the end of the green man obsession (maybe)

June 30, 2011 § 4 Comments

Today I have been utterly absorbed in making this lot into this, which is a design for the Green Man Festival t-shirt competition. There are free tickets in it, and I want them Very Much Indeed…


Things I love a lot today: strawberry tea, sun streaming in through my open windows, and drawings by Stanley Donwood

Things I do not love even slightly today: an Individual who shall remain nameless unplugging the Mac at the mains before I had saved my work.

Things you should also look at today: inspiring creative spaces, which are here.


hello there!

June 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s been a wee while. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to…

Thing One: getting slightly obsessed with the idea of the Green Man

Thing Two: ferreting about at flea markets, the best result being these beautifully illustrated Observer’s books (and yes, I was unreasonably delighted when I opened British Wild Flowers and someone else’s pressed sample fell out)

Thing Three: a little collaborative image for The Little Unsaid (I drew, Alex Horsfall and John Elliott photoshopped and rubber-stamped) which you can spot on their facebook page here.

Thing Four: looking at original Egon Schiele drawings at the Richard Nagy Gallery on Old Bond Street. The exhibition is on until the 30th, and if you’re near London I would highly recommend a look. The vitality and terseness of the drawing took my breath away (though I did leave with the unexpected conviction that his personality was something sleazy and sticky and unutterably distasteful, which came as a surprise because I never felt that from looking at prints – I think it was the knowledge that his hand had touched the drawings, coupled with a suspicion about other places his hands might have been…). This one is simply beautiful:-

Thing Five: consuming delicious things, including but not restricted to fresh baklava, sushi, roasted butternut squash, wild boar sausages, gin and tonic with homemade elderflower cordial, salmon and dill pate, spinach and goat’s cheese quiche, and some Moldovan wine which was almost as old as me. Yum!


a patchwork of inspiring things…

June 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

For eyes…

(gorgeous endpapers, antique textiles, hand-blown glass from Thailand, Moroccan crockery, cheap china transfers, chipped toenails, second hand fabric scraps and charity shop finds)

And for ears…

(quixotic and ridiculous and glorious. Though am I the only one who giggles at the lines “so pick up your battering ram/Love, I wanna see it”?)

Have a creative happy weekend.

my creative space: paper boats and repetitive photoshop

June 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

This week’s creative space has been full of the animated music video I’m making in collaboration with lovely Joe Keelan (who spent last night alone in an empty church in the dark recording the music, and Wednesday afternoon on his hands and knees under the tripod, moving my paper cutouts with tweezers while I manned the camera).

You can read and see a bit more about it in this post here. Here are some pictures from today (where I sat glued to the computer adding rainfall to photographs one frame at a time. Phew!):-

To keep me sane I am chain-drinking Pukka tea, eating chocolate digestives, and listening to High Viloet by the National. All of these things are quite gorgeous.

Also, earlier in the week I finished off this knitting. Here it is:-

Finally, you can poke about in other creative spaces here. If there aren’t some utterly inspiring ones, I’ll eat my hat.

green men and diving boys

June 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Time for more inspiring animation, this time from Kate Sellers (visuals) and The Random Family (sounds). Feast your eyes and ears:-

When you have finished feasting, you could perhaps go here and vote for them to play the lovely Green Man festival.


illustration friday: sleep

June 2, 2011 § 3 Comments

This is a companion piece to the illustration I did for ‘stir’. You can see that drawing, and read a bit more about my thought process by clicking here.

They are the Twelve Dancing Princesses from Grimm’s fairytales, sleeping off their sore feet.

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