September 27, 2010
nearing the possible
I have of late been clearing out forgotten rooms in the corner of the Old Printworks and it could be that there is a chance that I might perhaps consider beginning to wonder if I might perhaps start to approach the possibility of recommencing the struggle of depicting three dimensional figures on two dimensional surfaces with the aid of various natural pigments suspended in linseed oil. To wit painting.
the new painting studio
September 25, 2010
Vive la difference
“What’s the difference” they asked me on my first trip to France in 1975 [and I translate for you here free of charge] “between marmalade and jam?”
I was at a loss for adequate explanation then and it’s taken me a mere 35 years to figure it out. I mumbled something about citrus fruit and strawberries and bread and toast and took a large gulp of pastis with a view to losing myself in its heady grasp.
It doesn’t help that in Germany they call jam marmalade and have been known to put mango chutney on toast.
Toasting bread caramelises the sugars therein, giving it the distinctive golden brown colour we know so well. This maybe makes toast taste sweeter than bread.
Marmalade, with its citrus fruit thing, is notably bitter and generally not as sweet as jam. So we put the bitter confection on the sweet comestible and the sweet confection on the less-sweet bread.
There are those who put jam on toast but their cause is not mine. My mother, I remember, would sometimes put marmalade on buttered bread late at night by way of a snack. A chef I knew in France would always put a spoonful of strawberry jam in Bolognese sauce - to take the edge off the tomatoes, he said, in French, naturellement.
September 24, 2010
in the creative industries, being able to draw well really helps. When I was designing games for television in the 90s, the producers and directors were always fascinated by my drawings:
Get Wet, Scottish Television
Jungle Run, Granada
here's some wonderful drawing explaining where ideas come from:
September 21, 2010
well not really
the wonderful Susan Jinks
September 19, 2010
Back amongst the Fools
Babbling and otherwise
Steve Evets in Babbling Fools
September 18, 2010
The Language of Lead
here's the full Lead Mine text:
and here's what it might look like on the wall of the Lead Mine Museum:
September 17, 2010
a place to relax
swinging slowly in the sun
turning gently in the breeze
September 15, 2010
lead and steel
working on a typographic sculpture for a lead mine in North Yorkshire. A 5m high by 1m wide piece of COR-TEN steel, lasercut with some of the words used when extracting lead from the ground in the eighteenth century.
First decide the typeface. Serif would be good for the general connection and holding-togetherness of the letters, but not good for the laser cutting head which doesn't like pointy bits.
I went with Optima Extra Black as it has both thickness and softness with no pointy bits.
Next, stack the words on top of each other and swap around to give a good balance of large and small words, then adjust the individual letter sizes so that everything is as connected to everything else as possible. Not as easy as it sounds.
the top half of the design
All this is done in Adobe Illustrator then exported as a CAD file and sent to the engineers. They send back the cutting drawing:
I'm currently thickening up some of the connections on the edges to prevent little fingers bending the finished piece. Mind you in 6mm COR-TEN steel they'll need to be fairly strong little fingers.
September 14, 2010
a brief history of the cinema
September 11, 2010
it's another list...
...but of what?
and if it helps - four horses make one bing
September 09, 2010
SUNNY AUTUMN LUNCHTIME, AFTER RAIN
no colour adjustments - it's an orange table
September 02, 2010
the full version of my latest dance film