Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Upside Down Doll

I finally finished my rag doll I have been working away on, I am quite happy with how it turned out but it sure took a long time, I had one of these when I was little and just loved it, I remember if you sucked its hair it tasted strange.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

How Long is A piece of String?

I love String. It's probably not a usual thing to have a strong affinity with but there you go. My favourite is white cotton twine, the sort that comes in a neat ball and is easy to bite through. It unravels endlessly and has a thousand uses. Tie up your tomatoes, do some cats cradle, use it for a shoelace, tie a mattress on the roof of your car and drive down the highway. But today I hit the coloured string bonanza. I went down a tiny one way street to do my taxes and found this beautiful cotton cord in a huge range of colours in a shop opposite. I am so excited I’m going to use it in everything. Who thought doing your tax would give you such an instant feeling of happiness.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Calico Rubik's cube

I am teaching myself to sew, it is the first time in my life I am actually managing to get somewhere with it without getting so frustrated I throw the machine out the window. I can't believe it's all going well and I am really enjoying it, well most of it. I am almost ready to put my series of panorama dresses on Etsy to sell. Anyway, one of the problems I ran in to was how the hell to make a reversible dress. It seems easy. Two pieces sew them together turn inside out and there you go. But each time I ended up with the front of the dress inside the back like stuffing in a pillow. It was mind bending. Finally I called my friends who run a fantastic fashion label called Alpha 60 and rode over with my calico Rubik's cube and the wonderful Adam showed me what to do. Here is a before and after.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Finished "Muppets"

I handed the four Alien/Rock star Muppet's over today and am now looking forward to seeing them in all their animated glory when the film clip is finished in a few weeks. I tried to give them all different personalities. They are loosely based on Slash, Joni Mitchell, Sid Vicious and a slug. See if you can work out which is what, its pretty easy.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008


I thought I'd start documenting my prop making work.
This week I am working on a series of four "Muppet" style puppets for a film clip for Qua. I haven't made puppets before so its been fun learning how the process works. I got some great free on line tutorials at Project Puppets which helped me learn to do the articulated fingers. Then I just kind of made it up. The brief is to make four psychedelic alien/rock star Muppet. Here is the work in progress and I'll put up photos of the finished product tomorrow.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Temper Trap Sweet Disposition

Here is a music video for a song called Sweet Disposition that I directed recently for a band called The Temper Trap. It is a very beautiful song. You can also see it to the left of this posting as well as another Video that I Art Directed for a band called The Getaway Plan.