Monthly Archives: February 2011

From the cradle to the grave

From the cradle to the grave‘ is an idiom. We are called ‘id-iom’. Therefore it is a good name. This is our latest bevy of hand-finished beauties which we offer for your perusal. Featuring  a screenprinted level, some watercolour, a little spraypaint and a dab of acrylic these are sure to add a dash of colour to any wall.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: From The Cradle To The Grave

Media: Screenprint, acrylic, watercolour and spraypaint

Size: A3

£40 each

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U2 and Coldplay headline Glastonbury 2011

I’ve been to Glastonbury every available year since 1999 and thoroughly enjoyed myself every time – come rain or shine. I’m sure this year will be no exception (and I hope the weather will be as nice as last year) but I think this piece sums up my reaction to the news that U2 and Coldplay will be headlining. I’m somewhat ashamed to say that i have seen Coldplay before (at Glastonbury when i was in no fit state to traverse between stages) and suffice to say I will not be making the same mistake twice. I reckon I will however be seeing exactly what Beyonce has to offer…

My (non-musical) highlight from last year would have to be trading consumables on the Monday afternoon at the Stone Circle – what fun and merriment there was to be had! At least the choice of headliners has provided me with some ideas for a little bit of on site ‘street’ work. Keep your eyes peeled!

Cheers

id-iom

Title: U2 and Coldplay headline Glastonbury 2011

Media: Screenprint and spraypaint

Size: 40 x 28 cm piece of Slate

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Sometimes it all just gets a bit much…

I’m sure i’m not alone in feeling that occasionally it all just gets a bit much. Bills, emails, deadlines, texts, meetings, adverts and a million other diversions are constantly vying for our attention and sometimes it all just seems to result in a day when you are sure you have just about as much as you can take and the next thing to happen will be some kind of fatal brain embolism. I’m not entirely sure if you would exactly call that inspiration but it is certainly the thinking  behind this piece…

At least it’s the weekend now!

Cheers

id-iom

id-iomTitle: Sometimes it all just gets a bit much

Media: Screenprint and spraypaint

Size: 40 x 28 cm piece of Slate

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The Great Pretender

I’m sure there was plenty of times when i pretended i was a Transformer when i was growing up but all my main memories of playing consist of me and my big brother destroying stuff. We used to make model planes just to then take them and douse them in lighter fluid before setting them on fire and throwing them off the roof to meet their fiery doom. I’m sure we must have been quite a handful at the time…

The inspiration behind this one is the power of imagination we all used to have as a child which allows you to play for hours with just about anything you find around you by subverting it’s boring everyday use and giving it a whole new role in life.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The Great Pretender

Media: Screenprint and spraypaint

Size: A3 paper

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Taking the bull by the horns

Apparently the phrase ‘to take the bull by horns’ originated in the American West where it would be an everyday practice for cowhands to have to control bulls and steers (young bulls) although if i’m honest that had very little bearing on this piece. I just thought it was a particularly fitting name…

Anyway I just love working on slate. It looks great and has such a tactile quality so expect more to come.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Taking the bull by the horns

Media: Screenprint and spraypaint

Size: 40 x 12 cm piece of slate

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Graffiti 1 – Sofa 0

A big empty billboard next to a busy road. What more could one ask for to lift the spirits on a dark and grey morning? After a bit of manic brainstorming and stencil cutting we had everything ready to rock. I was convinced that time was of the essence and that the boards would probably have new adverts on by the time we got back to them but it would appear the Gods were on our side. We donned our hi-vis jackets and set to work. I think this probably sums up the struggle to get out during the winter months when it’s really just not as fun as summer time…

Payment (of sorts) came via the loud cackling laughter we received from a car waiting at the lights behind us when we took the stencil down. It’s things like that make it all worth while!

As the sign is illuminated by night we thought we’d head back to get an evening shot too. As i wasn’t sure which i preferred i thought i’d just bang them both on.

Cheers

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Go Cav Go! Drive that train!

One of my friends told me that cycling is the fastest growing sport in the world (although after a quick check online it would seem that mixed martial arts is perhaps the fastest growing sports in the world so i’m not entirely sure what to believe) so we thought we’d do a little tribute to the fastest man on two wheels – Mark ‘The Manx Missile’ Cavendish.

The muse came to visit and her parting words were ‘Sometimes a picture of a sexy girl holding a bike is all you really need…’

Cheers

id-iom

Title: I love Mark Cavendish

Media: Screenprint, paint pen and spraypaint

Size: A4

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DWTVLA

This was a commission for our good friend Dave (a.k.a. DWTVLA). Everyone has a friend called Dave and whilst they are all as different as snowflakes they are all cut from the same cloth. I think their parents would have loved to call them something different but i reckon you just know when you’ve got a Dave on your hands and have to obey protocol and call them as such. To do any different would be spitting in the face of common courtesy and established tradition. It’s just so the rest of us know where we stand.

Anyway, this particular Dave has been working in LA recently. You can just tell by his face that he works in ‘meeja’ and whilst in LA has evolved to become a self facilitating media node. I know this for a fact as i’ve seen him with his Wasp T12 Speechtool in hand barking orders to his flea-bitten lackeys. Oh how he’s moved on since being McDonald’s employee of the year…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: DWTVLA

Media: Screenprint

Size: A4

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Zap!

Trying to do these little write-up’s can sometimes be more than a little challenging. Sometimes it’s easy and it practically writes itself but sometimes i’m just sat in front of the screen trying to find some pithy comment to make which will amuse my reader(s). ‘Zap!’ has proved to be one of the tough ones. I’ve been sat here for a while now and this is all i’ve got:

“‘Zap’ is an onomatopoeia and, as onomatopoeia go, ‘zap’ is certainly a good one.  Probably not the best but certainly up there.”

Is that really good enough? I’m of the opinion that it isn’t but like i said it’s all i’ve currently got. I could try and make up something funny about the lady in the hat but i’m just not feeling it today. Maybe i should go and do some art instead of typing away…

Cheers

id-iom

id-iomTitle: Zap! Zap! Zap!

Media: Screenprint, pencils, watercolour, ink and acrylic

Size: A3

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Happy Valentines Day… Relationship Mitosis is here!

Valentine’s Day… What a complete waste of time and money. I’m not really a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I thought it best to get that out of the way first although today’s offering probably makes that quite clear. Not that i’m against people expressing their love for one another (as long it’s consensual, of course!) in fact i’m all for that – but it’s just the fact that it’s so commercialised and now comes with such expectations. I think i’d probably prefer to buy someone flowers or go for dinner on just about any other day of the year. Surely the only fun to be had on Valentine’s Day was sending cards anonymously when you were at school?

There’s a large number of Valentine’s themed prints available to cash in on today’s ‘festivities’ but we thought we’d cater to those for whom Valentine’s Day is nothing to celebrate. So Relationship Mitosis is dedicated to all those who won’t be out for an over-priced dinner this evening.

All that said I’m not a complete buzzkill and hope that everyone has a lovely day!

Cheers

id-iom loves you

Title: Relationship Mitosis

Media: Screenprint, hand cut stencil and spraypaint

Size: A3

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