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 »
I recently carried out some design work in support of the ‘Art4Action’ World Malaria Day events held at the Mac, Birmingham between the 23rd and 28th April. The events included an Art Competition by Faiths Act Birmingham to raise awareness and funds to end the deadly killer Malaria.
It’s lovely to now see photos of the event featuring Truly Ace design work; we created a range of materials for Art4Action incorporating their existing hand drawn logo design, such as the flyers and exhibition banners shown below. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve become intrigued by paper crafts lately (origami and such like) and hence recently came across the work of Jennifer Collier, who creates things from paper. I make it sound boring, it’s not, and it’s way beyond ‘origami’
You can view some of her work below and shop for items in her online shop at Made By Hand Online. Jennifer also exhibits her work around the country – you can check dates and locations on her website under ‘exhibitions’. I for one will definitely be visiting one of her exhibitions in the future if I get a chance. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re in the mood for some festive doodling, ‘Stack‘ have an A6 Christmas card design competition (£250 prize) running at the moment that may interest you. You have until Monday 28th November to submit.
The competition is open to all illustrators, photographers, designers and anyone else who fancies having a go and needs to include the concepts of Christmas and Magazines.
The winner will receive £250 cash and their design will be printed up into real Christmas cards and sent out to all Stack subscribers and sold via the Stack site. Two runners-up will also receive Stack gift subscriptions.
Winners and runners up will be announced on the Stack blog on 1 December. The winner will also be contacted by email.
WELL, I’ll start of by saying booooooo!!! and whining that the highlight of my day (Birmingham Royal Ballet on the Centenary Square stage) got cancelled at the last minute due to an epic downpour for a full 30mins directly before they were due to go on. Water got onto and under the stage and health and safety prevented them from performing.
Oh well, luckily I was enjoyng a meal in Pizza Express during the downpour so at least didn’t get drenched myself, and I had a good day overall anyway. Here are my photos and video footage from parts of the Artsfest event Read the rest of this entry »
This weekend (Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th) Birmingham brings us it’s annual ‘Artsfest‘ – this is a massive FREE festival across multiple venues in the city featuring performances, workshops, exhibitions, arts markets, installations, talks and screenings showcasing the Midlands most talented performers, artists and creative projects. Read the rest of this entry »
I was pleased to see My Cardboard Life in the ‘comics village’ I recently attended and have been whittering on about for several blogs now.
I’d visited their website before and so it was nice surprise to see their products in the flesh. They have some really cool things in their online shop, I particularly like their BFF (Best Friend Forever) application form
Here are some images of their stall: Read the rest of this entry »
As you all know I was milling around an exhibition featuring a comics fair a couple of weekends ago, I met the delightfully friendly Timothy Winchester, and guess what, sitting right next to his stall was the also extremely talented LizzLizz.
She and Timothy were my favourite stalls in the entire comics village, and indeed exhibition.
Here are some photos of her stall Read the rest of this entry »