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Being Elmo

6 Apr

*squeals of excitement*(via @mylifeyourhands this post not the squeals)


I have resisting ‘googling’ “who is Elmo” for years as I did not want to know who the man behind the puppet was – but now I do can know can not wait to see this documentary which looks bloody amazing!!!!


Syd Barrett – Art and Letters

4 Feb

Syd Barrett | Art and Letters, will be the first and largest exhibition of its kind, offering a rare insight into the lesser known side to the original Pink Floyd frontman’s inspiration and creativity. The exhibition will include a series of previously unseen photographs ranging from intimate images from Syd’s childhood holidays through to the psychedelic hothouse of 1960s progressive rock as well as personal love notes written during the early days of Pink Floyd. Not only a stunning documentary of Syd Barrett, the exhibition features a series of completely unseen photographs of early Pink Floyd, including the first ever images of the band playing live in Denmark and images by the photographer Mick Rock he had considered lost forever. The exhibition will also include an extraordinary collection of Syd Barrett’s original artworks – the largest to date.

FH10: David Shrigley, Stuart Semple, Pete Fowler…

16 Nov

The Futureheads Celebrate Their 10th Birthday With the Help of Iconic British Artists

The Futureheads, have collaborated with iconic artists including David Shrigley, Pete Fowler and Stuart Semple to create a series of limited edition prints, raising money for Newcastle based charities with all of the artists generously giving their time for free. The project came about as the band discussed ways to celebrate their 10th birthday, ahead of their ‘Futurefest’ gig on the 23rd December in Newcastle. For the ‘FH10’ project the band sent each one of the artists an album, and asked them to respond to its music as if creating the album cover for the first ever time. Taking about the project Ross Millard of the band said:

For us, FH10 is a brilliant way of us celebrating ten years of making music together; new life breathed into our back-catalogue by four artists whose work we have admired from afar for many years.

We wanted to celebrate our first decade in a creative way, not by slobbering over a few pints, desperately trying to recall venues we played back in the early days, but by looking toward the future by giving birth to something new – having new creations to enjoy and shout about.

Over the years we’ve written and recorded a lot of music, and in the last few years we’ve even released some of it ourselves too, but projects like this one, that operate on the fringes of the music, are often the most fun to be part of, because they can teach you a thing or two about a world you don’t inhabit on a daily basis.  It’s been wonderful collaborating with artists who can re-interpret our music into something completely new and invigorating – waiting to see what they’d come back with was really exciting.

Each of the prints is available in a strictly limited edition run of 100, signed by the artists and priced at £50. They will go on sale via leading online cultural retailer Culture Label on the 6th December, available on a first come first served basis.

The Artists

David Shrigley, The Chaos (2010):

David graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. His works on paper, photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. Previously David has made cover art for bands such as Deer Hoof and Malcolm Middleton.

He’s a great artist who makes twisted lo-fi drawings, sculptures and other bits. They’re often amusing but can also be dark and difficult. He lives in Glasgow where he went to art school. Since then he’s made a name for himself with books and postcards, and by appearing in 2000′s Beck’s Futures, among loads of other things (source).

The Chaos by David Shrigley (limited edition of 100, each signed by the artist, £50)

Pete Fowler, This Is Not The World (2008):

Pete Fowler is best known for his artwork for the Welsh band Super Furry Animals. He has recently directed a video for Clinic, and also created a set of toys for The Might Boosh and The Magic Numbers. Pete’s work inhabits a world where character design meets music and art in a weird and wonderful way. That world is Monsterism Island, a place where banjos are played by horned owls and synths tweaked by mutant horses. His unique instantly recognizable approach and sense of playfulness and visual adventures that have brought his work to the attention of people around the world.


Stuart Semple, News & Tributes (2006):

Stuart Semple’s drawing, painting and printmaking re-articulates pop cultural elements into a personal universe of fear, isolation and nostalgia. He is one of the most critically and commercially successful British artists of the post YBA generation. He has been recognized by The Times, i-D, BBC, Esquire, GQ, L’Uomo Vogue, Art News, ArtForum and others. Stuart’s works can be found in the Getty, Niarchos and David Roberts collections. He also counts Debbie Harry, Sienna Miller and Jean Charles de Castelbajac amongst his celebrity collectors and supporters. Semple regularly exhibits worldwide, recently completed a Lady GaGa cover for West East Magazine (Hong Kong).

News & Tributes by Stuart Semple (limited edition of 100, each signed by the artist, £50)


Lyndsey Jameson, The Futureheads (2004):

The Futureheads discovered Sunderland based Lyndsey’s work at the National Portrait Gallery and instantly knew they wanted her to be part of the Futureheads 10 project. An artist based in the north-east of England, she graduated from Sunderland University in 2004, since which time her work has been displayed in local galleries and notably featured in the BP Portrait Award 2010 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.


The Futureheads

The Futureheads are about to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their first ever live performance. Since forming in Barry and David Hyde’s garage in winter 2000, the Sunderland fourpiece have released four albums, ‘The Futureheads’ (2004) ‘News & Tributes’ (2006) ‘This Is Not The World’ (2008) and ‘The Chaos’ (2010). Famous for their four part harmonies and exhilarating live shows, their hits include ‘Decent Days and Nights’, ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’  and ‘Hounds of Love’.

