When I was small I loved coming up with interesting ideas for my future jobs or pursuits. My imagination was pretty wild and wooly so I rarely followed through with my hair-brained ideas. To this day I’m often coming up with weird and wonderful ideas for my future self. Thought I’d share some of my quirky little ideas I’ve dreamt up over time and here’s the first… PetRox.
I love craft and was dreaming about how I could put my creative juice into a project that could make some pocket money. My idea was a small business called PetRox. I remember thinking the ‘x’ in ‘Rox’ was really cool. I had a pet rock growing up and thought it was awesome. I now planned to share the awesomeness by creating a collection of pet rock characters that I would sell complete with their own unique ‘houses’ made from small boxes. Each rock character would have a name and backstory and would be lovingly hand-painted and googly-eyed by me. I even created some prototypes (shown below). Unfortunately I don’t remember their names or house concepts. But seriously, just check out that monacle and kilt…
I felt the idea had so much potential and dreamt of my Etsy store and what it would look like. I wondered what custom orders would come in or whether I would share stories of successfully ‘adopted’ pets in a “where are they now?” section of my website. Maybe the pet rocks would travel the world or build an extension on their box house. Maybe I could sell pet rock kits for keen DIYers. The possibilities seemed endless.
And I’ve got to say I still think it was a cute idea. What do you think? Could PetRox take off and form a stony empire? Would you buy a pet rock?
I first found Philippa Stanton via her Instagram feed (@5ftinf). I then realised, she had a blog of the same name and through that, discovered Philippa’s art.
If you visit Philippa’s website you can read about her amazing ability to see taste, scent and sound due to her being Synaesthetic. She uses her incredible ability to create the most breath-taking paintings!
I remember reading about abilities like this in Oliver Sack’s books and I was intrigued. I myself have a very strong sense-based memory which allows me to remember very specific moments of my life in scent, sound or taste rather than moving pictures. I also sometimes recollect memories as pure emotions – no detail or context, just how I felt.
Philippa’s work is simply stunning. Her pieces carry titles such as ‘Amy Winehouse Voice (tears dry on their own)’ and ‘Scent of Stocks’ and convey a most amazing perspective on life.
What I love the most is that each piece is so unique – woven with delicate subtleties or filled with broad and bold expression… or both, if that’s even possible.
In personal times of blankness, stiffness and blah-ness I find myself returning to Philippa’s work and am reminded again about the intricacies of all that life can be and is.
I also love seeing her masterful composition photographs of ‘The Table ‘covered in everyday objects. They fill my Instagram feed with vibrant stories and quiet humming.
You should definitely take a peek and get acquainted with Philippa Stanton.