My Wife the Textile Artist.

My wife Jane is a textile artist and goes by the name of “The Riverside Crafter”, she just loves anything to do with needle craft and especially patchwork, Applique and embroidery. She recently asked me to photograph some of her most recent work which is destined to become cushions – of course, I was more than happy to oblige and had good fun doing it.

I think that her work is rather good and in the spirit of sharing I am going to show you (we have given all of the works names!):-

This is Hector – a dog appliqued onto blue fabric.

This is Rosie.

This is Ermintrude – a cow appliqued onto brown felt and named after the cow from the ‘Magic Roundabout’.

This is an example of English Paper Piece – Jane is particularly proud of this one as she learned this art from her late grand mother.

Jane’s version of a hare staring up at the moon – dyed cloth appliqued onto denim layers.

Flora is an appliqued textile cow onto a felt background.

The cow compositions are loosely based on Scottish Highland Cattle; you can see the influences with the tartan and the large horns.

If you enjoyed seeing Jane’s work, pop along to her fledgling blog at:-


You can make these artworks into things through my Fine Art America link under my title banner.

Only Fools Are Fashionable

Written by my niece Claire Cullen. She is an accomplished writer for XXY magazine. Here she writes a thought provoking piece where she discusses “Only fools and horses” as representative of Britain at the time in terms of fashion and culture as well as re living some happy memories with her Nana, my Mother


Only fools and horses

Ok, when I was a child in the nineties, I really loved watching Only Fools and Horses. At weekends I would often have sleepovers at my grandparents (my Nana and I were best mates), and I would be allowed to stay up and watch the likes of Fools and Horses, Heartbeat, Tomorrows World and Jonathan Creek (also one of my favourites). They also introduced me to Norman Wisdom, Rock n’ Roll and Judy Garland – all great things but if I was to go into that now I would be journeying on a tangent.

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So, Only Fools and Horses – for anyone who does’t know what it is, is a British sitcom that ran for over 20 years. Also, it was bloomin’ brilliant. Following the modest, yet humorous ups and downs of two Peckham, born and bred half brothers – the Trotters. Derek AKA Del Boy is a…

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Lets Gif It: Art by Dax Norman

Very distinctive with shades of Yellow Submarine!



Could it be that GIF is the latest vehicle for art? As we scroll down tumblr posts or hunting on Pinterest, hungry for the next visual fix, GIFs offer a hit that fit in perfectly with the short attention span of modern culture. ‘The Last Surrealist’ AKA American artist, Dax Norman presents a psychedelic trip you can’t refuse.

As a painter and animator, Norman has combined his understanding of both mediums to conceive distorted, brightly coloured variations of famous art and artists into GIFs, morphing and shifting into creatures of another realm. His repetitive loops put you in a trance as the rapid details inject your mind until you’re mesmerised into submission.

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By combining his wacky graphics with sampled sounds and glitchy speech, Norman also produces lengthier animations. These strange and wacky inventions are not to go unnoticed and exemplify further the bizarre world of Norman.


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