Friday, 27 July 2012

C A M D E N   T O W N   B R E W E R Y 

There's no crisps, snacks, not even a pork scratching but you can order in pizza if you like....and there's loads and loads of really good beer which is all anybody really needs. Afterall who needs food? (Ok, porkies you can get some tasty street food to go with the lovely beers)

It's a gem of a place tucked in some old railway arches and the antithesis of pseudo crappy bling bars. 10 mins walk from Chalk Farm tube station.

So what has beer got to do with design, well this little beauty for a start:
I spotted this design on a poster on the back of the toilet door and I must say I almost thought it might fall off and find its way into my bag. However being an ex-caf owner myself I thought this would be a terrible thing to happen, so by some fluke it stayed and I took a photo of it instead. I will ask the fellows at Camden Town Brewery if I might be able to purchase one at some time.

I had a pint of this.....

.......and I will definitely be back for more.
There's more info about Camden Town Brewery on their website at 

For now here's some more of their lovely bottle labels.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Bauhaus at the Barbican

Barbican Centre London

B A U H A U S   A T   T H E   B A R B I C A N 
Well, summer came to London last Sunday and so my friend and I shunned public transport in favour of a leisurely stroll in the 'long time coming' but nonetheless very welcome sunshine. 
Our starting point was Camden and our destination was the 'Bauhaus: Art as Life' exhibition at the Barbican. The last time I visited the Barbican was to see the work of architect and product designer Ron Arad. I also had the pleasure of bumping into Matt Horne (from Gavin & Stacey) in the canteen so it was a win/win kind of day, 2 for the price of 1.

It was very nice stroll indeed for the first mile or so, nipping in and out of shops and gawping at all the old and new architecture, shop fronts, olympic prep stuff and so on .... but then my new sandals ensured that the rest of the walk (about another 2 miles) was going to be anything but leisurely or pleasure-ly. 
Anyhow painful, blistered feet aside we finally arrived bang on time for our timed slot. Advance booking had been advised but as it's the tail end of the exhibition it wasn't too busy and not much neck straining had to be done to see the displays plus it was l o v e l y and cool.

If you're a fan of modern architecture as I am then the Barbican building and surrounding housing estate are worth visiting and taking a little meander through the walkways, there is even a conservatory and aviary that I had never spotted previous to this visit. The building is an example of 1970's Brutalist Architecture and was voted London's ugliest buildings in a poll in 2003.

Bauhaus typography
'A   D R I V I N G  F O R C E   I N   M O D E R N I S M' 

I have been a Bauhaus 'fan' for quite some time and love the work of the Constructivists with their geometric shapes and forms. The Constructivist guys joined the Bauhaus in 1923 four years after it began in Weimar and for me that's when things got really interesting. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, it was set up to challenge society and find a new way of living. 
There are over 400 works on display including architecture, painting, photography, product design, textiles and theatre. As you work your way around the exhibition form top to bottom the whole story of the Bauhaus unfolds.
It's well worth a visit if you're brave enough to fight your way through the olympic malarkey. I personally would advise against public transport and travel by foot but take my advice and wear some decent footwear.

Bauhaus building, Dessau
This is what the Barbican says about the exhibition: 'The biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years presents the modern world’s most famous art school. From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, this London exhibition presents the Bauhaus’ utopian vision to change society in the aftermath of the First World War. Bauhaus: Art as Life explores the diverse artistic production that made up its turbulent fourteen-year history and delves into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and the changing technology of the age.'

The exhibition finishes on the 12th August.

Herbert Bayer Typography

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Paul Klee ' Tomb in Three Parts 1923'
The two images above were amongst my favorite exhibits, I had never seen that particular work by Paul Klee before, which looks like a photograph and the Moholy-Nagy work was truly it!!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Rainy Day Drawings

The plus side about all this rain right now is that it is good for productivity at least.
This past week I have taken a small break from paper-cutting to give my index finger a rest. So, I have done a few illustrations and here are some of the results. I use fineliner pen to draw and then digitally colour the drawings. The house drawing is of my house but I am willing to do house portraits! 

Prints are available from my Etsy Shop.

Crow & Cup 2012
House Portrait 2012
Geo Skull 

Geo Mountains

Friday, 13 July 2012

The Ballad of Rose and Jack

I have absolutely no idea who Jack and Rose are but I have been using them for the past few years for any examples of  personalised designs. Although I did watch a film once featuring one of my all time favourite actors - Daniel Day Lewis called  'The Ballad of Jack and Rose', it must have subliminally come from that. Who knows.....

Anyhow, I have just completed a new paper-cut and wedding stationary to go with it and they are available to order from my etsy shop.

Paper-cut 'Circus' 2012

Wedding Stationary from Etsy Shop

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wolves in Wolves Clothing

Some of my favourite Norwich based 'Outlaws' - new clothing company 'Wolves in Wolves clothing' will be printing some of my designs onto their t-shirts and tote bags soon, I can't wait to see them. Here's some more of what they do. 
Custom Printed Tote Bags
You can buy online here 

Custom Printed T-Shirts 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Punk Dinosaur

So, the cowboys and the graphic work of Dan Stiles inspired me to create some new paper-cuts on the theme of 'Outlaws'. Being an old punk dinosaur I still love the idea of anarchy and rebellion even if it's only through paper and a knife (and my bad language)
Paper-cut by Su Owen 'Thieves & Vagabonds' 2012 

Paper-cut by Su Owen 'Play Filthy' 2012


II've been a fan of cowboy stories for a while now though I used to hate Sunday afternoons at home when I was a kid when my dad would put Bonanza on....only the snooker could have been any worse. 

I recently read a book called The Brothers Sisters by Patrick deWitt, if you've ever read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, it's not half as gruesome or harrowing as that. It's about two outlaw brothers who play good cop/bad cop through the story and it's a road trip (on knackered out horses most of the time) 

The illustrations are by a guy called Dan Stiles who works on a lot of designs for rock bands,I love his style which is reminiscent of stuff by Saul Bass - check out more of Stiles' work.