Thursday, 7 April 2011

I've moved

I've moved my blog to a tumblr here, please follow me there, Thanks for coming this far.x

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Excited to announce....

Colossal Space is a new personal curatorial project.

Colossal Space is a 55mm x 55mm x 95mm glass case exhibition space. A hand picked selection of artists are invited to use the space any way they desire. The installation or object can be something found or created. However, as important as the internal space, is the external. The exhibiting artist is asked to specify exactly where the exhibition space is placed. For the duration of a one day or night exhibition the space will be positioned in a place that is completely of the artist’s choosing. The expectation being that there is some dialogue between the internal and external, that both are considered with equal importance and that one enhances the other conversely.

When exhibitions will be held is up to the participating artist. On what day, for how long and at what time of the day adds further potential to artists to mould the environment of the show.

Each exhibition will have an opening and will be documented on a specific blog here.

Schedule so far:

April - Supermundane

Supermundane is the pseudonym of Rob lowe, a multi-disciplined creative who works
as a graphic designer, artist, illustrator, typographer, and art director in London, England.

May - Matthew the Horse

Matthew the Horse (Matt Hodson) is an illustrator based in Leeds. Matthew teaches, writes poetry, has started his own t-shirt label and regularly works on commissions for the Guardian among numerous others.

June - Dan Has Potential

Daniel Brereton is a video director and image maker based in London, by way of Kendal.

July - Jez Burrows

Jez Burrows is a 24-year-old designer, illustrator and forest enthusiast, based in Edinburgh. He is co-founder of independent press Sing Statistics, one fifth of collective Evening Tweed, and occasional contributor to design blog It’s Nice That.

August 1 - Jay Cover

Jay is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator & Artist from the Isle of Man. Currently living and working in Leeds. Jay uses a variety of methods & techniques to create a simple, effective & cohesive aesthetic. Jay aspires to design and build furniture and has a keen interest in Craft.

August 2 - Nicolas Burrows

Nicolas Burrows is an illustrator and artist living and working in London, UK.
His practice consists of drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, digital processes, writing and recording/performing music.

September - Nathaniel Russell

Nathaniel is an artist and musician based in Indianapolis, USA. He is extremely prolific and his simple and direct drawings appear on an almost daily basis.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Have a...

Just playing on a friday evening. Cool eh.

I kind of just like this, reminds me of Jez Burrows' Gocco prints, the screens looked like this with big blobs of ink on them, when he was printing at Pick Me Up. Good Times, Great Parties...

into it

This little gem popped up during some research in the Anthropology library today. Credited to an Inuit artist named Kiakshuk

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Empty Vessels

Pots I have thrown and painted up and put up for sale at Pick Me Up in our 'Fresh Ones' space. Want to do more with pottery, especially in terms of making them illustrative, attempting to tell some kind of narrative using the object as a vessel itself (!). Definitely works in progress of a working process.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Ones of Ones

I've done a couple of sessions with It's Nice That for their 'One Of One' live drawing event. It's been super nice

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Drawing Times

Yesterday we made musical instruments in our little champ workshop, I made a horn.

I had my first drawing spell with It's Nice that. I drew some dark characters, some lighter characters and Tove. It was super nice to actually sit down and complete some drawings, probably the first time in about two months I've done that. Good to turn some sketch book work into some real deals. I'm back on it Friday afternoon.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

This day

I'm at residence in our Fresh Ones room at Pick Me Up and very nice it is too. Our room certainly has a chilled out vibe and it makes a nice space to hang and draw and chat in. I've been doing a bit of drawing practice as I'm also taking part in It's Nice That's 'One Of One' live drawing event, on Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, so say hi if you;re passing through that time.

Also wanted to show off the pots that I've thrown and decorated specifically for our Fresh Ones shop. It's something I want to do a lot more of, I'm really excited to see how I can use the object as a narrative device and canvas for my drawings. They are available now at our shop at Pick Me Up.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Print Okushon

Bid on and buy one of my 'Do Something Good' prints, to do some good,

Part of Print Okushon, where there are loads of other really great prints by great people, so if you don't like that one, buy another one!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Fresh News

PICK ME UP is open!

We're running a project called 'Fresh Ones' - creating one-off, hand-crafted objects for everyday living. There will be a limited range of blank objects, such as pots, book-ends, dolls, paper-weights, tote bags & t-shirts, which we will be hand embellishing in our shaker style workshop. We also have a set of special items; Pumps, Throw, Cap, Ukelele & Vase that we have got some friends to make for us. Participants include; Espen Friberg & Jessica Williams, Qubik & Workshop, Nathaniel Russell &, Tom Hudson. Matt Hodson will also be joining us Sat 19th painting a lovely vase.

