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New retail space at Design@44

Well after weeks of designing, printing new prints and general frantic preparation I can proudly announce my new retail space at the fabulous Design@44 a very nice boutique gift shop in the centre of Derby!

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Geek T-Shirts!

Hey all! Well in anticipation for a lovely summer (fingers crossed) I’ve launched a new range of t-shirts inspired by  my print designs. Perfect for the geek in your life!

So far in the range is Flux, Convention, Cantina Band, Better call Saul, Time and The Dude. They are available in Medium, Large and XL, with the Convention design also available in small.

I’ve only used quality Starworld T-shirts as they are WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production) certified. This guarantees that their t-shirts are produced under lawful, humane, and ethical conditions. They are also certified GOTS, (the Global Organic Textiles Standard), so the cotton they use is grown without the use of chemicals and is not genetically modified.

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The Ensign Who Loved Me

For the past couple of years I’ve donated some of my prints to a charity auction at the Hal-Con in Nova Scotia Canada. Last year Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) from Star Trek Voyager was the guest auctioneer and when I was told he’s be doing it again I suggested that I did a special limited edition print that featured him. Apparently he really liked it and kept a copy for himself. Below is my copy that was sent back to me signed by Garrett himself!

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Birmingham NEC Comic Con!

Last weekend was my first big Comic Con. It was quite an experience, fantastic to see all the Cosplay people as well as the 501st but I think the highlight for me was meeting two of the actors from ‘Allo ‘Allo, very fond memories of watching it as a child.

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Stoke Comic Con

Yesterday I had a table at Stokes very first comic con! It was a great first event, lots of people came and it was great!

My highlight would have to be meeting James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) and Josef Altin (Pypar) from Game of Thrones my favourite TV show at the moment. I had a chance to chat over a coffee with Josef before the event and I can genuinely say he was a very nice chap, I’m sure Mr Cosmo is also a very nice guy but I didn’t really get to talk to him as he was on his way to a question panel.

Chilin’ with Josef Altin

The great James Cosmo

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New Mugs!!

Hey, well still no new print designs to show you but hey I’ve got some nifty ceramic mugs made with some of my classic sci-fi print designs. Perfect for the geek in your life.

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Leicester Print Workshop Demo

Yesterday I was back in the Leicester Print Workshop after a long absence. I especially made the trip in to see Gemma Wright as she was giving a demo on a couple of new screen printing products that I hope to use in some future work.

I also found out that Gemma is leaving the workshop next month to pastures new. It was the ‘Introduction to Screen Printing’ course that was run by Gemma, where I first learnt how to screen print and got hooked, she taught me pretty much everything I know about screen printing! So I would just like to say a big thank you for her advice and help and wish her the very best in her new job! I know she’ll be greatly missed.

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Art This Way…

Last weekend I took part in the third annual Loughborough Art Trail. It was a fab weekend with good weather and a great turn out, so would just like to say a big thanks to everyone that came, and especially to those that parted with their hard earned cash and bought one of my screen prints! Also a big thank you to Janet for letting me display my work in her lovely home and for all the tea and cake!

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Leicester Comic Con

Yesterday I was taking part at Leicesters very first comic con! It was a great event, lots of people came and it was great to meet other comic book fans and artists. Thanks to everyone who came to say hello and to the mysterious Stormtrooper who posed with one of my prints :-)

I would also like to send a big thank you to Nathan Leverton for organising and letting me take part and his  army of  yellow shirt volunteers who were a great help throughout the day. #LE1ComicCon #Leicester

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Clarendon Park Summer Fair

Hi All, last weekend was my first time exhibiting and selling at the Clarendon Park Summer Fair on Queens Road in Leicester. It was a great day and brilliantly organised. I would just like to say a big thanks to everyone that came, and especially to those that parted with their hard earned cash and bought one of my screen prints, thank you.

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Beautiful Freak!

For those that don’t know The Eels are a Californian alternative rock band, formed by singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, better known as “E”. I’ve been a huge fan ever since their first album was released around the time I was doing my A’ levels and being a teen I was prone to listening to music that could be described as melancholy but some of their stuff is actually quite joyful and upbeat!

This 2 colour hand pulled screen print measures 50cm x 70cm (approx) and is printed on 270gsm acid free art stock. Each print is signed & numbered and is strictly limited to an edition of only 100 so as always once they’re gone they’re gone!

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The Rolling Stones

My second print inspired by one of my favourite bands The Rolling Stones. Based on a previously done canvas piece I did a while a go, now available as a very limited run of screen prints. Enjoy!

This 3 colour hand pulled screen print measures 50cm x 50cm (approx) and is printed on 270gsm acid free art stock. Each print is signed & numbered and is strictly limited to an edition of only 50 so once they’re gone they’re gone.

