Sunday, 21 March 2010

Bring it on Banksy!

Big shout out to my Brixton homies, MimiLove is in da house, and I know that for a fact cos it was delivered yesterday!

I have literally no idea what I'm talking about, but feel my *finger is firmly on the pulse as to what's all the pops with the young'uns these days

*(arthritikky old finger and is generally on pulse for checking the blood pressure)

Anyway...this one goes out to the supremely cool illustrating, street art-ing, designer duo Id-iom!

They gave me absolutely nothing whatsoever to go on, (thanks for that chaps!) just a free hand/needle, but never let it be said being totally clueless as to what I'm doing at any given time has ever stopped me before...oh no!

So where to start?
Well I knew the chaps hail from the Isle of Man so I used that as my starting point. I was going to do a portrait of my uncle Doug but thought that was probably a bit too obscure even by my standards

I was then going to do a Manx cat with the Be-Bo-Bend It rhyme...but realised they had beaten me to that with this frankly fabulous creation.

(yoink! Photo courtesy of Id iom)
Back to the drawing board then...literally. So after a nap and a bun, inspiration struck...and here it is:

A wee kitty, not technically a manx, I just didn't paint his tail!
See kitty all tabbyfied in grey's and lovely turquoisey blues with whiffs of pinks and yellows

As a lot of Id-iom's work is street art/graffitti based I've drawn on my memories of graffiti back in my day:
There's Chad poking over the wall...
"Wot no tail?"

Someone's scrawled "Mods"...(from the Chertsey Benches..not actually a place as was a bench in Chertsey they used to hang out at...we called it Chertsey Benches...inspired!)

From the door of the public toilets in Littlehampton:

"Here I sit
Broken hearted
Paid 10p
And only farted"
And finally;
"Mimi Rules OK!"

A big old mish mash of leafery, grasses all hand stitched in a rainbow of colours, with added french knots and tiddly glass beads for a bit of glittery goodness and a bunch Coshags (not a made up name..the national flower of the Isle o Man apparently!) in lovely sunny yellows

But hang on! Turn your back for two minutes and next thing you know bloody Banksy rocks up and you've got one of his stencilly kids whose lost her balloon popping up...tsk...I'll have to ring the council now!

There you go...that's wotcha get when you don't give me anything to go on.
However if you have a few ideas you'd like to see immortalized in paint n stitch or just
want a bit of my brain hammered to your wall, do drop me a line! x;0)

Stay tuned as myself and the Id-iom possee will be working on a collaboration canavs which, hold on to your seats, will be available for purhase! (unless I get cake all over it..which is kind of a signature now anyway)

Mr. Monsterosity's swap is hopefully somewhere over (or possibly, in) the Pacific and this fella is next in line for a good needling:

Alan is approaching somewhere in the region of a metric ton weightwise, however he is super lively and has ben having a few test drives round the garden so it wont be much longer before he's off into the big wide world/garden to do his hedgey thing....sniff!

Anyway can't be sitting round here blogging about with you lot all day...Mark n Sparks gooey eggs are 3 for £1 and they're not going to eat themselves you know?!

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Wip-a-dee-doo-dah... oh my what a wunnerful day!! And may I say you are all looking particularly GORGEOUS today x;0)

Yes my bloggy chums Jan n Feb have finally slouched off and taken their poxy dark drabbyness with them; the days, nights and indeed puddings, are getting lighter and me and the gang have been soaking in the good sunny rays. OOO I feel better for it...I hope you are all feeling the good warm (ish!) sunny spring lovin too?

So talking of feeling good!
My New York chum, artist, jewellery maker and writer extraoridnaire Florence Wang....recently asked me if I'd be interested in being interviewed for the Profiles section on her blog...I naturally remained calm and dignified..."HELL YEAH!!!" and spent many days skipping round the joint giggling like a loon and feeling quite the celeb; this of course went completely unnoticed by the rest of Team Mimi, as do most things, unless *dinner is late or the remote is missing

Anyway, if unlike the rest of them round here, you are vaguely interested in the wittering of an erratic, cake stuffed bint then head on over to Florence Wang Designs and have a read...I hope I don't sound like a poncy arty may feel free to issue virtual slappage if I do...and check out Flo's work whilst your there...she rocks!

Pic courtesy of Florence Wang Designs

Whilst we are on the subject of other people's work (it's not all about Mi-Mi-Mi you know) do check out Koi Creek Beads latest work; Elise recently lost her beloved kitty Henry and is drawing on her experience to offer comfort for those experiencing the pain and loss of pet bereavement, in the form of beautiful hand crafted reliquary/memorial beads, you can read all about it and commission her at her etsy shop.

Pic courtesy of Koi Creek Beads

Right, so you want some MimiLovin'?
These are WIPs..I should point out I had no idea what a WIP was until fairly recently when someone took me to one side, sat me down and shouted WORK IN PROGRESS thank you for that...I thought I was missing out on something...anyway:

Waiting for a good stuffing...and let's face it who isn't?...snigger...sorry:

Homey Gnomey

"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like gnome!"

A jolly wee fella with his bright red hat all pointy nointy standing around in his garden of hand stitchy bits in just about every colour I could cram on there. A couple of toadystools are lit up by his lantern, glittering away in gold french knots and glass beads. French knots and tiddly green glass beads add a bit of texture and a nice bit o metallic paint add a bit of sparkley goodness.
He will eventually be backed with black & white gingham, have a spotty pink & white loop and will be stuffed with hollowfibre for your squidging pleasure

Hypochondriac Cockney Sparrow

"Gordon Bennet!
Me plates of meat are killin me, I've been up all night with this pain in me Gregory Peck and don't get me started on me Farmer Giles!"

Moany old sparra sits amongst a big old bunch of hand sitched flowery, leafy stuff in bright clashy oranges, pinks and yellows with blues and greens and a smattering of tiddly green glass beads. The painty background has a metallic acylic paint mixed in it for a bit of glittery goodness too. He too will eventually be backed with black & white gingham, have a spotty pink & white loop and will be stuffed with hollowfibre for your squidging pleasure

Plates of Meat = feet
Gregory Peck = neck
Farmer Giles = answers on a postcard!
So there you go; stuffed stuff, painty parts, stitchy bits AND an English lesson..where you gunna get that for your Sausage & Mash?
(my shop eventually!)

Also in the Mimi news this week. Check Mi out! Never let it be said I'm not down with the kids. I've been propositioned, in the nicest possible way, by super cool design duo id iom for a bit of a collaboration. I've no idea what we're going to be doing but I'm super excited about it...which more or less sums up my life stay tuned folks

I have also just fnished a spanky new painty/stitchy piece but that has to stay under wraps until it reaches it's part of a global swappery between me and this fella...which I'm also hugely excited about!

Looking for hot Alan action??
(Checkout his wee gnoshers!!)

Well he's doing very well, he's put on weight, somewhere in the region of 4 stone the way he's packing it away, and he's very lively now. We've taken advice from all sorts of wildlifey experts and will be aiming to let him shuffle off into the wilds of the back garden end of March time...loo roll at the ready-I fear it will be a Born Free moment!

Til then spikey fans, you will find us all soaking up the rays, *dinner's at half 5 if you're interested; Alan's having cat food, we're not.
Thanks for droppin' by!
(comments in rhyming slang if you please!)

PS: I've tried to keep the blog as a free love commenty place but I've had to add a comment moderation thingy now cos of severe Spam-o-lope attacks...gggrrrr!!