Thursday, July 21, 2011

TTD No. 101.1 24 - See a Space Shuttle Launch

All good things come to an end and after 30 years the Space Shuttle program is finally grounded. I didn't get to see a Shuttle Launch and I think I'm going to regret that for the rest of my life but I'm happy in the knowledge that other 101ers did.

So Thing To Do No. 24 in the Before You Die is now defunct. 'See a Space Shuttle Launch' has now become 'See a Rocket Launch'. So for all of us who didn't get to see the space shuttle head for space, let's send up a our home made rockets in tribute and fill in the modified new spread here.

For all those people who saw a shuttle launch, we salute you.

Monday, April 18, 2011

101.1 Thing To Do No. 12 – ...Work into an Exhibition - Gocco Printing

Here are my first successful Gocco prints that can be seen as part of the 2011: print odyssey exhibition at STEW Studios in Norwich.

My first attempt at a Gocco print was in the shape of the Superhero Assembly Point from the previous post but it didn't come out as well as I'd hoped, so following on from my Flock of Pigeons screen print, here is my set of Rock Pigeons.

Gocco printing is a scaled down self-contained version of screen printing from Japan. For a tutorial on Gocco printing, click here.

I've been slowly turning my cellar into an underground studio and gocco secret lair and as of today it is fully operational, which is handy as the photographer David Drake is due to pay me a visit tomorrow to catch me at work as part of his upcoming exhibtion at the Rumsey Wells, which features past exhibitors from previous exhibitions at the Rumsey Wells. Confusing? Just a little ...

Anyway, I hope you like the prints.

Right, I'm off to test my new secret lair ...

Monday, March 07, 2011

101.1 Thing To Do No. 12 – Get a piece of work into an exhibition

I Like Pigeons Because You Don't • Superhero Assembly Point B • Jackpot
Five of us formed a printmaking group called the Mesh Collective earlier this year (see previous post) and things moved very fast. We were given a chance to exhibit at the Rumsey Wells at short notice, with three pieces of work to produce each, It was all a bit of a rush but the opportunity was too good to pass up.

The first brief we set ourselves was to create a gig poster. Two of our members are friends with up and coming bands and they'd already produced posters to sell at their gigs but, for me, I needed to produce a poster from scratch and settled on a gig that never happened: The Velvet Underground and Nico – Live from Las Vegas. the chance to make Andy Warhol's banana as a fruit machine jackpot was too good to pass up.

My other posters could be of anything. I could have display my older screen prints of illustrations taken from the A is for Armageddon book that I'd already printed but I wanted to created something new so I decided to do something with pigeons and settled upon the pest fest you see above.

Finally, I love infographics so I created a screen print based on my Superhero Assembly Point illustration previously seen in the 101 Things To Do to Become a Superhero ... or Evil Genius book.

Between the five of us, we created fifteen pieces of work and hung them on the morning of the exhibition. On the night we hung the Superhero assembly point print between two of the largest prints on display to see if our visitors would realise that the sign was part of the exhibition, and as we're all so used to this kind of signage most people missed it. A compliment in one way that I got the design spot on but bad when it comes to sales ... oh well.

On the whole the launch night was a great success and a couple of bands that featured in the gig posters within the exhibition, Hello Bear and the Olympians, played our very intimate party too, and the icing on the cake was a that some of the collectives work was sold on the night and we also featured in the local paper, a great advert for the event. To see the newspaper article and the mesh collective blog click here. All our prints are for sale and we'll add a link to a shop soon so you can see all our work. In the meantime if you're interested the prints above then email

Friday, March 04, 2011

101.2 Thing To Do No. 61 - Join a Club

In the Autumn of 2009, after many years at a computer screen, I returned to screen printing, a technique I hadn't used since Art College, and loved it. But a move to Norwich from London put an end to my screen printing hobby as there wasn't a studio that I could find so I could carry on where I'd left off.

Luckily, in October 2010 Stew Studios opened it's doors to (Nor)folk like me, and I was back in business. After a couple of months of printing this and that with no real direction, Jo Stafford and Vicki Johnson, the founders of the studios ask me if I wanted to join them and two other guys, Tim Wall and Daryl Williams in a kind of screen printing club, where we meet up and create a new brief every month and print them (the first brief was to create a band poster).

Jo and Vicki have made great connections in the area through there screen printing and through Stew Studios, so even before we'd put ink to squeegee the exhibitions started racking up. The first exhibtation came from Luke at the Rumsey Wells, who had a space in the exhibition diary for the month of March, and the Mesh Collective, as we have called ourselves, were slotted in at very short notice.

So with just two weeks to print three pieces of work each, last night we completed 101.1 Thing To Do No. 12 – Get a piece of work into an exhibition. (post to follow).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Things You've Done ... No. 4

Things You've Done No. 50 - Write Your Name over a Star on the Walk of Fame ...

I visited the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the mid 90's long before I thought of the 101 Things book. I sat next to the 'Little Richard' star for the obligatory photograph. But it was only years later when compiling the book that i realised that I should've added 'Horne' in chalk.

I discovered this on photo on Flickr and I'm not sure if it's real or photoshop trickery but it's the only example of Thing To Do No. 50 that I've seen so far ... 

Monday, February 07, 2011

Things You've Done ... No. 3

Things You've Done No. 24 - See a Space Shuttle Launch ...

I doubt I will ever see a space shuttle launch as the shuttle program is coming to an end but I am SO pleased that the book has inspired others to see a space shuttle launch. 
Click the link to see Gina Lewis and family's second successful attempt to complete ...

Things You've Done No. 24 – See a Space Shuttle Launch

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Things You've Done ... No. 2

Here's a Thing You've Done from the Old and Boring book:
Things You've Done No. 18 - Win Something ...

Daniel Berglund from Sweden has loads of great posts on his blog about attempting the Things To Do in the 101 books and I picked this entry out as it's so brilliant that he won something and something that he really wanted.

I'll probably come back to Daniel at a later date as there are some other brilliant entries on his blog that are worth sharing, but for now ... 
Congratulations Daniel!

Things You've Done No. 18 – Win Something