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The Curious Case of the Painted Sparrow

The Curious Case of the Painted Sparrow

The Curious Case of the Painted Sparrow


After our previous visit to Sclater Street the piece we completed lasted for a week before some razor sharp wit decided to modify it and add the word ‘ANUS’ nice and large right over the middle of our picture (as seen below). Noboby likes a large anus on their picture so we thought we’d do our best to replace it with something a little more fitting.

Painted Sparrow (before)

A little research led to the discovery that Sclater Street used to be famous for having a thriving bird market so our new piece would be a little nod to the streets’ history. As we were painting it an old guy came round with his grandson and told me that he used to live nearby and the market was still there when he was a kid. He also informed me that they’d sell you a painted sparrow as soon as sell you an actual budgerigar or the like. I’m not sure if he was pulling my leg or not but I liked the idea.

Once we’d got the background sorted and the bird and hand up I had to get our little bit of sculptural graffiti put up and fix the ‘2 and sixpence’ price tag right to the top of the wall. Which involved going right to the top of the ladder. Which is always a nervous moment on a blustery day. I gave it a good bit of duct tape as I didn’t want to be going up again so hopefully it’ll last a few weeks at least…




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A right bobby dazzler and no mistake!

After posting a while back about our part in this collaboration with the fantastic Mimilove we finally have our grubby mitts on the finished product celebrating our bonus April bank holiday. I have just checked on the web and found that the royal wedding even has it’s own official website. If i’ve ever come across a site that deserves hacking for some internet related tomfoolery (other than perhaps some of the multi-national corporate websites) then it’s this one. I’d just love to substitute our picture for the official one on there…

Not only has Mimi included some lovely little cockney sparrows she has also added a crown on the lovely Ms. Middleton and put some words in the mouth of our corgi headed future king William –  ‘Cor blimey! I can’t adam & eve me mince pies. You’re a right bobby dazzler and no mistake.’ If you have any trouble understanding that sentence you are clearly not a cockney and need to go to the internet for translation.

If anyone is interested this lovely collaborative piece is for sale to commemorate the big day – which, you’ve got admit, was a good one. There were all kinds of street parties going on near us although it was difficult to work out if they were celebrating the marriage of Kate & Will, the fact that the had the day off, the fact that it was sunny or perhaps all of the above…



id-iom & Mimilove
Title: A right royal day off! 
Media: Screenprint, watercolour and sewing
Size: A3

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