Blake Shelton Talks About Falling in Love with Gwen Stefani Saying Their Lives Had 'Basically Fallen Completely Apart'

The Voice and divorces oddly brought Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani together. They are still together years later and are working together again on the competition show.

Now they are releasing a new duet. Shelton reflected on their relationship when talking about the song. Find out what he had to say about their lives falling apart when they came together and more.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani bonded over their divorces

The singers were both going through a divorce in 2015. When Shelton announced his breakup with Miranda Lambert, Stefani reached out to him.

“That’s kind of how our friendship and bond started, that day,” Shelton told Billboard. “It went from that, to checking in on each other once a week through email — ‘This sh*t happened to me, what happened to you?’ — to maybe three times a week, then every day, to ‘Hey, here’s my phone number if you ever want to text.’”

He then sweetly added, “Next thing I know, I wake up and she’s all I care about, and I’m ­wondering if she feels the same about me.”

They reportedly are taking things slow after falling fast

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The couple found love shortly after their breakups. However, that reportedly is leading them to take their time with dating.

“Gwen and Blake fell in love so soon after their marriages ended that they needed to take time to live their new lives together,” a source told ET. “They both were in very difficult situations and relied on one another throughout their process.”

The source continued, “It actually brought them closer together. Blake loves Gwen and had always wanted children, so her boys have been one of the biggest gifts in his life. He raves about them all the time.”

Shelton said their lives fell apart when they got together

The country singer reflected on how he fell in love with Stefani because of their new duet together. That happened during their second season of The Voice together.

“By the second time she came around, both of our lives had basically fallen completely apart,” Shelton told ET. “And little did we know it happened to both of us at the same time and we bonded over that. So somewhere in that time of darkness it ended up being the greatest moment of my life. It’s amazing, it truly is.”

It seems like he believes it was all meant to happen the way it did. “Both of us know that the timing, and the way she and I met and came together, it just felt like home, that’s not an accident,” he said. “I think that the way that she and I were able to save each other’s lives and get ourselves through that time it was evidence to us that God had a hand in it.”

The couple sounds like they’re still very much in love. Their new duet, “Nobody But You” will touch on that.

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Ana de Armas: Latinas have more to offer than ‘only playing maids or prostitutes’

Ana de Armas is the “lead” of the Knives Out ensemble, which was a refreshing way to frame the vintage-y murder mystery. I went into the film thinking that it would mainly be told through the investigation led by the gentleman sleuth playing by Daniel Craig. But the bulk of the story is really told through Ana de Armas’ nurse character, Marta. Not only is Ana getting tons of attention and awards nominations for Knives Out, she’s also going to be a “Bond Girl” in No Time to Die. Apparently, Daniel Craig gave his approval after working with her on Knives Out, and now Ana is a big deal and about to become an even bigger deal. She spoke at length to the Hollywood Reporter about being Cuban and Latina, typecasting and working with Daniel. Some highlights:

She originally passed on Knives Out because Marta was described as a “pretty Latina caretaker.” “Getting an email that described the character like that — without any more information or a script attached because it was high-profile and secret — just really didn’t speak to me. Latinas rarely exist at the center of a film, especially not in the context that we have in this movie. So, because of the character description, my imagination immediately went to a portrayal that was not necessarily very positive or exciting in relation to Latin culture. So, when I finally read the script, I realized that the description didn’t fit at all because Marta is so much more than that.

On typecasting for Latina women: “I’m very proud to be Cuban and a Latina, and always will be. It’s just that we have more to offer than only playing maids or prostitutes. I don’t want to play into that game because I want to represent my culture in a more positive way. We have a lot more to offer. Maybe at the beginning of my career, I was getting more auditions or opportunities for those roles, but it hasn’t been like that lately. It’s been pretty awesome lately. All this time and effort, holding my ground and staying true to this belief that I have about finding more positive roles is paying off. Now, I’m actually finding roles that I want to play — not necessarily Latinas either. I’m an actor, and I will play a Latina forever, but I also want to play anybody because that’s my job. So, I don’t want anybody conditioning me or telling me that there’s a limit because I’m not from here or from there. So, I like to prove them wrong.

