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Purky Products Mega May Market


“Our Fabulous Online Market Sale returns to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the first online Purky sales.

The link to the market is here!

https://www.facebook.com/events/450764101766963/

A Triumphant Return of Purky showcase Glass.

This Market takes place entirely online and will have items crafted from Ceramics, Glass, Polymer Clay and possibly metals shall be available!

The Sale takes place entirely online.

Items are listed with a photograph and description. The first person to comment ‘Mine!’ wins the piece.

The Sale is open for 24 hours but be aware that items get snapped up very quickly!

At the end Invoices are compiled and then sent via paypal, so please make sure we have your email address if you win an item.

Then your lovely goods are shipped out 🙂 We do our best to keep postage charges as small as possible.

UK Postage is first class and starts from 1.50

We only ship internationally with a tracked service which starts at £10.00

All the very best and looking forward to seeing you there!

Much love

Captain Purky x”

From The Mega May Online SALE Preview Album 🙂, posted by Purky Products on 5/10/2015 (189 items)

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Pyschometric job personality test….

Copied and pasted directly, are we surprised?

 

Results

This questionnaire is designed to get you thinking about the sort of jobs that might suit your style.
John Holland’s model of vocational choice suggests that people with particular interests and styles tend to favour certain types of jobs. Holland described six main types of person:

  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Artistic
  • Investigative

Knowing the types you most (and least) fit can help you think about the types of role that may suit you.
Read below to find out what careers you seem to be suited to based on your results in the test:

Artistic

Your results suggest that Artistic type work might suit your interests and preferences.
Artistic types are interested in creativity and art, preferring freedom and independence to following rules and procedures. Self-expression is very important to Artistic types and they may prefer to work alone. Typical roles for Artistic types include artist, singer, designer, photographer, musician, writer and actor.

Enterprising

Your results suggest that Enterprising type work might suit your interests and preferences.
Enterprising types like persuading and influencing people as well as controlling, managing and selling to them. They like to take a lead and are often quite motivated and ambitious but may be impatient and can find rules and detail frustrating. They tend to favour roles such as salesperson, manager, estate agent, supervisor, lawyer, advertising or marketing executive and often like positions that have status and prestige.

Social

Your results suggest that Social type work might suit your interests and preferences.
Social types like roles that focus on helping, teaching or supporting others and very much prefer working with people to working with things or ideas. They tend to prefer working in teams and like to feel they are doing something useful. Typical roles for social types include teacher, counsellor, nurse, minister of religion, clinical psychologist or police officer.

Realistic

Your results suggest that Realistic type work is less likely to suit your interests.
Realistic types generally prefer action to words, they like physical activity and may prefer working with things to working with people. They tend to favour jobs where they can work with their hands or produce things, and often like outdoor work. Typical roles that suit Realistic types are gardener, mechanic, driver, electrician, farmer, sportsperson, skilled trades, labourers and some engineering and military roles.

Conventional

Your results suggest that Conventional type work is less likely to suit your interests.
Conventional types are happy to work within systems and large organisations and tend to focus on accuracy and efficiency, preferring to know what is expected of them. They tend to like things to be organised and predictable and are often involved in roles that involve recording, sorting, documenting and organising. Typical roles for Conventional types include the range of administrative and clerical roles (e.g. in the government and financial sectors) as well as accountancy, banking, bookkeeping, secretarial work and some inspecting roles.
This brief questionnaire can’t tell you exactly what you should do. It only suggests work areas to think about that may match the way you like to work but it can’t tell you whether you have the skills and qualifications for these jobs.
To take things further you should consult your local careers service or your local library. Use the right-hand navigation bars at the top of this page to find links to other careers sites.

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Purky Video :)

So I have been meaning to do this for absolutely ages.

Essentially a slideshow video showing off my work as a viewable portfolio. I found a copy of Windows Movie Maker on my laptop (whoop!) and gave it a go.

The music is a free download (link in the description) and I quite enjoyed laying the slides out and adding the transitions.

Please let me know what you guys think!

Captain P xx

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Mokume Nendo Experiment with free tutorial

Ahoy, I have been meaning to post this tutorial for ages. Unfortunately things are somewhat brassic at Purky towers so I am working two jobs and my time has been consumed by mundanity.

However, this tutorial is a photographic explanation of my attempts to use left over surface treatments to create lovely Mokume Nendo pieces.

Mokume Nendo – wood eye clay – is a technique adapted from the Japanese Mokume Gane – wood eye metal- a method for producing beautiful layered metalwork.

Step 1 condition some translucent clay, here I am using fimo brand and have rolled it to setting 9 on my eberhard faber fimo machine.

When experimenting I prefer to use a cookie cutter to do my mokume nendo, this way its just easier and quicker.

These pieces form the basis of your layered stack.

Take a piece of left over surface treatment, here ink and powder technique.

Begin layering your stack. Do not worry about the gaps.

Keep going until the stack is as high as you wanted. As this is an experiment, this is a pretty small stack.

