Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Love of it: Bristol's biggest indoor picnic!

I'll be there, doing the blind drawing and toy enhancing workshops. Come on!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More Blind Drawing

I do some babysitting for a fabulously creative family. Ella and Florence love blind drawing.

Here's Ellas drawings of Florence and I:

My drawings of Ella and Florence:

But I forgot Florence's drawings of Me and Ella. Sorry Flo!

Light Box Lenses

In the 'Appreciation of Beauty' Light Box trial, we make photographic lenses out of acetate, netting, sequins etc. I wrote more about this in the Light Box blog, which you can find HERE. and there are photos taken on lomo camera by the participants HERE

Here's my 2 favourites from the Fish-eye Lomo camera:


Pics from my digi-cam through the lenses



I drew this little man, I like him, but he needs rotating.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Monsters made out of Fimo

 Today I have been mostly making these friendly hill monsters. They are to be put in my oven tonight to harden (made out of Fimo) and given out as little Christmas presents. Arrrr

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We are Light Box

Website for Light Box made!

Have a look -

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

there's More to Life than Lists: drawing

This has been flapping around the studio for a few months now. Finally I have a working scanner in the studio, so here's a little drawing I did whilst invijilating the exhibition.

Lovely Packaging - Harissa Paste!

Mmm Harissa Paste, good with lots of things, expecially in pasta sauces and with tun in a nice crispy jacket potato. I buy mine from Licata & Son in Bristol. only 95p! What nice colors and images!

Christmas Cards 2009

Trying to get Xmas things done and out the way, and trying to find some enjoyment in it by not leaving it to the last minute.

Here's my Christmas card idea:

Recent Drawings

1. Ugly man
2. Curried Goat
3. Danglers
4. Lucy Barfoot in a hat
5. Grumpy pigeon man: "the only things t home here are the pigeons fouling the pavements"

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

'True Blood' title sequence

 I don't know about the show, but I love the titles for 'True Blood'

Click here to see it. Love the bit with the fox rotting especially.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

School of Saatchi

... I don't know what to make of it. Refreshing, yes. Like Xfactor for art, the public might get excited and passionate about it. But what a strange program - contemporary art + being voted off a TV programme, it just doesn't fit.

All this why why why, how exposing for the young artists. I certainly couldn't cope with that feeling of having to defend everything I make.

Watch School of Saatchi on Iplayer here I will certainly be watching, it's very interesting.

My website works!

is back online!

That's right! I think you should go and visit it. I have updated, moved around, deleted, re-colored, uploaded and edited.

Especially exciting things on my website:

Henrietta Swift: Sweet Tooth

Hemrietta Swift is a designer/illustrator who recently graduated from the university of Brighton. She has great ideas. Here is her 'Sweet Tooth' piece, wher she visually represents the phrase 'Sweet Tooth'  aimed at educating kids in brushing their teeth. She made an oversized tooth pinata and toothbrush for the hitting stick. I love pinatas!

See HERE for the 'Product Design' section of her website. She is a clever one, designing happy faces for lightswitches, planet badges, serindipity teacups and an ADVENT JUMPER!

Paul Granjon - Zprod

Paul Granjon is a wonderful, machine making man.

"I am interested in the co-evolution of humans and machines.
I build robots and other machines for shows in performances, galleries, festivals and television."

And this - the antigravitational vehicle for cats video

He makes songs using his handmade 40cm long 'Zitare', here they are. Have a listen to them!  I especially like 'La chanson du cherry pie song'

'Fluffy tamagotchi' Property of Paul Granjon
a little film about him here

'Furman' Property of Paul Granjon

"I saw Furman in a dream... I sketched the creature in my diary in the morning: a 6 foot furry thing with no arms and furry legs, delivering karate kicks in the air. A few weeks later, I decided to build the creature."

Imagine if we all made the thing we see in our dreams? Mr Granjon's immediacy is great, if only we all shared it.

Here's his website.

Rafaël Rozendaal - New Rafael

Rafaël Rozendaal is an artist who works with the internet. The majority of his work is not physical, it can all be attache to an email. And it's funny too. Very appealing for people with mouses. Here are my favorites:

And lots more, at New

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Har Mar Superstar

I used to listen to this crazy guy when I was younger. He popped into my mind whilst in the shower this morning, and I find out that he's on a UK tour NOW, in Bristol in a few days. How strange is that! 

This Har Mar persona is something I haven't seen before. He tries to be so sexy, and he's completely not. It's incredible. I like how passionate he is. Wikipedia says: "Har Mar Superstar is a character who bears several physical and behavioral similarities to porn star Ron Jeremy; he is chubby, he often performs his shows nearly nude, and appears obsessed with his own sexual prowess."  His music is apparently an 'unmistakeable brand of libidinous disco funk'

He's playing at the Thekla on 1st December. To go or not to go?

I still quite like his song 'Power Lunch' featuring Beth Ditto! Youtube video? Go on. It's awful!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christian Acouceiro

Image copyright, Cristiana Couceiro.

This lovely image just appeared on my screen. Cristiana Couceiro's blog - Hue and Saturation - is great, you should look at it. And her website too. She is an illustrator living in Lisbon.

Her work is mostly computerised collage, and I love her appreciation of color. This piece is the start of a new project based on memory and time. everything she churns out is admired by me!


Dolciodille [dohl-see oh-de-lee] are husband and wife team Ashley and dusty. They are a letterpress and design studio in Atlanta, USA. they make lovely paper things for weddings mainly. But they make lots more, for many occasions.

