Behind the Scenes: Using Google Spreadsheets to create a CSV data feed

So I have a few stores online stores and places to buy stuff on demand from various companies which create and our Jiggy Shop stuff.
From T-shirts, to bags and camera gear, there’s quite a bit in Our Jiggy Creationz Shop. So there are some systems like, our Instagram Shop which allow you to tag products and items from your shop, in the site.

So let’s look at the how to host your data feed on Google Docs. For this post, I will assume you already have a Google account. If not, you will be prompted to set one up once you go into Google Docs.

What is a CSV data feed?

CSV (Comma-Serperated Values / Variables) is a file format where you can make a list of things, which are separated by (guess what) commas. A CSV data feed uses a file save in this format to feed (send) information to another system. In this post, the system we will feed data to is Facebook Business, which then feeds to Instagram shop.

Why do I need one?

Well if you want to be able to manage, your shop links on the go, you should consider this option because once it’s set up, I can be a massive time saver. By using Google Spreadsheets to host your csv, you can update it anywhere (as long as you have internet access on your phone, laptop or desktop, and haven’t locked yourself out of your account!).

Great! Where do I go to get one?

Head of over to Google Spreadsheets and log in. That’s pretty much it. You can then create your csv file.

How do I create my own feed?

Different Systems have different needs when you create the CSV. For Instagram Shop / Facebook Business Catalogue you can download the template

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Back to the Drawing Board – Life Drawing, Denmark

It’s been a long time since I did any life drawing. In fact it’s almost 20 years ago since I sat in my art class wondering why the room was so hot and why the small fan heater in the corner was on full blast, when to me it wasn’t that cold. It wasn’t until my teacher counted down and a woman pranced into the middle of the room before unveiling her naked form by letting her floral silk dressing gown fall to the floor, that I realised why the heating was on! The class gasped before swiftly holding their head down to their paper to refocus on the task at hand… Draw the lady in the middle.

Fast forward to today, where I was invited by the #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle Tiller to join them in their life drawing class at VIA University College, Denmark.

I was slightly apprehensive about doing it as I have lost confidence in my ability to draw over the years, as well as feeling a little bit scarred since my first (and at the time last) experience, but I did it anyway as I always say to Emma & Estelle to “just embrace it”!

On entering the studios there was no time to be anxious about what was going to happen or how I was going to perform or if my drawings would be good enough. The girls took me into the room, collected our drawing tool and into the studio where other artists were gathered awaiting the model arrive. At least this time I knew what was about to happen!

The posses started off quick with about 30 seconds given to draw the first sketch, and the getting longer towards the end of the 45 mins. This meant that my initial sketches looked more like stick men… and progressed to something which had a bit more detail (although not anatomically correct).

In the end I was so happy I did it and embraced my stick men!

Drawing Life with the #JiggyTwins

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It was so good to be in the company of such talented and inspirational artists who had come from all over the world to be there. A massive thanks to #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle for making this happen.

You can follow Emma and Estelle’s amazing work on Instagram and Tumblr here:
Emma – Instagram @emellex06 , Tumblr @emellex06
Estelle – Instagram @esterellda , Tumblr @godgivenfox

The session lasted just under 2 hours – two 45 min sessions with a 15 – 20 minute break in the middle.

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Spiral Art – Esther’s Ridell 172

What started off as a random doodle at 3am because I couldn’t sleep, has now grown and I have now had a few commissions. This instalment shows some of my work in progress and some speed art whilst adding the digital colour for Esther’s from Ginger Skates, using Photoshop.



For more like these have a gander on my spiral art on Red Bubble.

Also, you can follow me @craigjiggy on Twitter and Instagram #spiralart

And follow our friends at Ginger Skates in Amsterdam for your Roller Skating needs!

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Steet Girl Book Launch -- Creative Jam by Jiggy Creationz | blog.jiggycreationz.co.uk

Street Girl: Book Launch

I often get invited to creative events from book launches to art private views, and have often left with a slight feeling of “Hmmmm”. I don’t really like to do to much research into them prior to the event as I like to go in without prejudice and leave being pleasantly surprised. And the Street Girl book launch did exactly that.

Rose and myself were invited down to Brixton’s Upstairs at the Ritz performance space, to support our girl Elisha (Venus Vs Mars), who announced she will appearing in the stage version of the book.

