Friday, 3 December 2021

Nyarlathotep

Nyarlathotep is a fictional character created by H. P. Lovecraft. The character is a malign deity in the Lovecraft Mythos, a shared universe. First appearing in Lovecraft's 1920 prose poem "Nyarlathotep", he was later mentioned in other works by Lovecraft and by other writers. Later writers describe him as one of the Outer Gods, an alien pantheon.

"The Black Man", an aspect of Nyarlathotep as described by H. P. Lovecraft in "The Dreams in the Witch House" (1932). Acrylics on cardboard 34×23 cm.

Alex Fox

Friday, 26 November 2021

Theatre Group Walk

These are some photographs of the Centre Stage Drama Group who meet on Tuesdays at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes going for a walk to the Cafe at Willen Lake.

Alex Fox

Friday, 19 November 2021

The Order of Dagon

A new Order under The Cult is born; one committed to the perception, practice, and preservation of true magick. Pre-Order your copy now to ensure you're ahead of the line.

Alex Fox


Friday, 12 November 2021

Halloween

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2021 occurred on Sunday, October 31st. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Alex Fox

Friday, 5 November 2021

Camphill Milton keynes's 40th birthday

On Thursday 28th October, Camphill Milton Keynes celebrated it's 40th birthday.

Camphill Milton Keynes is a working community of 70 people, for adults with learning difficulties but sufficient independence to benefit from an urban situation. Partly integrated into the surrounding community, the eight households of Camphill Milton Keynes offer a secure and stimulating environment.

This is what happened during the day.

At 9:30 - 9:45 residents made their way to the theatre.

Tim opened the day at 10am.

From 10:15 - 11:15 Tom talked people the history of the community with a quiz and pictures/videos from the past.

From 11:15 - 12:00 Guimin and the Tech Lab team showed a special new film created for the event.

Lunch was at 12pm

From 1pm There was a sing-a-long with Joan.

From 1:30pm -3pm The drama groups who work in the theatre gave some perfomances.

At 3pm We had a break.

From 3:15 each house then took it in turns to give a perfomance on the theatre stage.

At 4:15 Tim closed the day with the communities plans for the future.

Alex Fox

Friday, 29 October 2021

The Silver Key

"The Silver Key" is a fantasy short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in 1926, it is considered part of his Dreamlands series. It was first published in the January 1929 issue of Weird Tales. It is a continuation of "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", and was followed by a sequel, "Through the Gates of the Silver Key", co-written with E. Hoffmann Price. The story and its sequel both feature Lovecraft's recurring character of Randolph Carter as the protagonist.

A man discovers, at the age of 30, that his daily waking exposure to the more practical, scientific ideas of man, has eventually eroded his ability to dream as he once did, and has made him regretfully subscribe more and more to the mundane beliefs of everyday, waking real life. Not certain which is truer, he sets out to determine whether the waking ideas of man are superior to his dreams.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American writer of weird, science, fantasy, and horror fiction. Lovecraft is best known for his creation of a body of work that became known as the Cthulhu Mythos.

The Silver Key

Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Alex Fox

Friday, 22 October 2021

Pottery

These are photographs of some things I have made in the pottery workshop that is happening in Camphill Milton Keynes. A bowl, a trinket pot, a spoon and two wobbly mugs.

Pottery, one of the oldest and most widespread of the decorative arts, consisting of objects made of clay and hardened with heat. The objects made are commonly useful ones, such as vessels for holding liquids or plates or bowls from which food can be served.

Clay, the basic material of pottery, has two distinctive characteristics: it is plastic (i.e., it can be molded and will retain the shape imposed upon it); and it hardens on firing to form a brittle but otherwise virtually indestructible material that is not attacked by any of the agents that corrode metals or organic materials. Firing also protects the clay body against the effects of water. If a sun-dried clay vessel is filled with water, it will eventually collapse, but, if it is heated, chemical changes that begin to take place at about 900 °F (500 °C) preclude a return to the plastic state no matter how much water is later in contact with it. Clay is a refractory substance; it will vitrify only at temperatures of about 2,900 °F (1,600 °C). If it is mixed with a substance that will vitrify at a lower temperature (about 2,200 °F, or 1,200 °C) and the mixture is subjected to heat of this order, the clay will hold the object in shape while the other substance vitrifies. This forms a nonporous opaque body known as stoneware. When feldspar or soapstone (steatite) is added to the clay and exposed to a temperature of 2,000 to 2,650 °F (1,100 to 1,450 °C), the product becomes translucent and is known as porcelain. In this section, earthenware is used to denote all pottery substances that are not vitrified and are therefore slightly porous and coarser than vitrified materials.

A bowl

Trinket pot

Trinket pot with lid off

Spoon

Wobbly mug

Another wobbly mug
Alex Fox