Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Back in business?

Monday, 7 October 2013

Miscellaneous musings.

Like most updates of this blog recently, this one is long overdue. Summer has flown past in the blink of an eye and we are now firmly into Autumn.

July and August were hectic and saw 60 hour weeks between regular job and the Generator summer programme.  September brought the inevitable exhaustion and illness I associate from sudden stops such as that one.  October sees me fighting fit and on the move to a new lovely flat with two fantastic and very talented people (this one and this one).

August also brought some good news in the form of a teaching job in Glasgow.  Its only one day a week but the weekly commute is more than worth it.  The limited time I get to spend with the class means I am still finding my feet but I am getting there, having a break away from it over the September weekend gave me some breathing space and I was excited to get back into class today for the start of drawing week.

As well as teaching; the little collective I am part of Pitch and Strike were invited to take part in this years Crawl Inclusive, something which is a definite highlight on the Dundee art calendar.   This blog update of this years event is in the works and I will post a link once its online.  We settled on the theme of 'take away art' and set about inviting artists, illustrators and zine makers to create small works that would fill a 7 x 15cm foil take away carton.  The results were surprisingly excellent! I struggled making work on such a small scale but there were some great submissions.

A Pitch and Strike production line!

We made 50 in the end and they went down a treat with those on the Crawl who were lucky enough to get their paws on one.

Two thirds of Pitch and Strike.
The absolute highlight of the evening for me was this performance by Pester and Rossi.  I wish I could articulate just exactly what it was better than headless prehistoric looking chickens laying balloon eggs to a backdrop of loud rave music but thats what it was.  ENJOY!

Last Sunday was the launch of the Yuck n Yum autumn issue, and Hazel has summed it up here better than I can.   Her blog is always well worth a read for updates on Dundee creative going ons so please give it a wee read. 

So thats the extremely condensed version of what I have been up to the past few months.  Now that there is a (little bit) of a break at Generator over the next wee while I am feeling inspired and full of ideas.  I might even get round to updating this place to tell you about it...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Whats in a bag (part 2)

Not done one of these for a while.  All the things in my bag (as of 15 minutes ago).

Bag contents. Tue 16th July 2013.

Glasses case (with glasses inside).
A4 "Generator" notebook.
8 x Ibuprofen
A5 Moleskin sketchbook/journal
A6 2013 page-a-day diary
£1.77 in change
Weekly bus pass.
2 tampons (1 x regular. 1 x super)
Sun block, factor 15 (not high enough)
Black rollerball pen
Black Sharpie
Black felt pen
Costa Coffee card
Hardback copy of House of the Dead/Prison Life In Siberia by Fydor Dostoieffsky (there are several different spellings of his surname from various sources but I am going by the one on my copy which was printed in 1929)

Considering doing one of these a day for a month!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Paper Goods

The past few weeks have been good for zines!

I picked up a copy of 'Strange Days/Great Alone' by Jonny Lyons at his degree show in DJCAD.  Jonny describes it as "A collection of photographs documenting five strange days.  Each day consisted of a journey with five hand crafted functional sculptures".   If you missed the degree show I highly recommend you take a wander over to his website check out his beautiful work for yourself (particularly the videos).

Jonny Lyons - Strange Days/Great Alone

The end of May saw the last ever issue of Satellitezine,  and rather appropriately a funeral was held in its (dis)honour.  I contributed a 2 small pieces of work to this issue, just like I had to the very first and it was nice to have the back catalogue there to browse through (including my own very early and shockingly bad attempts at some word pieces).  

The funeral itself consisted of a spoken word performance from 2013 DJCAD graduate Liam Dunn, a sound workshop and a very fitting and genuinely quite emotional eulogy from Satellite founder Ruth.  And in true funeral style a nice platter of cucumber sandwiches and peanuts was put on for the mourners.    

Satellite Funeral Issue (front)

Satellite Funeral Issue (back)

Lastly, but certainly not least, there is IS THIS OK? IS THIS NOT OK?   This one came into my life outwith the usual zine buying scenarios.   I was serving two friendly folks in work and noticed that one was carrying a stack of them, and it turned out they were on their way to an event to sell them.  After a bit of chit chat and a flick through its pages I bought one for £1.  Its a lovely thing indeed, filled with  illustration, poems and various other nice bits.   All of this is made even better by the fact its pages are bound with a piece of regular string, and that kind of thinking is worth it alone.  

They both seemed rather surprised that I wanted one, I guess its not a regular thing to be approached by the person serving you in a shop wanting to buy your work.  I was also a bit surprised that there are two girls out there in a town like St Andrews doing this kind of thing; long may it continue. 


Sunday, 26 May 2013

Pirate Poems

Life is busy!

Theres been a lot going on the past 6 weeks or so since I last posted, mainly GENERATOR related but lots of other things too.

I have been invited by Tin Roof to take part in their upcoming members show.  I am fairly certain I know what I am putting in, though I still have a few ideas rattling around in my head that may or may not come to fruition.

In the absence of new work, here is some old work of sorts.  I got a load of boxes back from storage this week and this was inside, a small sketch book from my fourth year at DJCAD.  It was never intended to be an "altered book" or "book art" or whatever you want to call it, but I guess it turned out that way.

Its been almost a year since I saw it and having a peek inside of something I was so fond of at the time was a strange feeling.  Seeing all these little notes and words that I collected and wrote after such a long period of time only resulted in a feeling of distance and unfamiliarity with them which was the opposite of what I expected.  Some I remember vividly and yet others I have no recollection of ever having had a connection.  Even some of the very personal ones that I had such a strong emotional tie to seem distant and leave me feeling a little blank.

There are about 25 pages in total, though I have only shown a few here.

It all feels a little like it means nothing, and I wonder if it ever really did.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Infantry Heart

My most recent work is now on my website.  You can have a wee look here. 

In other news, this is how I entertain myself when no-one else is around. 

Monday, 8 April 2013

Today is an end.

Last weekend was the Yuck n Yum zine fair, and I had some work on the Pitch and Strike table.  It was a bit of a struggle to make work that sat well in zine format, so I instead opted to make a series of altered postcards.  Of course this would require a visit to my favourite second hand book shop and spending probably too much money on beautiful old postcard and paper things that I couldn't bear to work on top of or part with!

I will be adding the rest of these to my website soon, but in the mean time here is a little taster.

Untitled (1911 Homecoming). 2013. SOLD.

I was very happy to sell about half of what I made and earn some money to put into the art making fund.    I only had a modest budget to spend on things for myself, but I managed to pick up a few great things including all five issues of TYCI

In other VERY exciting news I now have a position on the committee of GENERATORprojects.  I was at my first committee meeting last night and I am very excited about the upcoming programme of events.  I helped install the current show Land Odyssey  and its a cracker, it runs until the 21st April so come down and check it out.