Sunday, 4 October 2015

Bookmarks XIII: Infiltrating the Library System

Earlier this year I finally managed to finish all 
100 of my bookmarks for the Bookmarks XIII project.
I made 10 sets of 10, each set featuring a different linocut, 
and handmade stamps and letterpress.
There were 38 artists from across the world who each
contributed 100 bookmarks, which you can find at
several locations, list here.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Typewriter Repairman (part 1)

This is Grandad George Sharpe, the typewriter repairman.

Real photographs coming the meantime:

Saturday, 4 May 2013


Magpie Thunder Bureau Pop Up

A temporary arts space brought to you by the artists
of Sunderland Street Studios (and friends) for the duration of
Barnaby Festival 2013 (June 14-30) in Macclesfield town centre.


We have decided to venture forth from our Sunderland Street
Studios for Barnaby Festival this year, and temporarily occupy
one of the empty shops in the town centre. We will still be
holding our usual Open Studios event at Sunderland Street, but
the pop up will be a new experiment. A combination of exhibition
space, shop space and workshop/events space. A space for artists,
makers and everyone else, where the emphasis is on participation
and making art more accessible to as many people as possible.

Visit the WEBSITE for information about what's on.


Monday, 29 April 2013

The Aftermath Exhibition

In January I took part in The Aftermath Exhibition at Bar Lane Studios, York 
organised by Jade Blood;

Saturday 12 January - Saturday 16 February
Jade blood bar lane studios the aftermath exhibition
To welcome in 2013 we will be putting on a special 
exhibition and program of events that play with 
the concept of the dreaded JANUARY !!!

Work on show by the following artists; 
Melanie Alexandrou, Jade Blood, Steve Humble, 
Sophie Polyviou and Chalky The Yorkie. 

In response to the theme I created new work entitled:

Hibernation and Torpor
(the animals have got the right idea)
A look at how other mammals in the 
UK spend the bleak winter months. 
Maybe we can all learn something here.
Also feat. a cautionary tale about butterflies.

I made linocut and typewritten fact sheets about the 3 mammals in the UK that hibernate; the dormouse, the bat, and the hedgehog.

Accompanying these were blank fact sheets that visitors where invited to fill in about themselves, including information such as hibernation preparation, hibernation temperature and duration and hibernacula. (Photographs of the filled in fact sheets coming soon)

Unbeknownst to some, certain butterflies also hibernate. Species include Brimstone, Comma, Large Tortoiseshell, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. 

Sometimes butterflies make bad choices. Sometimes they pick a room in your house as their hibernacula. This is very bad for the butterfly because as soon as you light your fire or turn your heating on the butterfly will wake up, thinking it's spring, when it clearly isn't. They waste valuable hibernating energies flapping around which they need to make it through the winter. If you find a hibernating butterfly in a unsuitable place, you can put it in a dark, unheated room (or shoebox with air-holes and exit slot), and give it some food (sugary-water-soaked-kitchen-towel). Then hope for the best.

More photos of the exhibition (inc. 12 Days of Christmas by Steve Humble (see above), Fake Tan Salon by Sophie Polyviou, yard sale by Chalky the Yorkie, and an installation by Jade Blood) and launch night (which included ping pong, records, balloons and chocolate wafer sticks):