Got Milk? Who’s Behind the Union Jack Milk Carton Wheatpastes?

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Yet another addition of ‘Who is This?’

They are so perversely clever, these new wheatpastes showing up  in the UK.

So we’re calling on all street art aficionados…if anyone knows who’s behind these cheeky little Union Jack Milk Carton wheatpastes – clue us in.

 

*photo via Hookedblog.co.uk

 

 

THE FELT CORNERSHOP

This past August, an abandoned storefront in East London was transformed into a temporary art installation.

Cornershop, the brainchild of fiber artist, Lucy Sparrow, is a fun take on consumerism where the shelves are stocked with every traditional shop item you could think of:  cash register, magazine rack, newspapers, ice box, biscuit isle, lady items, beer, crisps – my personal favorite ‘the oyster card’ (think public transportation pass).

You’re waiting for the fun part right?   The items were hand-stitched by Sparrow and her assistant.  The undertaking took 8 months and they blew through 984 square feet of felt.  Sparrow describes corner shops as a “slice of life…The exhibition encourages people to take a closer look at the everyday.”

All the items were available for purchase in the store and online, during that time Sparrow offered a variety of sewing workshops, designed to engage the local community in public art.  In a interview with The Guardian, Sparrow openly expressed her fear of selling out the shop…”Obviously it would be nice to sell it all on opening night, but I have this fear of having to make it all again,” she said.  “I don’t think I can go though that.  It might actually break me.”

As well as £1,000 of sponsorship money from Swizzels sweets, the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised £10,500, and £8,000 of Arts Council funding.

The project is closed now, but you can still browse the items online.

photos via Sew Your Soul and Fashion For Lunch

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This Is Midge

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This Is Midge

PORTSMOUTH, UK  – Instagram has been a driving force in spreading Portsmouth based street artist, Midge’s work. Use the hashtag #thisismidge and it will serve up a plethora of beautiful hand painted black & white furry wide-eyed creatures lounging around on backdrops of vintage newsprint and aged sheet music.

Recently Midge and fellow Portsmouth artist, My Dog Sighs, caused quite a stir around London when they plastered prominent hot-spots like Shoreditch and Brick Lane with their collaborative series of paste ups.

Because I’m unduly curious about the affairs of others and I got tired of stalking Midge via her Instagram – I rang her up to chat.

HM: Your latest collaboration with, MyDogSighs was Instagram gold. I loved following the project and seeing what pieces people had found. We received so many emails during that time from your fans telling us we should cover it.

Midge: It was my first time in London doing something like this – feeling like a kid again trying to quickly scrawl something up on the wall and then running away. I found it a bit scary and then a bit of a rush, and now I just want to go back and do it again. I’ll be a bit more subtle about it next time and not have those shifty eyes. I probably looked really suspicious.

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HM:  It’s not often that you see hand painted originals being pasted up. I’m really drawn in by the vintage papers you use – it adds another dimension to the work. I don’t know if it’s a stretch, but I often get the feeling you choose the paper based on its wording. I find that so incredible, the amount of time you put into something so tangible and temporary when it could be taken down within minutes – with street art that’s the nature of the beast.

Midge: There something a bit more special about leaving an original, it’s never going be replicated – once it’s gone its gone.

And I love using vintage paper. I do prefer to use sheet music because of the lyrics. I try to pick sheets that have nice lyrics, then I can create something on it to reflect that and relate it to the song. The collaboration with My Dog Sighs was done on old Portsmouth newspaper, I thought it was more relevant considering that’s where we’re both from.

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HM: The one thing we got asked repeatedly was if we knew how many pieces you guys collaborated on. People love knowing whether or not they’ve seen them all.

Midge: I think we’ve done 6 or 7 pieces together. We both pasted up our own pieces as well during that time.

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HM: I noticed on your Instagram that you leave artwork out on the streets for some lucky bastard to find as part of Portsmouth’s ‘Free Art Friday’.

Midge: Yeah, every Friday artists leave free art out for the community. It’s so exciting because you don’t know how someone’s going feel about your art. I still haven’t gotten used to the ‘letting go’ part of it, but whenever we get an emotional response it makes me feel so good. Someone being emotionally affected by finding something you created, it’s a really lovely feeling – we’re building on this community.

HM: So what’s next?

Midge: I’m working on more pieces. Liking a piece is one thing but falling in love with a piece of artwork is something you connect with – that’s really important. I really want to build on that message. You have to make an impact while you have a chance.

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photo credit: Susan Mackey

37 FT TALL CAT HAS TAKEN UP IN LONDON’S WEST END

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There’s a 37ft tall pussycat staring folks down in the West End. The site of this new art installation opposite Victoria Tube Station will be the home to a new series of commissioned art projects installed on the new Nova Victoria development that will be home to flats, restaurants, offices and shops.

This untitled piece is the work of New York Artist, Marlo Pascual; whose works normally deals with archived photographs that question the nature of, and range of emotions that images solicit. A work that syncs in with Nova’s hope of continually reinterpreting the space with iconic and non-conformist art projects, appealing to those who choose to think differently.

Justin Black, Development Director for Nova, Victoria, says: “At Nova we are creating a new destination for London. We believe public art is integral to creating a sense of place and at Nova we are proud to take a different approach. Our streets and spaces will form an external public gallery showcasing temporary commissions from emerging and established artists. Art which will inspire Londoners and visitors whilst they are having a meal, shopping or just going about their everyday business. Our feline friend is the first step in Nova’s cultural evolution”.

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It’s a Bowie Retrospective

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The man from Mars is 66 today, celebrating with a new single preceding his first cd release in ten years come March. And a video directed by artist, Tony Oursler.  All of this is to coincide with what is sure to be one of the most talked about museum exhibits of 2013.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is building a massive retrospective of Bowie’s career, stitching together his ground breaking costumes, music, photography, set designs, films and more.

The exhibit will run 23 March – 28 July 2013; and the V&A will run curator talks during that time to accompany the exhibit. Never a better reason to head over to Londontown.

*Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita
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