The Struggle, The Book, The Play

The event was hosted by Nequela Whittaker the creator and inspiration for the story. Nequela gave us a compassionate welcome and emotional insight into the real life struggle which lead to the creation to the book, the play and her work with the often neglected communities across South London.

Street Girl is a gripping biographical account of a young black girl from South London, raised by a single mother and older sibling, this young girl unfortunately becomes a product of her environment.

Street Girl, Directed by Donna During, is a raw adaptation of the girl gang culture that society seems to turn a blind eye to. We aim for her story to be heard offering a lifeline to young girls and boys, or vulnerable youths who are living a similar lifestyle; or are thinking about entering such a world, to hear a first-hand, credible narrative about the street and ultimately getting them to make the right decision.

‘She’s a terror she creates havoc everywhere she goes’

Mouthie, the main character,  experiences Sex, violence, and drugs all in the mix as she embarks down the root to become a young offender.

 

Street Girl Rudely Interrupts

During the speech, a phone went off and girl started screaming at the top of her voice right next to us. As I looked in disgust, the girl dressed in a school uniform charged to the front of the stage, only to be met by two other ‘Street Girl’ types! Our vexation quickly turn to tears of joy as we noticed Elisha WAS one of girls now on stage. We  had been treated to an except from the up and coming stage production!!

Yep I’m there! Book me a Ticket  – Rollah Rose

 

Not only were we blessed by this flash mob style entrance, we heard new music from Alicai harley and poetry from Emanuel.

See The Show

 

Show dates for Street Girl with our Elisha  are Friday 27 & Saturday 28 May, 7.30pm with a FREE matinee on Friday 27th.

Tickets are available now from the Albany Theatre.

 

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Emmerdale’s Summer Fate – Behind the scenes

It’s time for another epic soap land disaster, and this time is over at Emmerdale.

So take a look behind the scenes of the creative little promo trailer. I personally love the contrast and use of black juxtaposed with the happiness and light portrait by the some of the characters, not forgetting play on words in #SummerFate.

Nice one Emmerdale!

Head over to itv.com to watch the behind the scene vid for the trailer.

#SummerFateThe choices we make are the paths we take. Who will meet their #SummerFate? Watch #Emmerdale from 7pm all this week (3 – 7 Aug) to find out…

Posted by Emmerdale on Monday, 3 August 2015

 

The choices we make are the paths we take. Go behind the scenes of the mysterious promo to learn more on what’s to come…#SummerFate

Source: Summer Fate – Behind the scenes

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Petition · European Parliament: Save the Freedom of Photography! · Change.org

On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament might destroy photography. The Freedom of taking photos in public places is under attack. Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground – This is called Freedom of Panorama. When you were on vacation, you could take a photo from the London Eye and share it with your friends on Facebook*. If someone wanted to pay you for using this photo, that was okay as well. Both is about to change may destroy photography as we know it.   Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, tried to bring the Freedom of Panorama to all countries of the EU , as few countries like France and Italy don’t have such law yet. In the majority of countries such as the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, you’re safe to take, publish and sell photos of public buildings when taken from public grounds.   However, the current draft turned the proposal upside down .  Instead of bringing the Freedom of Panorama  to the few countries that don’t know such law yet,  it would take it away from all those who do . With this, Street-, Travel- and Architecture-Photography would be dead as we know it. It is impossible to find out the architect of every public building in order to ask for permission before you can publish and possibly sell the photo.   I therefore call on the members of the European Parliament to Not limit the Freedom of Panorama in any way and instead to Bring the Freedom of Panorama to all member states of the EU so that the European Citizens can be assured to act within the law when taking and publishing photographs from public buildings anywhere in the European Union. This is necessary to embrace our European Culture and Art!   For the media, please see:  https://www.facebook.com/Sumfinity/posts/502360496584684 *As Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, points out, even the private upload of a photograph on Facebook would need the consent of the architect, as with the upload you grant Facebook a license to commercially use the photograph.

