Thursday, May 28, 2009

Barfoot and Duggan mega-meeting

Yesterday's monthly Barfoot and Duggan meeting was incredibly productive. We spent ages thinking of the name for our empire - what is referred to as the 'Central Arts Project' It's so hard to think of a good business/charity name, without sounding too children presenter/life course/ironic/apprentice. We read through the dictionary, thought about alliteration, rhyming, syllables, looked at lyrics, the best film titles, band names - all as inspiration. And still we did not come up with the final name!

However, We did design our Logo, which looks great. And now it's time to look for more funding options, and to design the website.

We also made a little trip to Harvey Nichols where we took some photographs of us in very expensive designer clothes. Here we are wearing £1300. This picture is on our new business cards.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bank Holiday

Thinking about joining here:

And some monster fingers:

Weird skyline in Bournemouth this weekend. What a straight line!

I am trying to get into rollerskating. Planning to join in with Skate Bristol. I have bought some knee pads on Ebay, And my friends Nicole and Lyndsay now own a pair, so I'm going to get skating! Here are a couple of very short vids Trevor took on his phone of me skating:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A List for today

Some things on my mind:
  • I miss Sex and The City
  • I would like a dog
  • When am I going to go to New Zealand again?
  • My favorite word is egg
  • I can't wait for the sun to come out properly and to stop wearing tights
  • I want some tights from Tabio
  • Want to write some haiku's
  • I think I need a better scalpel
  • James Joyce's love letters
  • I like really big oranges, but not small ones which have lots of 'pith'
  • Pith is a silly silly word
So not much then!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mono printing

I have been working pretty hard on my 'Text Project' and needed some escape from that. I've chosen it to be mundane and repetitive, and I love that, but sometimes I do need to release some more creativity within some other format. And yesterday, this came through mono printing. I used my little roller, and a piece of acetate to ink up, it's so easy and mess-free. I used some sequins too, and got involved with drawing a lot of small squares, again - very repetitive, I can't get away from it! The little pictures are not hanging on a washing-line type of structure in my studio - I have always wanted a studio with things hanging from washing lines, and now I have it. I'm so lucky.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Birthday Stop-Motions



George Bernard Shaw quote

"This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."

There's More to Life than Lists Exhibition

Crystal Maze geodesic dome

There's More to Life than Lists

When: Friday 9th Oct to Thursday 15th of Oct From 10AM-5PM daily

We are building a two-man wind machine. Thousands of To-Do lists, collected from anonymous donors will be circulated in this machine, and participants will be trying to collect these flying lists. This is surrounded by an accumulation of grocery lists covering the walls from floor to ceiling.

The uncontrollable nature of wind is a metaphor for the chaotic and the unpredictable way that life is. The attempt to grab these lists parrots the way in which we struggle to maintain a sense of order – to discern a meaningful pattern in our lives.

The grocery lists raise questions about the disparate way in which we, in our society, live in such an atomised way. Disintegration of kinship and communities is reflected by how we eat; in small numbers or alone.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A warning to Arts Graduates: The Creative Times

After my London Free Range degree show, I recieved an email from 'Bird River Love God' who goes by the email and the website

He told me how much he loved my work, and that he wanted me to feature in his magazine, The Creative Times. I stupidly handed over £200 after speaking to him on the phone, and deciding I could trust him. BAD IDEA. There is talk of Bird having done this before, taken about 20 young artist's £200 and giving them nothing in return.

He approached me in July, it's now May, this magazine was due to be produces at the end of 2008, distributed to all the arts galleries in London, sent to major art dealers, it sounded great!

I now envision more of a collective effort. Not least reason being that I don't particularly like being responsible for everything. Once the mag is printed, I'm going to be asking you guys to distribute it."

So let this be a warning to everyone, I hope if he contacts people, they will have the sense to at least google his name, (like I did - but nothing was found when I was searching)
DO NOT give him your money. I have given up hope with this Creative Times, what was once so exciting and flattering to me, is becoming more and more of a scam. I wonder if i will ever see a magazine, and if it'll be any good at all.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


What a lovely birthday party! Gorgeous location, amazing friends and family, and beautiful weather. I could not have asked for anything more.

The pinata went down very well, lots of bashing, here's a sped-up vid of the bashing, the original is 8 minutes, but that's here too.

More pinatas coming soon I think, in the fruit/veg form. It took Mia and I ages, but It was so beautiful! and so fulfilling to wack.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Stop Motion

I really love doing these. Here are three from today's roof-top visit with Lucy.