Friday, 22 May 2009


My nearest and dearest Zoe Davidson, aka Knitosaurus, studies fashion and textiles in bristol and specialises in knitwear. Shes a doll and her work is very amazing. Click her name to find yourself on her newly set up blog showcasing her work. Be nice to her and maybe she will even knit you a scarf or something.

A list of very awesomeness

a collection, in no particular order of designers, studios, illustrators, photographers and artists i dig right now:
Tina Berning (her book 100 girls on cheap paper is a joy)

RJ Shaughnessy (the Egypt fashion story is insanely good)

that'll do you for now!

Tuesday, 19 May 2009


Just got back from ATP! What can i say, one hell of a weekend of beautiful music and beautiful people. This is the ideal festival for me because a) all the bands are handpicked, so there is no filler and no bullshit, and b) no. fucking. tents. anywhere. The chalets are pretty basic, but whatever, its better than a tent. Anyway, heres some photos and possibly some anecdotes:
The Bronx. First band we saw, and they were EPIC.
Bon Iver. Best set of the weekend (almost) hands down. Really really beautiful, especially at the end. The guitarist on the left of this photo would later compliment me on my tshirt. Awesome.
Ok so this thing may look like a weird and freaky sex toy but it is in fact what passes for a shower at Butlins. However, much like a weird and freaky sex toy, it has the ability to strip you of any dignity you thought you had, and then degrade you on a whole bunch of different levels. Trying to use this thing sends you on an emotional rollercoaster. Never before has taking a shower made me go from feeling confused, to homeless, to mentally ill, to orphaned and then to clean. I would later get very drunk and pretend that it was a stethoscope. 
Wire. Really, really good. Saw these on my own because the others wanted to watch CSS, but thats fine. Pink Flag will always be my favourite by them, they only played 12XU from that album, but whatever, it was class.

Shellac. Boring photo but no big deal because they were so good. Surgically tight. They played twice over the weekend, i saw them the first time but i heard the second set was better? Oh well.

Holy Fuck. holy fuck, Holy Fuck were so good. The most fun set of the whhoole weekend, without a shadow of a doubt. It was really just a blurry, sweaty mess and everyone went totally nuts for them. So, so fun.

James, loving it.

Deerhunter. Oh man, was so excited for this and it was my favourite set of the whole weekend. Deerhunter are officially one of my favourite bands. Set was absolutely magical and gave me shivvers on more than one occasion. Especially right at the beginning when the drummer counted time on his sticks and the sound came out backwards and Bradford Cox yelped into the mic, drenched in reverb as they slipped into "cover me slowly". They were effortless and charming throughout. Bradford Cox is also, as it turns out, the sweetest man in music right now. Kim and Kelley Deal came out and sang a cover with them too which was a nice little treat. Can you tell i was pretty into it? <3

Gang of Four. Absolutely classic band obviously ("entertainment" is a must have) and they put on a HELL of a show. One of the best performances i saw and one of my favourites as i didn't really have a preconception of what it was going to be like and they just kicked the shit out of pavillion. Here is a photo of the singer using a microwave as a drum. Why not.

Foals. I was expecting them to suck a little bit, but actually, it turned out they were really really good. Very danceable too.


more Foals.

Other highlights included:
Passing Kim Deal on the stairs
The Breeders, of course
Melt Banana playing in total darkness aside from two tiny torches.
Queining to get some fish and chips with Steve Albini
X and Billy Zoom's relentless shit eating grin
Going nuts to Pavement and Gang of Four in Crazy Horse at 4am
Super geeky girl crush
Tara McPherson art show/print sale
Getting totally wasted with Andy and feeling very VIP standing next to The Bronx
Ham and pringle roll at 5am
Getting a copy of the limited to 750 copies Deerhunter cassette :D

and so so so so so much more that i cant even think of right now. Thank you ATP! I will see you next time! Roll on december (curated by My Blood Valentine, and Sonic Youth are already confirmed. hot. damn.)

