Sunday, 29 August 2010

Table setting

Dining with Pudding Lane, Bread st, Oat Lane, Milk St, Honey Lane and Poultry - A St Paul's Cathedral jelly and a Millenium Bridge toast-rack take pride of place. An OK idea but not really what I'm aspiring to for the final pitch

Friday, 27 August 2010


Some new sketchbook based possibilities for another wall painting project, this time based in London. Aubrey Beardsley-inspired to complement the Dickensien, Fin de Siecle Vibe I felt the place was going for. Still early days but my Sept 6th deadline is fast approaching so will need to step up a gear to meet it head on. Imagery includes Victorian market-goers with headgear to match placenames and Victoria astride a Millenium Wheel Penny-Farthing with a crown fashioned on the fire of london Monument. Watch this space...

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Second Helpings- more Zizzi sketchbook work!

My eyes may have been bigger than me belly when I uploaded these! But if you go to the restaurant you can see ifyou can spot how these ideas worked themselves into the final images.
One big consideration was whether or not to attempt any Mackintosh/ Mockintosh motifs - I huge part of the Glasgow art school eperience (so I'm led to believe) but maybe tiresome for the locals. Some Mackintosh rose motifs did find their way in (they were very useful for covering extra surface and filling gaps) but my versions are attached to thorny stems and are dropping their petals so that they are not necessarily being elegised. Trendy students are a given!

Zizzi, Cresswell Lane, Glasgow- Tella Vuota Event

From the 12th to the 13th of August I was part of a team of new artists and Illustrators asked to decorate the walls of Zizzi restaurant in Cresswell Lane, off Byres road in Glasgow's West End.
As cringeworthy as it is, I've posted the address of the Video invite that we all filmed to publicise the event below - Katy's statue-hug is my personal highlight of the video whereas I seem to be loitering motionlessly around the Botanic Garden's public toilets behind The Kibble Palace - very sinister.

The Gardens are just up the road from the restaurant, as is Oran Mor - the site of Alasdair Gray's ongoing mural of Cistine Chapel proportions. Hopefully not Gray's swan-song, I was lucky enough to view it first hand thanks to a very obliging Oran Mor employee called Gordon, who didn't object to the gallous request. It seemed logical to me that elements of both should appear in what I hoped to do.

Having been exposed so much to Lucy Mckenzie's work at college - and through her curatorial work Gray and John Byrne - I wanted to adopt a little their decorative, flat, graphic vernacular. I wanted to try painting and drawing with their Glasgow accents so that I could make my motifs specific to Glasgow without relying on visual cliches- difficult for an in-about-comer. I wanted a local Zizzi diner to be comfortable amongst the images, not exasperated by them.

This is some of my sketchbook work to whet your appetite for the project!

Zizzi, Cresswell Lane, Glasgow- Tella Vuota Event