Working with Daniel Craig on No Time To Die: “A movie like James Bond is a different kind of production. It’s a different mindset, physicality and preparation. It was terrifying to be asked to portray a “Bond Girl” who’s actually in a moment of change. Having met Daniel before and getting along so well on the set of Knives Out, there was nothing awkward when I got to the Bond set. There was no ice to be broken. It was just easy and smooth. Daniel is the most relentless, hard-working and professional actor you can imagine. He can be in pain from a broken bone, exhausted and still show up. He’s so serious about it, and the way he does it is just incredible and so respectable. It was so nice and helpful that we got along and got to know each other before Bond.

Director Cary Fukunaga was the one who approached her about playing a Bond Girl: “I think it was Cary’s idea. Some of the film takes place in Cuba, and Cary called me to say that this character doesn’t exist yet in the script but he kept thinking about me and would write it for me. When he brought up the idea to Barbara and Daniel, Daniel was completely on board and supportive of it, which made me very happy. We had literally wrapped Knives Out a month before that. When we were shooting Knives Out, he was already training and preparing for Bond, which wasn’t a part of my life yet. So, it happened to be a very happy coincidence.

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I think it’s kind of cool that she got the Bond gig a month after filming Knives Out, and that Daniel Craig was all for it… but that he didn’t put her up for the job. What she says about Latina stereotyping and typecasting is good too, and I would imagine she’s already spent years rejecting scripts where she would play nurses, maids and hookers. Anyway, she’s really good in Knives Out and I kind of wanted her to end up with Chris Evans’ character Ransom, if only for a night of hot sweater action. But I’ll settle for Ana getting tons of recognition for the role.

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Arsenal vs Man City betting tips: Back goals galore at Emirates as Guardiola’s City look to return to winning ways – The Sun

THE fixtures come thick and fast now as the Premier League enters a frantic winter period.

With European fixtures out the way, this is make or break time in the season and we've got betting selections from another packed schedule of top-flight action this weekend.

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IT'S turning into a bit of procession at the top of the Premier League.

Just two weeks ago all the talk was Man City catching Liverpool – but now it seems only the Foxes can pounce if Klopp's men blow it again.

City are left in an unfamiliar situation following their meek surrender in the Manchester derby.

Guardiola's side have lost two of their last five and are a whopping 14 points off top-spot. In December.

All they can do from here is find that winning formula, try not to drop more silly points and hope Liverpool mess up.

This isn't a fantastic time for them to be playing Arsenal, who shocked themselves out of a nine-game winless run against West Ham on Monday night.

It looked like the same old story until Gabriel Martinelli opened the second-half floodgates at the London Stadium.

Nicolas Pepe finally looked like a footballer, whilst even Granit Xhaka was being 'ole'd' by the travelling fans at the end. A fortnight really is a long time in this game.

Do we back Arsenal to beat City at a baying Emirates with Ljungberg in the hot-seat? No. Even at a whopping 11/2.

Both of these sides have huge issues at the back.

The Gunners have a goal difference of ZERO going into this one – 24 scored, 24 conceded.


Whilst City have let in 19 goals this term already, which is more than Crystal Palace, Sheff Utd and Leicester.

In their title-winning campaign last season, Guardiola's side conceded just 23 in 38 games. I'll say it again – it's only December.

Basically, get your hard-earned on the goals market.

City have scored three or more in four of the last five meetings, winning all of those matches.

They're an evens shot to do it again – that's hard to turn down against this shambolic Gunners rearguard who are decimated with injuries on the flanks.

If you want to play it safe, a goal to be scored by either team in both halves is 2/5.

That's something which has happened in Arsenal's last six home games.

And as it's Sunday afternoon, why not treat yourself to a daft one? Arsenal to score two or more in the second half – as they did against West Ham – is 9/2.

If they're behind at half time, which is very much a possibility, it's not as a rash as you might think.

SunSport's best bets

City to score three or more at the Emirates again: Evens

Goal to be scored in each half: 2/5

Arsenal to score at least two after the break: 9/2

*Odds correct at time of publication

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Hallmark Channel pulls ad featuring kissing lesbian brides

Several commercials featuring two brides kissing at a wedding ceremony were yanked from the Hallmark Channel after a conservative mom’s group reportedly targeted the spots as anything but family-friendly.

A spokesman from the channel told the New York Times that the “public displays of affection” were against Hallmark publicity, but wouldn’t explain why a similar spot featuring a bride and groom was still on the air. The series of ads featuring a variety of couples were bought by Zola, a wedding planning website. They began airing Dec. 2.