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Exhibition at Orange Tree Leicester

The nice people at the Leicester Orange Tree have kindly given me their back room for the month of April to hold a small exhibition of my prints. So if your in the area pop in for a coffee or a cocktail!

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Sherlock update 2

Well the illustration is finished and I’m just finalising the typography to go with it, very excited!

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Exhibition at Glasgow Waterstones

In partnership with online gallery Art Pistol I’ve got some of my print works on exhibition at the wonderful Waterstones on Sauchiehall St, Glasgow. I remember spending quite a few days sat in their plush store researching for my dissertation while I was studying at the Glasgow School of Art.

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Sherlock Update

Well I’ve finished designing the Monty Python print and will be printing it very soon! In the mean time thought I’d share a pic of this illustration I’m working on of Benedict Cumberbatch for my Sherlock print. Will post another pic when it’s finished.

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Leicester 25 Open Art Exhibition

Today I had a wonder round the Leicester 25th annual open art exhibition at the New Walk Museum in Leicester where I’ve got three of my prints on display. I thought the quality of work this year was really good, so if your passing by drop in!

The exhibition runs until the 27th April at the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, detail can be seen here: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/exhibitions/open25

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Silly Walks Update

Well in an attempt to be more proactive and let you know what I’m up to, I thought I’d share this pic of a bit of Photoshop work in progress for my up coming Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks print. Big thanks to Dominic at the Orange Tree for posing for me and supplying the bowler hat!

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New works & 6/8 Kafe Exhibition

Hey all, and a happy new year!

2013 was a busy year and I hope to continue and be just as productive this year! I’ve got quite a few new prints ideas which I’m quite excited about so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve got planned…

Something on my to-do list for some time has been a Sherlock inspired print, as I’m a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch and the new Sherlock character. Also as this year is the 100th aniversary of the 1st world war I thought it would be a perfect oppertunity to play homage to one of my all time favourite tv shows Black Adder Goes Forth and talking of old tv shows I read somewhere that Monty Python are having a reunion tour so I think a Ministry of Silly Walks print might be in order. As well as these I also have planned (time permitting) prints inspired by Ferris Bueller, Withnail & I, Firefly, Jimmi Hendrix, The Rolling S

Also I’ve currently got a small exhibition of prints at the very nice 6/8 Kafe in Birmingham until February 19th, so if your in the area pop in, they also do the best coffee I have EVER had.

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Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair Leicester Saturday 30th November & Quorn Arts and Crafts Festive Trail Sunday 1st December

Thanks to everyone that came to the St.Peters Winter Craft Fair in Nottingham yesterday!

This coming weekend I’ll be at the Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair in Leicester on Saturday 11.00am – 4.30pm and the Quorn Arts and Crafts Festive Trail on Sunday 11am till 5pm so if your free please pop along!

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/events/craftfair

https://www.facebook.com/QuornArtsCrafts

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Winter Craft Fair at St. Peter’s Church Nottingham Saturday 23rd November

Hi All! This coming weekend I’ll be selling my wares at the Winter Fair at St. Peter’s Church in Nottingham 10.30am – 4pm, next to Marks and Spencer in the very heart of the city. So if you still need ideas for Christmas presents pop along! Details below: http://www.craft-inthecity.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/CraftInTheCityUK

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LCB exhibition of new (and some old) work!

Hey all, Well it’s coming up to the crazy season, I’ve got a couple 3 more new prints coming up for this year and then I’ll be busy with various craft fairs.

The very nice people at LCB Depot in Leicester have given me their cafe foyer space for an exhibition of new and some old prints. It runs from 7th October until 22nd October, more details below.

http://www.lcbdepot.co.uk/event/mostly-harmless

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Alcon 2013!

Hi, all. This Saturday and Sunday I’ve got a stand at Alcon 2013 – Leicester’s Anime and Gaming Convention, it’s my first time attending an event like this and am looking forward to meeting plenty of fellow geeks! Join us!!!

The video below shows last years event:

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It’s Lovely up North!

A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to hold an exhibition of my screen prints in the DaDa bar a very cool music/pub in the centre of Sheffield. The exhibition will be up until Sunday 4th August 2013, so if your in the area and haven’t seen my work before check it out!

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Film & Print!

This month saw the culmination of a joint project between members of the Leicester Print Workshop and SevenFive Productions. The project was designed as an opportunity for cross pollination, skills sharing and creative collaboration between filmmakers and printmakers. There was a premier at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester – an exhibition and screening of work produced by LPW printmakers and local filmmakers working in collaboration.

I was paired with film maker Thomas Tyrrell. We decided to make a promo video of sorts showing my working process from sketching the idea through to final print making. You can see the film here:


It was a full house! Below me and Tom enjoying the free wine!

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