We have programmed a series of events as part our exhibition 'A Watery Line', with performances, free cocktails and 100% hang out vibes.
More information on all the events and the other things happening in Leeds here.
Some photos from our recent Nous Vous show ‘Chubby Stumps’ at 38b gallery in London. An exhibition of new works on paper, wall based collages, textiles and ceramics, responding to the multiple functions of 38b as both a living and exhibition space.
For the exhibition I made a large textile piece/sofa throw, an editioned drawing and a ceramic cocktail set with which on the opening night I deputed my West Coast Shandy Cocktail. Boozin!
Huge thankful vibes to Luke and Eva.
Triumphant return with brilliant new shows by Nicolas Burrows and Jay Cover.
Jay and I got together for a couple of days towards the end of last week. We hung out and did some quick collaborative drawings. Hoping to make a book from them, here are a few spreads
As part of the commission that Nicolas posted about earlier, on our NV blog, I made two large patchwork fabric banners. I wanted to create something for this project that was both high impact, especially in terms of bringing some colour into the space, and also that was process driven. I had been playing with paper assemblages and collage that led me to this. Taking inspiration from Louise Bourgeois’ fabric works I collected a variety of fabrics, trying to react to whatever caught my eye, and put them together in a very instinctive simple way and stitch them together.
It was the first fabric piece I’ve done for a while and reminded of when I used to attempt bigger things that were out of my comfort zone and immediate skill set. It was exciting and a real return to just doing something and seeing what happens.
I call them ‘See What Happens’. They are now hanging up in the University of Loughborough’s art department ‘Radar’ building.
'Fresh Ones' at Loop Arts Fair
For our part in Loop we set up painting studio under our ‘Fresh Ones’ banner. Alongside our fast becoming standard product range we scoured Leeds for rogue bits of wood, got some recycled paint and made spontaneous paintings over the two days.
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.
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
Recently installed this show/commission. ‘Frosted Snakes’, a collection of prints (screenprints, risographs, lino cuts and giclee prints) by myself Nicolas and Jay (Nous Vous), installed in Aspen Ltd building on Fenchurch Street as part of their personal collection.
Some are available for purchase in very small editions (3 or 5). Get in touch if you are interested.
More photos of the install and details of the prints on my flickr.
- Nous Vous
Installation shots of my work from Nous Vous exhibition ‘Awesome Movement / Fantastic Motion’ at Harewood House, Terrace Gallery.
'Hollow, Fell, Forest, Song'
4 embroidered banners, approx 300cm x 150cm
Framed drawing, ink and gouache on paper, approx 175cm x 150cm
2 cut sheets of MDF, painted with household paint.
once again after failed promises of more regular blogging I finally find some time to catch up. In the past two months, I have half moved to London, in that I’m here, but have nowhere to live, although I do have a studio (with lots of lovely people, a group I’m super stoked to start being a part of - as soon as I get a desk). Pick Me Up came and went, it was great fun, and a fantastic chance to meet so many people, some finally in the flesh, some for the first time, all lovely.
Also despite reports that may suggest otherwise, my facial hair has not a hint of irony about it.
Picture courtesy of Hugh (Landfill/Manymono),
Pictured are members of Peepshow, Evening Tweed, Landfill, Print Club, Chris Pell and of course joined by fellow Nous Vous Nic
I’m in the process of sorting my website out which will soon have all this new stuff on to buy which was pretty much all made specially for Pick Me Up, new studio, new house, new site, new city…
'DO SOME THING GOOD TO DO SOME GOOD'
2 colour A2 screen print
(yellow and super neon pink)
edition of 20
'Light Wake Walk Sleep'
zine produced to coincide with the Nous Vous show at Harewood House - ‘Awesome Movement / Fantastic Motion’
edition of 50 (more spreads here)
2 colour screen print
145 x 185 mm
edition of 100
'SUPER GOOD/SUPER BAD'
front/back (depending on mood) of double sided A3 poster
4 colour Risograph print on munken
edition of 50
'TRY HARD EVERY DAY' T-shirt
edition of 10
Have also put a few more things up on my flickr.
More things soon…
If you’re in London and fancy meeting up for a coffee or a beer then Hit Me Up.