So there i was trying to work out what to paint on the wall when the idea of doing a self portrait suddenly occured to me. I’m not entirely why I decided to do it as i reckon it’s fairly dangerous ground to cover. It seems a little self obsessed and surely everyone is their own worst critic – especially when the subject is themselves. Nonetheless i decided to carry on regardless and see what would come.
Now I probably wouldn’t be making this post if I was entirely dismayed at my attempts to capture myself and would probably have just painted straight over it in a pique of embarrassment, so, i suppose by virtue of the fact that you can see my attempt means that i’m somewhat pleased with the end result. Although anyone who knows me (and is therefore in a position to comment) will surely be able to make up their own mind as to the success of my venture. So i’ll just leave it at that for now…
There’s a certain thrill to sending off a tube of paste up’s‘s to Street Art Without Borders. Once dispatched you then wait patiently for a while whilst the intrepid paster gets out and about around Europe (and beyond) and finally – hey presto! – you get some pictures back of your work adorning walls at various international locations. What could be easier? This time we’ve got work up in Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The one in Berlin is even on a 2km section of the Berlin Wall that is called the East Side Gallery. All this from the comfort of our own front room…
Many thanks to Urbanhearts for the photo’s!
Sometimes the muse makes you do funny things. You may start off with different ideas but before you know it you’ve painted a big picture of a hungry schizophrenic raven with a bad heart who has just found himself some dinner. Whilst the motivation behind some pieces is obvious or easily worked out i’m really not sure myself of how this one came to be. So there you have it. Class dismissed.
A few people have been asking after our studio and how it’s getting on so I thought a quick update would be in order. After getting the keys to the studio a couple of weeks ago we have been really busy designing and preparing for our upcoming work at the Electric Social bar in Brixton so we haven’t had as much time as we’d like to get the place set up.
After a load more trips than i thought possible we have now moved most of our stuff down and begun to get organised. The first port of call was getting a tap installed for screen-printing and getting the screen wash out area sorted.
Next on the list was getting a big table knocked up. I’m glad to say that both of these goals have now been fully realised – with the added bonus of entirely using recycled materials. Surely a good eco-friendly first move?
The we decided the dingiest room would (naturally) be the dark room. We just need something to cover the entrance and a red bulb and we’re away.
Then we just need a few supplies and the screenprinter will be up and running.
Finally we have the messy room where paint can be strewn around with wild abandon. Which it will be…
All we have to do now is move the final couple of loads of our stuff down and start work on some new pieces…
The view from the dungeon
Growing kit left by previous occupants...
Main front room
Side room one (there is side room two but we failed to get a decent photo...)
The oh-so-glamourous staircase
Store room - just perfect for cans
Screenprinting wash out room
Welcome to our new studio! Like The Spooks sang in Karma Hotel ‘it looks like heaven but could be hell’. I’m sure only artists will salivate over the five room basement space which is certainly in a slight state of disrepair but couldn’t be more perfect for our needs. We are allowed to make as much mess as we like into the bargain too! Winner. Words can barely express how happy this all makes me…
We have finally got enough space to get all our screen-printing equipment out and whatever else we have squirreled away. The place even comes with an impeccable pedigree as it used to be both a squat and cannabis factory! We still have the holes they knocked in walls for ventilation between rooms which will make for a handy ‘intercom’ system. And to top it all off it’s only 10 mins from home.
Now we just need to get onto Freecycle to find some furniture (and whatever else we can get) to fill our new gaff. Expect more pics as and when we get round to ‘decorating’ the place. Once we’ve got our friendly builder to pop round and help construct us a makeshift table and install a tap we are good to go.
Expect good things to come…