PAINTING WITH THE BIGGER BOYS

This year has been busy and hard work in many ways, but probably my least personally creative year. I’ve dipped in and out of paint jams with Unity but have struggled to get past a block that seemed to last for months. In the middle of this, I got chatting to my brother and was invited to get out of the country and go join him to paint a block of flats in Grenoble, France.

As always, Will has a habit of keeping everything low key and when I booked my train ticket to take a week out to join him, I’d no idea how big, going big was going to be.. Except for being told I would have the chance to drive a cherry picker – that gave me the inclination that it was going to be off my usual scale.

Depression has a way of making you feel that you are an insignificant dot amongst the landscape and living in London has left me feeling with an overwhelming sense of my works unimportance. Having the chance to spend a week with my brother and get a masterclass in going big, gave me the magic pep back in my step.. For the first time in months, I was travelling away from the world of the office and ready to see something new. I’d been suffering from visits of the black dog for months and although not the first time in my life that I’d been ill, this was the first time I actively acknowledged this was happening and on a level I’d not seen before.

There’s something really weird about being high up on a cherry picker and watching how these kinds of walls are tackled. Its a whole new way of thinking about colour, shapes and brushes. Will used a mixture of rollers, paint, brooms, even larger paint brushes, spray paint and the pair of us spent 5-6 days up on a crane, making his marks on a block of flats. The event was the Grenoble Street Art Festival and the artist roster was incredible. We met some amazing people, who really looked after us well and kept us smiling despite the rain. I felt really honoured to be able to participate in this, as Will’s assistant/sidekick/sister and loved seeing all the styles and variations of Street Artists working on sites across town.

For smiles and chance to get a new perspective on life, this was a super charged kick up the backside and I highly recommend watching how these guys paint, whenever you get chance xx

http://www.willbarras.com

https://www.facebook.com/grenoblestreetartfest/

Affordably Affordable Street Art Boutique

Yesterday saw the opening of a new street art pop-up Gallery in Margate, by the whirlwind Ayaan, organiser of the annual all female paint jam, Femme Fierce. There is an impressive collection of artists involved, with a selection of prints and originals from INKIE (UK), Otto Schade (Chile), Fio Silva (Argentina), Zina (Norway), Parlee ERZ (UK), DICE67 (UK), Perspicere (UK), Tommy Gurr (UK), Dream Safari (UK) and many others. I have a mixture of tees, prints and jewellery on sale and enjoyed meeting fellow artists Giusi Tomasello, Darkissed Dayze and Gary Alford Art to paint the boarding on a disused former restaurant overlooking the beach.

For more info and pictures from the opening.. please check out my FB page or take a look at the Affordably Affordable Street Art Boutique page for more news

Test Space: Adhesive

Test Space: Ahesive

I recently submitted stickers and paste ups for the first Test Space show of 2014 at their new space at C/159 in Camden.  Included in the event were contributions from artists in the form of stickers, post it notes, labels, posters and electrical tape. I sent along a couple of new sticker designs and paste ups.

Artists include: DRB / SixOneSix / Benjamin Murphy / Lucy Sparrow / Stedhead / Suzko / Pogger / Ferres / The Real Dill / Captain Kris / ATM / Stephen Langdon / 10tacled / Obit / Rosie Curran / International Nobody / Hunto / NE Illustration / SPZero76 / Loch Ness / Hule / Nikki Marie Jackson / Pang / Curse273 / Pyklops

Exhibition dates were: 7th – 27th February. Although to see new work and exhibitions at Test Space, visit their FaceBook page for more info

Music Maker: Exhibition August 2013

Music Maker: Inspirations and Creations 3 Day Exhibition = 9th-11th August 2013 Hosted by Pyklops at Printhaus Workshops (Cardiff)

Over the early part of 2013 I had been working on a series of digital prints using a process which mixed up two of my favourite pass times, listening to music and geeking out over software. The process started for a variety of reasons, because mostly as my daily creative time was spent on a Greyhound bus travelling to and from my day job, as an IT geek.

All prints were made from inspirations of tunes I’d been listening to on my journeys and with tools I could carry around with me: A small sketchbook, pencils, my phone and my favoured apps. Each started with a hand drawn piece, which is then scanned, transferred to iPhone, updated in an app to add vectors to the base image, then converted to PDF, before transferring back to the laptop, to be completed in photoshop, with a mixture of textures taken from my photography.

So once I got into the swing of using this process to create each image, it led me to seek out how other artists were inspired or directed by these two stimulae. To explore this further, I hosted a 3 day show at the Printhaus, to explore methods in which a selection of artists have embraced these two influences / stimulus, to generate a selection of their works.