Come Say hello!

We'll be documenting all our activity regularly over the week here.

Pick Me Up Website

Kibbo Kift is soon!

This will be the first show of my new band, alongside Nicolas of Nous Vous and Glaciers and Laurence of Yayyei and The BRoken Chairs.

It will be a revelry of music, poetry & art

Performing: Glow-Wing, Nick White & Andrew Rae, Yule Bringer and Supermundane + Kibbo Kift Chorus

Djing: Marcus Oakley, Nervous Stephen, Dudley Smarts + Kibbo Kifters
+ Zineswap stall

£5 (in advance) £6 on the door
Saturday April 9th 2011 5pm - 2am
The Victoria, 451 Queenbridge Road, Dalston E8 3AS

Doors are at 5pm with the first act on at 6pm. Djing from 10:30pm - 2am

More info here

The Joy of Living!

We got asked to be a part of this show,for which I completed a piece. We went to the opening and it was a lovely affair, it felt great to be a part of the project and our piece sold. Lovely! Thanks to whoever bought it!

I will reveal my piece after the show finishes as all designs are remaining anonymous at present.

Joy of Living
is a charity project that unites over 100 leading lights in the design community to galvanise support for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Design author Max Fraser has set the challenge to a cross-section of new and established UK designers to create a desirable artwork that expresses the Joy of Living – all starting from a simple sheet of A4 graph paper. The signed works will be exhibited and on sale in London’s inspiring space for art, culture and creative exchange, Somerset House, from 15 – 21 March.

Tic Toc Pop Up Shop

Efdeay Collective have popped up a pop up shop by St Pancras station in London. They asked me, alongside a whole host of illustrators to contribute so you can buy the print below as an A3 riso. Get down there.

More info here

Monday, 7 March 2011

I had a cold

Now I'm back in my window in the sun, discovering things that disprove assumptions. good day.x

Friday, 4 March 2011

Lilys in the sun

It's been a while since I actually posted up any things I've been doing so thought I'd give the potentially interested few a glimpse into my poo. I've been painting, making things out of felt and clay and wood. Thanks. Have a lovely weekend and if you can sit in a window in the sun and listen to 'Scott Free' by the Lilys, or anything by Galaxie 500. x

I dreamt we were in a wood and it was bright and the sunlight navigated through the trees and our feet rested in the water and the sun lay on our knees and it was warm for the first time in the year and it gave life to our limbs and we knew spring was nearly here

Friday, 18 February 2011

Backed up for some time

Found this gem at the Anthropology library today

Hope to post some things I've actually made soon...

Friday, 11 February 2011


I found this at my pottery class last night. I think it was from one of the children's pottery classes. It is beautiful. It is splattered with clay.

Mountain of Big Fire

A song I wrote in Italy last year and recorded in Stourbridge and my house this year. It's about Vesuvius.

Vesuvius by Now-Owl

Saturday, 5 February 2011


Yesterday, which is now the day before, a French girl called me from Germany but I said I was having my photo taken and couldn't help her. I half climbed a set of aluminium step ladders and pretended to read a volume of Moomin cartoons. I thought of skidding on my knees along he dusty wooden floor but instead slowly threw two cardboard boxes printed with my initials into the air. Time moved quickly but contained the correct number of minutes and hours and after a familiar supper we blew on whistles and pulled words out of a wooden bowl that made pictures in our heads and joy in our breaths. Relaxed, we read as the windows sung a wheezing drone till we climbed the stairs to the attic where we slept well until the morning, dreaming of islands forgotten by boats but never by the waves which lap them.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Pick of the pots


I've been going to a pottery class for a little while now. It's amazing. It's the most intuitively , therapeutically, spiritually rad thing i can do at the moment. It's about using your hands, cutting out our brain and using a purely aesthetic eye. It's about feeling something and in an instant knowing if it's right or wrong, cool or not. It's about making things that are instantly imbued with some worth because you made it. It's about doing something that people around the world have done in their own way for years, it's kinda a corner stone of civilisation. It's rad.


these are my pots. I've made three so far (not counting a whole heap of fails). I think the guy at the front is my favourite so far, in terms of the weighting and the shape. Now I have to think about glazing. I hope to integrate pottery a bit more into what I do, I'm working that out at the moment, at the moment it's just pure joy.