One primordial mokume nendo stack! Time to get squashing…

Compact the stack to create a united piece. You may find that what is inside affects the unity of the stack. For example as this is an ink and powder piece, the powder natuarally prevents clay adhering to itself. Just keep manipulating the piece until it obeys you.

Continue compressing the stack until it can be rolled through the thickest setting on your clay machine.

Then restack. You can do this as many times as you like but be aware that the finer the strata between layers the more inticate and less bold the mokume patterns will be.

At this point I trim my stack and place the trimmings to one side. Then begin torturing the stack by impressing it with textures. The purpose of this is to cause internal distortions that create the mokume nendo pattern.

While the main stack rested I had a play with the trimmings. Those wooden stamps are chinese seal ‘chops’

This is a ginkyo leaf texture from the discontinued studio by sculpey tool line.

Once the stack has rested, take a tissue blade and finely slice across the top. Imagine you are taking slithers in order to produce a veneer.

Like so.

Apply the slices to a base sheet of polymer clay. Here I am using a slightly muddy piece of white clay.

Use a brayer to ensure your slices are adhered. Then roll the sheet through the clay machine. Be aware that depending on the setting you use, there will be distortions in the sheet of veneer.

Trim the sheet. I would normally back this veneer and turn it into jewellery components but I want the experimental sheet for my archive.

After baking and sanding. Interestingly the inks tinted the translucent which gave the lovely reddish hues. However, the dark polymer also over shadowed the translucent layers. It has an interesting finish and I think with further sanding and buffing something very exciting would ermerge.

The other two experiments prior to sanding

And afterwards. I am not really patient enough to sand these experiments down hard enough to explore the full potential but I will pop them in a box and get round to it eventually.

this is the most intrigueing piece for me, the fine levels of detail in the closely layered textured lines provide the most scope for future pieces.

I have another four tutorials using leftover surface treatments planned. Most of the pictures have been taken its just finding the time to edit them and get the tutorials up.

My apologies for being slow, I hope this inspires you to experiment with Mokume Nendo

Captain Purky

xx

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Dirty feet

So, I love to be outside. I love Alfred’s tower and I love to walk barefoot in the rain.

It was raining rather profusely a few days ago but dried off in the evening. I decided to take a walk to defragment my brain drives. I walked barefoot in the mud. Conifer needles and leafmould merged into the damp soil creating something quite firm underfoot. I enjoyed the way it squished slightly between my toes.

The grassy patches between the trees held my weight better. Happily I seem to be genetically advantaged for boggy walking. My feet are wide and there is a big gap between my big toe and first toe.

There is something very primal about barefeet. Shoes and boots protect our feet. Isolate them from cold, heat, wetness, sharps…

Do we really ‘feel’ the ground we walk on?

I have left footprints. They will wash away overnight but they are impressions of my feet. My toes, heels and soles. Not a mass produced bootprint but my footprint.

I was here. I am actually real, not a deranged figment of my own imagination. I am alive and I exist.

Or perhaps just in this corner of the multiversal conciousness….

I am going to try and visit the woods more often, the petrol is frankly a luxury but the exercise and peace of mind is not.

Captain Purky x

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Happy Birthday Mum x

Yesterday, it would have been my Mother’s 64th birthday. Beatles song lyrics aside it got me thinking.
At the moment I am averaging 75 hours a week at work between my two jobs (yeah I took on a second job…) and it is leaving me no space for anything else. 
Pragmaticism dictates that I should make hay while the sun shines but I am tired, stressed and irrepressibly angry. The anger is taking me very much by surprise and it’s a constant struggle every day to contain my rage.
It has been playing on my mind over the last week that my Mother who was such a beautiful, loving caring soul had a life filled with tragedies. My heart is pulled to pieces by this and the knowledge that there was no triumph at the end. 
I miss her most days anyway. At the moment it is much stronger and I wonder if that’s why my core is so hot, fiery and prickly right now.  However, in the search of future positivity I decided to make a list of what I actually want, for myself.
1)      To live creatively and express myself through my artworks, designs, writing and performances.
2)      Financial freedom.
3)      To find love again (Though I find the prospect of a lasting emotional relationship somewhat unlikely)
4)      To get married
5)      To raise children, in a loving stable home with my partner.
6)      Create a Purky Art Farm (A self sustaining small holding with studio and gallery spaces, offering  artists somewhere to work and teach)
7)      To build and sustain strong relationships and networks, offering something positive to all the people around me.
8)      To die at the right time, for the right reason.
And perhaps most importantly of all that all the things I think I ‘Want’ actually bring me happiness and fulfilment or points the way to my ‘Truth’.

Here is a ‘Truth’ that helps me. This is my Mother’s oak tree. Right now it is not much more than a sapling but it will outlive me and quite possibly my grandchildren. As it grows and flourishes, over three hundred different kinds of life will be supported under, over and inside its mighty boughs. 
I like to think that my two very talented, hardworking brothers, my amazing sister and myself, are acorns from the oak that was Lynn Joy Pursey.  We are growing and building our futures, raising families, loving and living.

Things will get better, you just keep going…

Captain Purky signing off x