i saw a light

March 25, 2008


Hopefully to be my kick-to-the-arse to start doing more original writing. A new site, still under construction, where writers can submit writing of their own. Prompts are also going to be put up regularly. When I actually submit stuff, I’ll link to my author’s page.


full up like a landfill

March 25, 2008


Oh Stanley. One thing I love about Mr Donwood is how he develops his concepts – it’s fascinating what things inspire him and where he takes what he’s been thinking about. It’s also fascinating to see the the processes he uses, often using antiquated presses or laborious techniques – I went to see If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now and was bowled over by the copper plates he’d used.

You can also see the man in action on Current TV also, which was a revelation when I’d only seen his email-correspondences interviews. I only even saw a decent photo of him in 2006. Check out him doing some screenprints for Pictures on Walls here (and the prints in question here).

Another interesting link about his thought processes for some of the Radiohead artwork is here, in support of his book Dead Children Playing (a signed version of which resides on my shelf).

Finally, check out my lovely signed print:


Er, yes. It’s stupid, it really is. But I can’t resist monsters, especially monsters going OM NOM NOM NOM.


Coverage of the latest scientology protest. I’m fascinated with internet culture as it is, and seeing it act in real life is amazing. Memes in action!


Tom Gauld! I first came across him when shopping at Magma Books in Manchester for a Secret Santa present – I found a tiny brown envelope with three folded-up comics inside and fell in love. His humour is fantastically subtle and muted and the way he draws only adds to the effect, with tiny lines for shading and simplified features. He makes me smile.


Oh man, Ippei Gyoubu. He makes me cry with how good he is. Bold, clean, and just a little bit odd, with a real knack for composition and a way of making just about anything seem playful. A direct link to his gallery is here – click through, and be awed.


Yes yes I know, an icon journal, but! Said iconer has a real knack for cropping, white space, muted colours and text. There’s a lot more you can do with a 100×100 pixel box than previously thought. They’re what I’d like my own icons on Livejournal to look like if I could be bothered to do any more to them than up the contrast and brightness. Lovely stuff.

come on, chemicals

March 6, 2008


Noted for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, the design studio Timorous Beasties was founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who had met while studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Timorous Beasties is shortlisted for the Designer of the Year prize in 2005.

By depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on traditional textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties has defined an iconoclastic style of design once described as “William Morris on acid.” Typical is the Glasgow Toile. At first glance it looks like one of the magnificent vistas portrayed on early 1800s Toile de Jouy wallpaper, but closer inspection reveals a nightmarish vision of contemporary Glasgow where crack addicts, prostitutes and the homeless are depicted against a forbidding backdrop of dilapidated tower blocks and scavenging seagulls.

Timorous Beasties was founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley, born in Duntocher in 1967, and Paul Simmons, born in Brighton in 1967, who met as students at Glasgow School of Art. After beginning by designing fabrics and wallpapers for production by other companies, Timorous Beasties then started to manufacture its designs and recently opened a shop on the Great Western Road in Glasgow. McAuley and Simmons also execute special commissions, such as fabrics for Philip Treacy’s hats and for the interiors of the Arches Theatre in Glasgow and 50 Piccadilly, a London casino.

As their working practise as designer-makers has progressed, Timorous Beasties have become increasingly experimental in their approach to both hand-printing and machine production. These changes are reflected in their evolving aesthetic: from early wayward interpretations of naturalistic images of insects, plants and fish; to a searingly contemporary graphic style which, as Glasgow Toile illustrates, explores social and political issues.

When I’m rich and famous and I have a luxury flat in the Salford Quays (or somewhere classy in Leeds) I’m going to decorate every room in wallpaper from Timorous Beasties. With a knack for turning insects, lizards and city unpleasantness into beautiful beautiful patterns. A few favourites: Birdcage, Branch Out and McGegan Rose.

Kangaroo Alliance

Delicious, delicious animations brought to my attention through the video for Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games by Of Montreal. Clean, bright, playful and just a little bit twisted, just how I like things.

Behold! A blog, for my new endeavours as a dedicated Visual Communications student, interested in the Visual communications world. Here, I shall be documenting links to images, artists and articles relevant to my own practices and studies. What fun. Shall we begin?

http://community.livejournal.com/vectors/ – The Livejournal Vector Community. Not had so many posts recently, but I’ve had some real inspiration from there before, especially in the use of black lines and shading from a few of the contributors. I’ve stopped going for the gradient-mesh’d, hyper realistic style, though – it seems like way too much work for something that ends up looking like a slightly plastic version of a photo. Illustrator is to be PLAYED with. Yesh.