Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Just caught this on the Creative Review site and had to share it with you all.

This was a great time with some fantastic memories with great friends and some banging tunes!!!!!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

CROSSOVER - Fabian Grodde

I was sent this link from Danny - It's a great example of 3D animation combined with film. Visual narrative is great as well!!!

Crossover from Fabian Grodde on Vimeo.

Monday, 6 December 2010


SInce finishing my final dissertation for my MA in Communication Design I have been documenting the changing seasons effect on the piece. Using cine film and still photography - I hope to upload a short movie in the coming weeks.

I have taken a few stills with the camera on my iphone which I have added below...

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Saturday, 18 September 2010


Danny forwarded on this link to me when he read the work from SAMUEL FRANCOIS

This work was done in Bocchignano, Italy, a village close to Rome, as part of the group project "20 Eventi". The group of artists developed projects for 4 villages of the Sabina region and decided to create a compilation of drawings, for collectors to purchase, and to support this project.

These "art-boxes" are limited to 18 pieces, each one including 18 signed and numerated drawings of all the artists, not necessarily connected to their works on site.

This is purely info for a later date as I would like to experiment with this and the work of SAMUEL FRANCOIS in the form of some type of land art.


After hours of photoshop work and finding a suitable candidate for a gallery space I have now completed the space that would be (Hypothetically) Whitworth Art Gallery.

I am glad I have finished it as it has taken hours more than anticipated (as is always the case).

I am pleased with the results even though I can't show the 2 walls behind the camera were the entrance door is as there would be 3 more photographs to the right and 2 to the left to complete the 10 HDR images.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


I had a nice surprise this morning from the post man in the form of a large envelope from David Nash!

After several email communications with him he has kindly sent me a document regarding the boulder Story which is highlighted on this blog as an earlier post.

When I flicked through it I found that he had signed it as well - nice addition!

Below are some quick shots of the book that he sent to me.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

CYCLE OF TIME (Re-named)

Some more non iphone images of the "cycle of time"


I have eagerly been waiting for a call today regarding the bespoke case I have had made for my final sculpture and at 11.30 I got it. I rushed over to Rossendale Plastics in Haslingden, paid the chap and walked away with a bubble wrapped box that was far too big for my car!!! I managed to get it in sideways but don't know how I am going to get it into Uni next Wednesday for hand in when it will be upright!!!.

Anyway I now have all the pieces to create my last piece for the deliverables for my MA.

As separate items there is nothing that special about them - other than the tree root being really interesting to look at. Hopefully when the creation is finished it will take on a new meaning and give anyone looking at it food for thought.

I have documented the elements individually and will drop a picture of the finished thing here when it is completed.

Wish me luck!!!

Progress of the piece has seen me becoming a spray painter!. As the base came as a clear perspex I needed to darken it up and block out any visual through the base. I decided the easiest way to do this would be to paint it black, after 2 days and 4 coats - here it is...

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Project 2 - "THE KITCHEN SINK"

This is the second of the deliverables that I had planned. It is far from finished but I have done enough for today so I thought I would document the stage that it is as.

The plan with this one is to position it correctly within the tree and once I am happy with it find some way to hook up water so that it runs through the waste plug hole when being photographed.

There is still a bit of cutting up left to do to get the left side of the sink to fit properly then I can begin to add natures bits and make it look like it has been there for years and is slowly decaying.


Today final saw all the preparation work materialising. I have produced my first major deliverable for my final dissertation.

This first project was based on my personal view of how nature takes back everything that we produce no matter how long we think it may last nature and the elements always win through.

It is also a reflection of how we are such a throw away culture and it gives us food for thought about what happens to out cast off's. Yes we recycle, but we also leave things to rot and decay all around us.

This mangled bike represents the flipant way in which we disregard our possessions and also gives us an insight into the constant battle nature has to overcome with our urban decay.

Just for the record these images are taken with an iphone as it is the only camera I had on me at the time. The professional images will document the sculpture properly tomorrow.

Monday, 6 September 2010


Amy sent me this great link to an artists that puts the colour back into some of our much loved trees...

Samuel Francois is an active member in the collective Inkunstruction, working in a broad range of artistic practices, including drawing, installation, urban intervention, and outdoor sculpture. He often uses silkscreen and spray paint, as well as felt tip markers when drawing.

His installations, both in and out of the gallery, have an element of spontaneity and exhibit a clever mixture of material and color. Cultural symbols are carefully placed and manipulated in his object/painting hybrids. The artist’s drawings depict characters of culture, portraits of people donning urban apparel, such as sunglasses, jewelry, hats, and casual clothing. The subjects are executed in fine-tipped marker, bright and colorful against monochromatic backgrounds.

Francois has previously exhibited at Duplex in Geneva, Cruce Galerie in Madrid, and Addict Galerie in Paris, as well as several other solo and group exhibitions.


Artist Pete Dungey says of his Pothole Gardens, “If we planted one of those in every hole, it would be like a forest in the road.” Indeed. And a gorgeous, surprising example of urban renewal and joyful activism.

The images below are a great way to "fill a hole" in one of many thousands of our decaying road surfaces around the country. This would make our driving experience much more colourful although I suspect the accident rate would go up with many people trying to avoid running over some of the installations!!!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010


After another recky tonight with Tavis (my youngest) I have found several trees that I think will suit the pieces that I want to create. They are in a really darkly lit place, dense with moss and decay. I feel that this will add to the mood of the images even more - it just means that we will have to be more adventurous with the lighting I guess (won't we Eric?)

Next job on the list is to purchase an angle grinder! I had one but forgot that last time it was used was when my brother borrowed it and broke it before returning it! Family - who would av em!!!

I have taken a few shots of the trees I have in mind and placed them below for reference...


One thing that I wasn't expecting when I went to YSP was to find a room separate from everything else within the galley that was designated solely to the Twin Towers and September 11th.

This s a very different kind of work as it had a narrative: Nash created An Awful Falling 9.11 in 2001 after seeing images and film footage of the attacks on the Twin Towers, New York. It was not his intention to make a work in response, the exhibition notes inform, but he realised that a piece of beech he was developing looked ‘hauntingly like’ one of the images he had seen of the aftermath. The installation is displayed on its own as Nash sees it as separate from the evolution of his own practice, being a direct reference to global events. In his career Nash strives to make positive interventions in his environment, to work with natural processes and to develop a practice that both attempts to make sense of, and also celebrates, the world around us and our place within it. His career is inspired by the lived experience, including the tragic, the profound, and the gently humorous.

His sculptures resemble so much, those images we all have in our minds of that day. The burnt effect he has applied to the pieces further enhances the work and really leaves a numbness as you walk around the exhibit.


The first of my deliverables for this final dissertation is going to be a series of images that depict decay in various formats. The raw files were then taken into photoshop and a HDR render was applied to them to produce a series of 10 images that are going to be (Hypothetically) installed within an art gallery on death and decay.

Below are some of the images I have chosen to use for this first practical outcome. The HDR rendering really highlights the decay on these images and is a great medium to get across the subject of decay as covered in a previous post.


On Sunday I had a break from the writing and went for a walk at the back of the house to get some air.

Whilst I was out walking I came across an old tree stump and decided to copy a piece I had seen earlier in my research on Jacob Wolf Miller. Wasn't trying to re-invent the wheel just having a play with the materials around me. Tavis my youngest son came with me and thought it was "really cool Daddy, can I make some art with you"! SO we went back home and started to draw what Tavis wanted to make on our next exploration...