Manchester Mega Mela 2012

I brought my ‘Cut and Create Bird Mobiles’ down to the Arts and Crafts tent at the Manchester Mega Mela festival on Platt Fields Park. Inviting families and kids to come and make their own! The Saturday poured with rain but by the Sunday was beautiful and sunny, thanks to Vicky who came down and coloured in with us.

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Took some time out of Manchester and went back to the homelands via London.
Norfolk, you are a beautiful place. All of these are taken using instagram and as i tend to not post directly from the profile onto online areas you can follow me directly on thecolouringbox

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Dual / Duel

Sketching some new ideas…

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Urban Fairytales – Z Arts

I was involved with Z-Arts Urban Fairytale Project with Year 5 Webster Primary School.
Working alongside Ellie and Karin from the MA Creative Writing Course at MMU we created a series of workshops to inspire the children into writing their own Urban Fairytales.  As lead artist I worked with the children in developing their stories visually, creating characters, going on sketch walks around Hulme to create backgrounds for their stories, making book covers and the final design of the book.
I also made some treehouse’s displays that was a part of the Manchester Childrens Book Festival

Many thanks to everyone involved, special thanks to Vicky and Jilly from Z-Arts.
Photos by Vicky from Z-Arts.

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Inspiration : SuperCrafts

As part of my new creative development I am featuring people who I find inspiring and that keep me going within my practice. This will continue on a weekly basis on this blog so keep them little peeepy peepers peeled. 

I met Mr Hass from SuperCraft studio when I moved to Islington Mill. Based in the one69a studio we’ve become suuuuper good friends and admires of each others work and ideas. Every time he has some new work I take photographs of the items to go onto his website. From t-shirts, bespoke back gammon boards, zines, record covers, website design, branding, one off screen printed pieces and front cover illustrations, this guy is an absolute don with design, a strong ink and pen wielding master and most of all top studio buddy.

Taking photos of his artwork is an absolute dream to do as the line work is so strong and he just leaves me to it. Without further adieu here is some samples of the work i have taken photos of..

For an awesome designed website check…
Twitter @supercrafts

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New Mug

I have never wanted to touch a six pack until now… sooo…tooned.

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I’ve been asked by Manchester based Creative Marketing Agency Bert to create some artwork for their exhibition opening on Wednesday (13th)  This includes the first preview of Ben Peppers Salford sculpture ‘Time of a Generation’
My 2 prints are available to buy on the evening and all proceeds go to The Christie NHS Trust.
If you would like to come the event as it is invite only send me a holla: by no later than 2pm on Wednesday.

Below are some sneaky peaks…

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24hr arty people

On Friday 1st June I was picked up by an old red double decker bus from the Hilary Step at 12:40am to be transported to the Contact Theatre. This was the beginning of my long journey of staying up for 24hrs to #createnotsleep. After meeting the other 23 creatives with backgrounds such as theatre, producing, writing, painting, singing, dancing and performing we played musical statues, pass the parcel and sleeping lions. This must have been around 4am.. I was surprisingly doing fine and enjoying the party games (i am a massive kid at heart)
Whilst we lay on the floor like sleeping lions to the sound of the Lion Kings ‘in the jungle the mighty jungle’ i was tapped on the shoulder and told to get up.. i followed a person up the stairs, got my stuff and was told to wait in a room. In there was an envelope with my name on it and a cryptic message inside.. i wait for a while not quite knowing what to do with myself, so went out through the fire escape for some fresh air then got locked out.

Upon being let in again i had met my working partner for the event. The delightfully talented Claire Cousins, who actually was the only other visual artist.
Our brief was ‘Out Of Time’ so spent up until 8am brain storming and getting to know each other. After breakfast my brain wasn’t working so we stole the cushions from the chairs and had a kip for a couple of hours… although i have a feeling that Claire spent most of that time playing Pacman.

Instead of focusing on the negativity of ‘Out of Time’ we created a space in which you could loose time having fun. Sometimes the reasons why you run out of time is because you get distracted by other things, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
The long corridor had all the lights covered with blue gels, time was written down with masking tape along the floor. Before you go through the door you are given a ballon to blow up. You then have to keep the ballon up in the air whilst walking along the time line hitting targets that are placed along the wall and decorating yourselves with party whilstles and blowers. Once you go through the party streamer filled door you are immediately presented with a timelapse projected onto a large white flag made up of union jack spray painted white flags. The timelapse is of myself and Clair making the installation. There is also a board which we both painted together.

Our description of the installation was:

Sometimes time lost is time well spent. We decided to spend our time having fun.

At times it was a bit touch and go but the Contact Theatre technicians were amazingly helpful, so to were the organisers in making sure we were well fed and watered.
A truely amazing event in which i look forward to the documentation video by Albino Mosquito

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Metric Exhibition sneak preview!

Quite excited for the exhibition opening on Sunday 3rd at Dock Street Market for bestjoinedup’s exhibition Metric.

I did a quick a quick Q&A for Column Art Agencys website about it and everyone involved.

I’ve done 3 originals in acrylic on paper, framed and are up for sale. woot. There will also be a selection of screen prints to buy as well. hotty tooty, its gonna be reet good.

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Peter Rabbit Prep

Some photos of the Peter Rabbit book cover soon to be exhibited at Print Odyssey in Norwich. 2 colour screen print on A2 Fabriano Rosapina very nice paper which makes the ink on it pop up and out.. woo!

The super snazzy one69a screen printed them for me. Cheers buddy.

Column Arts Agency will be picking them up and driving them down to the exhibition, so if you would like to perchase one please speak to that fella.

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