I am a confessional artist and this site is one of my creative projects. This is the new, improved (I hope!) version so look out for the odd rant, but also new positive stories about how I am implementing change in my life including recipes, projects and creative experiments.
I started the site to make a difference and bring about change. At the start I was angry with the world and wanted to shout about the injustices going on and how everything was falling apart and no-one realised, or cared. I’d like to think that my views have matured slightly since then, and that a lot more people are aware of the status quo so there’s not so much need to shout quite so loudly about it.
I still want change however and I still want to make a difference, but I’m coming at it from a slightly more considered angle these days. I realised the hypocrisy of what I was preaching; rather than looking after my own world I was looking externally and trying to fix things that were a lot bigger than me. The best way to infiltrate a system is often from the inside so this is now where my priorities lie. If we all work on making positive change in our own little world, this will soon make an impact on a wider scale. As Gandhi once said:
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
Don’t get my wrong, I’m not becoming complacent. I still feel unsettled by the system. I have a personal dislike for the pharmaceutical and large-scale agricultural industries that promote poor health and wellbeing, mass consumption, mass consumerism and questionable ethics. The way I fight back is through diet, cooking and gardening to produce healthy, home-cooked and home-grown food for me and my family. I also try to find solutions to other environmental issues through creative projects and experiments. I am of the distinct opinion that food is medicine and bad environmental factors lead to poor mental and physical health.
I hope I can inspire people to try making some positive changes in their own lives and then together, bit by bit, we can change the world!