30 June 2007





lady Katie's birthday...


...it was inspector marmalade's birthday the other day. this is what i painted for her as a present. the dictionary page has the word marmalade on it and a little conversation about her dancing to candyman by Christina whatsherface. i like painting on these pages though sometimes the pencil doesn't draw too well on the paint. i think gouache may work better but i don't like gouache that much as it is kind of has a funny texture about it that i cant explain. i am hoping to get the paints out again this week. i have found an art shop in Manchester-yay and i have found another haberdashery type place in one of them big department stores that might do for now. i got some more small paintbrushes and what i consider a big thick one for a change. i like dinky like paint brushes. i find making up simple conversations interesting and fun. i admire the simple humour of the royle family that used to be on telly.

29 June 2007


from the archives...
...well from the second year work and from late last year, here are the four box canvas screen prints that i never took a picture of or scanned in to show you what they turned out like. i put up various photograph experiments and i think the etching prints. at the time i didn't really know i was going to do with these screen prints and i went fair overboard when printing the screen. i printed on to all kinds of fabrics and different coloured and types of paper and the 'Andy Warhol' inspired idea came about very last minute when i was looking back upon what i had done in the print room and thus as a result there is only one set of these prints. i put them into the artlab Christmas exhibition and they helped to raise money for two greyhound charities. i think i would like to work with other charities/organisations in the future and do similar illustration work that would help them in some way or another.

27 June 2007


haven't we seen these before...
...you may ask. aye you have seen a blue medium sized robotington before but not three grey ones! i have been fair busy with the robotington pattern and sewing machine. the sewing machine has asked for a week off. cheeky thing. i let it have three days holiday. these three robotingtons are waiting to see if they can go on a magical journey. i spent a while picking out their buttons and i am in the process of making three big robotingtons. they are waiting to be stuffed at the moment but i don't feel too well. i had to have a nap today as gordon brown sent me to sleep while i was watching the telly. i got a new sketchbook the other day so now i have got two on the go. the camera has been out and about as well and am taking that and a sketchbook out with me tomorrow after i have sat in and waited for the gas man to check the meter or whatever it is that they do that requires you to sit in all morning between the hours of 8am and 12 noon. do they not know i have to go wandering round town like a lost soul? i am getting there with finding my way round manchester.


new flatmates...

...introducing two new family friends. they joined us from Emma McCann's 'the yellow house'. i had my eye on these two lovely knitted monsters for a while and finally offered them a place to stay. i think they will like it in the office. I would recommend having a look at Emma's website, blog and etsy shop. the blue one is called One-Eyed Willie and the pink one is called One-Eyed Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina likes ice cream and chocolate so i think we are going to get on just fine. Willie likes loud music so him and the mister will be best buds in no time. i think the girls will live in the office and the boys can go live in the living room. best idea in the world and everyone is happy!

http://emmamccann.co.uk/

http://www.emmamccann.blogspot.com/

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5093026

23 June 2007

sparkly...

...here is a photograph at last of the bracelets and brooch that Toby Attrill sent me back in April. Toby is a very talented little mister and i would recommend having a peek at some of his creations over here http://naturalattrill.blogspot.com/ he has recently made some very nice sparkly green bracelets like the bottom one you can see in the pic and some berry coloured ones. very yummy indeed.


random rain and rainclouds...

...its always one of them things that turns out well and looks good. this is a piece of newsprint paper that i tested the colours on to prior to screen printing on to the music paper as seen in the previous post. there are some white clouds and raindrops on the newsprint paper but if i alter the contrast and that the blue and grey colours go all funny. i think i am going to take the more random approach when screen printing in future as it seems to work and i don't get so caught up in it being perfect. it just turns out that way. now that i have said that i have probably cursed the outcome. oh well. we shall see what happens next time.


singing in the rain...
...another one of them screen prints on that music paper that i love so much. i did these in the print room at uni. i am not too sure if i like them as much as the swimming fish on music paper but i beginning to warm to them a bit more. i did try and print the cheeks as a pinky colour but i think the white works best as you can see a bit of the music paper through the printed colour. i used the computer to help me with my layers again and the lady marmalade-Katie did sit with me all night until five am one day while i phaffed around trying to sort my ideas out! it wasn't very complicated but when you are drinking lambrini and trying to work the brain cells start to get lazy. i have some available for sale and if you are interested please send me an email to the usual address. if you would like a closer look, just click on the pic!
still on the square...

...is a coffee shop with owls painted on to it's shutters! i think these are fab. there is a lot of graffiti in this area and i think shops with walls or shutters etc or councils should encourage or provide spaces for people to graffiti freely or properly or however is the correct way to do it with applications or supervision etc. i don't know exactly how to explain myself but i think if graffiti is done well then it can look good and provide graffiti artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work so to speak. i would love to paint robot fish onto a wall one day.
on Stevenson Square...

...we found these today while out for a wander in Manchester. i remember that i saw one of these painted up as a robot in April and was disappointed but happy to find these today. there is a lot of graffiti in this square. there are two big rectangle slab type wall things and so i took some photographs. the one above and below are on the same wall, one of the front and one on a side is the best way to explain it. the top one has the name Laurie Pink and http://www.veryworrying.com/. i have not visited the website yet. the one below i think is maybe by the same person. i cant make out what i wrote down in the sketchbook. the mister was being a bit unhelpful at the time though he did make sure i didn't get run over by a bus while i was taking photographs! Edited as I have been kindly informed that the totum pole artist is Barney Francis.

these next three below were on the other rectangle wall. i don't know why i only took photographs of only three sides but i did. these had the name Eight vs Ghost Patrol. Edited to say the correct names are Mr '8' Bit and Ghost Patrol. i really like these and the ones above. there is another wall in between these two big rectangle wall slabs with graffiti on that i took pictures of and that but i think these five i prefer and like the most. especially the big blue monster thing.