“The decision not to air overt public displays of affection in our sponsored advertisement, regardless of the participants, is in line with our current policy, which includes not featuring political advertisements, offensive language, R-rated movie content, and many other categories,” the spokesman told the NYT.

One Million Moms took credit on its website for having the ads removed after launching a petition drive against Hallmark. “1MM has personally spoken with Crown Media Family Networks CEO Bill Abbott who confirmed Hallmark Channel has pulled the Zola.com commercial, featuring a same-sex couple, from their network,” according to a post on the site. “He reported the advertisement aired in error, but he was informed about it after hearing from concerned 1MM supporters. Way to go! The call to our office gave us the opportunity to also confirm the Hallmark Channel will continue to be a safe and family friendly network. Praise the Lord!”

The conservative organization claims it started the petition when it began receiving messages about the same-sex couple ads, like this one from an apparent member: “Please Hallmark … we are fed up with having the gay agenda crammed down our throats! You are one of the few channels we thought we would not have to deal with this issue! Please remove this and any other gay, lesbian, bisexual, or anything else it is called from your channels. … We love you but won’t keep watching with this type of ads.” Another wrote, “Why would you show a lesbian wedding commercial on the Hallmark Channel? Hallmark movies are family friendly, and you ruined it with the commercial.” As of Saturday evening, more than 26,000 people signed the petition.

It didn’t take long before One Million Moms became a punchline on Saturday Night Live. During Saturday’s Weekend Update segment, Michael Che told the following joke: “The group One Million Moms is boycotting the Hallmark Channel for airing a commercial featuring a same sex couple getting married and kissing. Listen ladies, relax. If your kid is watching the Hallmark Channel, he already gay as hell.”

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Hero Ben Foster rescues stricken Watford fan, 80, who fell in ditch after car broke down and offers him season ticket – The Sun

BEN FOSTER turned into a hero for one elderly Watford fan — rescuing him from a ditch.

The generous Hornets stopper pulled over to help an 80-year-old dementia sufferer after he decided to walk home following problems with his car.

The story of former Manchester United, West Brom and England keeper Foster's generosity has gone viral on social media.

After their 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace, Foster, his wife Kate and dad were driving down a dual carriageway when they saw the unnamed man walking down a dual carriageway, before turning around to help.

The story shared by Dior Angus on Twitter said: "He's been a season ticket holder for like 60 years.

"He's 80. Early sufferer of dementia so he's going to have to stop going soon.

"He left the ground, went to start his car. Flat battery.

"God knows why but he thought he would walk 10 miles home. Gets down this dark dual carriageway.

"Falls down into a ditch. Car pulls over to help him.

"It's Ben Foster, his Mrs and his dad.

"Said they had seen him about a mile back and they all said something didn't seem right him walking on his own in the dark so they came back round to find him and he was lying in the ditch.

"Took him home and cleaned him up.

"Asked what he's doing for Christmas and he's welcome to theirs if he's gonna be alone.

"Ben said he would sort his season ticket for next season if he can still go."

Foster was in action for bottom-of-the-table Watford as they lost 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday.

They have won just one game in the Premier League this season and currently have just nine points, six points behind Aston Villa in 17th.

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Scarlett Johansson on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

Look, sometimes an entire episode is a big swing and a miss. It happens. It’s somewhat surprising that it happened while Scarlett Johansson hosted, because her previous five hosting gigs have yielded consistently solid episodes. But that’s the nature of the Saturday Night Live beast: Some weeks everything just sorta sits there, comic-adjacent but never really coming into focus. Let’s put it this way: you know it’s not the show’s week when even Bowen Yang’s Chen Baio fails to truly land.

It’s tempting to invent reasons why this episode dragged for most of the evening. But it’s much easier to simply realize that a show that starts from scratch every week will collectively falter every once in a while, even with a proven excellent host such as Johansson. It’s more than likely all will be forgotten and forgiven once Eddie Murphy hosts next week, but for now we can only wonder what might have been.

With all that said, there were a few highlights that people will surely discuss before the 2019 finale next week. Here they are:

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Last year, SNL hit a home run with “Best Christmas Ever,” a Matt Damon-led joint that showed the messiness under the quote-unquote “most wonderful time of the year.” This sketch doesn’t quite scale those heights but still depicts all the less-than-magical moments that somehow don’t make it to social media feeds.

