Walking Wounded

Over 3 months since nearly dying in a car accident, I’m just about back on my feet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7nJI57H-M8

I think that they reckon one loses about 2% muscle mass for every week in bed so you can imagine that I’m now rather a weakling!

Each day is a struggle to master a new exercise, re-build lost muscles, get some better balance and achieve more independence.

It was thrilling to have a shower while laid out on the special trolley that has flip up sides to become a mini-bath. But even better to be able to sit and then stand for a real shower – though still hanging on for grim death.

I don’t have to be hoisted out of bed anymore in the big bag but can now do it by myself.

I’ve progressed and can now stand up by myself, walk with just one hand on the parallel bars and even do a fairly quick dash down the corridor with a “walker” machine. Every day includes over four hours physiotherapy so there’s a real risk that I’ll be fitter than before the accident!

The electric wheelchair is still my main mode of travel to the gym etc but they don’t let me drive it myself: I think that having some sight is really fairly essential as it can go pretty fast!

E-mails and phone calls, a bevy of Easter eggs, other delicious and thoughtful gifts from back home, lots of visits and great staff all make the rehabilitation process bearable – and there are lots of opportunities to share laughs with other patients as we struggle along. I’ve been outside to enjoy that tiny bit of sunshine that managed to penetrate a very cold and wet Spring season. My top ambition is to get back to all my Baking Blind activities in the next few weeks – even though I’ve managed a simple fruit salad, I can’t wait to be cooking again. I’m making a list of everything I want to cook as soon as I’m able. The food here is not so hot and is rather monotonous: never to see another piece of mini-pasta would be wonderful!

My thanks to San Francisco’s Lighthouse organisation for their patience while I make good my recovery to complete the rest of my Holman prize project: I’m sure that all the future videos and recipes will be worth the wait.

If you want to watch the video then follow the link to YouTube – or I can send you some pictures if you prefer!

Best wishes

Penny

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Walking wounded.

Over 3 months since nearly dying in a car accident, I’m just about back on my feet.

I think that they reckon one loses about 2% muscle mass for every week in bed so you can imagine that I’m now rather a weakling!

Each day is a struggle to master a new exercise, re-build lost muscles, get some better balance and achieve more independence.

It was thrilling to have a shower while laid out on the special trolley that has flip up sides to become a mini-bath   Penny's bateau used for her shower

But even better to be able to sit and then stand for a real shower – though still hanging on for grim death.

I don’t have to be hoisted out of bed anymore in the big bag but can now do it by myself.

I’ve progressed and can now stand up by myself, walk with just one hand on the parallel bars and even do a fairly quick dash down the corridor with a “walker” machine.  Every day includes over four hours physiotherapy so there’s a real risk that I’ll be fitter than before the accident!

The electric wheelchair is still my main mode of travel to the gym etc but they don’t let me drive it myself: I think that having some sight is really fairly essential as it can go pretty fast!

E-mails and phone calls, a bevy of Easter eggs, other delicious and thoughtful gifts from back home, lots of visits and great staff all make the rehabilitation process bearable – and there are lots of opportunities to share laughs with other patients as we struggle along.  I’ve been outside to enjoy that tiny bit of sunshine that managed to penetrate a very cold and wet Spring season.  My top ambition is to get back to all my Baking Blind activities in the next few weeks – even though I’ve managed a simple fruit salad, I can’t wait to be cooking again.  I’m making a list of everything I want to cook as soon as I’m able.  The food here is not so hot and is rather monotonous: never to see another piece of mini-pasta would be wonderful!PMB CHU CAPUCINS 2018-38

My thanks to San Francisco’s Lighthouse organisation for their patience while I make good my recovery to complete the rest of my Holman prize project: I’m sure that all the future videos and recipes will be worth the wait.

 

Penny

Inspired by Baking Blind, China, Rotary Club and Lighthouse.

