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number 689
Having grown up in the country, travelled the world. I took two art degrees. Now aside from designing and making the odd tool, my art is all about trees. I carve spoons, spatulas, crochet hooks and small bowls. All from British hardwoods.  I feel hedge laying is a form of 3-D sculpture as you tame a wild growth into a stock proof barrier aided by stakes and binders. 
inspired by Bob Thomas  

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number 686
My historical circumstances, childhood conditions, genetic inheritance — that’s about it. Same as anyone. If the question was, what do you want to do, mostly, the answer would be more revealing. I want to do what I like. But it’s an illusion and it leads to a form of imprisonment. You can only be “you” in relation to others. There’s a lot of limitations you have to acknowledge consciously. Otherwise you’re trapped in unconscious patterns that mean “you” is much less than it could be. What makes me “me” is whirling around doing this and that thinking it’s an escape from something I ought to be doing, and then gradually I really have to do it.
inspired by Matthew Collings

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number 685
What makes me /me is the way I perceive my surroundings as viewed from an ever changing and subjective center. The experience of belonging and at the same time feeling displace by this incredible city, where instability and change are my ground.  My paintings are the result of thoughts that evolve from that concept, and I am my thoughts.
inspired by Manel Lledós  

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number 683
There is no continuous self. The ego tricks us into the belief in ‘selfhood’. Everyone’s idea of who they are and who other people are is entirely generated by their own mind/consciousness. The true mystery is that when I point to myself I point towards my chest and my heart, but not my head and my brain. ‘I’ am located in your brain, your mind.
inspired by Simon Lee   

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number 678
I think that what makes me me is my automatic turn up the volume of my voice when I get excited of the ongoing conversation; it comes from my grandmother, the same tone of woman that had to fight with her father for her right to study and with her husband for her right to work.
inspired by Stefania Zocco

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number 675
Having a charismatic father.
Moving from a girls’ grammar school to the amazing freedom of expression at Bradford Art College just before 16 years old.
13 years married to a silent violent man.
Having two sons.
Being an artist, being creative, having a visual relationship with the world.
Having many illnesses over 25 years including breast cancer, end stage liver disease and a liver transplant and breaking both arms this year.
The highs and lows of family.
The love of my husband for the last 37 years.
Finding a spiritual home as a Quaker where nothing is set, no creed, no prayer to be said.

inspired by Angela Cheetham Wilkinson

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number 671
Places and People, Worcester, St Mary’s Convent School, St Martin’s Church Choir, Girl Guiding, Loughborough Uni, Towers, Elvyn Richards, Sandwich Kent, Family, my girls, Friends, Cats, Schools, Countryside, The sea.
inspired by Jo Martin

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number 670
To answer your question. For me I believe a large part of what makes me, me, is my hair. I’m half Scottish and Irish which has landed me with some pretty red hair which I used to absolutely hate. I hate that it made me different and boys found me ugly for it. It was a tough thing to overcome growing up but I believe it’s taught me some very important lessons such as not valuing what other people think. If my mum had let me dye it when I was younger I don’t think I would have had the same outcome and confidence and self assurance that it has given me now. So that’s a large part of what has made me me.
inspired by Megan Turpie

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number 669
What makes me, me. I am 5ft1 of professional daydreamer. But most of that is drive and passion for things that matter most to me. Such as my degree, my sports, making my family and friends proud. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some inspiring places and do some crazy things. Adrenaline junkie is definitely in my genetics.
inspired by Emily Terrington

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number 667
I am not really organised yet I am a perfectionist. I pay attention to the smallest of details and in real life as well small things really matter to me. I empathise with other people instead of quickly judging them. What really makes me/ me is the fact that I have struggled a lot but came out as a braver, stronger and wiser person.
inspired by Isha Shah

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number 664
My mum’s Spanish fire and my dad’s quintessential Britishness makes me, being born in London but growing up in Madrid but going to boarding school in the UK and then moving to Cambridge with my family. Never knowing what to say when someone asks me where I’m from.
inspired by Elena Cumming

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number 663
What makes me me is purposefully enjoying the little things. Using my mistakes to better myself, generating the confidence to achieve the very most I can.
inspired by Anonymous