The highlight of the sketch is the extended fight between a couple (played by Mikey Day and Heidi Gardner, the latter of whom is having another sneaky great season this year) prompted by their inability to put a pair of winter boots on their child. The editing, which had gone from one unrelated gag to another, keeps coming back to their unraveling in unexpected beats, until the camera stays with them until the bitter end. It’s a great example of the type of humor that works best when prerecorded.

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Is putting Baby Yoda on a cheap way to get SNL into the news cycle? Yup! Did it work? You betcha!

How the wardrobe department got Kyle Mooney into this outfit and into literally anything else this episode is worthy of its own documentary. Regardless, Mooney’s unique smarm charm works well here, bringing an off-kilter vibe that is half-sleazy and half-alien. Mooney’s run on the show is semi-remarkable: He rarely delivers anything that resembles traditional comedic rhythms. He’s insanely patient, confident that the crowd will eventually sync into his frequency. He’s like a gentler Norm MacDonald, or a less confrontational Will Forte. Even when it doesn’t totally connect with the audience, Mooney never loses his confidence, and that’s fantastic to watch week in and week out.

Aside from the bizarre visual of seeing his “squad” consist of Timothée Chamalet, Robert Pattinson and the guys from the Sonic commercials, this never gets too far beyond “hey, wouldn’t it be funny if Baby Yoda was kind of an egotistical jerk.” I’m also not sure anyone actually wants Baby Yoda, the only thing keeping a non-small segment of Twitter sane at this time in history, to be Milkshake Duck’ed. But that’s another argument for another article.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Clever, catchy, and ultimately unsettling as hell, this is probably the sketch of the night. Even if you know this won’t end as merrily as it starts, it’s still almost impossible to predict where it’s going to go. The fact that the couple at the center of this tale probably sent their daughter down a rabbit hole of psychosexual confusion for the next few decades should probably eliminate it from contention, but as I said at the outside: It was a slow week.

Sketches that tell a movie’s worth of plot in under three minutes will always have an inside track on making an appearance here each week, and this one’s a doozy. One gets the impression that while this is the first time the daughter has caught her mommy kissing Santa Claus, this is far from the first time the roleplay that unfolds has occurred. The gist seems to involve a Craigslist ad, some cuck-ho-ho-holding, fake murder by choking, and a tidy sum for a job well done.

The lyrics that Cecily Strong sings are remarkable for their cadence and strict adherence to the natural flow of the original lyrics. But it’s the realization at the end that her witnessing the entire event is also something worthy of further examination that sends this sketch onto another level entirely. The sketch isn’t kink-shaming the adults by any means, but it’s also depicting the very moment of a child’s sexual awakening in scene involving her parents. The innocence with which Strong plays the part belies the implications of that, which makes it fascinating even while it’s fairly uncomfortable. For a show that so often plays it safe, this sketch is anything but.

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Thrifty tenant transforms staircase in rented home for just £20 using paint and laminate flooring from B&M

ADDING your own personal touch to a rented property can be tricky, but one woman has been called a "dream tenant" after refurbishing her staircase for just £20.

Sharing the transformation on Facebook, the post has since racked up over 4,000 likes as well as hundreds of comments from impressed social media users.

Posting images of the transformation, the woman wrote: "It was so ugly under the stair carpet, my landlord's been saying about replacing it for months but I couldn't bear to look at it any longer.

"Cost – one tin of wood paint and one pack of laminate cut to size, so £20-25.

"My landlord is fine with it, but I honestly didn't mind paying to do this because it looked so disgusting and I'm just so happy I don't have to see it every time I go upstairs now.

"The paint was just an own brand one for wood, I think it was from Wilko. Nothing expensive anyway. I haven't sealed it or anything but will see how it lasts."

The DIY guru went on to explain how she managed to achieve the look, even revealing she'd snapped up the laminate for just a tenner.

"Anyway, just filled in the holes before sanding down the treads (didn't bother with the back bits because the laminate covers them) and painted the skirting and treads, took a few coats," she continued.

"Was quite lucky with the laminate I just came across it by chance in B&M one day and it was reduced to a tenner because the box was damaged.

