The Second Magpie

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For the price of a cup of tea…

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 02:53

An artist’s book/publication which I produced recently. I’m looking forward to working on more of these very soon.

Misery, Memory, History

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 02:42


I can no longer remember why.

One Born Every Minute

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 22:27

This is the cover, front and back, of Adam Ficek, Roses Kings Castles next single. One Born Every Minute is the first single taken from the new album Suburban Time Bombs and is released in May. You can pre-order the single here:

The cover is a collage of everything I keep, parts of screen prints and clock hands. Who knows what I used them for in the first place. Originally I had been playing around with the idea of a maze for the Suburban Time Bombs cover and this evolved, so we decided on it for the single cover.

You can hunt Adam down on these sites:

JazzCakes100: T Shirts Exhibition

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 03:21


My work is to feature in the Jazzcakes 100 exhibition in Cardiff, “JazzCakes100:T-shirts project is the first in a series of projects envisioned by JazzCakes to illuminate each facet of the arts arena.” The show will run on the 10th and 11th of April and will also feature work from artists resident at Studio B, Cardiff. I have included photos of my piece and the initial sketches which led to it above.

My t shirt design evolved from a recent interest in the Victorian era and tea. I was given the number 90 by Jazzcakes and noticed if I separated the syllables I had the words ‘nine’ and ‘tea’. Being a lover of tea I calculated that I drink, on average, nine cups per day. I began by removing the front piece of the shirt and replacing it with a piece of white fabric which was stained by tea. During a session of playing with scissors and paper, the stencils of Victorian style patterns which I used for the shirt were created. The font I chose for ‘tea’ was inspired by the many letterpress designs I have seen and I finished up by collecting used tea bags which I emptied and sewed around the top, collar area of the shirt.

You can find out more at:

Robot Rock

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 16:47

The daftest punk. These creations were compiled from a collection of watches, bottle tops and the odd lens or two. Different to what I usually pull from inside my head, I may have been rebelling against myself. I printed in the threads so the images would seem less ‘static’ or solid and would give my ‘robots’ a certain weightless, floating appearance. The next plan is to collect the 3d version of these things and work up something sculptural.

Mixing Memory and Desire

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 03:14

“April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” T. S. Eliot

April is my favourite month, I think thanks to the wonders of synaethesia. It’s the brightest orange, like happiness. I spent the first couple of April days in a snowstorm with only my watercolours and candlelight for company. Above are the results. The colour kept me safe.