Thursday, 29 November 2012



Every Christmas I like to make new ornaments for my tree. Here are a few I made on the printing press this week.



The Skin Project

The Skin Project is a  short story by author Shelley Jackson which is inked onto the bodies of volunteers. The story itself is 2095 words long and so far Jackson has accepted 1875 applications and 553 tattoos have been completed. In 2003 Jackson quietly put the word out for volunteers, she recommended the applicants read some of her other published works as the story of the skin project was a close guarded secret and would only be released to an applicant after the tattoo was done. 

In effect the story would in some way become a living breathing piece of literature or art. As the "words" died the story would change, and when the last "word" died the story would cease to exist.  Jackson has said she will make every attempt to attend the funerals of her "words," although it is inevitable that many will live on past her own death.

 Once him  or her has had their tattoo done Shelley says that the participants will be known as "words." They are not just carriers or agents of the word they bear but embodiments. Its hard to actually define what  The skin project is. Perhaps a piece of performance art, a literary work or even a social experiment? But whatever it ultimately "is," part of it will always exist for a time whether or not the whole story is ever fully realized.


Monday, 19 November 2012

Dodie Masterman

Dodie Masterman- photo by Lee Miller

 Today's post is about my Grandmother (photo above.) She was a teacher and illustrator of many of the folio society's classic novels and she  also drew  for Vogue on occasion. After she died I had a chance to go through all her old illustrations. She drew on most of the letters and cards she sent, which i think is such a lovely personalized touch. I have included some images of these above.  She really was a great artist, I wish I had known her better and had more time with her, but receiving a little illustrated christmas card every year made me feel very loved. 

      Here is a link to her obituary in the Guardian Newspaper. 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

In B Flat

In B Flat

A collaborative music and spoken word project conceived by Darren Solomon
The videos can be played simultaneously -- the soundtracks will work together, and the mix can be adjusted with the individual volume sliders.

Photographers Gallery

Existential Photography
Admission £2
12 October 2012 - 6 January 2013

16 – 18 Ramillies Street, 
London W1F 7LW

I'm hopefully going to go check this out tomorrow, the concept sounds great:

 "In the period following World War I, a curious attraction appeared at fairgrounds: the photographic shooting gallery. If the punter’s bullet hit the centre of the target, this triggered a camera. Instead of winning a balloon or toy, the participant would win a snapshot of him or herself in the act of shooting."- ----->Photographers Gallery Website


Every now and then I go on an art-book buying binge. I especially love finding books abroad or at museum exhibitions that you can't find in most bookshops. Here are a few scans of my favorite books I bought over the last few months.

32 Pieces: The Art of Chess

"Fifteen unique chess sets and boards made by internationally renowned contemporary artists. Each chess set has its own concept reflecting the artists' vivid imagination. Curators: Mark Sanders, Julia Royse, and Larry List."

  The Polaroid Book
Selections from the Polaroid collections of Photography.

"In existence for over 50 years, the Polaroid Corporation's photography collection is the greatest collection of Polaroid images in the world. Begun by Polaroid founder Edwin Land and photographer Ansel Adams, the collection now includes images by hundreds of photographers throughout the world and contains important pieces by artists such as David Hockney, Helmut Newton, Jeanloup Sieff, and Robert Rauschenberg."

Kiki Smith: A Gathering,1980-2005

"Widely considered to be one of the most engaging and fascinating artists of our time, Kiki Smith has, over the past 25 years, developed into a major figure in the world of twenty-first-century art. Her subject matter is as wide-ranging as the materials her work has encompassed. In the 1980s, with her earliest figural sculptures in plaster, glass and wax, Smith developed an elaborate vocabulary around the forms and functions of the body and its metaphorical as well as physical relationship to society."

Flogging and Dead Horse
The Life and Works of
Jake and Dinos Chapman 

"The definitive monograph, collecting twenty years of work by two iconoclastic and subversive contemporary British artists. Jake and Dinos Chapman’s work has come to define the spirit and impact of a generation of contemporary artists we know as the YBAs. Taking many forms across many mediums, from major installations to miniature sculpture, from etchings and drawings to films and performances, their work together and individually examines contemporary politics and morality with characteristic irreverence and profoundly caustic humor. " 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Totoro onesie

  Last week I decided to be crafty and took a Primark wolf-onesie and with a little snip and sew turned it into my own personalized Totoro costume. I also made a mini-Totoro to keep me company while I lounge in my onesie :D It was so easy to make and so comfy so i thought i would share it.

Paper Snowflake

   I spent my evening sipping Shiraz and making snowflakes out of paper, 
     here is the result:

                                               A quick tutorial :D 

                                                                     Open it up!

Monday, 12 November 2012

"Belly"- an animated short film .


    by: Julia Pott 

Director: Julia Pott
Sound design: Joseph Tate
Animation assistance: Robin Bushell, Eammon O'Neill, Ben Cady
Voices: Olivia Gurney Randall, Cornelius Clarke, Joseph Tate, Robert Blythe, Laurence Weedy

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Turner Prize 2012
Tate Britain: Exhibition
2 October 20126 January 2013
£10, concessions available

Spartacus Chetwynd

Luke Fowler

Paul Noble

Elizabeth Price



Today I went to Tate Britain to check out the Turner Prize nominations. Sadly besides Paul Noble all the other artists were a bit lacking in my opinion. Two were digital artists using film and the other a performance artist called  Spartacus Chetwynd.  Her performance consisted of two men dressed in leafy spandex-like costumes in front of the audience, they frolicked, danced and waved a odd puppet in our face. Near the end of the performance they took me out of the crowd, had me stare into the little puppets face and then ended by whispering "you had something, and now its gone" in my ear. I left the performance rather confused and felt like I had missed the message of the whole thing. 

Paul Noble's work was very impressive, his drawings are painstakingly detailed. The exhibit consisted of a series of large scale technical drawings of Nobles  fictional world Nobson Newton. In person the detail of the drawings seem to stretch out to infinity. The more you look at a piece the more you see, like looking at the clouds your mind starts forming shapes and faces from clusters of once random rocks in the scenery. Nobles world reminded me of a unusual melding of Hieronymus Bosch and Escher, like both artists his work  is one of a kind. It is well worth paying  a visit to the Turner prize just to see his work up close.



        The Tate Website

     Paul Noble:The Gagosian Gallery Website

Monday, 5 November 2012

The Rain Room

After an hour and a half Queue we finally got to experience the rain. It was well worth the wait, walking through torrential showers without getting soaked was  extraordinary. Here are some photos:

Thursday, 1 November 2012

another discovery

              Chad Wys
                                                                      ----> Website

            Its always a pleasure stumbling upon new artists during random 
evening internet wanderings...