I made a lantern for Sheffield’s Sharrow Lantern Carnival. It was a week or so ago and it was pretty great. I did a few shifts helping out with the workshops, which were quite quiet when I was there so I had the time to put my own together. Twas jungle themed so I done a frog. I thought it would be a pretty modest first lantern. Other people didn’t seem to think so.
To make one you bend and tape wet willow together to make a frame
which dries and sets into place, and then you put fairy lights in it, and make sure there’s a big stick sticking out of it so you can carry it.
Just a quick note to say that at the moment I’m writing a book about cells. Which means reading a whole bunch about loads of stuff that I don’t know anything about. It is complicated but very interesting and weird. I’m keeping it in mind that I should write some blog posts about some of the cool stuff I’m finding that won’t make it into the book. So hopefully they’ll turn up shortly.
Edit 01/12 – I starting writing a couple of these but they weren’t going anywhere. Hopefully I can write one shortly.
It’s been a busy few weeks since moving house. From an art point of view I’ve been trying to get things done for the Lake District International Comic Arts Festival where I have half a table to fill with my printed knick-knacks. The main thing to get done is a special tablecloth / banner that I can use at all future such events. I’ve had the cloth and design for a while but was putting off doing anything with it by waiting to move.
I did, however, make a tie with the fabrics to do a little practice sewing and because there was a wedding to go to.
I’m back adding to my meandering panel-a-day comic after many months. Plan is to finish the first chapter of it soon so I can print some in time for the Lakes Comic Arts Festival this October, where I am exhibiting, which means flogging my stuff.
I add a panel every day to the twitter account here.
And I add a bunch to the website page here every week or so.
I knocked up this silly little music video for the track Retune by The Range because the idea tickled me.
Fortunately he likes it.