To hypnodo­ma­tio mou

 

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I got into the art MA, so at the end of the month I’m moving out of here, putting my stuff in stor­age and spend­ing the summer bumming round my mum’s to save money (with a quick jaunt out to work for a week in Vienna). I thought I’d take some pictures, seeing as how the room is pretty tidy, as I had to show my possible replace­ments round. In many ways it’s an amaz­ing room, but the total lack of vertic­al space and stor­age space can be a real pain in the arse. Excuse the slightly fuzzy photos, my compact camera is old and decrep­it and doesn’t focus like it used to.

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Here’s what you see when you come up the stairs (the room’s in the attic). Sadly the picture isn’t peely like the record cover is.

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Book nook on the land­ing.

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On the left as you come in: sewing machine and horribly inad­equate clothes rail. I just don’t really have anywhere I can fit a prop­er ward­robe, so the clothes rail has to go under the eaves. You can see how slopey the ceil­ing is in this picture.

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Big comfort­able chair whose frame I found in the street (I bought a cush­ion pad for it and made the cover). Behind the chair big heap of junk to be taken to the char­ity shop. On right some music stuffs. Big fluffy white flokati rug. I’ve actu­ally got two, but the other one is folded up because it’s slightly too big for the remain­ing floor area. The horse thing came free with an Of Montreal album.

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The second window of our tour. East Germany’s finest ampli­fi­er tech­no­logy. It cost me £3 and is unfeas­ibly heavy for the power of amp. It’s prob­ably stuffed with used plutoni­um coated in lead. Plug­ging anything into the input labelled low gain is a point­less endeav­our.

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Desk with slow old mac I use mainly for scan­ning film. I’ve got a laptop as well, which I’m typing this on. The chair was from a local second-hand place.

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The cush­ion on the chair was going to be a hand­bag (folded over the other way) but then I couldn’t find any of those handles for knit­ted bags in a style I liked, so it turned into a back support cush­ion. That’s an Ordin­ance Survey map of E.Sussex on the wall/​ceiling, for when I need to find my nearest ruined folly.

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Book­case full of useful bits. I bet you’re extremely jeal­ous of my big gold book of Latin verbs. The chimp came free with the teabags. Usually the 2nd shelf is full of scrap­books and sketch­books and things, but they’re down­stairs right now. The first big box is full of zines, the second full of camera lenses and stuff for devel­op­ing film.

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Next up, my dress­ing table. Which is actu­ally meant to be a desk. The mirror came from Habit­at and is appar­ently designed by Miss Piggy. Those are real lights, but I haven’t got enough sock­ets under the bed to plug them in. The Yellow Submar­ine lunch­box is full of jewellery.

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Cheap IKEA bed with a wobbly leg. I would fix it, but I’ll be taking the bed apart in a few weeks anyway, so I can’t be bothered. Bedspread made by my nan, Night­mare Before Xmas cush­ion from the Disney Store. Moom­in­mama and camer­as from char­ity shops.

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To the right of the bed, under the eaves, 70s coffee table piled with stuff. DAB radio exclus­ively for listen­ing to 6 Music. (I used to like the bird­song one too, but they stopped doing that). I don’t actu­ally like going to Glaston­bury, too many people, I was given the bag. To the right, the books and records of my life­time minus the books.

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Why, yes, Emma that is a rather nice stereo. In my book, all audio equip­ment must have large chrome dials. The record play­er came from an advert in the back of the Grauni­ad (it badly MP3ises vinyl too) and the amp and speak­ers came from junk shops.

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Gener­al bed area. Small tv for my view­ing pleas­ure (big one down­stairs belong­ing to my house­mate).

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Bunt­ing and mirrorball on the (low) ceil­ing.

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One response to “To hypnodo­ma­tio mou”

  1. Kira Swales avatar
    Kira Swales

    that’s a nice sewing machine you’ve got there 🙂

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