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…That the Children May Learn

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2012 at 02:19

At the end of April @JustinCapps asked me to do some illustrations for his doctoral thesis. As well as being one of my favourite tweeters Justin is also incredibly talented and I was honoured to be asked. The illustrations above featured in the different sections of …That the Children May Learn.

Justin asked me to produce pieces which were ‘stylistically naïve with elements of the dark side’ – an ideal recipe for me to work with.

‘…That the Children May Learn is an interdisciplinary project intended to bring people from different fields and interests together to discuss issues pertinent to the subject of children and war in an open and apolitical setting.’

Visit http://www.justincapps.com/that-the-children-may-learn/ for more information, talks, music and programme.

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7 Inches of Secrets

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2012 at 23:27

I’m pre-scribbling this blog with lipstick because of a lack of modern technology. It’s been some time since I was regularly updating the blog thanks to real life and its unfortunate habit of getting in the way.

Early this year I heard about @Secret7s – a wonderful idea which offered artists and musicians the chance to collaborate to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Artists could design a cover for a selected song from one of seven bands – the only rule was to use no band names/song titles, leaving the cover a mystery.

700 covers were then printed and went on sale between the 18th and 22ndof April at Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch. The event was a great success – visit the website to see more of that: http://www.secret-7.com/

Above are three covers I designed for DJ Shadow, CSS and Ben Howard, no longer a secret of course and happy in their new homes I hope.

In Grey Skies

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 at 08:48

Some recent paintings from the landscape in my dreams. I always dream in colour.

The above have evolved from paintings I’ve been doing over the last year, some are small, splashy wonders but adding all the elements together and coming up with these allowed me to indulge in all my fantasies and have momentary escape from the outside world as I did so.

Instructions for Valentine’s Day

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 at 23:53

I’ve been painting these as a mini series for the last while and it seemed appropriate to blog them today. I do hope to continue doing more but I admit I’m running out of instructions. They began with the ‘Eat me’ pill back in the summer and have grown from there. The ‘Drink Me’ bottle of course, is a direct reference to Alice in Wonderland.

I hope you enjoy their humour – something everyone needs on Valentine’s Day.

Let Them Eat Cake

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 17:33

Over the last few months I have been painting cakes for my friends and enemies on their birthdays. My painted cakes are a lot better and possibly less poisonous than those I bake. I’m thinking of turning these into a huge series, I like the fact that they are never in my possession for long and there are few things more pleasurable than painting cake.

Snowflakes, Cake and Christmas

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2011 at 08:07

I seem to have been caught up in painting lips and sweets over the last few weeks, probably because I’m surrounded by them as it’s Christmas. This painting was featured in a post about Christmas recipes by The Young Creatives:  http://theyoungcreatives.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/on-the-23rd-day-of-christmas-festive-food/ 

They feature work by artists up to the age of 25 so the first thing I might do in 2012 is fill in the questions I was sent for that, I only qualify for their blog until July and then I’m officially an old creative. This fills me with dread.

I really want a teapot like this but I would probably eat it.

@aisforanika sent out a call for anyone who was making Christmas snowflakes so she could make it snow on her blog. I was up for that because the lack of real snow is depressing. Even more so because weather forecasters are even bigger liars than politicians. I made far too many of these but the fumes from the gold spray paint cured a chest infection I was starting, probably. I think I’ve discovered a new cure that can’t be any more dangerous than prescription drugs. If anyone wants a snowflake in their life I do have rather alot to share… You can read Anika’s blog post here: http://www.aisforanika.com/b/2011/12/26/its-snowing/

Love Pop Secret & Tall Tales

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2011 at 01:57

Some red, black and white from the summer months. During early June/July I did alot of work in collage. I stumbled upon some old comic books in the attic and the typography was both hilarious and wonderful. I love a collage with a sense of humour.

These include comic books, fashion magazines and some monoprints. I hope to use these as inspiration for a series of oil paintings.

In The Clubs – Artist Trading Cards

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2011 at 00:41

A second lot of playing card collages up for swaps. The clubs follow on from the hearts which have long since gone: https://thesecondmagpie.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/heart-exchange-is-no-robbery-art-swap/

Each card measures 8.5cm x 12.3cm, slightly larger than the average playing card. As always I will swap these for absolutely anything, including art. Things I’m currently collecting include Irish cigarette packets (empty ones), shoulder pads and silica gel, buttons and anything shiny. Ridiculous yes, but you would be surprised what I can make from those. If there is anything in particular that you think I need in my life let me know and we’ll swap.

Mail Art: Episode One

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 at 02:17

I think everyone secretly wishes for amazing things sent by snail mail. Ever since I was a child I’ve loved receiving post, though recently it seems to be more junk or bills than anything else, unless I pay for it. In the past few months I had just been involved in collaborations that involved sending work by mail, until @jessicagowling followed me on twitter. I was soon addicted to checking her blog and was delighted when we finally got around to swapping mail art, she sent me the most wonderful envelope back in June and above is my reply. I think one of the most inspiring things about Jessica’s work is the nature theme, if you are interested in that or printmaking as I am, you should definitely find her in social network land and follow her everywhere.

About a month back @Dig_A_Pony sent me some Victorian sugar mice, too amazing to eat really, and also enclosed some of her prints which you can see here. I admired her work so much when I first saw it and the more I look the more I want to live right in the middle of it. Shown on the right is the reply I sent to her.

Back in July it was my friend @Rooofz 18th birthday and of course the perfect excuse to send some surprise mail as we live quite a way away from each other. I included various bits and bobs of painting, collage etc and also one of the t shirts I produced for @adamficek of RKC (Roses Kings Castles) as I still had the screen from that.

Last May/June/ @PeterDohertyoff ended up in Pentonville yet again, for a while I had been considering a project sending mail art to prisoners so put a couple of mini pieces together for him. There are restrictions on what you can send to prisons so if, in the future, I do follow this project up I shall probably have to read up on those. I’m pretty sure that nothing dangerous was enclosed…

Above is a parcel I packaged up for my friend Steph of Sparrow Squad, you can read about them in my last post: https://thesecondmagpie.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/sparrow-squad-helping-sparrows-live-where-you-live/

Steph had requested two discs of the artwork I did for her so I put those together and added a few other things including stencils for Sparrow Squad, one of my playing card collages and a Peter Doherty-QPR shirt from the old days – I used to hand paint t shirts for friends and enemies. I posted this about a month ago and it should have arrived within a few days at the most but only arrived at it’s destination today, much to my relief. I had been preparing a riot for An Post.

A few weeks back I posted one of my tea zines to Twinings Tea. I used their mixed berries teabags to create the pink version of the zine/mini-book and I decided to send one to them so they could enjoy it too. Last week I received a lovely letter and a complimentary box of mixed tea.

And finally, I also posted one of the traditional tea zines to Tetley Tea as I created the one seen above with their circular teabags. Two days ago I also received a letter from them which included a voucher for any of their products.

Here ends the first episode. If you’re interested in swapping mail with me just drop me a message here, on twitter, facebook or email. I will soon be swapping a second lot of playing cards for anything and everything.