Bunnies with lipstick, antiques

Yesterday at House of Illustration, in a workshop I’d been scheming about for months, a group of children created a whole new system based on Isabel’s cardboard boxes in The Girl with the Parrot on her Head. I’ll post more about this workshop but just wanted to share the giant mural right away, as it made me so happy to see the system so brilliantly reinvented (to enlarge, click on the image above and click again when it reappears).System composite


Mail Art exhibition

My birds envelope, and C5 envelopes by a person or two that I know, will be part of the Mail Me Art Short & Sweet show in London this week (30th of July to 3rd of August). There’s a book of the project too (shown below), with some mighty strange post in – I like this one and this one today. Tis a very various thing, and the pricing is fairly arbitrary, but I do like a decorated envelope yessir.
Mail Me Art book cover

Mail Me Art

I do like to draw on an envelope yessir, so I decided to take part in Mail Me Art 3: Short & Sweet, in which 200 people send decorated envelopes to Mail Me Art, and then there is a show in the summer and a book. You are supposed to not mind when bits fall off your art in the post, but probably it is rash to stick so many bits on in the first place?
My mail art after postingI was trying to make a collage in the way I make screenprints, taking the shapes from photocopier-enlargements of tiny doodles. I originally drew these birds on the back of an envelope, which seems nicely circular.

Imminent Pip

As threatened, I have made a tiny magazine for kids: I have called it Pip and demanded that many copies be delivered to my house. The plan then is to leave little heaps of it in libraries etc and hope that some actual children end up reading it. I have learnt many things, such as that collage is not a sensible medium for representing trees whose apples are 2mm in diameter.

Cover of Pip issue 1I’ve wanted to make a little magazine for ages as they seem to be either too branded and by-numbers, or too expensive (Anorak, Okido, etc). I particularly wanted to do it now as something more bitty and throwaway after my three-month attempt to achieve consistency in drawing Sizo’s head.

If you have Pip and you are SURE you want the puzzle answers, here are the puzzle answers.