Thursday, 14 May 2009


saw this on Tony's blog and HAD to repost. He got it via Magculture. Simply genius.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009


how have i not posted this already? This is a very short little film/animation made by my brother Doug, starring his friend Ricky as a young man who gets trapped in the photocopying room, and has to figure out how to escape. Check it out!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


I just noticed that the Silicon Zoo post below was my 100th post! hooray!

Saturday, 9 May 2009 is my new favourite thing on the internet. Basically, you put a youtube URL into it, and then it plays it, but instead of just playing it like boring old youtube, it plays every single frame of the video at the same time with beautiful rhythmic and psychadelic results. It works better if you watch the original version first, so i have linked them both. Here are some that work particularly well:
Electrelane "to the east" music video - original and yooouuutuuube version
Akron/Family "running returning" fan vid - original and yoooooouuuttuuuubbeeee version
Alice In Wonderland remix video - original and yoooouuttuuubbbee version

Found this over at Boooooooom! (one of my favourite blogs, make sure to bookmark it) which is also where i linked the above image from.

Silicon Zoo on VBS

So my good buddy graham told me about this video on VBS' show Motherboard (their series all about technology and stuff like that) in which they meet this guy whos job it is to take microscopic photographs of microscopic things. Anyway, to cut a long story short, when photographing some microchips he found that the microchips designers had been adding little drawings and tags to the microchips! GENIUS.
watch the video HERE

Friday, 1 May 2009


If you know me you might be aware that i freakin' LOVE Sonic Youth. Theyre my favourite band. Looks like me and sarah and tony might be hitting ATP Nightmare Before Christmas to catch them play with My Bloody Valentine, EPMD and De La Soul. If thats not something pretty special i dont know what is...
Tutor tony peart (hey tony) said he thinks theyre showing their age in this clip from jools holland the other night buuutt HE IS WRONG. New album is going to be class. Cant wait.

New Mika Miko album out really soon. hooray!

New work: Plastic

Art direction of design and photography for conceptual fashion and art with attitude publication, Plastic Magazine. This was the final project of the year and a hell of a lot of fun, especially in the photography stage, getting the model and photographer together, location scouting, making lots of phone calls, test shoots, and so and so forth. Extra super mega eternal thanks to Laney Gaffney my wonderful pink haired photographer and Loren Harker my pretty model. The idea behind the shoot is a girl who sells her soul for eternal beauty, there is a brief narrative at the start about performing a ceremony and being left feeling empty, which is supposed to run through the photos.

I tried uploading these from Flickr so they were nice and big and pretty looking here but the spreads are too wide and the stupid blogger template cuts the side off. If you go on my photostream though you can see all the images much much bigger and better. In fact, please do that.

We wanted to shoot on 120 film but because its so expensive we shot digital as back up. Fortunately the photos turned out really really good, Laney with her Bronica totally nailed it. I cant tell you how much i love that camera, i really want one of my own. Looking through the view finder on it is seriously BETTER than looking at stuff with your eyes.

You may notice that i recycled a lot of elements from my brickyard poster for my front cover. This is because i had an epiphany that i couldn't run the cover i had already designed (which you can see here) the night before i had to go to print and then got up at 8am and re did the whole thing. 

Thank you so much to all the people who helped me out in one way or another, ranging from advice to running around a forest at midnight, with this project, you guys are AWESOME:
Laney Gaffney
Loren Harker
Damian Sealey
Judith Kinsella
James McCarthy
Tom Sinclair
That german girl who's name i cant remember but came to talkin tarn last minute with me
Natassia Gunn
James Lodge

Here is a much shorter list of people who said they would help me but never actually did, but i would like to thank them anyway:
Lucy Johnson
Gary Thermo
Dawn Morrison
Anna Lachowska
Charlotte Michie

So that's it then, year 2 finished. Got a lot of personal projects planned for the next few weeks, so don't think im going anywhere! Although i am going somewhere: ATP, and hopefully Sweden for a bit too. Oh yeah and i PROMISE an online portfolio over the summer.