Embossing Experiments

Trying a new toy out in the studio today, a cast iron Notary Press, which I've fitted my logo onto. What next.....maybe I'll start wearing a signet ring over a velvet glove like Alan Rickman in the Sheriff Of Nottingham. Emboss 3 Emboss 2

 

 

Anti Postman

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Loving Dubuffet

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Not only is the work amazing, but he can rock a Pork Pie Hat and a electric golf cart look effortlessly.

 

Pattern 1

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Coloured Tape

On holiday I found some lovely coloured / patterned tape in a little shop in Machynlleth called the DecoShop have a look if your ever there. Tape c0b337_f5166b4d81598a9a23723f6db9a0f611.png_srz_140_141_85_22_0.50_1.20_0

 

New Work- Me Me Me

test Pekka The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer them up, because that means they have to stop dwelling on themselves and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself so very seriously.

Romanian Painted Egg

Our Romanian friend, Errol sent this cool hand painted, hollowed-out egg to us last week. It reminded me of the wealth and ubiquity of craft in the country when we visited last year.  The intricate patterns on the eggs are a hybrid of the Slavic, Ottoman and Gypsy cultures and were actually secret languages known only to residents of the regions where they were painted. Pencil for scale, just so you know its not and Ostrich Egg! L1100212 L1100210 L1100211

Photoshop Keyboard

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My friend and software designer Richard Barnett sent this link to me today, for a Kickstarter project he had seen on line and asked, Useful? Or baffling?
To me it looks like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
I would rather have a device that had programable hot keys that recognised which software you where currently in and could adapt i.e. switch ruers on in rulers in Photoshop, Illustrator, In- design and After Effects rather than a dedicated keypad for just Photoshop.
Also I already have a keyboard (which I would need to keep) a Tablet, a mouse, a phone and a screen (and obviously a cup of tea) on my desk, I'd have to have a desk the size of Russia to accommodate this too.
What does appeal though is the icons and colour coded nature of the buttons.
But what do I know, every design under the sun might well have one on there desks in 2 years time!

 

Ice Lab

Went to see Ice Lab at MOSI a few weeks back a really interesting exhibition exploring new architecture and science in Antarctica, reassuringly some of it still lead by Britain. Interesting overlaps of science, design, nature and function. The resultant structures looking more like a cross between science fiction movie sets and children's modular toys. Worth a visit if your in Manchester. L1100127 L1100128 L1100139 L1100129 Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 09.51.47 Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 09.52.16 Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 09.52.28 Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 09.51.36

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Recent Work

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Mother London

I didn't make the final cut for this years Serco TfL poster competition. The theme this year was London Stories, I based my image on the book Mother London by Michael Morrcock. How could an image based on a story about a psychic recluse, the blitz and subterranean pig herds not be a sure fire winner! Answers on a postcard. Secro-Murray lowres jpg

London Stories

Print Couple of details from a recent image submitted to the Serco /AOI competition London Stories: Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious or real characters and events in this amazing city have always held fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend. The aim of the competition is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates a vibrant, multi-layered London. I'm not at all convinced that basing a poster on Micheal Morrcock's book Mother London is the way to commercial success, but I enjoyed making it greatly.

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Lights On

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Thanks to Giles Nielson for wiring diagrams advice and patience, which have all helped to restore this 1950s floor lamp back to safe working order.

 

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Prague - Five down three to go

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Some highlights if you ever make it over there:

Terrys Posters fantastic collection of Czech film posters.

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Kafka Museum an intense but informative experience, which locates and goes some way to explain his writing.

Sedlec Ossuary a small church artistically decorated by more than 40.000 human skeletons.

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Veletržní Palace permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art.

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Museum of Communism low budget, difficult to find but surprisingly rewarding.

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Agharta Jazz Club who doesn't like a bit a jazz right? (well apart from almost everyone I know ;-) Small cellar club, saw the house band who were pretty solid.

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