I'm working hard in the studio at the moment putting together a postcard size book. The collection will be about thirty high quality reproductions of these hand coloured copper plate etchings. All drawn in miniature under a magnifying glass. Each copper plate is only 11cm. It's painstakingly slow work but it feels great experimenting and pushing the boundaries of my print work.
Over the next month or two i'll iron out the details, but i aim to hand print the covers and do a run that should take a while to sell out. Not as big a run as my last book but enough to stop it selling out the same day. I'm travelling a lot soon so my studio time will disappear, but i intend on making sure its out some time this summer.
Another painting I did while I was up in Sheffield. Rare and Racy is by far my favorite shop in Sheffield. It's been going since 1969 and it's also the very first place I started selling my Zines.
It's future is pretty uncertain. It seems likely that this lovely old block of shops is going to be knocked down to make way for some bland shops or apartments. To see this independent place get replaced by something new and generic seems a sad blow for this part of town.
This is also where I've been finding all my old wrapping paper for my books. I'm now down to the last few boxes of my books online. To celebrate the end of this run i've signed all the ones that are left. I've also cut up all the old offcuts and printing mistakes from my shed floor...so each book comes with a scrap of old print from something i've released in the past.
My books are now sold out. There should be a stock of unsigned ones left in several shops. Rare and racy in the north of England and Gosh comics in the south of england. There is also a last delivery to UTBNY for customers stateside who want reduced shipping rates. Expect delays though....I have to carry all these things to the post office and it's a pain.
Sorry for the slow start to the year on here. I've spent the first past few months as a hermit in my garden shed, very busy working on some new books. My Instagram page is the best way to see all that.
This week i felt the cabin fever set in so i decided to go and find a nice spot to paint. This spider is painted on a huge burnt out barn somewhere along Station road in Mosborough, Sheffield.
I started this year working on a big installation in London. Then i managed to injure my neck in the spring which really got in the way of painting for much of the summer. All in all i still managed to get some good work done. Now i'm fully operational and can't wait to get going next year.
In 2015 i will continue travelling and doing my large scale sanctioned murals but i also want to set aside a lot more time to paint abandoned spaces and spots i find tucked away. I miss the solitude of painting at night and wandering the streets with the foxes.
Next year i'll also be spending some time drawing for my ongoing book 'in brine' Along side that huge project i'm also planning on getting back to making some smaller zines again.
Thanks to you all for following my work, and for supporting me by buying my books and prints.