Colourful ribbons combine for a dynamic effect.

Ribbon fringe for Forza bravery medal

Here are some detail photos of the textile fringe for the Forza bravery medal, as it was being assembled in the studio. The textiles are mostly vinyl mill end rolls or otherwise post industry, end of line, left over after manufacture, etc. The fabrics include uphostery vinyl lederette, rip-stop luggage nylon, roller blinds, and silver foil wallpaper. These strips of fabric were then sewn to cardboard and clipped under the medal. The sculpture was being … >> read more

Black and purple geometric fabric scraps arranged into a robot monster.

Crystal King Scrappy was composed of actual scraps

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5298″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Crystal King Scrappy really was composed from scraps. During the cutting of the shapes for the Polytopia sculpture, the pieces were often cut from many layers of fabric at once which resulted in many scraps that were identical and often in mirror shapes. We did an exercise we sometimes do in which I passed pairs of shapes to Marc and he arranged them as they were handed to him – he didn’t … >> read more

Happy Sleepy won the competition for the Artist Project front entrance installation

We are very happy to announce that our entry was chosen for this year’s front entrance installation at the Artist Project art fair. The installation space is an 11 foot tall, 100 foot long wall that we will be covering with giant vinyl banners with paintings hung in the radiating centres. The art fair runs from 18 to 21 February 2016. What do you think? Are you coming out to the fair?

Happy Sleepy Bolt

Happy Sleepy Bolt in the New Happy Sleepy Shop

Happy Sleepy Bolt
Happy Sleepy Bolt on the beach in Panama. The shiny PVC makes it look like he’s sweating, but he’s good.
Glossy pink rubber toy stuffed animal by Happy Sleepy
Happy Sleepy Bolt is now in the shop! Adopt him today.

Happy Sleepy Bolt is now in the shop! Adopt him today.Over the last few weeks we have made many changes to the website, the biggest being the addition of a shop right here in the Land of Happy Sleepy. It’s a soft launch and we’ll be adding lots of new art to the store over the next few weeks.

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Curvy, spacy community centre, Onishi, Japan

The architecture of the spacey Onishi community centre seems to mimic the winding river of the valley that cradles the small town. It was a delight to find this large and modern complex in the centre of the small and friendly town about two hours north of Tokyo. Can you imagine hosting an event or exhibition here, or filming some scenes, or performing music or theater?Many large and small rooms are now seeking programming proposals. … >> read more

Selection of Japanese snacks.

First meal in Japan, featuring grilled chicken cartilage skewers

Selection of Japanese snacks.
Japanese tapas, grilled skewers, and Cobb salad, a “very famous American salad” for our first meal in Japan, eaten on the bullet train from Tokyo to Sendai.

For our first meal in Japan we picked up a selection of snacks in the bewildering selection of food stalls under the Tokyo train station just before getting on the bullet train to Sendai. A tic-tac-toe tray of tapas, a Cobb salad (the only fresh vegetable type thing in site), and a selection of grilled meat skewers. Breading and mayonaise were well present, as well as seafood. Also cured meats.

Click through for the grilled chicken cartilage skewer closeup (not recommended for vegetarians.) This is the first installment of our Noteworthy Japan Snacks series.

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