Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Je suis perdu

I tried to explain to my nephew why there was security and immigration at the airport on Sunday. He is just about to turn 8 years old. He kept asking, "But why can't we just go in and out [freely]". He didn't understand what everyone was so afraid of. It's a complex issue to explain to an (nearly) 8 year old. I couldn't fault his arguments of free-movement but I also had to point out that there may not be resources for everyone if they went to one country or another. Watching this film there is another little boy who is 8 years old. He dreams of school and a passport and a new nationality. Something my nephew and many others take for granted. Whilst we are lucky to not even have to really think about having these things, we hear about how they need to be stricter at Calais, how they are building bigger fences and sending in 120 more officers to control the desperate people trying to smuggle their way over the border. I hope my nephew never has to do this. We must remember that the word 'immigrants' is referring to people. People willing to risk their lives to no longer feel lost.

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I'm back

Wow, 3 years since I last used this blog. Well, I've been mouthing off a bit, so I reckon this is the place to do it.

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Callino Quartet

Callino Quartet
Watercolours, Typography.

I illustrated and designed this album cover, and the disc image for Callino Quartet's debut album featuring a selection of classical songs.
The cover features all members of the quartet and their instruments.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Somerset House

Spooky Cut and Paste workshop
Somerset House Workshop
Photography by Ben Smith

As part of the run up to the Halloween celebrations, The AOI and Somerset House asked me to run a family workshop for children.  This drop-in class allowed kids to use their creativity and imagination to make masks, magic wands and pirate outfits.  Participants had the freedom to come up with their own ideas.  A very successful day out!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Character development

Just trying out some stuff for a new book I am doing.  Watch this space... for ages, cos it probably won't be published for a year... but that's okay!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

New secret book!

Just finished my first book!
Here's the pile of work that went into it.  All will be revealed in a while!
Wish me luck!

Callino Quartet (work in progress!)

Working on an album cover for the Callino Quartet.  Watch this space!