Interview with Street Artist Korp 

Proud to present an interview with the contemporary and Peterborough based urban street artist Korp.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Korp and a draw worms although when I get time I cut multi layer stencils as well

How do you feel about street art in your current city/environment? do you like it?

Despite the Arts Council calling it a cultural blackspot Peterborough has a growing street art scene, there are some legal walls and a few writers that get up regularly. The city centre has a huge piece of street art by Blok Collective that covers the underpasses linking the city centre to the train station which is well worth a look. Its also worth taking a look at the Green Backyard where you can usually find someone painting or something creative going on.

There are lots of graffiti artists, How does your artwork stand out from the rest?

I stumbled across my Korpworm character a few years ago while taking part in the Boston Sketchbook project. It’s a very simple worm character that was quick and easy to reproduce but quite effective and easily recognisable. People liked what I was doing and it has slowly evolved over the years with arms and feathers to become my trademark. I find it’s a lot more difficult to stand out as a stencil artists as one multi layer stencil looks very much like the next.

What are the good and bad things about creating street art in your city?

The good thing about street art in Peterborough is the actual street artists who are all very talented and really easy to get on with. The bad thing is that there are not enough opportunities within the city for these artists, there are a few that try to juggle being an artist with organising events but that can be a challenge especially when they get more success and recognition elsewhere.

Who’s your favorite graffiti/ contemporary artist?

Tough call between Logan Hicks or Shepard Fairey, I’m in love with the intricate detail in Hicks multi layer stencils but I also love the bold mass produced propaganda style you get from Obey. It was seeing a Logan Hicks YouTube video of him painting Taipei Alley that motivated me to start cutting stencils.

How important do you think it is to be creative?

Very, its therapy. Whatever your mood on the day you paint it and bring it out in your work.

Korp at Gloucester Paint Jam 2014

To find out more information and artwork on Korp please see links below:

Korp Facebook Page
https://www.patreon.com/korporate

http://www.korporate.co.uk/

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Interview with Artist Bunny Boiler 

 

Proud to present an Interview with Cheltenham based bunny loving Street Artist and illustrator Bunny Boiler.

 

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Bunny Boiler and I’m an artist, I have a background in tattooing and graffiti over the last twenty years, I have a serious passion for surreal and cartoon art and draw most days mainly using pens, aerosols and acrylics with lots of them containing cute bunnies .

How do you feel about Street Art in your current city/ environment?

I live in Cheltenham and the graffiti scene now consists of two tunnels and a small skate park so it is rubbish, there are several good graffiti writers but our neighbouring town is considered more open to graffiti and most of them will prefer to paint there .

There is lots of Street Art in Cheltenham how does yours stand out from the rest?

I think my style makes my artwork standout once decried as ….as mad as a hatter , as lost as Alice and as alluring as the Cheshire cats smile, describes my strange mix of dark and cute and I always try to keep my work fresh and not too repetitive so it is always interesting or fun to look at. I just love creating it and sharing it .

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What are the good and bad things about painting in Cheltenham?

Cheltenham considers itself a posh town so ‘street art ‘ by that I mean illegal art even stickers are usually removed quite quickly, the council need to allow graffiti on at least several more walls to give a better amount of space to allow people to show their art to the public.

Who is your favourite Street Artist?

my favourite graffiti artist is a guy called Daim from Hamberg his 3d lettering is so realistic is mind bending, as for favourite other artist there’s only one….. a true master Mr Salvador Dali, his work covers so many different styles but most known for his surreal images of melting objects inspired me ever since first seeing them .

How important do you think it is to be creative?

I believe it is so important to encourage creativity and expression of ideas in art, music or any other medium as it encourages the imagination to explore, is part of why I volunteer with local community art groups helping run art classes as I love sharing my skill and ideas to help others express there’s.

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To find out more information and art work on Bunny Boiler please see links below:

@BunnyBoilerArt

Bunny Boiler Facebook

Interview with Artist John D’oh 

Proud to present an interview with the experimental and  well-known artist John D’oh.

Who are you and what do you do? 

My Name is John D’oh and I am a street artist based in Bristol. I do a mixture of art but am best known for my stencil work and wacky wooden artwork /street installations.

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  How do you feel about Street Art in your current city/environment?

To me Bristol used to be arguably the top City in the UK for Street Art but the City is saturated with Street artists which isn’t a bad thing but does mean that wall space is a premium. We are currently in negotiation with Bristol City Council who would like to enforce a blanket ban on street art/graffiti to create some legal areas for artists to paint on so this may in the future affect the local street art scene/environment dramatically.

At the moment I don’t personally think the future is as bright for Bristol as it is for other Cities in regards to street art but only time will tell.

  There is lots of Street art in Bristol how does yours stand out from the rest?

Hmmm I suppose it stands out for a few reasons. Not many artists these days seem to paint political street art so anything political that is painted often gets associated with me. Also I tend to do some really wacky street art installations which seem to have caught the attention of the general public and fellow artists alike and my art is featured heavily in the media because of this.

However I do see my influences creeping up in other artist work and my friends often say things like “ look who’s done a D’oh” so it’s nice that when I do put down my jigsaw and spray cans that I have added something to the scene in my own little way.

  What are the good and bad things about painting in Bristol?

Bristol is one of the top attractions in the UK for street art and regularly attracts tourists from all over the world and therefore it is pretty easy to get your work seen all over the world with the popularity of social media. We have a great mixture of Street art and Graff which I think is fantastic as personally I love the mixture as some Cities or Towns often have just one or the other.

