Sunday, 30 August 2009

Banksy

This week I went to visit my sister and nieces in Bristol. I had a great time, and as part of the visit, we went to see the Banksy exhibition. Banksy is a British Bristol street artist who has now reached global levels of fame with his clever and witty poke at society. The only downside to his popularity was the queue to get in. 4 hours! Here are a few of my fave photos from the day :)

The queue! I have to say though that in true British spirit, no-one whinged, created a fuss or pushed in. Everyone stood patiently waiting their turn, clapped the buskers and passed newspapers and chairs to others when they were finished. The Europeans could learn a lot from our queueing etiquette!

My fave piece - loved the massive melty ice cream = yay!

Jesus and Mary with ipods!

Spotty! Hooray! This is a real Damien Hirst that Banksy has defaced/embellished!
Loved this one, funny

Genius!

Mum getting punk son ready for anarchy protest, fab!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

FUSE Craft fair




Today I took part in the FUSE craft fair which is the one of the craft groups that im part of. It was a first for the group and al went well. Sales were good, the home made cakes were delicious and the sun was shining! Hooray!


Monday, 10 August 2009

Tattoo Jam

This weekend I went to Tattoo Jam - a tattoo convention in Doncaster. Its the first one I have been too and I loved it. There were so many great tattoos to look at, people watching was great fun! There were some amazing artists at work on the day, including the brilliant Leah Moule from Spear Studio in Birmingham. I love Leah's style and it was great to have a look at her portfolio, which included a fantastic cake and ice cream sleeve. Here are some of her pieces, check out her website to see more of her stunning work. http://www.spearstudio.co.uk/home.html

I was also thrilled to have my cupcake photographed by Total Tattoo magazine who were covering the event for their next months feature, so I will be checking out the October issue to see if im in it!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

The Burger Rubber


I was hunting in my large desk of rubbish for some staples today when this fell out and it made me smile. This is my burger rubber. I have had this rubber since I was 8. As a child, I was (and still am!) OBSESSED with stationary and when a girl in my primary school class, Sam, offered me to swop this much coveted rubber for one of my pens, I jumped at the chance.


The day after, she decided that she wanted it back, but of course, I was in love with it and NO WAY was she having it back. I hid it down my shirt, and took it home that night. For the next week, everyone in my class fell out with me because I wouldnt swop back the rubber! I cant remember exactly what happened but I lost touch with Sam when we left primary school, but the rubber is still mine today, 23 years later! Was it worth losing my friends for a week? Of course not. Can Sam have her rubber back now?Absolutely no chance!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Retro pattern hunt.....


This weekend I have been looking at print and pattern designs, gathering inspiration for a new project. I love retro homeware and textiles (have I mentioned my amazing kitchen table before?!) and found some brilliant designs on my internet search. One of my current fave illustrators is the Finnish designer, Sanna Annukka. Sanna designed the covers for the Keane Albums, but I actually prefer her folklore inspired repeat pattern designs.
Check out her work on her website: