We caught the end of an excellent exhibition at the RIBA institute on Designing the House for Tomorrow. They asked different architects to look at traditional housing models and reconsider how these ideas could work today. It was an informative study of how housing has been envisioned in the past and how we can look forward. What is very apparent is how unaffordable most housing is for people beginning to look at their adult lives alongside the destruction of long term, stable council housing.
We have just spent a few weeks in New York where property prices are huge however there still remains individual shops and cafes unlike every time we visit London where I am staggered by the number of huge empty glass boxes being built for overseas investors- in turn encouraging a faceless homogenization far greater than other cities I’ve visited. When I lived in London as a child I would spend weekends with my nan in her council flat off the Kings Road in Chelsea where she had resided as a long term resident. It is sad to imagine this becoming rarer as the cities workers are forced further out of towns. It is difficult to see a way back now as our government has embraced this cold commodity of spectral inhabitants in million pound apartments and neglected the people who need to work in the city to keep it running efficiently. My nan cleaned rich peoples houses in Chelsea but it seems incredibly shortsighted to forget that they will still need these people to empty their bins and change their beds.
Stationary range for TeNeues Publishing
I am pleased to announce my first stationary range for TeNeues publishing. They include my Cat and Dog designs and will be part of their Fall collection.
My talk (information updated)
Please note the venue change for my talk. It will now be at the Cartoon Museum, Russell Street, London.
Bob and Roberta Smith
We visited Ditchling Museum last weekend where they had some work by Bob and Roberta Smith on show. I have liked his work for some time. He is passionate about encouraging creativity in people- specifically children as well as avoiding the elitism of the art world. The lettering is imperfect but distinctive and is it encouraging to see this in a world dominated by perfect computer graphics and illustration. It is also exciting to see someone who is passionate in a current climate of blandness.
My Graphic Novel
I have finally finished my graphic novel Just Getting Old.
The comic is about my mum who was mentally ill for a number of years which we later discovered was a brain tumour. During her illness her life changed considerably. She has since made a full recovery and is slowly putting her life back together. I have written it for her as she remembers very little of the five or so years she was ill and also to help my family clarify what happened. It is about a medical condition as well as families and breakdowns of families. I hope it will touch people who have been affected by long term illness as well anyone who has been embroiled in an emotional issue with loved ones.
It was a long slog to do but it’s done and I have lots more ideas for comics in the future.