know us a bit