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Sarah Burton – Photography

Woop! My friend Sarah has done some excellent photography of my current stock:


To see more of her photography visit


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Cat Commissions 2010

Happy New Year!

I was asked to make a few Christmas presents during 2010; cats, foxes and sausage dogs were in demand.

This is a cat my friend commissioned me to make for his girlfriend; I was just instructed to make a tabby cat and this is what I came up with



When asked where she thought it came from the reply was ‘Japan?’

I think he works quite well as a sofa cushion. I am planning to make a few more to sell on the net and at more craft stalls


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Handmade Christmas Fair This Sunday!

Hello! I’ve been making these Christmas tree stars to sell at Handmade at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds this Sunday! They have a felt strap at the back so can easily be fitted over the top spike of a Christmas tree.

It open’s at 1 pm until 4 pm, so that’s plenty of Christmas shopping time

Here’s the Blurrbb:

Screen printed cards?
Hand sewn christmas decorations?
If you want a truly unique Christmas, crafted by art students, keep reading;

05 December 2010
13:00 – 16:00
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

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Handmade is a semi-regular arts and crafts fair held at the Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, and it’s back for Christmas…..

I hope you can join us for our biggest event yet, with oodles of handmade delights awaiting your perusal. The talented hand-makers playing shop will be selling goodies including jewelry, knitwear, badges, posters, zines, totes, cards, and of course CAKE.

Handmade is a free event, so come along and drink tea, eat cake, and buy some lovely handmade wares for Christmas presents.

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Hope to see you there!

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Last Saturday I managed to get to my friend Andrew’s performance art festival in Stoke Newington, London.

In short, it was brilliant and should happen again – I really enjoyed the interactivity and atmopshere/feelings provoked by a lot of the performances, and their conclusions of awkwardness, heartfelt sincerity and a lot of questioning of personal space and privacy.  Especially liked the work of Kimbal Bumstead who performed his piece ‘Touch Tent’ and Claire Blundell-Jones who was ‘spooning’ or being ‘spooned’ by participants for several hours. Enjoyed a full five minutes of staring into the eyes of a complete stranger and the poems of a good friend R. Makin, who we can also thank for finding an excellent pizza restaurant when it was most needed.


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High Tea In Progress









A friend of mine is bring out her own range of jewellery and accessories soon in Bristol and I’m posting some design ideas for her to look at (Hello Jen!)

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Kittens for Sale!

Just a quick note to say you can now buy some of my cat brooches on Unexpected Boutique.


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Hi – currently working on some art work for my friend’s Zine.  Heres a tiny bit of work in progress:

Off to Nous Vous’  ‘Awesome Movement / Fantastic Motion’ private view tonight at Harewood House – it’s on until June 13th, goseeit

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While we were in Beijing we noticed something present on all our maps titled ‘798 Art Zone‘. After we’d recovered from our hectic time tramping around Japan’s cities by replenishing (bloating) our weary bodies with depravedly large quantities of expertly fried rice, we thought we’d go and check it out.

On the day we chose to explore,  it took a while for us to reach the place as we were staying in the Dongsishitiao area and we needed to catch a local bus quite far out. (This part was quite confusing and involved a lot of pointing at maps and hoping people knew what we were getting at.) When we eventually found it however, we wished we’d set off earlier, and here’s why.

The Art District is quite a sprawling site made up of a wealth of disused state-owned factories, and is named after a particular ‘Factory 798’; originally an electronics factory. Since 2002 the area has been repossessed as studios, gallery spaces and work shops, and has become a hub of contemporary art, sculpture, architecture and the like. For these reasons it has rather an agreeable industrial, crusty, moss covered, salvaged, reborn atmosphere and is supporting an ever-growing artist community, who’ve propagated them selves with enviable books stores, bars, art shops and restaurants. The fiends.

We had a nice time wondering around some of the exhibition spaces – one of the halls was showing a collection entitled ‘Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out’ which displayed the video piece(s) ‘Luis, Lucia’ by Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León and Niles Atallah – a pair of fairly gothy children’s-nightmare-generating  whole room stopmotions, which some might argue are no more sensational than you’re average nisan micra advert, but which I personally am still pretty impressed with. This probably has more to do with the fact I could never be bothered to do it my self.
(watch them here)

The hall next door to this was also showing a large selection of the sort of grostesque, dreamscapey, animal infested painting/scuplture that you might expect to find if you took Matthew Barney’s head and shook it out over a nice white piece of paper.

I was kind of bemused as to why such a culturally important area had developed so far out of the city centre, but as it turns out, around the time that the factories were reborn as studio spaces, anything experimental or innovative being produced was generally frowned upon by the Chinese government. For this reason through-out the 80’s and 90’s beijing’s more avant-garde artists were clinging to the outskirts of the city, slumming it in run down buildings that they were inevitably evicted from, so the transition from here to the district of cheap cavernous workspaces of 798 must have been a no brainer.

There were also giant rubix cubes, giant gorrilla/man sculptures, trees cocooned in wool, a huge bird cage set up for people to picnic in (below), and a hell of a lot of other great stuff which I didn’t bother to photograph because I was enjoying my self too much.

Anyway, it is a historically interesting sight,  an incredibly good idea and I am very jealous of every one who has the pleasure of practicing there. If you are in Beijing, Go and see it.

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