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Art – Creating a Photo Album as a Reminder

August 26, 2019
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In this digital age, it can sometimes be hard to remember every single thing you’ve posted on social media. The way it’s presented it can sometimes be a little bit awkward and in my opinion, nothing beats a physical book, whose pages you can touch, feel and smell and go through at your own pace.

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When Colorland approached me with the proposal of testing their photo book making tool and printing website, it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a book with a few highlights of what I have accomplished in the last 3 years that I’ve been working on my urban art project.

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The image selection process was easy and I was able to pull out images I had already used on Instagram, making it a lot easier than having to sift through thousands of photos on my hard drive (which you can do too). Going through all these images made me realise that despite the impression I usually have that I never get enough done, it’s actually not true. I’ve laid the imagery out chronologically and it makes for interesting viewing – plus the realisation that my work hasn’t been stagnant for these past few years, I can see some sort of evolution in it and that makes me happy.

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I think it was a great idea to have this book made, so when I have those low mood moments when the “imposter syndrome” hits (I honestly don’t know any artist who doesn’t suffer from this, at least not anyone who isn’t self-aware), I can just go through the book to remind myself of all I’ve done and how far I have come. Sometimes it can be difficult to realise how much progress you’ve done when you’re constantly working so hard in the present moment, that it can feel that you’re not moving forward. Looking at all of these photos made me realise that it’s not true, I am moving forward (or somewhere, not sure where yet).

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Colorland were graceful to also not only give me the sample book but also created a personalised discount code for my UK readers. By using this code, you will be able to order a Photo Book Classic A4, 36 pages for 5,99 GBP + shipping. Just go right on to Colorland.com, create your book and enter the code MUSHROOM at checkout! Let me know if you get one, I’d be curious to see all of your creations!

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Disclaimer: I have received my book as a sample, no payment has been received.

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Art – Brexit?

February 15, 2019
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Where to start on a subject such as this? I wouldn’t want to pretend to be an expert in the political and economical ins and out of the whole thing but I have to say that I am against Brexit. I say this not only as a European citizen living in this country which I have called home for nearly 9 years and where I have built a life and an art career for myself… but also as someone who has grown to love this country and the people in it. I believe that this is a big mistake and mostly because of greedy politicians who are looking for their next meal… rather than look after the good of the people who have elected them.

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I know this is a very divisive subject, even within families and that there are many emotions involved but somehow the majority of the arguments for it don’t make much sense to me… particularly when you start hearing that due to this whole mess there is going to be a shortage of food, medicine etc. I’m starting to think that we should start buying gold and silver such as from Golden Eagle Coins, as the pound is also due to lose (even more) value. Or even start stockpiling tinned foods for us and our pets, as I have heard being suggested in the media. Great!

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As I feel fairly strongly about the issue, it was with a lot of happiness that I have agreed to participate in the Brexit Art Machine project, from the makers of Artobotic. I created original mini art pieces that will go in a vending machine, which will hopefully get to tour the country. Even if you don’t see it or get to purchase one of the art pieces from myself or the other participating artists, you can at least see them now! These are tiny painted collages, no bigger than the palm of your hand, so they could be fit in the vending machine.

I am not allowed to vote… but I am allowed to make political art… for the time being, at least. Who knows what the grim future brings?

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Guest Post – How Art Can Impact Your Life

October 2, 2018
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Art is a beautiful thing that can really make a difference to the quality of your life. This is something which you will hear a lot of artists or enthusiasts say but it really is true. In order to teach you about the way that art can impact your life, we are going to discuss this in this article. Find out more below.
 
It Can Heal
Art is great because it can actually heal people. This is why art therapy has become a profession that many people are pursuing in order to help people. Art itself can help people to reduce their stress levels as well as sooth them. When you take a look at art, you will be able to reap the benefits and
feel a little more relaxed and be able to heal a lot more quickly. Landscape art can be very therapeutic for some people, especially if you get landscape canvas prints of your favourite place.
 
It Has Feel-Good Power
According to scientific research, art can actually help to give help you to feel better when you look at it. Your quality of life is more likely to improve if you are surrounded by art because of this. This research also suggests that people who have an interest in art can actually be less anxious or
depressed. This is really interesting, and it is something to think about if you are planning on buying some art.
 
