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Throwback Thursday: UCA Degree Show 2011

I ended my degree on a text-based project called ‘Songs From The Revolution’. This was around the time of Occupy, the student marches and the beginnings of the anti-austerity movement in the UK, and all of these things had heavily influenced my artwork and taken that and my life in a more political direction. For this project I made cut up poetry out of newspaper headlines and advertising slogans, and the main rule was: they must always end on a positive note. The premise was that newspapers and adverts are designed to instill fear into the hearts of their readers in order to coerce them into spending their money. By cutting up the offending text and reclaiming the words as beautiful poems, the manipulation message is subverted. With the help of my uni’s wonderful technicians, I stole the Clear Channel logo and created this enormous billboard to display my final piece.

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This project was great fun to do and I explored many formats before arriving at this final piece, including printing zines of the poems that I left in cafes and in public spaces, and a series of posters which I put up in phone boxes and any free notice board I could find.

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Upcycled frame paintings

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Queen Mab, 2015

One of my favourite little hobbies is to scour charity shops for interesting/cute/kitsch frames that I can improve upon with my colourful, magickal characters and scenes.

I either paint straight onto the backing paper or wood. Once I’ve finalised the idea the paintings only take a couple of hours to complete. These three all belong to a nice family in Australia now who bought them off me while I was travelling. I have many more of these in the pipeline and am endlessly searching charity shops for new and exciting frames to work my magick with!

I am always available for commissions for things like this, so if you happen to find a jazzy lil’ frame and would like me to upcycle it for you, please get in touch

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I’ve been putting together some ideas for business cards…

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…and this is my first shortlisted idea. This is a painting from nearly two years ago, however, and my work has moved on a bit since then so I don’t want to misrepresent myself by putting an older image out there.

I made this on a free app because I don’t have a great deal of skill with the computery side of things, so bear that in mind, too. I have also been told it’s unusual to have portrait business cards, but I quite like it like this.

Feedback is appreciated 😘

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RIP Kurt Cobain

I found this picture nestled away among some long forgotten files on my computer. I think it might be from around 10 years ago and is a brief exploration into my taste for messed up boys of the pretty, heroin chic persuasion (which hasn’t changed one bit, since you ask!). It was called ‘Still In Love With Kurt Cobain’, and I thought I’d share it with you today on the 22nd anniversary of his death.

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