The big blue monster thing,s rightful name is Little Ronald. He was painted by John McGee who has a website here http://www.rememberthelittleguy.com/ I have been back to Stevenson Square since i took the photos to show friends the artwork there. someone or sometwo have since spray painted or regular painted a feather and a hand print on Ronald.

22 June 2007


spring showers...
...here are the rain cloud and rain drop screen prints made up as plush type things. aye they are lying on the floor at the moment but they do each have a little hoop so they can be hung up to dangle and sprinkle rain everywhere. i sold one at the artlab exhibition which is defo good news and encouraging. i am working on organising the summer uni work at the moment and getting to grips with that as well as doing my own bits and bobs. yesterday i spent ages marking out six robots on the left over hand dyed fabric i had. the products for the new dying technique arrived today but i think i am going to put that on hold till i have played with some fimo. i am slowly getting used to working in the office. its like wearing a new pair of shoes. you have to wear them in a bit and that's what i am doing with the office but it gets tempting to go sew in front of the telly sometimes. i think i have found a fabric shop near afflecks palace called abracan fabrics-there is one in Preston and it is like a discount fabric type shop with other bits and bats in. the mister wouldn't let me go in there as he knows what i am like! i had to satisfy my haberdashery withdrawal by looking in the window. the wool there looks fab! though i did go to preston today as i needed some fibre filling and bought some buttons for the robots. i have plenty of buttons, believe me but i dont have any white ones big enough for the bigger robots.
Edited to add information from a question. the rainclouds are for sale. the one's with three drops are £10 and three extra raindrops can be added for a fiver a time. for example a six drop raincloud will cost £15 and a nine drop one would be £20 and so on. the six drop one as seen in the picture has been sold. please email me for further information about orders etc as raindrops can be mixed and matched and made to order as i have grey, blue and blue patterned raindrops. i will post some pictures of the raindrop designs/colours asap.

19 June 2007


on the sofa...
...are the robotington family. the big one is the birthday one and is off to it's destination tomorrow. i put them together so that you see the difference in size and i am planning to make some more of them soon. i am experimenting with different dying techniques and the size of the pattern. the first two robotingtons-the smaller ones were hand dyed in the sink with a brusho ink and are not water resistant. just like true robots they are allergic to water-another story to try and write i guess. its easier to come up with ideas naturally i find than to try and force them. anyhoo the bigger robot i hand dyed with some dylon cold fix and it took a lot of arm strength to dye this piece of cotton in the bath. i have just ordered a different dye to try as i would like a more blue grey colour than the pale grey of the bigger robot. i did see some dye in a shop that works in a washing machine but i ain't too keen on that techinque at the moment. of course you don't stick your washing in at the same time! that would be silly, very silly indeed. now the simple situation is to buy some cotton in the colour that i would like and i have bought some but the only stuff i could find was some grey cotton and now it looks like it is too dark a grey. we will see how it looks like when it is made into a robotington.
i am hoping to make some robotingtons to sell as soon as i have solved the colour problem. the big robot was a custom order and made specially as a birthday gift. in the meantime if you would like a custom made robot please feel free to email me with any questions etc at miss_dj020@msn.com.
hello...

...i am a new addition to the robotington family but i am moving away tomorrow to live with a new friend of mine. i am very special as i have been created as a birthday present and there is no other robotington quite like me. here i am sat on the sofa. i started life as a bright white piece of cotton and she hand dyed that with some grey cold fix dye stuff that she said was a nightmare to work with. then she left me for a bit while she phaffed around and i had a long comfy sleep for about three weeks or so. in time she got herself organised and started making me yesterday. she drew me out and ironed me edges in but it took her three attempts to sew one of me arms. i think the sewing machine has had enough of sewing twenty four seven. she took her time with sewing the rest of me today and only spent about fifteen minutes picking out the buttons. i have a sparkly blue twenty five number on me graph bit-i think that is to do with the birthday thing she told me about. it was very nice to meet you all and i hope i get to meet some of you soon.


floor full of teeth...

...here we are at last. properly this time. i am getting better at living in this big city. just pretend while you are reading this that the Sir David Attenbourough is narrating...here you can see seventeen tooth's sharing a joke while posing for the camera. the ladysnail woman sat and spent a weekend putting the last few together that she had left over from the packaging uni project. thank you Sir David for that bit of information. at the moment i am working towards a secret project and i am determined to work the hardest i can and we shall see if it will take off or not. that's all i can say without me building my hopes up at the moment.

13 June 2007

am back...

...without any pictures to show yet of the office. i just thought i would type a quick message to say that i aim to get all back on track with this blogging now i have the Internet back! i am not feeling quite myself and i feel like changing my name to lady 'grumpy face' snail. i have never felt so out of sorts before. i feel i am lost without uni even though i still go in to print and have been set work to do and i also feel like i haven't settled in to the new place. i don't feel cosy or comfy. i have many things to do and the burst of energy i had last week has gone. its so all up and down all the time. i need a routine and i am stressing out about finding a job. i am off out into the city centre in a moment to find some clothes hangers of all things and to have a wander. maybe the fresh air will do me good.

05 June 2007

connection issues...

...due to our Internet supplier being totally pants, we have no Internet for yet another week! i am going mad as i cant update this blog, look at others and browse the web of the world to my hearts content. aye i can kinda do that on the uni computers but its not the same plus i cant upload any pics really or spend ages phaffing around on the net. i have been busy with stitching together the last of the teeth plush's - all seventeen of them! i have some cloud plush's as well and some screen prints of raining clouds to share. until then you will have to use your imagination! plus i am going to end up going mad if i cant find a haberdashery sewing shop place in manchester.