Friday, 15 October 2010

New Images...

Soon to be produced as cards.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Running low on the Grime Jewels so been painting some new ones - here they are pre-firing.

Friday, 8 October 2010

New Drawing

A newly replenished Etsy and a Website completed

Hello again, now just a wee note to say I've replenished Etsy with a few new jewels and wee ceramic pictures.Also, I recently finished making a website for an artist friend of mine, Louise Gibson, who is a very talented sculptor, based in Edinburgh. Go and take a look at her work!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Istanbul Toy Museum and Other Delights

While I'm remembering, it seems wise to post some photographs I took in the Istanbul Toy Museum. I seem to be developing a minor fixation with such places; if a city has one I will descend upon it. This one was an odyssey to reach, tucked away in Asian Istanbul's dense interior, but after bus, foot and taxi, we finally arrived, and had the place virtually to ourselves. It is chock full of the stuff I love, especially incredible German dolls houses and shops, wind up tin toys and dolls.

Istanbul is actually an incredible place for visual culture, and felt refreshingly different from other European capitals I've visited. Mosques are breathtakingly decorated in ceramic tiles or intricately painted... I enjoyed these Christian mosaics that still remain in Aya Sofia.

And there is the amazingly modestly presented Mosaic museum, housing this incredible Roman floor. Beyond its attractions though, the visual experience of the city itself is full of intrigue and charm ... You are left with the feeling that there was much you did not see, and that you must return someday. Pretty romantic, eh?

A Splendid Weekend...

...That's what I had in Glasgow. Yes, I've returned to Blogland, after a lengthy absence during which a kind-of-summer took place, followed by a proper spell of heat and magic in Istanbul, where I took full and enthusiastic advantage of the panorama function on my camera, yaas!
Anyway, this weekend, on Saturday, I saw these guys, my fave new band, Everything Everything, at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. It was Amazing.

Then on Sunday I dutifully went to church, or a church of sorts anyway. A church for creative types, as originated by these chaps, Hole in my Pocket, who have created their own gently mocking parody of religion in tandem with their amusing exhibition at the Arches.There were sermons (think entertaining/enlightening speeches on different aspects of visual culture)... such as Sebastian Tomb's (founder of A+DS) talk about this geometric map he has designed in order to make the viewer reassess geography. And Gregor Wright's hilarious talk about the charmingly backward world of non-games. Among other wonderful things, there was also ukulele-led mass karaoke, Gary McNair's fantastic role-play as minister and tea n scones to finish. Perfect! The next and I believe, last one, is next Sunday the 10th. (Apparently I may be called upon to do an impromptu sermon should someone pull out!)

After this I trotted along to Welcome Home, which is currently celebrating its First birthday, for which a wonderful newspaper-style annual has been produced, and makers like myself who stock the shop have each donated a piece of work for a grand raffle, to be called at the end of the month. Tickets cost £1 each, and give you the chance of winning one of many delightful items including prints, jewellery and cushions! Don't have any pictures of the wall of prizes to show, so you'd better check it out for yourselves!