Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Keepin Up with the CRAWW

We interview Craww a few weeks back and he sent all you "Collectives" a Post.

Hi folks.

A quick heads up on some Craww news.

First up, my first show in LA - I’m very excited to be part of the “Crooked Comfort” show at CAVE Gallery at their new space on 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA, starting December 10th. I’ve been hard at work on a bunch of new stuff - 10 new paintings continuing my stream of consciousness ramble through a landscape of skulls, crows and girls with big hands. As well as the OG’s there’ll be some limited edition giclees of selected pieces.

It’s going to be a great finish to a busy year for me - I hope some of you can make it! For a full preview or for sales enquiries, please contact Patrick Iaconis atinfo@cavegallery.net

Secondly, I’ll be updating the store over the next couple of weeks to include some new prints to tie in with the LA show. In the meantime I’m having a clear out of some remaining 1’s and 2’s, all ltd edition signed prints, all at a reduced price of £30 inc P&P. A couple have sold out but there’s still time to grab what’s left. Just in time for Christmas.

Check the store here: http://craww.bigcartel.com/

Finally, keep an eye out for a new range of wall vinyl’s I’ve been working on with the folks at Blik. “Fox”, “Deer” and “Bear” will all be available from December 8th. Girls with animal heads, big hands, black ink splashes and all sorts of goodness. Perfect for anyone’s wall. Well, a certain kind of anyone.

Website here: http://www.whatisblik.com/

Thanks for your time!


Friday, 26 November 2010

Off The Wall

A Look at Tracy Meek

RD: We met Tracey a number of years ago, only to say hello and exchange a smile, we finally caught up with her proper at the recent opening of Banks Mill in Derby... so here we go!

RD: Ace to get to know ya after all these years- Give us a bit of back ground info on you please Tracey- Where you from Derby?

Hey, Ive lived in Derby for about 12 years now.
I came to Derby from Middlesbrough to study fashion, which went horribly wrong for all the right reasons.. As in the course was as far removed from what i wanted to be doing as humanly possible and then I think my experience at uni just put me off art altogether. It wasn't until I had my little girl, Milly that I started to consider it again. I started painting and knew I had to do something about it. I went back to college and did a foundation course to refresh myself and I guess the rest is history. I mean, it is something that has always been a part of me. I can remember being asked from a really early age who taught me to draw and it was a question I found really awkward to answer because it was just something I knew how to do. it was just there.

RD: What sort of media do you work in?

Im actually quite lazy. Its usually a case of whats at hand. I do really like producing big canvases but I rarely do it because of the building of the frames and amount of work involved. Its lame really.
At the minute Im working with watercolour and ink quite a lot. And Ive discovered this really delicate way of drawing with wire.
Some of my work is quite textural. Like a kids book. Lots of little pop out bits and things that make you want to touch and feel.

RD: Describe your art as if no one could see it?

Child-like, delicate, often humorous with a bit of a dark twist.

RD: What sort of media would you like to try?

Id love to take my work outside. Do a bit of graffiti. Not the spray can variety.. More household paints etc. I keep seeing places that would be perfect but then I get the fear and bottle it... One day!! One day!!

RD: How has your life experiences so far, effected your work?

I had a bit of a disruptive childhood and I think that these experiences that have shaped me as a person have also attributed to the artist that I am today.

A lot of the work that comes out is a running commentary on whats going on in my life or what I see in people / happenings around me. I literally take things in like a sponge, not even realising it so much anymore and then I set about working. I never plan an illustration unless for a client. I start by making a mark or 'mistake' on the page and then slowly it becomes something with watercolour and ink and often its something thats been sucked right out of my psyche. Its good therapy!

Rd: What gives you inspiration for what you do?

People! I love watching people. We are such odd beings. There is so much humour in the weird things that people do! I saw this guy in Boots the other day and towards him strode this beautiful woman, all glamorous and powerful looking and it was like there was plenty of room for her to pass but in his utter panic he literally threw his back against the wall and side stepped past her like she had a bomb attached to her or something. It really made me chuckle. I have yet to draw this so keep a look out!

Rd: Do you have any other interests apart from doing your art?

I love music. I also put gigs on in Derby now and again under the name of Small Lies which is fun although we haven't got anything booked at the minute as its cold outside and the momentum has somewhat gone.
I love my bikes and when I haven't got a world of punctures I am riding them about the place. Im not keen on riding on the road too much so I get punctures from broken glass that is EVERYWHERE.
There is not much that beats riding a bike!!!

RD: Have you got any exhibitions in the near future?...dates?

Not at the minute. Im putting together a body of work to put to gallery's next year. Im also working in schools a bit which is really cool.

RD: What are your goals for the future?

I really want to get my work recognised on a more commercial level. So exhibitions nationwide, maybe a bit of licensing etc.

Rd: Chick peas or chips?

Depends on the chef!

Rd:Would you like to big anyone up?

Julie West, she's ace and she can dance as well.

Rd: Well it's been a real treat to catch up for real, thanks again Trace and all the best from the Collective!

Catch up with more of Tracey M... HERE.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Who The... ?

New board from this mystery man coming real soon- keep um peeled!

For the Ladies... Rollersnakes

Lovin the ts...

Takes guts to skate in these... wonder what landing trés are like?

Chrismas on Crack

Have you gotta cracked board you wana get replaced for the mas season.
Look no further... Kick Push to Rollersnakes.

With a mammoth selection of boards, bits and bobs to put a rosy smile on yeh grill.
So drop into the shop, pull up an arm chair, throw on a beard and dream your in the skate factory in the northpole or summit.!
Or you could cheat and hit their weby☋

Dang musta bin hard to pass.

These boards bite.

Monster munch.

Collection of shelf elves.

Sustaining the Black Ops crew.

Don't think his names Edward?

Daz collection

Girl on fire, nnnnnooooo!

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Bomb it 2

Bomb it 2 on its way.

In the mean time check it out on its sponsor site Babelgum

Monday, 22 November 2010

Rail Trail... Jak Tonge

Tricken 10 on the rail.

Our friends from Drawing Boards sent this footage from the other day... following the sun !

Jak's another Rad Dad... believe it- thanks again to Ad and Drawing Boards☋

Check um out here.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Banks Mill- Opens Its Doors

We went to the preview at Derby's old rope Mill last night.

Not knowing what to expect we were pleasantly surprised with ambiance of the place, a band greeted us at the door, a glass of wine and some nibbles fortified us for the meandering assault on the mills interior.There are numerous workshops/galleries to explore, stuff ranging from stained glass, textiles through to charcoals, oils, acrylics, and graffs.

A must see to anyone that thought that the Derby scene was dead!
Runs just this weekend though- so get there be ready to meet some nice peeps and bring some reddies for a bargain!!

Saturday 20 Nov. 10am-4pm
Sunday 21 Nov. 10am-4pm

BE on the LOOK for more pics early next week.

Multi-continent hopping Julie West has a space.

Tracy Meek

Awe... for me?


Your inked me son.

Its on the corner of Bridge Street and Brook Street... check it.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Randomizer... Shootin the Shit.

Phlegm's Mess.

Julie West on a quest.

Pud in The House


Load an lock!
Dave, owner of the Boardroom Sk8 Park Leister.

Caffeine for the masses.
Caffeine was discovered in 1820 by a German chemist, Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge.

Recognise that logo from somewhere?

Dan Cates- can't be in this country, mud doesn't have a chance to dry...

Lost and found... phew...
Chris Gair... Left for the pool.

Tim from the sk8 shop Le... forgot?

Louis Slater from Slugger Chesterfield.

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