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/

PAINT JAMS – CARDIFF & LONDON

recent paintings

Its been a busy couple of months, and also really laid back. I’ve been really lucky to snatch some days out with Unity, Sofly, Miqui Onestop, Miller and loads more lovely people, on both Cardiff Boardwalk and Leake Street, London. But it doesn’t stop there.. this month there’s a few more sessions planned and I’m working on canvases and some illustrations to make into prints.. Will be letting you know more soon xx

 

UNITY & PYKLOPS

To mark the start of the year, a few of us got together in Shoreditch for a cold, but happy paint on Blackall Street. Painting over the Saturday & Sunday, the event was organised and supported by Femme Fierce with the space organised by Global Street Art.

Artists included Elno, Giusi Tomasello, Mondi, Mutiny, Pyklops, New Art Rioter, Sofly and Unity.

Big thanks to all the bloggers and supporters of the event. There’s more info and pictures available on the Street Art Atlas FB album or on my Instagram page. Big thanks to Global Street Art and Femme Fierce for organising  and all the ladies who came to paint xx

SOUNDWAVE CROATIA 2015

From The Big Blue They Came

Another fantastic Summer painty session was enjoyed at Soundwave Croatia, hosted once more at the Garden, Tisno earlier this month. Artists from across the UK and Croatia joined us this year as we were able to take over a number of buildings across the site. Artists included Sri McKinnon, Curse273, Will Barras, Kaption1, Mimm Collective, Fors, Kai One and Alex, Jack O’Callaghan, Cazer, Mosk, Smack, Teoson, Artez, and Luna. Big thanks to everyone who made it so special xx

Full Photo Set Can Be Seen Here

BEST JOINED UP @ TUCK SHOP

Best Joined Up

Soundwave Croatia is only a few weeks away and we’re getting ready to get painty.. We recently took the Best Joined Up experience to the CLA / Bussey Building in Peckham, for an evening of Music and Live Art. I was really pleased to join forces with Point273 and Candy Lo for a bit of a doodle..

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

Femme Fierce Reloaded – 2015

FemmeFierce

Femme Fierce is the UK’s largest all female street art festival held on International Women’s Day, Sunday 8 March 2015. Following on from the success of last year’s event, I’m really stoked to be heading back to paint the tunnel amongst such a wide selection of artists and positive ladies. 150+ international and UK based street artists and graffiti writers will be creating murals that run the length of the walls of the Leake Street tunnel in Waterloo, London.

This years chosen Charity is Plan UK, which was chosen because of its ‘Because I Am A Girl’ Campaign and organiser Ayaan Bulale has been busy explaining the ethos behind this years event, via Kickstarter. This years event will include workshops, seminars, gallery shows and expand on last year to include a kids wall to help bring the next generation of female artists into the tunnel. For more info – please watch the Kickstarter video and check out the Femme Fierce Facebook page

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

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/