Friday, 4 December 2009


Part of this semester's work load is a project in architectural glass. That's glass structures that don't rely on kilns so stained glass leaded panels, coppered pieces (those god-awful Tiffany lamps) and UV glued pieces.
I've really struggled with the brief, just something that involves repetition and structure and today my lecturer said she'd let me off with a design that didn't have repetition in it as long as I was interested in the subject matter. I've done some sand blasting today to try and see if there's anything I'm interested in. I made some fairly nice gifty type things and a nice leaded panel but I still have no idea where I'm going despite shouting "Help" at my lecturer (literally) and suppose since my assessment is next Friday I'd better get thinking. A trip to Saltwell Park might help. Hope it does, I'm stuck firmly to the place that doesn't have any imagination, planning or ideas. S'poo.
I'll post photos once I've found the cable for my crappy camera phone.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Raku Adventures

Yesterday was yet another good day. If I'd have been paying attention, the fact that we were doing raku yesterday wouldn't have been a surprise but it was a lovely one. For those who don't understand what raku means it's all about reduction, oxidization and something else I've forgotten. It involves fire, dirt and sawdust, perfect for the first of December when it's all frosty and cold.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Danke Schoen

Yesterday's John Hughes double bill was exactly what I needed. Lois enjoyed it lots also and we ate nice continental market food. I made mam's advent calendar by tieing teacups to the banister and filling them with treats. Now I'm off to cook chicken for mam, draw mine and Daniel's cartoon and watch the original 'Miracle on 34th Street'.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Thought Bubble

This weekend Daniel and I went to Leeds (and saw most of you there) it was lovely and proved three things to me:
1) Daniel's not as big a geek as is humanly possible. In the words of Simon Pegg compare to some geeks he looks like a charv (except he says chav and I say charv).
2) I do actually like comics. So often I feel like I'm just aroung to carry Daniel's bags but I got so excited over some titles in reinstated me as a fan.
3) The wonderful people of the Paper Jam Comics Collective are some of the best people in the world. It'd have been a nice weekend without you people but let's face it, you're all pretty mint.
Bought some lovely things including this print from Octavia Raitt who freaked me out by having an illustration of (seemingly) me burning my arm on the steam from a kettle the day before. I got a heap of Love and Rockets and some small press stuff that so far has been on the dissapointing side if I'm honest. OH- did anyone catch the name of a guy selling prints based on little red riding hood, small, glasses, same isle as most of pjcc? Didn't think I could manage such a lovely delicate thing through Leeds so may have lost out forever.
I really enjoy listening to practicing artists talk about their inspirations and struggles but have two complaints from the experience.
I like Bryan Talbot. His art is always intruiging even if in the form of a glorified tourist guide. And although some of his points on how he uses panel formation to direct the eye was really interesting other points were very self congratulatory and when he slated Agatha Christie I could have thrown my copy of 'Murder at the Vicarage' at him.
And the 'premier' of Mainstream Geek was underwhelming. Because you can see it here. Youtube does not a premier make, especially when accompanied with a yorkshire-man playing geordie star wars as a kind of b-movie to it because they couldn't find it for a while.
But I should reitterate that it wasn't all about comics. Oh no no. It was about German christmas markets, roast chestnuts that I kept demanding, massive maple leaves littering Leeds (try saying that three times fast) and some amazing art including some lovely pots by Bernard Leach, Grayson Perry and that woman whose name I always forget who makes lovely unbalanced pieces. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and that the rain only ruined your hair.x

Monday, 16 November 2009

Good day

Yesterday's procrastination and panic have almost paid off. I've been running up and down the stairs pretending I desperatley need a ruler, another paintbrush, a cushion, a cup of tea, a hammer anything that isn't in the spare room I use to work in and today as I worked on the wheel things sort of...slipped together.
I don't know if I like the idea yet, but at least I have it, and it's thanks to bloggers just waffling on about what's inspired them, well here I am. I've set up a blog to say thanks to bloggers inspiring me with their inspiration. Nice and circular.