A Day in the Life of a Roller Girl

From my initial research it would appear that all roller girls are effortlessly awesome. It’s not fair.



“This is a series of journal entries I wrote for Creative Latitude documenting my self promotional process for finally taking the step to be an illustrator. These articles were later published in the 2006 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market. Note: Some links may not be active anymore.”



I do have notes on how I made this. Which will be put up in due course. Also, I’ve been a bit lazy with alt tags and stuff which is bad of me, so will be fixing that up soon. But for now, here it is. AWESOME.

it was the perfect crime

December 8, 2008



I think that’s all I need to say on the matter.

death is a shade of hue

December 5, 2008

So for my website designs I’ve been looking at ways to display both my professional site and the slightly more fun one I want to create. Sophie showed me this: http://www.qubik.com/ where the work is laid out very simply on a while background, with a link from each image to a description of the work. I like its no-nonsense approach (even if I’m not keen on the way the text overlays the images) so I decided to work in a fairly similar way.

I’ve also been looking at inspiration for the other, more fun site, and have been looking at http://www.uglydolls.com, who I’ve always loved (my favourite’s Wedgehead, and I have him in plush!). I like the fact it’s a very interactive site and you’re basically invited into the Uglydolls’ world, walking around Uglytown where different buildings lead to different things.

Thinking about creating my t-shirts, rather than printing them, by using applique – basically a form of fabric collage, layering of fabric on top of each other into the design you want. My knowledgeable flatmate reckons it’s doable, using either Bondaweb (some special… stuff that sticks fabric together) or just plain stitching the thing. Bondaweb is faster but we’re not sure how wash-resistant it is; stitching is more reliable but would probably have to be done by hand in order to stop the fabric bunching up as you stitch it, so would take forever and a day to do, leaving me with a significantly reduced will to live (especially if I get lots of orders).

I have a Christmas present I need to create however, so I might try the applique approach for that one at least, and see how it goes. I’m not the best at sewing in the world but I’ve managed to create a small cuddly Thom Yorke in the past and didn’t bugger that up, so I should be alright.

The only thing that’s worrying me about considering this is the fact I’m partially doing it because I’m too chicken to sort out the screenprinting…

In other news, that isn’t really related to anything, Stephen Fry has Twitter. Is there anything that man can’t do? ❤

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.