"I had to use one piece per step, cut them to size and stuck them on, but not too much – so I could easily pry them off if I have to remove them when I move out.

"It's not too slippy, maybe if you had wet feet or something, was thinking of putting some carpet treads down but I'm not too sure."

Other bargain hunters on the DIY On A Budget Official page were impressed, with one landlord saying the woman sounded like "a great tenant".

Another wrote: "Beautiful, well done. What a transformation! Dream tenant."

In other home news, we told you how one mum created an incredible feature wall using FREE samples from Wilko and B&Q and a £2.38 template.

We also revealed how one woman created incredible princess wall partition for her daughter who sleeps in their room to ‘give her space’.

And we showed you workers transform their office into a giant maze with cardboard Christmas trees, the ‘North Pole’ and a snowball pit.

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Anna Karina, Star of French New Wave Cinema, Is Dead at 79

Anna Karina, the Danish-born actress who became a symbol of the French New Wave — or Nouvelle Vague — in Jean Luc Godard’s 1960s films, died on Saturday in Paris. She was 79.

The death was confirmed by France’s culture minister, Franck Riester, in a post n Twitter and by her agent, Laurent Balandras, who wrote that the cause was cancer. He called her “a legend, an icon.”

Making her first film in her teens, Ms. Karina started at the top: Godard’s “Le Petit Soldat” (“The Little Soldier”), about terrorism during the French-Algerian War. The film, shot in 1960, was not released until 1963 because of censorship. Between those two events, Ms. Karina won the 1961 best actress award at the Berlin International Film Festival for Godard’s “Une Femme Est Une Femme” (“A Woman Is a Woman”), in which she played an unmarried stripper who wants to have a baby.

“Whatever Godard required, Karina provided,” The Guardian newspaper wrote in 2016. “She could be headstrong and wayward, gorgeous and broken. She was the effervescent free spirit of the French New Wave, with all of the scars that the position entails.”

Her other full-length Godard films, released between 1961 and 1966, were “Vivre Sa Vie” (“My Life to Live”), about a young woman who drifts into prostitution; “Bande à Part” (“Band of Outsiders”), a crime comedy about a romantic triangle and a burglary; “Pierrot le Fou,” a crime drama about a bored husband on the run with his former mistress, an arms smuggler; “Alphaville,” a science-fiction tale set in a loveless dystopian future; and “Made in U.S.A.,” a crime comedy set in Atlantic-Cité, a fictional French town.

In later years, Ms. Karina played down the notion that she and Godard — whom she married in 1961 — were reinventing cinema, as some film historians liked to say, but she did acknowledge his unusual directorial style.

“In older Hollywood movies, a character will make an entrance, close a door, light a cigarette, sit down, have a drink,” she told The New York Times in 2016. “In Jean Luc’s movies, you were doing everything at once. And sometimes you wouldn’t shut the door all the way. Sometimes your cigarette wouldn’t light on the first try.” It was, she recalled, “more like being than acting.”

Whether playing a streetwalker or a terrorist, Ms. Karina managed to look flirtatious, with her dark hair, wispy bangs, heavy eyeliner and chic wardrobe of sailor-uniform tops, knee socks, lots of plaid and perky headwear, from berets to boaters.

She went on to make about three dozen other films, and took up directing with the 1973 film “Vivre Ensemble.” “I wanted to see if I could do it. That’s all,” she told The Guardian decades later. She also directed, wrote and starred in her last film, “Victoria” (2008), about a woman with amnesia traveling in Canada.

Ms. Karina also pursued a singing career, with late-1960s hits like “Sous le Soleil Exactement” (“Exactly Under the Sun”), and “Roller Girl,” written by Serge Gainsbourg. And she wrote four novels, including “Golden City” (1983), which she described to the quarterly Film Comment as “a kind of thriller, with gangsters.”

But she was still best known for her earliest film roles.

Hanne Karin Bayer was born on Sept. 22, 1940, in Solbjerg, Denmark, a suburban town on the country’s east coast. Her father left the family a year after her birth. Her mother ran a dress shop.

Hanne lived with her maternal grandparents for three years and was in foster care for four years but eventually went back to live with her mother.