On the down side often what you put up on the street of Bristol may not last long as the walls are regularly refreshed. So often I tailor my art to the location, for example why put up an eight layer stencil in the Bear Pit when you can often say what you are trying to say in one and it probably has a life expectancy of twenty four hours if you are lucky.

  Who is your favourite Street Artist?

I have loads and couldn’t name just one, There are so many fantastic Artists out there and different styles. I love the cartoon styles of Cheo and SPzero but I’m equally amazed by the realism of Smug and Irony and that’s just to name but a few.

  How important do you think it is to be creative?

I don’t think everybody is creative but I would encourage everyone to give it a go. Everyone has to start somewhere and I love watching peoples art improve on social media.

It’s about enjoying yourself and freedom of expression to me and not comparing yourself to other artists as then I think you are doomed to fail, Not everyone is capable of painting the Sistine chapel ceiling but art is down to individual taste, one person’s Tracy Emin’s unmade bed is another’s Rembrandt.

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To find out more information and art work on John D’oh please see links below:

www.john-doh.co.uk/

@JohnDohArt

John D’oh Facebook

 

 

5 reasons why streetart is important and a positive part of our society 

 

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  1. Street art in U.K cities can make the cityscape look interesting and unique to that particular place or region. Especially if the city has streetart that incorporates its history and events. This can be seen as an advantage to most places.

  2. The bigger Cities and towns across the U.K such as London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham have a well developed street art scene attracting many street artists to paint there. This can improve a cities art culture and turn that city into an artistic hub which can attract more visitors and art lovers.

  3. Within our cities and towns street art is given to us usually on a daily basis by the street artists for free. At a cost they are willing to pay to show us what they believe in.

  4. Street art is risky due to illegalities, but also a massive advertising tool to make your talents known within your city. It allows street artists to get noticed and be able to make it in the creative world.

  5. Streetart makes most people inspired when they see murals around their city. It can make the average building look interesting.   This allows a shop, business or workplace to stand out with a colourful unique design.

Interview with Disabled Parent Georgia Tallis – Rolling with Lio

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Georgia Tallis is a disabled parent from Leamington Spa she has a condition called Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) it is a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness. 

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georgia1. Do you feel there isn’t much help out there for disabled people wanting to have a child? 

I feel more and more disabled people are having children, but social services and the community in general don’t know how to deal with these situations as they’re not used to this happen on a daily basis. Nothing is set in place for disabled parents. I found out whilst researching there is a charity which adapts equipment for disabled people and they do a lot for parents with a disabled child. I only know a few disabled mums and mostly there is support out there for them but not much equipment available.
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Interview with Disabled Parent Georgia Tallis – Rolling with Lio

Georgia Tallis is a disabled parent from Leamington Spa she has a condition called Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) it is a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness. 

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1. Do you feel there isn’t much help out there for disabled people wanting to have a child? 

I feel more and more disabled people are having children, but social services and the community in general don’t know how to deal with these situations as they’re not used to this happen on a daily basis. Nothing is set in place for disabled parents. I found out whilst researching there is a charity which adapts equipment for disabled people and they do a lot for parents with a disabled child. I only know a few disabled mums and mostly there is support out there for them but not much equipment available.
2. What would you have liked to have seen on the Internet about disabled parenting? 
I would have like to have seen more you tube videos of disabled parenting. This would have been good to see and there are also not many websites or information available, it’s quite limited what you can find out. Then again everyone’s needs are so specific, I suppose it is more difficult to share information which could help other disabled parents. What works for one person may be completely useless to another disabled parent.
3. Were you scared about having a baby, if so how did you overcome this?
I was slightly scared but no more scared than anyone else. I had the same doubts as all parents not all to do with disability. Having to organising my support workers worried me slightly, and knowing I’d have to have people around us constantly with a new baby, it’s an intimate and emotional time that we have had to share with a lot of people. But we couldn’t do it without them so I can’t really complain about it.
4. What were the positive or negatives reactions when you told people you wanted to have a child? 
Luckily it was mainly positive reactions! The main question people tended to ask me was how I was going to cope with being a parent. Most people were supportive and positive and also interested in how I was going to do certain things. Even the doctors were very positive, although maybe a little over cautious about potential medical problems during pregnancy and my birth.
5. Do you think disability awareness is lacking in the media and how can we change this? 
I do think it is getting better! We still need to see more disabled role models on TV and film. There is a disabled actress on coronation street who has had a baby and I believe there is something similar happening in Eastenders. So things are really catching up with reality.

6. How did you prepare for the arrival of Lio? 
I started by looking into what equipment would be best for our baby. The Co sleeper which is a cot that attaches to the side of your bed, so you can just reach over as opposed to getting up and walking anywhere. This is ideal for us.

Talking to my support workers about how I envision things working so they wouldn’t start takeover when it came to taking care of Lio. Also Talking to them about extra shifts and sleep overs so I had the help I needed. Apart from that it’s all been trial and error so far.
7. What’s the best advice you received whilst you were pregnant? 
My best advice was to enjoy the experience. It’s likely I won’t be having anymore children so I made a conscious effort to enjoy every minute of pregnancy and to enjoy every second with Lio.
8. Is there any advice you would like to give to parents with a disabled child? 
My advice for parents with a disabled child is to try and not cotton wool them. Let them experience everything any other child would do.
9.What advice can you give a disabled person who’s wanting to have a child? 
Go for it! At the end of the day you will find your own ways of doing things that work best for you as a parent! It’s a really good idea to make sure you have a good family and friends support network!
10. What’s the best tip you can give someone when they meet a person with a disability? 

Treat them normally! Get to know them and not their disability.

Please check out Georgia’s blog

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia – A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
The condition of being homesick; homesickness.

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