Sally Kindberg’s online Swedenborg workshop (with live drawing)

Yesterday ran my first online Zoom-y workshop for Swedenborg House, preceded by a fab promotional video made by Jacob Cartwright.  Great to meet everyone and tell them briefly about polymath Swedenborg and some of the mysterious objects from Swedenborg House, using a combination of video, live drawing, pages from my leporello and photos. You can see a replica of Swedenborg’s wig in the Bookshop when it re-opens next week.

Who stole Swedenborg’s skull? What did Swedenborg invent, and what did 18th century people use as hair gel to put on their wigs? Rather disgustingly, it was animal grease. Just a few of the topics! Fantastic to meet up with participants and share their drawings and ideas. Here are some of them, including pictures of facial expressions. Great fun!

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Sally Kindberg escapes to the seaside

There have been builders in the upstairs flat for the last three months, and they’re still there.  Every so often I’ve managed to escape dust clouds and noise to go to the seaside for a couple of days, and the weather has been amazing, even, in the case of Brighton, warm enough to swim at 7am. Heaven!  Although I’m not a brilliant swimmer, so it was mostly rolling and splashing about/floating in the sea close to shore.  In Folkestone I sat in Mark Dion’s seagull on wheels, and wondered about moving house. With thanks to Mick Williamson for the seagull photo.

A later seaside visit to Folkestone included visiting St Eanswythe‘s pool and glimpsing an elusive newt, taking a tiny Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch train – our engine was called Hercules (see below) – from nearby Hythe to Dungeness, and drinking tea in an outdoor cafe overlooking Sandgate beach.

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Sally Kindberg’s robots in Primrose Hill

On the afternoon of August 2nd, some of my robots took part in Primrose Hill Community Association’s Art Trail.  Having dusted them and wound them up, I activated them on the hour (or maybe they activated me) on my windowsill.  Lovely to chat with visitors looking on from street level.  One of my earliest books for children was Robotina Finds Out, published by Faber and Faber.

And here’s a fabulous video made by filmmaker Roland Denning one birthday … meet my Robot Cabaret!

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Sally Kindberg’s Hair workshop for the Horniman Museum

Last week I joined a group 0f adults taking part in the Horniman Museum’s Hair, Untold Stories project and ran a workshop with them, sharing images from my Hair book published by Walker Books…

Hope to add some of the workshop participants’ drawings/comic strips to this post if possible.

Hair fashions change all the time … here’s an example of a wealthy 18th century lady’s wig …In the twentieth century …

And now … more or less hair?

Hair rebels of the past …

And contemporary hair rebel Harnaam Kaur.

What style would you choose?

In the past, people used all kinds of style aids and products …What sort of hair products or equipment do you use, if any?How do you think climate change will alter our hair styles in the future?

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Sally Kindberg’s Unfinished Business …

Still working on my graphic memoir … slowly …

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HAIR cover appears in Korea

Following a rather convoluted path, the cover illustration of my HAIR book, published by Walker Books some years ago, just appeared (with the wrong caption btw) in a Korean Women Artists 2020 catalogue collection online catalogue. Thank you Professor Hojung Nam.

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Sally Kindberg and the importance of green spaces (part two)

Not far from where I live is a nature reserve.  Its meadow, currently full of wild sweet peas and wild geraniums, is a delight. There’s a beetle hotel there too, built by High Speed Rail in return for … access to adjacent woodland?

Adelaide Nature Reserve lies on the site of what were once hay meadows, supplying food for London’s horses. It slopes down to railways tracks leading to and from London’s Euston station. When, as an art student many years ago, I travelled by train (unless I hitched a lift) from my art college in Wolverhampton, with a tiny suitcase and a folder of ideas and drawings to tout around, I would have seen the greenery above the tracks as the train approached Euston. Or maybe I was too excited to notice it. I was en route to meet up with the man who later became my husband, and to keep appointments with a magazine or book editor or two whilst in London.  As the train emerged from the tunnel, there was a definite feeling of travelling through a portal into new adventures.

Trains pass through the Primrose Hill tunnels and its archways, engineered by George Stephenson and Sons, designed by William Budden, can be glimpsed through fencing and foliage from King Henry’s Road above one side of the tracks, an elegant and mysterious looking structure which, when the first one was built in 1837, attracted many sightseers.

Near the Adelaide Nature Reserve, behind an attractive wall (due to be pulled down), its bricks arranged in a Flemish Bond pattern, is another nature reserve, owned by Network Rail and soon to be destroyed and earmarked for the site of a huge High Speed Rail ventilation shaft.

 The woodland, classified as ‘shrubland’ by HS2, includes mature ash and oak trees. Sadly, some of the trees have already been chopped down without any consultation.

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Sally Kindberg and the importance of green spaces

The first place I visited when I was well enough after having the Corona virus was the Adelaide Community Garden, where I have a tiny square (3′ x 3′) of herbs – rosemary, Moroccan mint, thyme and hyssop, all planted with bees in mind as well as for their scent and taste. Here it is in March …

A couple of kind fellow allotmenteers  watered the square when I was in isolation for two months, so it’s now dancing in greenery …

On those first visits, still wonky from being ill,  I feebly but happily sat and stared at the flowering and burgeoning on other more ambitious plots, watched a pair of blue tits feeding their young and listened to the hum of bees, and birds celebrating the sunny weather in joyful arias. There are robins, blackbirds and goldfinches here as well. Bliss!  And once again I realised the importance of green spaces, how they are essential for humans’ wellbeing, how even looking after a small square of garden or a few pot plants can be an act of optimism in these weird and challenging times.

I’m lucky enough to have a tiny back yard, which despite facing north east, gets enough early morning sun to encourage a camellia, a rose bush and a bay tree as well as assorted ferns.  Nearby, beyond a thirty foot wall, are the main railway lines in and out of Euston, whose rumbles I can sometimes hear at night.  Occasionally the vibrations from passing trains activate clockwork robots and other toys on the shelf above my work desk, a friendly sound of gentle whirring and clanking. The robot on the right was bought from a stall in Bridport Market, was made in Japan in the 1960s.  She has a sparking tummy.  Sometimes.

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Sally Kindberg’s work in progress Unfinished Business

How do we make sense of the world when those we trust the most make us doubt what we experience ?  May contain levitation.  And fish.

An unreliable memoir in comic strip form, about family secrets, shifting borders and questions of identity.

More to follow …





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Sally Kindberg’s audio piece for the Royal Literary Fund


‘How I write’ is a recent audio piece for the Royal Literary Fund’s Vox series, talking about the importance of keeping notebooks

Making visual or written notes is an essential part of my work practice. These days overhearing interesting snippets of conversations is a bit more of a challenge though … Here are some pages from my 2020 notebooks, pre C-19.














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