Their website describes them like this: "Together, they offer unique design to people in areas where the conventions aren't just tiresome and forgettable, but a dime a dozen... if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, unforgettable, and expertly crafted, then Dolci Odille offers a designer's take on things."

Here's their website
Here's their blog (very inspiring and regularly updated)

I mention them because they just updated their blog with a tutorial of how to make a miniature fabric flower garland, which is probably the cutest thing ever, and a good little project I shall be undertaking. Maybe as a Christmas present for someone, or maybe as a christmas day project (to distract myself from all the eating) the tutorial can be found in this link to the Once Wed website. Enjoy! I'll be making and photographing my flower garland soon, but here's one of them in the mean time. 

Look Around You

Look Around You! If you haven't seen this and you like silly silly comedy, prepare to enjoy yourself.

Peter serafinowicz is a very funny man and you can follow him on twitter or look at his website

Robert Popper is also a very funny man and you can follow him on twitter too. And here's his website

Michel Gondry -Tiny

Ok one more, Michel Gondry is my favourite. I have great admiration for him. I hugely recommend this DVD of his music videos and short films.

'Tiny' is sung in my head all day sometimes. 

I'm So Tiny
I'm so tiny
it would take a million steps to reach you

i'm so shiny
i feel crappy
i'm so tiny

i'm so tiny
i'm so tiny
my crap is the size of a grain of rice

not so shiny
i feel crappy
i'm so tiny
i'm so tiny

i'm so tiny
I keep falling into a cigarette hole?
i 'm so shiny
i feel crappy

Karni and Saul

Recently I met a wonderful couple who are incredibly creative and inspiring directors/animators/photographers. Here's their website, Sulkybunny. They have their work up there, for your viewing pleasure. You can also watch more at the Passion Paris website, and the Rokkit website. They are everywhere!

They created this beautiful Four Tet video for 'And then Patterns'

And this is lovely - Micah P Hinson - Beneath the Rose

That's enough of film for today, three blogs all on one subject, I normally want to talk about completely different things. 

Oh! Here's me in 2007 with Kieran Hebden. He IS Four Tet. I also met his mother! 

'Zingolo' by Cadburys

This advert has popped up on TV only once, but it stuck in my mind. It's the first single from Glass and a Half Full Records. 'Zingolo' featuring Tinny. Download via iTunes:

"Cadburys share of profits from the sale of the track go to the charity CARE International.

Ghana is the heart of Cadbury Dairy Milks Fairtrade Cocoa and so the track celebrates all things Ghanaian: its people, its rappers, its dancers, its cultural figures and, of course, its cocoa beans."


Grizzly Bear video - Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik, A Californian Artist created this music video for Grizzly Bear's "Ready, Able," from the album 'Veckatimest.' It's oozy stop-motion is mesmerising, It reminds me of my dreams. Dreamy music too, it's perfect.

I like her glazed 'things'. like Cats and made up animals. Her other films are available to watch on her website too, and here's a lovey still from 'Hobo Clown'. (Image: Copyright Allison Schulnik)

The Grizzly Bear video was found at Sophie Kern's Blog. She's an illustrator of sorts. Here's her website too.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Old Family Photographs

A few years ago my mum scanned in all the old family slides. I have been saving them onto the new computer today, and here are some of my favourites:


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free Beats!

Nicole showed me this, and I stole it from her blog. Free Beats! this will make you smile.

Jiggery Pokery - Tantalizer

Jiggery Pokery's blog is great. 
They have an exhibition at the Red Lion Pub on Waverton street W1. NOW, till sunday 22nd November

Hello Imac

I have upgraded! Hello Imac, it's so nice to have you.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Love of It: Bucket List

Here is a lovely thing, is set to launch on 1st Jan 2010, It will be the source of all knowledge on good wholesome fun: a calendar of fun events and a place where you can share ideas, plan events and get involved. All for the love of it. Things like:

Night swimming
Den building
Board games
Road tripping
Pin hole camera making
Couch surfing
Cheese rolling
Hole digging
Star gazing
Sand castles
Making things
Kite flying
Treasure hunts
Tree climbing
Story telling
Hula hooping
Water fighting
Hitch hiking
Beach Olympics
Book swapping
Wild swimming
Conker fights
Outdoor cinema
Inventing things

In the meantime, they are looking for writers, photographers and events organisers to jump on board. If you have an event or project you want The Love Of It to list, or if you would like to find out more and get involved please email You can join the Facebook group here and find them on twitter too.

Barfoot and Duggan are involved in a list-collecting exercise. Take part! 

Project 2010 #1 Write a Bucket List.
Put aside an hour this week and write down your ultimate ‘things to do before I die’ list. You can be as specific, as vague, as random as you like.

Email your lists to or, better still, send it to:
The Love of It Bucket List
Barfoot and Duggan
Stokes Croft Studios
Top Floor
77-79 Stokes Croft

Your lists will star on on 1st January and also form part of Barfoot and Duggan’s exhibition There’s More to Life Than Lists (nearly ready website:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Frigid Fingers

"Live Drawing, Painting, Spraying, Sketching and most other art mediums under the sun. Free styling it, all night long in the hope of mustering up some visual delights for your viewing pleasures.

Eight artists will be creating one, 2 metre x 1 metre blank canvas - Armed souly with, one White, one Black and a one wild card colour, kindly provided by londons largest spray paint supplier store, Chrome and black." 

This Thursday 12th Nov, 19:00 at LCB surf/skate/snow, 121 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E27DG

My lovely friend Samuel Squire is in it. Innit.