Saturday, 8 December 2012

Social Notworking in TANK Magazine

Some of my Social Notworking drawings are in the current issue of TANK magazine (volume 7 issue 6). I think its on sale for a few more days and then the next issue will be out. 

I've seen the print one in Foyles, Tate Modern bookshop and this one newsagent on Berwick street. If you can't see it then you might be able to smell it, its scented (unlike the online version which will just smell like your screen).

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Shape and Situate #4: Gareth Pierce

This here is my contribution to Shape and Situate #4: Posters of Inspirational European Women. I'm a real big fan of the project so was really flattered when i was invited to contribute. Initially I thought I would make a poster of an inspirational Muslim woman, of which there are many, but in the end I decided to do a poster of a woman called Gareth Pierce. 

Gareth is a British solicitor who has worked on many cases which involve miscarriages of justice. Recently she represented two men from my local community, Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmad, who were recently extradited to the US after being held without charge in the UK for a total of 14 years. You can click on the image above to find out more about her.

About the project: 'Shape & Situate is a zine of posters made by artists and DIY creative folk from within Europe, each poster highlighting the (often hidden) history and lives of radical inspirational women and collectives from Europe, as a way of connecting us with the past and the present through a dynamic cultural articulation of these women’s lives. 

Born as a result of an appreciation of radical poster projects from the USA, such as Celebrate People’s History and Inspired Agitators,  the zine provides a European perspective of women who have acted in inspirational ways, providing knowledge on - and recognising and celebrating - these women’s lives and actions. Women who have acted as organisers, activists, pioneers, educators, or role models, from a wide range of disciplines.

It is important to consider and question just who traditional/hegemonic history ‘remembers’, whom it suppresses, and why this may be. And important too to counter such narrow practice with culturally resistive, artistic and creative, grassroots memorial projects of our own, such as this one.' 

Melanie Maddison (the brains behind the project) 

Leeds Zine Fair Exhibition, picture by Melanie Maddison 

London Exhibition Details: 
Opening alongside Music & Liberation at 
Space Station Sixty-Five
373 Kennington Road
SE11 4PS

Exhibition runs: 8 Dec - 13 Jan 
Open Thursday - Sunday 12-6 pm
14 - 27 Jan, weekdays by appointment.
Gallery closed between 17 Dec - 9 January

Monday, 7 May 2012

C.A.M.E and Went

Here are some pictures from this weekends C.A.M.E at St Michael's Church. I've walked past this church so many times, it was cool to finally see what it looks like inside. Above is a picture of the poster roast exhibition, some really amazing screen printed images.
Footprint printers were down doing their zine-in-a-day which we managed to contribute some scribbles towards. You probably can't tell from the picture but that photocopier not only prints in the standard black but is also churning out pages in hot pink, i think its got something to do with the word 'risograph', i might have made that up, its appearing with one of those red jaggedy lines under it which so often appear when i try to spell words, thanks blogger spell check.
And lastly here's a picture of a lovely girl holding a cupcake and someone else having a nap while clutching some papers.

Many thanks to Alternative Press for inviting us to be a part of the first C.A.M.E, we had a wicked day.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Crawlternative Media Expo

We'll be rocking our zines with Alternative Press at the Camden Crawl this bank holiday weekend! 

Hot off the heels of last weekend’s Record Store Day, Camden Crawl is pleased to reveal the addition of the debut Crawlternative Media Expo (C.A.M.E.)

C.A.M.E.Three influential collectives, Alternative Press, Poster Roast and Lexington Record Fair, have been brought together for the first time to create a one of a kind free exhibition showcasing the alternative arts of underground press & zine making, gig poster design and screen printing and record collecting under one rather large roof within the magnificent setting of Camden’s historic St. Michaels Church. Each of these esteemed curators have brought together some of the UK’s best talents and collectors to not only to display, but offer tuition workshops and informational talks about their art. C.A.M.E. will take place from Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May from 1:00 – 8:00 pm each day at and is FREE ENTRY to the public.

