New felt whale finished with a triangle pattern, squirting blow hole and embroidered nose and smile. With a mini oil spill on the road background.

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November 2010

There has been an unusual amount of snow falling and staying in Newcastle. Walking to and from work has been enjoyable and visually pleasant. Lots of different snow textures to walk on, each making a different noise under the welly boot.

I went snowboarding with friends on Cow Hill and helped to build this kicker ramp. Gliding down the hill in a city with lit up tall city buildings in the background. The soundtrack was screams from thrill-seekers using To Let signs, wheelie bins, inflatable mattresses and a car bonnet to slide down.

Female pencil portrait

October 2010

Colouring pencils and fine liner pens.

The woman in the portrait is from the San Blas islands and she is holding and wearing her applique mola work.

September 2010

Favourites things from New York…

Seeing Zilvinas Kempinas exhibition ‘BALLROOM’ at Yvonne Lambert gallery, dancing around the swirling circles of magnetic tape and dodging the swinging red and blue light bulbs.

The Young Architects Program outside PS1 gallery.  Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) ‘Pole Dance’.  With giant excercise balls to play with, musical poles to swing on, sand to jump on and hammocks to relax in.

A window display with patterned knitted sculptures

Getting a guided tour of the design gallery/shops including Droog Design with Donna

Williamsburg quirky shops and cafes and discovering staggering views in the sunshine

Dancing to Slavic Soul Party at the Farm City event. So much fun we went to see them play again.  Also looking around the artist’s studios in the Invisible Dog.

Playing with a fish-eye camera on Coney Island beach (not on a weekend)

Getting a guided tour of the Guggenheim with Sarah and skipping past the Empire State building on the way.  Seeing Julie Mehretu’s huge intricate paintings in the Guggenheim.

Taking the Coney Island ferry at sunset with all the lights twinkling and it’s free

more photos: New York / fish-eye