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Archive for December, 2015

Season’s greetings to you all, let’s celebrate with this roaring fire!  Spotted in the graffiti tunnel that runs under Waterloo Station.

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William Couch 13th September 1944 – 22nd December 2010.

The Lord of the Rings by William Couch. Pencil and charcoal on paper.

PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

PIPPIN: Well, that isn’t so bad.

GANDALF: No. No, it isn’t.”

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Hey look, the street art at Queens Park station has changed hands again!  This one is by @georgieartist and it’s lovely.  To see the previous instalment click here.

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I had LOTS of fun in my studio on Tuesday…

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…although it turns out that making interesting words is quite difficult when you’ve run out of K, S, and H tiles.  The first book was soon underway and ended up being fairly hefty as it needed a double thickness of board to make the tiles sit flush in the cover.

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I then used green bookcloth to give the cover a simple finish.

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I’ll be adding this to my Etsy shop later this week, and there will be more NSFW books coming in the new year.

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My studio is often a chaotic place (tidiness doesn’t come naturally to me) so it’s not unusual for me to mislay things only to find them months later.  I recently rediscovered a whole stash of dalek notebook covers which I’d totally forgotten about – quite a joyful find!  They’ve now been bound into books and are available in my Etsy shop.  Click here to go directly to them.

 
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Back in February I did a street art blog post about Sarm Studios.  I was passing the site again a few weeks ago and found that the hoardings are now home to a piece by CodeFC.

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I’ve had some unusual commissions in the past, and this was definitely one of them!  Fun to do, but I imagine it wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste.  I have made a lot of trinket boxes (like this one) and I’ve done them on a variety of themes: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, romantic ones for anniversaries, and even a tiny one for use as the ring box at a wedding.  This was the first time I’d been asked to do one with a more sinister theme.  The box was to be addressed to Special Agent Clarice Starling, and the back of the box was to bear Hannibal Lecter’s signature.  This is another commission I never got around to blogging (way back in June 2009), and sadly the photos aren’t great quality (I used to have a really terrible camera!) but here it is:

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This is really going back in time, all the way to November 2008, but I recently went to look this up and realised I had never got around to blogging about it.

It started with a message I received through my Etsy shop:

I absolutely adore these books!! I was wondering if you do commissioned work. I am looking for someone to produce about 12-15 books (identical) that contain 10 of my grandmother’s poems. They can be small in size- I am just not certain if you printed Shakespeare’s word on the pages of your books or used old books and recycled them. I read that you like to make new uses out of old treasures. Let me know if this sounds like something you would be interested in. I would just need her poems printed on the pages and then you could bind them. I can tell you do great work- your craftsmenship is impecable. I am from New Jersey, USA. Let me know what you think.

Best Regards,

Lisa

 

We discussed the commission by e-mail and it ended up being an order for thirty little books, all printed with her Grandmother’s poetry.  The books were A7 in size.  The covers were smooth 120gsm, and the pages (of which there were 16 per book) were 160gsm cartridge paper.

She was really pleased with them, and it’s still one of the most enjoyable commissions I’ve taken on.

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Playing Ingress has led me to discover quite a few nice pieces of street art, but sadly it doesn’t always work out well.  I was intrigued by this portal when I visited Leek (Staffordshire) in September but didn’t get a chance to go and investigate.

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I mean it looked great.

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My partner, Matt, was in Leek more recently and had time to go and take a closer look.  Alas, Hong Kong Phooey has been replaced by something rather disappointing.

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I’m still having fun working on my new designs for notecards.  This one came about because I wondered what adult wizards might drink if they had to be the designated driver.

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