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.

David J Severn’s Photography.

Another wonderful image from the studio of David J Severn. David goes to great lengths to achieve his stunning photographs.

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I just love photographing Dance, this shot of Nicole, shot at my studio ( was captured using my amazing Pixapro Storm 400 flash heads.
I always try to visulized the image I want before we start shooting, saves me loads of time.

This reminds me of one of the charictors in the Golden Compas part of Phillip Pullmans Dark Materials trilogy, they have witch queen called ‘Serafina Pekkala’dsc_0933

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The Face of Steve McQueen

Another great article from the brilliant Claire Cullen (notice the similarity in the surname – OK, I admit it; she is my niece)


Steve Mcqueen A few weekends ago I went to a birthday party with the theme of film. There were offerings of popcorn, and an array of masks to choose from of famous movie-star-faces, from Marilyn Monroe to Johnny Depp. They were as creepy as heck, with their eyes missing and of course when we wore the masks it was just an excuse for a carry on, pretending to snog each other and declaring Audrey Hepburn an awful slut. I got very carried away as Steve McQueen and when we were getting shifted from the venue, I abused my McQueen status to boss everyone around, shouting, “Steve wants you all to make like The Great Escape, and GET OUT!”

Robert Redford is totally smitten with me…

A friend of a friend asked me if I’d ever actually seen The Great Escape, “Yes, of course I’ve seen it!” I proclaimed, “I’m in it!” (Only…

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Candice Huffine – The First Curvy Model of Pirrelli Calendar 2015

This has to be a positive step to redressing the imbalance in how women are portrayed. It has to be recognized that beauty comes in all sizes, colours, shapes & ages and we should see this reflected in high end visual media such as the esteemed Pirelli Calendar.

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The Pirelli calendar – aside from the gorgeous models featured in its pages and the amazing locations, what makes it even more desirable is the fact that the calendar can never be found on the newsstands, but is sent only to some lucky few, and no one knows who those people are. For the upcoming edition of the much talked about calendar, the names of the models have been revealed and the surprise of the 2015 edition is that plus-size model, Candice Huffine, will be the first curvy model of Pirelli calendar.

My presence on this set – the most glamorous in the world – is a sign that things are really changingI am aware of my diversity. Even when I climb the stairs in a place like this I know that a few of the clothes from the wardrobe will fit. But no one makes…

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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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