With their roots firmly in the North-East, the band set up their own label in 2008, Nul Records, which has seen the release of the bands last two studio albums. Their most recent album ‘The Chaos’ featured the top 20 hit ‘Heartbeat Song’ and 2010 has seen the band touring throughout the USA, Europe and the UK. The Futureheads will be headlining a celebratory 10-year event, Futurefest, at Newcastle Academy on 23rd December, featuring a host of the best bands from the North-East.

To keep updated with all the latest news from the band please visit: www.thefutureheads.co.uk, or follow them @thefutureheads

Notes for editors:

For more information please contact: Emma Thomas  / emma.thomas@chancecollective.co.uk

Jeremy Scott Tuxedo Trainers

16 Oct

These beasts (I mean they really are fuck ugly) are the latest designs by Jeremy Scott for Adidas, part of the super exclusive Original Obyo. The collection featuring three complete adidas capsule collections with different designers. I have love this creative partnership between Scott & Adidas for a few years now. It only stopped when I saw Jedward in a pair! As for these tuxedo trainers… they give me the same icky feeling as when I see children wearing suits (shudder)!



Dead mouse ring

20 Sep

So I walked out of the office today to find a Love Me, Live With Me stand outside the door (exactly where the paps were for Victoria Beckham the other day but I digress). Out of context recalling this experience would make it seem like a dream but it was in fact very real.

The stand was there promoting the arts in the North East, the project is all about “Interesting Things Designed and Made By Clever People”.  You take your object home, live with it, decide if you love it then write about your experience on their blog before passing it onto someone. I have got this taxidermy (fake) mouse head ring which I am so wearing for the Eat Your Heart Out photoshoot on Friday. It’s called an ‘Eek Ring’ – it looks really real and is totally freaking me out!!! Have already decided that Alix Fox has got to be the next owner of this bad boy too!..

Janet Allison

Sweet and petite or ghastly and grim, these tufty little mousekins are sure to grab attention and split opinions. These taxidermy inspired trophies combine the repellent ideas of infestation and contamination with a playful wearable design. Each critter is completely individual and one-of-a-kind, brought to life with sparkling Swarovski crystal eyes.

Here are some of the other objects you get to choose from too:

Tunstall Hill Sessions

16 Sep

The Tunstall Hill Sessions is a series of live music performances conceived in a room at the foot of Tunstall Hill, Sunderland, UK – The idea is to capture bands/artists in various settings and display them in video format for your audio and visual pleasure. Anyway here are some top picks, it’s beautifully shot:

Fur recylcing

6 Sep

Neozoon is a collective of female street artists who create pieces using  second hand furs. I don’t agree with wearing fur at all, but there is certainly something striking about these works. More information over at Design Boom:


31 Aug

Of course Jon Burgerman (and his MATP contribution the AWESOME burger cakes) rocks and this new venture is hilarious. To be honest I actually don’t know how to describe this (or where to even start) so have borrowed this quote.  Am worried any comment I make would come out wrong:


What do you get when you combine the most famous doodle artist in the world with a cult figure in the Berlin art underground, then throw in a ukulele, a bunch of masks, an obsession with salad and an overactive sense of worry? Anxieteam is the new musical collaboration between internationally acclaimed visual artists Jon Burgerman and Jim Avignon.

Wall Tentacle

29 Aug

Whoa nice bad arse bathroom decoration:

(via Nerdcore)

Stuart Semple – a cake creation!

24 Aug

Here is a preview of the Stuart Semple cake (still a cake in progress) for The Mad Artists Tea Party Cake Britain event this week (eeeeeeeeeek):

Stuart very kindly allowed photography of his work as it was being created – for it’s installation into the gallery there are some VERY special unique Jellymongers Bompas & Parr touches to come. I LOVE the fact Brad & Angelina are on the top, and as a unique, edible, Stuart Semple work of art you can see it clearly follows his trademark color palette as shown in his work below. I have a total cake crush on this bad boy!!!!

The exhibition, which is sponsored by Tate & Lyle Sugars in support of its switch to Fairtrade, teams the UK’s most creative bakers with artists for an exhibition at The Future Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London, runs from 27th to 29th August.

Some of the UK’s most highly praised artists (& one BRILLIANT band) are swapping canvas for cake and oil paint for icing sugar during the exhibition: Stuart Semple, Alex Turvey, David A Smith, StenSouL, Pete Fowler, George Morton-Clark and The Futureheads. Their work  (& lyrics) will be turned into edible art based on the theme “fair” by contemporary food artists including Crumbs and Doilies, Lily Vanilli, The Curious Confectioner, Bompass & Parr and Bea’s Of Bloomsbury.

All proceeds will support the Fairtrade Foundation and two charities: Richard House and We Make Peace. Tate & Lyle started moving its entire cane sugars range to Fairtrade in February 2008, which at the time was the largest ever switch to Fairtrade labelling by any major UK food or drink brand. In the first year alone, the switch created a return of at least £2 million in Fairtrade premiums for cane farmers. Entry to the exhibition is free in exchange for a ‘fair’ donation.


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