Version therapy

Reproduction is a pleasurable process, no? As I continue to play with print and paint, I’m moved by similarity and difference

Bird print, pink and yellow, with nest in tree Laura Eades 2014

Bird print, pink and yellow. Laura Eades 2014

Bird print, red yellow muted shades, tree with nest Laura Eades

Bird print, red yellow muted shades. Laura Eades 2014



Printing in my kitchen (with sanitary towel ink pads!)

Printing in my kitchen (with sanitary towel ink pads!). Laura Eades 2014

You’ve never been able to own my art before! Now you can: I’ve made 20 handprinted, unique A3 sized bird prints, including the two above.

Variety of colourschemes, greens, yellows or reds, and some include bronze and gold paint too. Some are bright, some are mellower, to fit every room and wall. They are posted rolled (unframed), giftwrapped, with a lovely handprinted bird tag too.

Can you think of someone you’d like to give one to? A little person? A big person? Or maybe, like me, you’d like to see several variations all lined up together? See you here on Monday!

In the meantime, keep reading and you’ll see some other not-for-sale versions I made while I was messing around…


Human beins are all the same

And yet very quirky different.

They all have a bodybrain,

Beyond that, there’s every variant.

Different colours, different sizes,

Some have a few less thingys:-

Braincells, fingers, defences, coffees,

Some are poorer, some are posher.

Don’t dump your boyfriend just because

he’s got a different way of stacking the dishwasher.

It’s beautiful bein human,

You’re a beautiful human bein!

You’re unlike me, and I like you:

You’re a variation on a theme.

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Again, again!

When I like something (*slice of blue cheese on tongue*), the urge to repeat the experience comes over me before that experience is even over. Equals new habit.

Sometimes we repeat things, though, that we don’t even particularly enjoy (*buy the same mediocre rye crackers in the supermarket*) just to save on decision-making. No judgement needed: we’re made of habit-forming intelligence. Sometimes we find ourselves trapped within our own repetitions, narrowing down too much – this is the theme of Ben Fletcher’s book Flex, and deliberately varying one’s minor habits is the principle behind Do Something Different, an online daily behaviour change programme.

I’ve yet to read, or try, this approach. Perhaps I genuinely want to give it my full attention when I try it. Perhaps I’m into unlocking things on an emotional level rather than a surface, behavioural level right now (though I think habit change definitely has a place – and that place is, after you’ve dug deep). Perhaps it’s because the idea of doing something a little a day, rather than yomping it down in one big Owp! like The Tiger Who Came To Tea, invokes panic in me. Let me know if you’re ahead of me on this.


Accepting that people deal with things differently, use different language, or infer different things from the same sentence, is a daily practice in relationships. Assuming that we are the same, or wishing that we were the same, is perilous.

Sometimes someone starts a conversation but what interests them is so different to you that you don’t know where to begin. I have this with football sometimes – I’m accused of being disinterested, whereas in reality it’s just too different to the things I know about for me to get a foothold in the conversation.

Ask more questions. Check understanding. Be curious about difference.


Collectors: weird or wonderful?. I grew up in a village which is home to the obscure museum, ‘barometer world’. Nearby is the attractively bizarre Gnome Reserve, which is probably worth trespassing in at night after a few powerful ciders.

Becoming a collector could happen without you realising. Be deliberate in what you repeat. If you have more than 3 of something on display people might assume you collect it. That’s how your living room fills up with porcelain chickens or you get given MC Escher coasters for every birthday and Christmas. I know someone who mistakenly got known as the person to who one should definitely give cat-themed jewellery. You don’t wanna be that person. Post your letter to Santa Claus in a very public place.

Put Laura Eades ‘bird print x 3’ at the top to acquire a collection worth having.

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