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The Overground Arts Jam is my hometown jam. I love it because I know so many of the people that visit throughout the day which makes it a very sociable jam. This years jam was meant to be a small affair with efforts being put into Overground 2015 but the turnout was good and the quality was high.
I used this jam as an opportunity to experiment with a different background. A stencil I cut a few years ago that had never been sprayed before was repeated multiple times with one of my more detailed worms in the foreground. Let me know what you think.
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One of the things with painting at a live arts jam is the number of people that are taking your photograph. I was talking to a photographer a few weeks ago at the Gloucester Jam who told me that they can sometimes feel quite intrusive when they are taking your photo so the best thing you can do is ignore them and carry on with your work. At Overground it turns out that this is easier said than done because about halfway through the day I notice a guy is standing behind me taking a photo. I can handle this, nothing out of the ordinary, but then he slowly starts to shuffle round in a circle while taking lots more photographs and it gets quite distracting because I'm now thinking this guy is nuts and doesnt really know how to use a camera. Today I saw the resulting photograph...and it was planet Korp.
Moral of the story is to trust the togs, they know what they're doing.
Big thanks go to Daren Grant for the picture above from Overground 2014 and all the other photographers I've met over the years who have generously found my work interesting enough to capture on film...well on SD cards.
Just experimenting with a few ideas to keep the worms interesting, this one looks a little too much like a wizard casting a spell but aside from that I think arms suit worms.
I don't get to cut stencils as much as I'd like to, its enormously time consuming so I was pleased to see a recent one made its way to its new owner safely. This is Walter, as you can see he is over the moon with his new piece of art.
Check out the Puglaw stencils here.
A couple of weeks ao Benny from Beat This asked me if I'd paint on a wall in a recording studio he was putting together for the Beat This organisation. Once I understood what Beat This was about I couldnt say no.
Beat This is a Community Interest Company (or CIC), which is a social enterprise with a conscience. They use music and technology to help children, young people and adults with additional needs develop skills, interact and create through music.
Many of the people that they support are disengaged from mainstream society or education and may have special educational needs and disabilities, mental health issues, or challenging behaviour.
This year they have built Peterborough’s 1st Community Music Studio (Chime Creation Cente) where people will have the opportunity to learn, record, perform their music and gain qualifications in a professional recording studio environment.
For more details on Beat This you can check their website, Facebook page and Twitter.
I stated my painting a few weeks ago and finished the night before it officially opened, it was all very last minute but it was geat working with so many volunteers who were finishing off the renovation late into night. Here are a few photographs of the finished wall and the volunteers.
3 hours work condensed into 60 seconds...
This is just stage 1 of the lion...lots more to come.
I've been drawing a lot of worms recently. New characters for 2012 and a hell of a lot quicker than cutting stencils. Here's a quick gallery for you.
This weekend I'll be painting at the Willow Festival with a few friends from Blok. It's the first live painting of 2012 so I'm nervous, not to mention I'll be painting alongside some top Peterborough talent. Not sure where exactly but if you look for big walls and follow the smell of aerosol paint you cant go wrong. I'll be there on the Saturday and maybe the Sunday too. Bring some cash if you want to buy some work.
Peterborough Embankment, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF
Entry is FREE
Friday 25th May 4pm to 11pm.
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May 11am to 11pm.
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