T’was bright but t’was just a dream – id-iom @ City of Colours 2016
For our first trip up to City of Colours in Birmingham we’d been allotted a nice big wall in the Rainbow Arena to chuck some paint at. Given that it was our inaugural trip and we were working alongside a heavyweight lineup we were determined to make as good as impression as possible and decided to go with ‘T’was bright but t’was just a dream’. If you’ve ever had a dream so real that upon waking you need to take a couple of minutes to work out exactly what’s going on then you’ve probably got some idea of the inspiration behind the piece. A half remembered memory of something that really never was. It sounds quite vague but makes for a good picture. We even managed to get a cheeky little Birmingham reference in there with the latin motto of Birmingham Uni ‘Per Ardua Ad Alta’ which translates as ‘through difficulties to the heights’ which is probably quite fitting considering the size of the wall.
Once we’d finished it was time to catch up with some of the other artists and check out what everyone else had managed to pull out on the day. If you’ve not been before then it’s definitely worth a visit. Let’s hope we get accepted again next time…
We’ve just completed an epic roadtrip for Dogs Trust where we painted 12 walls in 12 cities in 12 days for their annual ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ campaign. Each day had a different dog and featured a real (and entirely ridiculous) reason that a dog had been handed in to one of their rehoming centres.
We started off in London and then had to pack up the van and hit the road for 12 fun filled days hitting a new city each day and then moving straight on. We usually started about 9 and then had to be finished by 2 as they’d bring along a dog from the nearby rehoming centre to get some photo’s in order to try and get some publicity for the campaign and spread the word about responsible dog ownership.
I think my favourite dogs are the collie from London, the playful puppy from Glasgow and our final wall in Brighton that features a pug who was handed in as he kept chasing frogs. Who could possibly hand a pug in for that? Remember kids ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’…
Manchester (with staffy pup Tinchy)