At 14, she dropped out of school, sang in cabarets and worked as a television model. At 17, she ran away from home — hitchhiking to Paris — and was discovered by the casting director of an advertising agency while sitting at Les Deux Magots, the fashionable Left Bank cafe. During a photo shoot for Elle magazine, she met the fashion designer Coco Chanel, who advised her to change her name.

Godard, a film critic at the time, saw her in a movie theater ad for a Palmolive bath product. When he subsequently offered her a small part in his first full-length film, “Breathless” (1960), she objected to doing a nude scene. Godard said he didn’t understand — after all, he had just seen her onscreen in a bathtub, looking very comfortable and showing plenty of skin.

“I wasn’t nude,” she told him, according to a 2016 interview with Vogue magazine. “That was your imagination.” She had been wearing a swimsuit in the tub, she said, and “the soapsuds were up to my neck.”

Godard called again and cast her in his next film, “Le Petit Soldat.” Because she was a minor at the time, under French law she had to seek permission from her estranged mother, who flew to Paris to sign the contract.

Her later films included Luchino Visconti’s “The Stranger” (1967), Tony Richardson’s “Laughter in the Dark” (1969), Franco Brusati’s “Bread and Chocolate” (1974) and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Chinese Roulette” (1976). She also did two films with Jacques Rivette, almost 30 years apart: “The Nun” (1966) and “Up, Down, Fragile” (1995).

Ms. Karina had little connection with American movies. She had a role in George Cukor’s “Justine” (1969), but it had an international cast, including Anouk Aimée and Dirk Bogarde. She also made an appearance in Jonathan Demme’s “The Truth About Charlie” (2002), but it was filmed mostly in France.

After her divorce from Godard (“He would say he was going out for cigarettes and come back three weeks later,” she told The Guardian), she married several other times. Her second and third husbands, Pierre Fabre and Daniel Duval, were actors, and both marriages ended in divorce. She married the American-born film director Dennis Berry in 1982.

Ms. Karina was happy to acknowledge Godard as a Pygmalion figure, but also pointed out her own contributions. As she told a French video interviewer in the 1960s, “I gave him self-confidence.”

Adam Nossiter and Iliana Magra contributed reporting.

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Badass female wood carving artist creates pieces for Stranger Things

If you don’t know the name Griffon Ramsey, you probably should.

The American artist, 39, is one of the few women performing chainsaw art and wants to encourage more females to start practising the art form.

Her quirky pieces sell for up to $10,000 (£7,554) and she creates pieces for the likes of Stranger Things and Nickelodeon.

Her edgy and bold style has seen her dubbed as the ‘rock star of the art world’ and it’s not without merit. Griffon has carved one famous woodland creature you might recognise.

Guardian of the Galaxy’s loveable tree-like being Groot was immortalised in Griffon’s work.

The video where she creates the iconic character amassed 115,000 views in just three days and Griffon has had more than four million views on her YouTube channel.

She’s pretty badass.

Griffon has been crafting her skill for the last eight years and even took up ice carving two years ago.

She adds that there’s both pros and cons of working in a largely male-dominated industry.

‘Being a female in a male-dominated world is a strange juxtaposition of opportunities and pitfalls,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

‘There are very few of us, and we stand out. Even men who use chainsaws for work would be considered extra macho. As women, we’re complete badasses.

‘I just know that despite it all, we are doing the same amount of work for as many hours and typically with less upper body strength.’

For the most part, though, it’s a lot of fun and Griffon’s family members are also fans of the woodwork.

‘Chainsaw sculpting has added so much radiance to my life,’ she adds.

‘I’ve been amazed at the places it’s taken me, and the people I’ve met through the artform.

‘I’m part of an international family of incredibly gifted, self-sufficient people covered in sawdust. Every year brings exciting new adventures, as well as cathartic, satisfying work life.’

One of her favourite aspects is all the travelling she’s been able to do, exploring the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.

This week she’s in London, performing a live exhibition at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, where the public has been able to watch as she creates a unique work of art over the course of 30 hours.

Griffon adds that each artwork is a piece of herself and that she pushes herself in each one.

‘I look forward to carving and leaving a little of myself on every continent on the planet.


‘Although I’m most proud of the large scale, public works I’ve had the good fortune to create in the past, my favourite project is always what is coming next.

‘If we don’t rest on our laurels, every piece is an improvement on the next.’

You can catch the exhibition until 16 December at the StolenSpace Gallery in Shoreditch.

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