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Monday, 27 July 2015


Hello, you.

I could rattle on about how terribly dull it is being unemployed for the first time in almost six years, and how it should never be this difficult to land work in the arts/education sector when you've got as much experience as I, but those things are for diaries and livejournal. Which still exists! Welcome to the internet, where nothing ever dies.

Instead, I'm here to regale you with news of my moderately exciting return to creative endeavours. The stuff noted above is the main reason why I've lacked the...hmm, I was going to say 'motivation' but that's not entirely accurate. More like inspiration to do much of anything creative. But lately, I've found my muse, and it has enabled me to write music for the first time in MONTHS and take up a new hobby: making monsters! Ta da:

I'm a massive fan of monster toys, from Monster In My Pocket through to collecting weird bootleg/cheapo creatures from pound shops/dollar stores. These are/were supposed to be my version of such things, but I got a bit carried away and made them massive, especially the one at the back. In any case, the idea is that the smaller ones are failed experiments combining elements of shark, t-rex and yabby (a type of crayfish) and the 'tyrant' is the successful end product.  Ideally, if I can shrink them down quite a bit (in terms of making new, smaller sculpts) I'll then cast them in resin as actual purchasable collectibles! And/or plastic, since I have some liquid plastic to experiment with, too.

This is the 'first wave', with subsequent waves combining three different creatures in four different ways. I'm currently working on a backstory for them all, so there's a fun narrative tied-in with their appearance. I'd also quite like to have a go at sculpting/molding/casting actual action figures, but that's a project for the future. Something to aim for, in any case.

The designs of these, unsurprisingly, are also influenced by my love for monster movies/b-movies/creature features/etc. Who doesn't like a good mutant? Idiots, that's who! Mutants are ACE. More/close-up pics can be eyeballed via my FACEBOOK PAGE. On the subject of internet sites, my personal website's out-of-order at the moment and I can't be bothered to remove the link at the top of this site, so don't click on it. DON'T. It will only end in heartache.

To quote Clive Sinclair "Ooo, nice segway!" I'm currently working on some 'insidious electronic noir' with the theme of 'bleak love'. You can hear what I've done so far right below this sentence!

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Nope, that didn't work, did it. I'm using the name IƤ! and am currently writing at least one new song a week! Have a listen HERE or HERE