See Toby’s creative process https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=jyJcGAwAIsA  and hear his thanks for the truly inspirational trip to China that resulted in his excellent new artworks and the success of his inaugural exhibition.  The Holman prize has reached further than could have been imagined.    All thanks to the funding from the Chongqing Rotary Club and San Francisco’s Lighthouse organisation

See more of Toby’s work here.

 

Penny

British Vogue applauds China artworks

Fabulous illustrations by Baking Blind videographer, nephew Toby, are extra benefits of our culinary world tour – all made possible by the San Francisco LightHouse organisation.

Toby (and I) found the pace and innovation of development in Chongqing in China breathtakingly inspirational.  This was the underpinning theme of his first solo London exhibition last week and his work caught the eye of Vogue magazine.    He has already gained recognition for his “tower” illustrations such as the compilation of London architecture featuring on the china collection being sold by Selfridges on Oxford Street.  He has developed this concept further with a tower of iconic Chinese buildings and is starting to use “glow-in-the-dark” inks to capture the wild night illuminations.

I’m very touched that he dedicated the exhibition to me and the Baking Blind project  which gave us both the chance of so many new experiences – we will be publishing all the videos in a few months once I return to the UK after my accident recuperation in France.

Stop Press: I’ve managed to stand three times this week (nearly unaided) so the soft-shoe shuffle can’t be far away – not bad for just three months since near death.

Penny

Baking Blind China visit inspires Toby’s exhibition.

My nephew, Toby, is a key member of the Baking Blind team: he is the videographer who has captured all the thrills and spills of my cooking adventure over the last year.  He was intrepid in accompanying me throughout the world tour and, as himself a professional freelance architectural illustrator, was inspired by China .  I am thrilled that the Holman prize (funded by San Francisco’s Lighthouse organisation) has produced this extra outcome – and am very humbled that he has dedicated the exhibition to me.

INBETWEEN

The debut solo exhibition by

TTOBY MELVILLEBROWN

22/03/18 – 28/03/18

65 Decima St, London SE1 4QR

 

 


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​​Transformative artworks observe the troubling changes to communities in Uk and China. 

The project was inspired by a recent trip to China and an active study on the economic upheaval of cities; Chongqing and Shanghai. On returning to the UK, Toby was reminded of more familiar forms of displacement; the young unable to buy property and artists turfed out of studios due to high rents.

The resulting work is an attempt to observe the changes in our communities. Asking what should change and what should remain? Touching on gentrification, migration and preservation. This is a look at our current state and an acknowledgment that society is always in flux, always In-between.

On the Launch Night (22/03/18), the subject of transformation will be brought to life by 8 brand new drawings. Intricately detailed artworks that change under specialist lighting. In the adjacent room, risograph printed posters, celebrating the event will be on sale, along with a live draw, free beers and specially composed acoustics.

The following Saturday (24/03/18), budding creatives, (ages 6 to 15), are invited to the In-between Invisible Ink Workshop. An event in partnership with Little Architect. The afternoon will begin with a short presentation from Toby and Little Architect, followed by a drawing activity, where attendees will then be invited to consider their own surroundings, what it is they enjoy and what they’d like to change. Finally there will be a chance to create a mural which uses invisible inks to convey the transitory nature of the city. Little Architect is an education and learning platform for teaching architecture and sustainability in London’s primary schools led by the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Toby is most notable for his intricately imagined responses to our built environment. Subjects range from maps to architecture, contexts range from animation to wall murals. He’s been commissioned by Nike, Architectural Review, Imperial War Museum and The Crown Estate.

“Complex, exhilarating, challenging and troubling, local and transnational. Toby’s work‚ 

In-Between, observes shifting communities and their displacement in China and the UK, across time and space, class, gender and ethnicity. Where are the boundaries between them?”

Harriet Evans University of Westminster/LSE. Prof Evans is a leading voice on contemporary Chinese culture.

In-between is dedicated to Penny Melville-Brown.

