Dec 26 2007

Cloth head Video review

Those splendid people over at Toy Break have done a review of my Cloth Head Kaniza toys on their video blog.
It’s in episode 20. Their Xmas show.
You can download it to watch or watch it online (Flash based).
Its a good weekly toy review and news show which covers all areas of toys. If you like your toys check it out.

Dec 23 2007

Oh my! That’s just so Bizarre!

There is a tiny semi interview with me and some pics of my work in the current issue of Bizarre magazine.
They has done did an article on the Steampunk.
It is ok as it happens. But I am not sure I would recommend purchasing a copy just for the article. Simply oogle it at your local newsagent’s if you dont mind being seen in public holding a copy. Its issue number 132. Look for the one with the semi naked woman on the cover (oh no wait that wont help you much will it…)

Dec 20 2007

Happy Festimus

I just want to say thank you all for your support through the last year.

It has been a busy and important year for me. And all I can say is you aint seen nothin yet!
2008 is shaping up to be bigger and better in every way. More shows, more art, more toys..
Lots to look forward to and so little I can fill you in on just yet, sorry.
So keep watching the website and reading this newsletter and don’t get left out of the fun to come.

The Spookypop shop has recently been updated with new prints and toys so its worth dropping by.
The Mono Cloth Head Kaniza should be up in the next week too (deliveries permitting).

And you can always get your Doktor A fix from or also.

So thanks again to you all. For everyone who bought a piece of my art, or told their friends about me, or invited me to take part in a show, or just dug my stuff.

All the very best to you.
And have a great and happy Festimus.

Doktor A.

Dec 16 2007

Studio Conversion part 5.

So I have been asked if my studio is finished yet..
The answer.. I wish!

I bit off more than I could chew this year. And it decided to bite back..
I thought this would be finished by October (I started in February)..

So whats happened since then?
I boarded out the stud wall with plasterboards and cut holes for all the electrical sockets and phone points and whatnot.
Figuring out exactly where to cut an opening for a socket in a large sheet of board before attaching it to the wall is tricky.
Answer wet the edge of the metal socket box, offer the uncut board to it, take it down and cut where the wet marks are on the board..

I then boxed in around the windows with wood. The previous people had used hardboard.. That wasnt going to cut it for me so pine it was. Stained to match the old pine in the floor. This job was the seemingly simplest and in actuality the most difficult to achieve. It took two weeks. I had not realised just how many odd angles there were in this room. Everything is doing its own thing in at least three dimensions if not more..

The plasterer came many weeks later and took about a week to rebuild the removed old plaster over the bricks and then skim the whole attic.
It now feels like a room.

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Then whilst it was taking a month for all the plaster to dry out properly I removed all the dodgy old busted floorboards and replaced them with new one. When I say new ones, the wood was reclaimed victorian pine which had been cut to size and thinchness to mach the old boards. It was frighteningly expensive. But its much denser than new pine is.. You can see the replaced boards in the second photo. I swapped out about 22 meters of boards in the end. And did lots of filliting on other gaps. The new boards need staining down to match the patina of the old boards. I didnt throw the old boards out. I cut them all down widthwise to get rid of all the busted edges and de-nailed them all and scrubbed them all and sanded them all. And built an improved ballustrade for the staircase from them.

It’s kind of a Voysey styled attempt. The overall look of the room will be Arts & Crafts movement with some Victoriana and Steampunk mixed in.  The posts and handrails need staining down to match the old pine as I was required to sand them back very hard to remove all the layers of paint from them. The handrails are the old cross pieces from the original ballustrade. I am very pleased with how this went. Its the first bit of creativity in the room and the first thing thats not just been hard slog.

By the way, whilst I was doing this I have compleatly redone the master bedroom too as well as all the pieces for a solo show..
I would like a break now please..

But no it goes on..
(more to come)

Dec 15 2007

Spookypop shop Updated

The Spookypop shop has been added to.

Six new prints, including the option to buy each of the Spit & Polish Letterpressed prints individually.
Also the Cloth Head print. My first Screen print.

And the Cloth head Kaniza toy has also been added.


Dec 6 2007

Sadly Beautiful

The previews for the Sadly Beautiful show have gone up here :
I have two pieces in the show and one is a sketch for a bargainous $50…

Lots of splendid stuff available..
Go spendy!