Source: Petition · European Parliament: Save the Freedom of Photography! · Change.org

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Step Fwd: 7 Questions for Elisha Myton – Acting, Playing Leah, & ‘Venus Vs Mars’

Elisha Myton Venus Vs MarsWondered what this ‘Venus Vs Mars’ is all about? Who IS Elisha you’ve been talking about? We ask our #TeamJiggy ‘queen of the stage’ Elisha Myton about getting in to acting, playing the feisty Leah and getting into Venus Vs Mars.


Craig Jiggy: Can you tell us abit about yourself and how you first got into acting?

Elisha Myton: I’ve been acting since around the age of 6/7years old. I’ve always loved acting from a very early age and I got involved in as many plays/theatre productions & musicals as I could from my early school and college days; and it all started from there really. I’ve done a lot of short films, plays & online content. I’m also a Singer, Song-writer and Poet & I have performed in quiet a few talent shows and competitions.

CJ: So how did you get involved in Venus Vs Mars?

EM: Well I’ve been a fan of Baby Isako’s writing for some time now, having seen some of her theatre productions like: ‘Bag Ladies’ & ‘Love is a Losing Game’. I actually accidentally stumbled across Venus Vs Mars online one day – when I was on YouTube and I was instantly glued. I thought to myself I’d love to be in something this! Why didn’t I know about the auditions. It’s a change from the usual stereotypical stuff I often see out there. And I could actually relate to it. That day I just said to myself if there’s another series I have to be in it. And that was it. Then I heard about the casting for series 2 online – i was so excited, I auditioned and the rest is history!

CJ: Can you tell us a little bit more about your character Leah & does she share any similar character traits to you?

EM: Yeah, so I play the character of Leah (Venus’ cousin) in Venus Vs Mars. Leah is very …. Interesting lol to say the least. She’s fiery, extremely protective of her cousin and very superstitious. Leah actually has a lot of layers to her – although she comes across as quite hard and tough, she’s also going through her own demons. Leah is a lot more aggressive than me – but she is very caring, loving and protective of her cousin Venus and those are traits that I share. Leah definitely livens up the party when she’s around, I hope you all enjoy watching her as the series unfolds.

CJ: So Venus Vs Mars is a UK all black online rom-com series turned TV drama. What an accomplishment to be commissioned by SkyLiving. What can people do to help support Venus Vs Mars?

EM: Yeah it really is such a great achievement. I’m So proud and happy to be apart of this production & I salute Baby Isako (writer), Victor Adebodun (director), Delia-Rene Donaldson; & all the cast members… We’ve taken the first step to bringing Venus vs Mars on to the TV platform however, in order to make a second series & hopefully transmit worldwide – we really need you guys to tune in every week! Tweet, blog, post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Just spread the word to as many people as possible. Keep the buzz alive and just support the movement really. Also follow Venus vs Mars on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

CJ: Tell me, how does it feel when you get messages from fans giving you props?

EM: It’s really breathtaking and humbling at the same time. I’ve had some really amazing, kind comments & it makes me feel that my acting skills are being acknowledged and enjoyed! It also made me quiet emotional which is rare for me – I was so touched by some of the comments I’ve seen. I’m so happy the viewers are enjoying my character Leah.

CJ: Where can we find out more about what your doing/ways to contact you?

EM: I’m on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter! So you can keep up-to-date with what I’m doing next & keep supporting me by following either of these mediums. Twitter: @ElishaMyton Instagram: @ElishaMyton I am also currently looking for an Agent – so please fell free to contact me also lol Elisha@jiggycreationz.co.uk

CJ: Lastly, can you tell us any spoilers for the remaining of Venus vs Mars?

EM: Nah I’m sorry you have to tune in for that. My lips are sealed. What I will say is this – it’s all brand new unseen footage here on in & you definitely need to tune in! It’s worth the watch. Tune in Thursday’s at 11pm & 11:30pm for a double whammy of Venus Vs Mars on SkyLiving Thanks a lot!

CJ: Shameless Plugs! Thank You! You can also catch up on Sky Go


So again you can catch Elisha in the show as Leah and also check out her singing talents via our instagram @jiggycreationz

Venus Vs Mars @skylivinghd 11pm Brand New Unseen Footage Make sure you tune In! ❤️ #MeetLeah

 

 

  #TeamStreet is killing us softly down on the southbank of the thames in #WhenStageMeetsStreet #OneTime   A video posted by Jiggy Creationz (@jiggycreationz) on

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