Pursuit one hundred & eight: Captured on Foot

This past Saturday the pup and I saddled up to go explore downtown Austin. I parked the car at an undisclosed location and set off for a day of discovery. There is nothing like setting out on foot with no particular destination in mind. I love the spontaneity of stumbling upon new places, listening to the sounds of life all around, and capturing whatever peaks my fancy at the moment. 

My latest obsession... the instagram app, helped me capture the discoveries of the day.

Take the journey through my snapshots below...

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Pursuit one hundred & six: Welcome Home Boy Blue

Last evening my steal of gem couch was delivered to my apartment. To say that I literally resisted reaching out to latch on and hug the two guys that delivered Boy Blue (yes, I have somehow already dubbed my vintage hella cool couch "Boy Blue") because I was astonished at how decent and totally awesome it looked in real life and in my apartment is an understatement.

If you are a recent grad like myself and are on the hunt for furniture that is not $1,000+, but still want nice ("good bones" and all) furniture, I would highly recommend going on the hunt for some hidden treasures at antique or thrift shops. After initially seeing a post for Boy Blue on a Craigslist ad this past Saturday, I knew it was the one. With a mere $180 price tag and looks that could kill, I knew that I had to reach out to the individuals at Far Out Home Fittings in Austin, Texas who had posted the ad for the couch.

After seeing the couch in person this past Sunday, and seeing its potential for greatness, I knew that it was the one. The guys over at Far Out Home Fittings were really helpful and even delivered my couch for free (bonus points). I will definitely be hitting up Far Out Home Fittings again as I saw many other items that tickled my fancy...

Maybe in a few years Boy Blue will be reupholstered, but for right now I am digging my velvet blue couch and thinking up of all the accessorizing possibilities for it and my crib.

Have you found any hidden treasures recently that have taken ahold of your creative self?

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Pursuit one hundred & five: Learning From the Pursuit of Another ~ Helen Anderson

Hello to all pursuit followers!

My name is Helen Anderson and in 2011 I graduated with an honours degree in Interior Architecture, from Edinburgh Napier University. Since graduation, time seems to have flown by, however I have still managed to fit in many wondrous pursuits on the way to finding what I really want to do, where I want to be and ultimately how to achieve this!

Since finishing university I have come to realise a number of things.  University is an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone.  However, it can be hard to adjust back into to reality and the 'real world' after spending three or four years in what - on reflection - seems like a bubble. To suddenly be surrounded by the pressures of getting a good job, paying off student debts, finding somewhere to live can be a haunting experience, particularly so during these times of recession in the economy. Thankfully I have not been totally blind to these realties, as I have always worked in a restaurant or cafe since I was 13, which has given me a fair insight to the reality of working life! As they say: 'a waitress job sets you up for life!'  However, after months of filling in application forms for jobs and internships, working in a cafe to pay the rent was only making me feel more lost. I soon realised that it was time to stop and focus on the creative things I love to do and work on expressing my creative skills and aim to ultimately make a living out of it!  This is where self-motivation kicks in! I am enjoying the challenge of doing all this here in sunny Northern Ireland. I am very lucky to be surrounded by encouraging and inspirational people and to have amazingly foresighted parents! Having time now to reflect on the creative projects which I have completed over the years has opened opportunities to me to explore new ways of expressing my work and to build a portfolio which more accurately represents my creative outlook.


Since I moved back home in the summer, new opportunities have thankfully evolved, gaining experience is essential part of getting me on track!... I have been involved in local voluntary work with some local designer firms, which is giving me great insight.  My dad being one of them! As he continues to give me a great understanding into how his architectural practice is run with some great experience gained on some of his design projects which I love getting involved in, and ultimately having an input of my ideas at different design stages.

I have always known through my studies what I was going to do next or where I wanted to study next, but after university, I entered uncharted territory, not knowing what to do or where to go next. I had to take a step back and allow myself time to take stock of my experiences and gather all that I have achieved. Over the past few months I have been focusing on my photography more than anything else. I have also taking time to return to painting and have even managed to squeeze in a couple of commissioned paintings for friends which has been great and I hope it continues! In the future, I hope to travel everywhere I can in the world, taking the opportunity to discover new places and people and also creatively documenting my travels!

Design Project Render

I have also been spending time getting into this business of social networking. Although challenging at first, documenting my creative pursuits through online social networking sites has been a great way of collating my creative expressions, finding new ways to stand out from the crowd in a competitive creative world, which in a way has almost sign-posted the way forward for me, pointing me in useful directions and allowing me to connect with like-minded people.  Building and updating my sites through research and documenting is something I hope to work on improving in the future…I know that it can open great opportunities that I want to explore!

There are so many different kinds of social and creative media networking sites out there, that for me it has been about trial and error and finding out what works best for me. Already it has been very rewarding for me, as it has given me a new outlook on the creative world and what is out there and importantly how I can get my 'stuff' out there. Sharing and connecting with other creatives really helps me to keep going and motivates me to improve what I do. I believe that if you keep doing what you love and continue to work hard then good things will come.

Commissioned Artwork

Thank you to Price for giving me this opportunity as your guest speaker on The Pursuits of Price! I met Price in the beautiful city of Edinburgh at university when she was on an exchange visit!  I was doing final exams at the time so sadly I did not get to see her for very long but it has been great to make contact with her again through the powers of creative networking and realizing we have similar creative pursuits!

It would be great to hear from all you pursuers of pursuits out there!  Any feedback or advice is also very welcome :)

Follow me online for my latest creative adventures

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If you are interested in purchasing any of my work or would like a commission of any sort please do not hesitate to contact me. 
email: helen@haarchitecture.com

I look forward to hearing from you all! 



Pursuit one hundred & three: INSPIRIT

Time is Nothing // Around The World Time Lapse from Kien Lam on Vimeo.

Several of my friends have recently shared this video time lapse created by Kien Lam on Facebook. It takes viewers on a visual journey through his three hundred and forty three day trip across seventeen different countries in which he captured six thousand two hundred and thirty seven photographs.

Watch it in full screen... WAY COOLER.

The experience of travel is something that has been fundamentally engrained in me by my parents. Appreciating the opportunities to do so, and readily seeking out these chances is something that I want to continue to do throughout my life.

As the hustle and bustle of every day life, work, and responsibilities seem to be encroaching on me, it is videos like this that remind me that life is short, one should seek out all opportunities, travel, and cherish the times you have with the people who have known forever, and the people you have just met.

Several countries and a state that I hope to visit in the near future are New Zealand, Canada, and Maine.

Where do you hope to venture to some day?

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