Dream chasing in Ynysowen

In the pouring rain…..


Photo by Mike Erskine

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The oddity of brains

“Dreaming is simply thinking in a different biochemical state”


bit like art in my experience…

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Seduced by tokens

Searching for understanding about value we made a mistake. Just like any other animal we were seduced by the shiny stuff, coins.

Paying attention

How many times do we use this phrase?

The value is there in paying attention

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What’s the Exchange Rate?

Yesterday, the Larks and Ravens visited The Royal Mint where UK money is made.

It left us with more questions than answers in our attempt to unravel value..

The “friendly entrance” to the Visitor Centre suggests someone’s keen to protect something valuable in here…

visitor centre

Then there’s a shop selling money. What is this £5 coin worth? … oh … £1980  if I buy it… but still only £5 if I spend it…

royal coin

However, please note that whilst the coins are legal tender, banks are not obliged to accept the coins” So, this is “legal tender” that banks (“I promise to pay the bearer” etc aren’t obliged to accept? Can I buy a pint at the pub with it? Would it taste different from a pint bought with a  normal £5?

Magpies being attracted to shiny objects is a myth but what about humans?  “The background surface or field areas of proof coins are highly-polished, shiny and mirror-like. In fact, when you stand back and look at a proof, you’ll see your reflection on its surface.”


Digital money might be more straightforward in value exchange terms- you can’t buy a debit card and £5 spent via a card is always £5….. well at least I think so…

But, at The Royal Mint, where making money is indeed making money, asking when coins might finally be phased out is greeted as a sacrilegious question…

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Day 6 – Whitewashing the marks

When the marks on the wall have all gone, what marks remain?


We come away from the 6 weeks marked – marked by what we’ve drawn, by what others have drawn and the conversations and contributions exchanged.

Thank you Newport Market.


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Letting go or being pushed, albeit gently

What’s next?

Six weeks


experimenting, inviting and receiving conversations, responses, working with and alongside strangers, creating a focus


what’s next?

“You will of course paint it over ”

“that one is cool, leave it”

energy came, went and came again as the white undercoat swept across three

weeks of attention and some exceptional moments of human connection, but leaving one small area framed is enough to show


from six weeks of exchanging energy and attention

painting out

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Newport day 5

newport day 5

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