Information about the artists and event can be seen here

Art Flare Exhibition – Sho Gallery (Cardiff)

Art Flare ExhibitionPreview Opening – Saturday 7th July from 12 – 6 pm
Throughout July, Sho Gallery will be presenting ART FLARE.1 featuring a range of artists across diverse mediums and backgrounds. Contributers will include:

Dale Evans | Emilie Michail | Gerard Whyman | i am acrylic | Jessica Draws | Lemons for lemonade | Leslie Dearne | Phil Watkins | Rosaline Dolton | Ruth Foster | Sophie Barras | Sue Paton

I have created a series of canvases, cards and prints over the past few months, which will be available to view and purchase, as well as a selection of skate decks, colouring sets and clothing.

The exhibition will run until the 7th of August and works can be seen during the shop opening hours, Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 6pm. More info about Sho Gallery can be seen on Facebook or on their website http://www.thesho.co.uk/

Bike Art Trail & Cardiff Cycle Festival

Bike Art Trail Festival Window

I’ve just recently finished painting the window at Milgi’s in Cardiff, with Lucy Baker, who has been even busier than normal, curating a special Bike Tour around Cardiff, with Pol and Cardiff Cycle Tours for the current Cycling Festival.

The window features a hillside and treetop design by Lucy, alongside a selection of my characters. The central one represents the freedom I feel when rushing through the city on my bike, flowing through, with the other two figures representing myself and my brother, our love of bikes driven by my Dads passion for cycling.

The Bike Art Trail is running across several venues in town including  Milkwood, Gwdihw, Printhaus, Milgi, Sho Gallery, and Cardiff Print Workshop. Each of the venues is showing work throughout the festival, which is running between 16th and 30th June.

More information about the artists participating on the Bike Art Trail can be seen on Lucy’s blog http://artspokesoul.wordpress.com/bike-art-trail-cardiff/

Full event listings for the cycle festival can be found on the festival website http://www.cardiffcyclefestival.co.uk

Bomb Skate Deck Exhibition

Alpha Bomb Flyer

Bomb Exhibition - PyklopsOrganised by Verity Flute and Alfie Sims this exhibition will be showing at the Black Heart, in Camden and will be opening between 5th June, through to the 26th, with a selection of Skate Decks by a wide selection of artists.

I’ve submitted a hand painted deck called ‘Ponyo’s Revenge’ which features a number of characters and has been created with a mixture of spray paint and acrylics, on a neon green maple base.

Keep an eye out for pics of the other artists work too, there’s some great work on display and its well worth checking out if you’re into board art.

Check the Facebook Event for more info.

http://www.facebook.com/events/298206323594284/

Metric Exhibition – Dock Street Market, Leeds

Metric Exhibition Flyer

I’m really stoked to be putting work into this exhibition, which is being organised by BestJoinedUp and will see 27 artists gathered together for a month long exhibition in the Dock Street Market, Leeds and opens over the Jubilee weekend.

Artists Showing include: 3 Digits/ Benjamino/ Phill Blake (Philth)/ Noah Brown/ Goo Burr/ Cage One/ C-Bloxx/ Curse273/  Freddie Denton/ Dia57/ Inkie/ JayPee/ Klone/ Kosy/ Garry Milne/ Drew Millward/ Moenipulation/ Pogger/ Pyklops/ Rootz/ Jay Sharples/ Starvin Artist/ Stub Subism/ Sune/ Tank Petrol/ Tasha Whittle (TXLW)/

There will be a limited amount of Live Art spaces available, Doodle Tabletops and Live Screenprinting courtesy of SpinCycle Complete. www.spincyclecomplete.co.uk

Live Music will be provided by the incredible HomeCut, Love of the Brave and the Vinyl Miners http://www.firstwordrecords.com/artists/homecut/ http://loveofthebrave.bandcamp.com/ http://www.mixcloud.com/vinylminers/

Check out my blog for an update on the opening night http://sophiebarras.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/metric-exhibition-best-joined-up.html

Or see the flickr set for full pics of the opening night and a sneaky view of many of the works in the collection http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilmizmc/sets/72157630030782806/

Papergirl Cardiff

PaperGirl Fundriaiser Tee 2012

Papergirl Cardiff returned to the Printhaus Workshops on May 26th, with an exhibition of all works submitted for the week preceding the Jubillee, prior to distributing all works on Monday 4th June.

This event is organised by a collaboration with ThinkArk, Papergirl Cardiff, Printhaus and Cycle Training Wales. Visit the Papergirl Cardiff Blog for a view of the submissions, info about the project and more http://papergirlcardiff.blogspot.co.uk

Papergirl fundraiser tees, which I designed for this year’s event were printed at the Printhaus Workshops, where we also undertook a series of childrens workshops to encourage our younger artists to help create posters and bags to promote the event.

You can check out some great pics of the distribution ride courtesy of Cardiff Cycle Chic here http://cardiffcyclechic.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/papergirl-cardiff/

Big BIG thanks to everyone who helped to organise this years event, everyone who sent in submissions, attended workshops and helped on the bike ride.. Its been great to take part and meet you all once again xx

Please check out Alex Hockey’s video of last years event