Cardboard

I’m a mole and I live in a hole…

Holey Moley!

There’s not really too much to say about this one other than I was already doing some bits on cardboard and was intending to go and take some photo’s so thought a mole escaping from his underground burrow would make a good shot. More of an experiment in execution than anything else. At least (i think) I’m getting better with the camera and now even know what some (but definitely not all) the dials and buttons do. I’m not entirely sure what I make of it myself other than Mr Mole looks remarkably happy to be free from his subterranean prison. I think i’ll just leave it at that…

Cheers

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Brixton Zoo new arrival – Please don’t feed the Animal!


Roll up! Roll up!

The newest attraction to arrive at Brixton Zoo has been shown to the public for the very first time today. The Zoo managed to get ‘Animal’ from The Jim Henson company due to a conservation scheme that has been in place since both parties signed up to the drummer awareness initiative in 2004.

‘Animal’ is believed to be the sole surviving member of a 1975 genetic experiment by Dr Jim Henson in an attempt to create the perfect drummer. Genetic testing has been inconclusive although there are  indications that his D.N.A contains fragments from Keith Moon and Mick Fleetwood as well as a diverse range of other sources. His legendary percussion skills are rivalled only by his mother, Laverne – although her whereabouts are currently unknown. He has been known to eat just about anything – from a drum set to pieces of glass – so please be careful with your belongings.

This really is a big step forward for Muppet conservation and a massive coup for Brixton Zoo as Animal is a worldwide attraction and will bring much needed revenue into the establishment. The Drummer Awareness Initiative is also very pleased as in recent years they have seen a steady decline in drummers due to the advancements in technology and are hoping ‘Animal’ could possibaly drive a surge in drumming being taken up in schools once more.

Cheers

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Title: Please don't feed the Animal!
Media: Acrylic, stencils and spraypaint
Size: Cardboard
Title: Please don't feed the Animal - Brixton Zoo sign
Media: Digital print
Size: Laminated A4 paper
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Streetlife

With the onset of better weather it seems getting out more is a whole load more feasible than it has been. So, what we had was a lovely spring day, a bag full of (mainly cardboard) pieces to put on the street and South London to work with… The pieces were largely mixed media – a mixture of screenprinting, painting, stencil, googly eyes and a little glitter. What could possibly go wrong?

Thankfully it all went swimmingly apart from our attempts to film it all. Expect some kind of results soon. Who knows, with a bit of clever editing it may not end up to be too bad. Only time will tell…

At least we managed to get some half decent photo’s. For bigger shots of any of the pieces please visit our Flickr page.

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Cardboard city!

You learn something new every day don’t you? I realised when I used the title ‘cardboard city‘ for this post that it was a reference to an area where homeless people lived in cardboard boxes – but i never realised that it was a particular place (where the IMAX is now) just near Waterloo station in Central London where over 200 homeless people lived from 1983 to 1998. I used to work near there in about 2000 and there were a couple of people still sleeping in the underpasses but i can only imagine what it must have been like to live there in the mid 80’s…

Anyhoo, with summertime pretty much upon us it’s time once again to hit the streets in earnest. We’ve got plenty of bits and pieces to get up when the time is right and here is a sneak peek at some of the cardboard pieces that will be adorning London’s walls and doorways somewhere in the near future.

I’m not entirely sure why but i think my favourite one is ‘oh my god i’m flowering’ with ‘smile’ coming a close second. We also have some huge bits of cardboard which we will be placing out at the same time – just as soon as i can come up with suitable spots for them to be placed/affixed to.

Cheers

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Oh my god i’m flowering!

Smile

Taking the bull by the horns

Fat head

Give it a rest!

Pramcar

This is not the way it’s meant to be

I’m particular

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Dark times

Sometimes when working the muse takes you off on a complete tangent and says ‘Okay, we’re stepping off the road into the darker unlit areas now…’ and there isn’t all that much you can do about it. These two pieces are definitely a little darker – considering they deal with someone who has murdered both their parents for 21 grams! 

It reminds of the tale of Lizzie Borden who was accused (and later acquitted) of murdering both her parents at the end of the 19th Century. Hopefully we’ll have something a little cheerier to move onto next…

Cheers

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Title: The Battle For The Pure White: The Night I Killed My Father For 21 Grams
Media: Screenprint, acrylic, ink, spraypaint, newspaper, stencils & paint pen
Size: Cardboard

Title: On Saturday Night I Killed My Mother Now I’m a Wanted Man
Media: Screenprint, acrylic, ink, spraypaint, newspaper stencils & paint pen
Size: Cardboard

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Cardboard, cardboard, everywhere!

There’s nothing like giving yourself more work to do. I printed up these bits of cardboard in order that we could do some street drops (once the weather had bucked up and the cardboard would survive more than 2 minutes in the rain) but then decided it would be best if they were all hand-finished thus increasing our workload exponentially (i love that work ‘exponentially’!)

Anyway I always wonder what happens with pieces when you put them on the street. Do people pick them up? Does the bin man get them? Are they otherwise destroyed? Who knows. What they do once released is up to them – although i always wish them the very best of luck. It’s a harsh world out there and the circle of life is always turning but surely some must make it somewhere nice…

Cheers

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Title: Killer Smile Man
Media: Screenprint, acrylic, newspaper, ink & paint pen
Size: Cardboard

Title: Tobacco Kiss
Media: Screenprint, acrylic, spraypaint and stencils, ink & paint pen
Size: Cardboard

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Snow white…

There is a spurious rumour that the Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is meant to be some kind of representation of the ‘seven stages’ of cocaine addiction. Now, whilst this is undoubtedly a load of  nonsense the suggestion is that the dwarf’s names correspond to symptoms of various stages of cocaine addiction from changes in sleep patterns (sleepy) to mood swings (happy & grumpy), personality change (bashful, dopey) and development of allergies (sneezy).

This did however give me a germ of an idea so i set to work making Snow White a big ol’ cokehead gazing lovingly at a huge rock of Bolivia‘s finest…

Cheers

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Title: For The Love Of Pure White Coke
Media: Screenprint, acrylic, spraypaint and stencils, ink & paint pen
Size: Cardboard

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I’ve got my eye on you…

Oooh a big malevolent eye gazing at you! How very frightening! The evil eye is a surprisingly widespread belief  that a look is able to cause injury or bad luck for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. Be afraid, be very afraid for the eye is staring at YOU!

Working on cardboard is quite liberating as you can really let rip and let inspiration (if you can find any) take you wherever seems good. I think most of the cardboard bits are probably destined for the street although sometimes they can look good when framed. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see… 

Using just about all the paint, pens, printing equipment and whatever else we have kicking around these are a lot of fun to work on and this one even features a (largley illegible) excerpt from Hans Christian Andersen‘s story ‘The Darning Needle’. So know you now.

Cheers

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Title: Am i staring?

Media: Acrylic, spraypaint and stencils, ink & paint pen
Size: Cardboard

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