It Can Give You A Hobby
Another way that art can impact your life is through the hobby of buying art. Many people struggle to find something that they like doing and so turning to art can actually really give them a purpose. Not only can buying art make an impact on your life but so can creating it.
 
It Can Create A Personal Experience
When you are choosing a piece of art for your home, you will be choosing something that speaks to you. Art can actually create a personal experience as it can express something through the shapes on the canvas which you interpret yourself. If you are looking for a personal experience you should
think about heading to a gallery and choosing whichever piece speaks to you.
 
It Can Make Your Home More Pleasant
In a home that is not decorated very well, art can really impact the overall effect and make it look a lot more aesthetically pleasing. This can help to improve your décor and make you a lot happier. When you are surrounded by the things that you love, you tend to be happier so make sure to
choose a piece that is right for your home and you should feel happier when you spend time there.
 
Final Thoughts
Art can be very powerful and if you want to find something that can really improve your life then you should try buying or creating some art. Think about how it has the power to heal as well as give you something personal to think about.

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Art – Cash is King book and exhibition

August 22, 2018
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I’ve been super busy with projects left and right and haven’t been able to update the blog as often as I would’ve liked but this is one project I wouldn’t want to leave out.

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Yours truly submitted some artwork for a book and have been accepted! London based artists Carrie Reichardt and Bob Osbourne are the ones responsible for putting together a book called “Cash is King”, featuring defaced bank notes – mainly dollars and pounds but also a few other currencies from around the world.

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I’m super happy to have been accepted and to have not only two bank notes featured in the book but also an extra feature, a bit of one of my street pieces in a photo with one of Bob Osbourne’s paste ups.

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On top of this, the book is going to have a launch party at Saatchi Gallery (yes, that one) and an exhibition with a few of the bank notes featured in the book, curated by Olly Walker. This launch party and private view will be happening on the 30th of August and the show will go on until the 8th of September.

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Come on down to the gallery and see some great art and if you’d like to get the book, you better be quick, as they’re selling quickly and might even be gone by the end of the show.

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Guest Post: 5 Games That Could Inspire Street Art

August 17, 2018
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Video games are some of the most underrated examples on the planet of terrific art. Perhaps because art isn’t necessarily the primary focus, we tend to let it wash over us and instead focus solely on the process of a game, or its prevailing image or atmosphere. But in everything from individual scenes to cover art, video games can really display some stunning work. So in this post I’ll look at some great examples across various types of games – specifically with an eye toward street art inspiration.

1. Spider-Man

This game has been in the works for quite some time for PlayStation 4, and is now finally on the cusp of release. And the latest gameplay trailer shows that it’s still every bit as gorgeous as it looked when it was first teased. This game presents a realistic enough version of New York that it’s liable to have its own street art. But any creative artist could also use Spider-Man action shots to inspire awesome street murals. Nothing looks quite as cool in a city as a cleverly rendered painting of Spider-Man doing his thing.

2. BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is old news at this point, but it’s still arguably the most visually inventive console game of the last decade. And its steampunk/sci-fi blend of intrigue could turn any average city wall into a wonderland. Frankly, cities would be a lot cooler if street artists were inspired by this game in particular.

3. Jekyll and Hyde Slot

Perhaps a little bit lesser-known, the Jekyll and Hyde slot game actually does an incredible job of portraying Victorian gothic visuals in an interesting and replicable way. Capturing something of mankind’s dark side, the game focuses on the wickedness of Mr. Hyde and adds an almost ghostly element. Tales and games like this call to mind criminals from bygone eras stalking city streets, and bringing them to life in a similar visual style via street art would be a nice project.

4. Limbo

If BioShock Infinite is the most visually significant console game of the decade, Limbo might have the honor in the mobile category. It’s a very dark game, but one that uses shadowy spaces to hint at monsters and danger without always making them explicitly visible – an interesting challenge for a street artist to take on, for sure.

5. Creatures Such As We

Appearing on a list of iOS mobile games that are like interactive art, Creatures Such As We is labeled “a philosophical interactive romance novel.” It’s more specifically a text-based adventure, but the art – concerning people on a moon tourism colony – is beautifully rendered. It’s simple enough that a skilled street artist could accomplish something similar in a matter of hours, yet almost inexplicably deep and moving.