C.A.M.E will additionally host special live music and spoken word performances

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Human Beings

This here is a picture of my new book called The Human Beings. It was my final project for a Image and Text  assignment at uni which i did as a way of getting out of a 5000 word essay. I'm still not sure how a piece of art can be equivalent to a 5000 word essay and despite being assured that the tutors 'have a way' I resolved that if a picture is worth a thousand words then 5 pictures should do the trick?  Anyway will have to see if this is in fact the case. 

The starting point of the book was the title 'What is to be Done?', after spending ages  trying to come up with something  I got frustrated and decided that actually there aren't that many things that need to be done and this obsession with constantly 'doing' something probably causes more problems than it solves. Thus the book, which is a short poem, explores the demise of the 'human beings' and the subsequent emergence of the 'human doings'. 

All the pages are scans of pieces of cotton which I stitched and stuck pieces of paper, fabric and other materials onto. 

The book is now finished, printed (A6 colour) and is available for viewing or purchasing for one pound from bookartbookshop, Housmans, ICA Bookshop, Orbital Comics, Gosh! and Extra bones. 

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A last minute poster I made for Mwanzo Mwema's annual African Culture Show. I made another version for them because all the instruments are upside down, wrong way round maybe even inside out in this one. I think it looks like someone jammin though. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Alchemy Festival

The Alchemy festival begins tomorrow bringing 11 days of South Asian goodness to the Southbank Centre. There's a pretty wicked line up of talks and arts events, too many to talk about in fact. I will however mention The Mica Gallery's Brit Pak exhibition in which one of my collages are being displayed, here's slightly more information. So if you find your self around those ends and you can't afford to go to the obnoxiously priced Damien Hirst then head on over to the Southbank Centre for some free quality!  

 Alchemy Festival website here

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Monday, 5 March 2012

Future Fairs

Some lovely pictures from Tooting Zine Fair taken by the ladies from Userp Gallery, they have a zine fair coming up in April. for more details.
The Construction Gallery in Tooting was the happy home of the best zine fair in the history of Tooting.  There were lots of familiar faces but also new people sharing their work and displaying their skills and  explaining their ideas which is always nice. I didn't really look around at everyone's work, which was a bit stupid, but i did watch the Salford Zine Library documentary which I very much enjoyed. I also tried to get some Tooting Aunties to come in, which sometimes worked and sometimes didn't, I'm sure they'll be having a word with my mum as to what I was doing hanging out with weirdos... Anyway, here are some things that I liked from the fair:

Sally Hancox's prints (above) were wicked. I really liked some of the posters in 'Shape and Situate: Posters of Inspirational European Women' that Melanie Maddison put together, it's cool that the posters were made by both men and women. And i also liked the drawings and use of color in Kripa Joshi's Miss Moti books. And lastly I liked the colors and patterns in Faster Forever (below).

If you didn't make it to the fair and wished you were there you can you can travel back in time through this short vid and pretend you were. 

The pictures right at the top were taken by one of the ladies from the Userp Gallery who are busy preparing for Harrow's first ever zine fair in April: for more info.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Tooting Zine Fair 2012

Yes it's true there is a zine fair in Tooting! Here's a poster i did for it and here's some more information so you can tell your friends and aunties and cousins and your second cousins and your other distant relatives.

The Construction Gallery will be hosting the first Tooting Zine Fair from 12pm-6pm on 25th February 2012.


Alternative Press, Girls Get Busy, Walrus Zines, Shebang, Other Asias, Tom Cass, TINAG/Myrdle Court Press, Emma Falconer, Decadence Comics, Nichol Keene, Vampire Sushi, Red Robin Press, Just Design Collective, Nanae Kawahara, Monster Emporium Press, Microcosmic Orbit, Eyeball Comics, Cressida Knapp, Partisan Zines, Siberian Zines, Elliott Baggott, Jasmine Fung, Whirlygig distro, Melanie Maddison, Vapid Kitten, Susan Mortimer, Partisan Siberia.

Construction Gallery and Cafe
74 – 80 Upper Tooting Road
London SW17 7PB
Nearest Station: Tooting Bec Underground 


Saturday, 4 February 2012