This weekend I’ve been enjoying Birmingham’s arts and culture offerings and my how the city has delivered.
On Sunday I attended Swingamajig, which was outstanding – the UK’s first urban festival dedicated to electro swing, gypsy folk and vintage mayhem, taking the sounds and styles of the 20′s and bringing them up to date with dance, electro and a dash of dubstep. Read the rest of this entry »
Start up business, ‘My Hidden Gems’ came to me a few months ago for front end web design. They had to hand their recently completed (by another designer) illustrative logo design and accompanying custom designed matching branded illustrations.
The illustrations were of fantastic quality – you can view the logo and illustrations set I was given to work with directly below: Read the rest of this entry »
Today (for the first time, to my utter shame) I visited Birmingham’s creative hub; The Custard Factory. Including having a mooch in their awesome new Mr Birds Emporium which I’ve been intending to visit for months now.
What finally lured me there was their Bicycle Basket Bazaar; described as “A unique array of retailers, all cramming their wares into bike-baskets and pannier-racks. Kind of like a car boot sale, but more compact and kinder to the environment.”
Below are some images from the Bicycle Basket Bazaar area, which was in the central courtyard and surrounded by quite a number of shops, and of course, Mr Birds (which is like a indoor market of independent traders) is situated at The Custard Factory also. Read the rest of this entry »
A few months before buying my new home and while being inundated with various property and land reports from my solicitor, I had a strange nightmare in which after I moved in, I found a stairway off one of the rooms, to my misfortune leading down to vampire catacombs beneath my home.
I’ve been in here a few weeks now. It’s lovely, but this happened today …
It seems only a few short years ago Birmingham was commonly hailed as an industrial toilet, and yet suddenly we are now City of Culture.
I breezed into our fair city Sunday afternoon to enjoy it’s ‘cultural delights’, and will drop the sarcasm from my tone from here on in
I only jest, it’s become a really lovely city of recent years – we have the Bullring shopping centre with I’m sorry to be a philistine, but one of the greatest things ever to come to the city; the ground floor of Selfridge’s, of course just turn a blind eye to ‘award winning’ architecture of the Bullring, our new monolith of a library, apparently the biggest in Europe (I’m impressed), and today I visited the very swanky Ikon Gallery, my second visit.
More about my day in our City of Culture … Read the rest of this entry »
I may, or may not have drawn this last night (Friday) Somewhat a case of ‘art playing out at the same time as life’ than art ‘imitating life’
The panels deliberately become more ‘drunk’ also, as the story unwinds.
Oh hello, I just discovered the Conningsby Gallery in London via news of the Inky Goodness Beermat Character exhibition which will be showing there from the 29th April to 4th May.
Birmingham based (they are based two streets away from me!) Inky Goodness operates as a showcase for artists working across illustration, character design and more, providing a platform for new and emerging talent as well as established artists.
May the 4th? Hang on a moment, is that that geeky Star Wars fan day where fanboys and girls say ‘May the 4th be with you’? Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve known about Mr Birds for months now but keep forgetting to visit it, I guess I’ve been a bit busy of late as I’ve been moving home. MAYHAPS this blog will remind me to finally go one Saturday.
Mr Birds Emporium is a relatively new (launched in October last year), concept put together by the teams behind Urban Village & Sutton Vintage & Arts Fair (now I have been to the Sutton Vintage & Arts Fair, as it’s on my doorstep). Read the rest of this entry »
Talking of books recently, tomorrow is World Book Day! Not that it’s advertised much (to my knowledge), I’m pretty certain I’d know nothing of it if I were not a parent at the mercy of the school annual demands for me to dress my child as a book character.
My children have red hair, which always make them a challenge when it comes to character creation because most characters do not have red hair. This year for my 8yr old son I came up with my most spectacular idea yet, The Dread Pirate Roberts! Read the rest of this entry »