bits and bobs

May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just a couple of speedy things to remind myself this blog exists! The first is for a wedding, and the second for a project I am currently running looking at character and narrative.

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Happy Friday, all. May your weekends be blissful.




October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Playing about with photographs of our marvellous mural. The textures come from some of these abstract photographs. The words are from one of Rumi’s poems.

kitchen pictures

September 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

In between lectures and lesson plans and analysing artwork, I’ve also been learning new skills and playing with materials. Here are some pictures I made with milk, food colouring, washing-up liquid, a camera, and excellent teaching from Pippa Sanger. Basic instructions are here if you fancy having a go yourself; it’s a great way to create stand-alone abstract images, or to add to a library of textures and colours if you’re a digital collage-maker. I love how much they look like pictures of slides under a microscope (for instance, have a look at these. Beautiful!)






And a quick Photoshop experiment…


(the words are a verse from Carol Ann Duffy’s poem the Duke of Fire and the Duchess of Ice.)

a starry sky for lovely music…

October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

A speedily put together poster for upcoming musical goings-on. If you are near Liverpool you should come along. I’ll be very surprised if it isn’t beautiful.

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.

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.

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