I am thrilled to have made it through to the 2nd round of judging for the Visual Art Open. So I'm going to use this blog entry as an opportunity to share the inspiration behind my shortlisted piece, 'Manchester in passing'. I got the inspiration for this piece when I was drinking an Americano in the upstairs of a Cafe Nero in Manchester. Coffee time is a sacred time for me. It gets my creative juices flowing and can give me the all important inspirational spark for a project.