In 2017, Penny became a Holman Prize finalist, awarded by LightHouse, enabling a world tour of her YouTube cooking show Baking Blind. Toby joined her as videographer and assistant. It was during their time in China that Toby was inspired to begin this project. As a blind veteran who helps those with disabilities get into work, championing a much marginalised community, Penny is someone Toby values greatly. Visit her Baking Blind YouTube channel here.

Details & links

Further info and press images: Call Laura 07875653402 or email inbetweenpromo@gmail.com

In-between promo video link 

Launch Night 22/03/18, 7-10pm RSVP link

Invisible Ink Workshop 24/03/18, 3:30-5pm RSVP link

tobymelvillebrown.com   Instagram-@tobymelvillebrown   Twitter-@toby_mel_brown   #inbetween




Penny Melville-Brown – Twist of fate interrupts world tour.

Please see below a dramatic update from Penny on her Baking Blind World Tour:

Twist of fate interrupts world tour.

It was nearly an untimely end for me and Baking Blind: in France just before Christmas scoping out more cooking opportunities, I was involved in a serious car accident https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBMOMDSInYY .

I had to be cut out of the car before being rushed to A&E – pretty close to death. Ribs and sternum were broken but, most importantly, fractured vertebrae in my neck put my spinal cord at significant risk. It took some two months in intensive care, including 5 weeks in an induced coma with life-support systems, before I started to surface. The breathing tubes stopped me talking so communicating with the French medical team was a challenge for all of us and even more complicated by my total blindness – but we all got on outstandingly and there was a great cheer for my first attempt to stand .

Now I’m in a specialist rehabilitation unit in France with physiotherapy to build my strength until my neck is properly consolidated with the bones reconnected. I’m stuck in bed but cycle on a sort of horizontal pedalo and stretch muscles as hard as possible. The move has meant learning lots of new people but they too are great in putting up with my shattered French and using their variety of English skills. I’m waiting for the next scan to discover if the neck has fused and I can start to learn how to sit, stand and walk again. So it is all likely to take at least a month or two.

Meanwhile, the videos from last year’s baking blind are all being edited and we will start releasing them when I’m back in the UK and can finish them. So, please bear with me and be patient, there’s lots of amazing footage to come.

I’m still having some difficulties managing e-mails as my IT access is a bit limited. But perhaps you could express support by sharing this blog, the video and the social media stuff as widely as you can please.

Penny

Penny

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Lorna Payne

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Twist of fate interrupts world tour.

Penny managing a smile and a wave despite her injuries

Penny managing a smile and a wave despite her injuries

It was nearly an untimely end for me and Baking Blind: in France just before Christmas scoping out more cooking opportunities, I was involved in a serious car accident https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBMOMDSInYY .

I had to be cut out of the car before being rushed to A&E – pretty close to death.  Ribs and sternum were broken but, most importantly, fractured vertebrae in my neck put my spinal cord at significant risk.  It took some two months in intensive care, including 5 weeks in an induced coma with life-support systems, before I started to surface.  The breathing tubes stopped me talking so communicating with the French medical team was a challenge for all of us and even more complicated by my total blindness – but we all got on outstandingly and there was a great cheer for my first attempt to stand .

Now I’m in a specialist rehabilitation unit in France with physiotherapy to build my strength until my neck is properly consolidated with the bones reconnected.  I’m stuck in bed but cycle on a sort of horizontal pedalo and stretch muscles as hard as possible.  The move has meant learning lots of new people but they too are great in putting up with my shattered French and using their variety of English skills.  I’m waiting for the next scan to discover if the neck has fused and I can start to learn how to sit, stand and walk again.   So it is all likely to take at least a month or two.

Meanwhile, the videos from last year’s baking blind are all being edited and we will start releasing them when I’m back in the UK and can finish them.  So, please bear with me and be patient, there’s lots of amazing footage to come.

I’m still having some difficulties managing e-mails as my IT access is a bit limited.  But perhaps you could express support by sharing this blog, the video and the social media stuff as widely as you can please.

 

Penny

Penny@laylands.co.uk