Friday, July 30, 2010

Greenbelt Photoflash Swap - shameless plugging...

from the festival website - "This year at Greenbelt we’re again inviting festival goers to bring along a print of a photograph that they have taken for an open exhibition in the Hub.

Then at the end of the festival we’ll host a special photo flash swap event, when everyone who has work on display there can exchange it for one of the other prints in the show.

How it works:

The flash swap is open to all ages and abilities.
It’s one print per person, so choose an image that you’re really pleased with.
Mounted prints would be great, as that’ll make them easier to display, but unmounted work is acceptable. No framed pieces though, please :-)
All photos must be printed on photographic paper.

Prints for the show must be delivered to the Hub between 4 and 6pm on the Friday, where a team of volunteers will assemble the exhibition.
Everyone who leaves a print will register and be assigned a number [we’ll keep a list]
You'll also need to provide some details about yourself and your image. Click to download the form so you can do this in advance, or pick on up on the day.

At 5.30pm on the Monday we’ll host the flash swap – there’ll be refreshments and a short and pithy address… At the swap, everyone registered will be given a sticker with their number on it, and at the given signal you’ll be invited to go put your sticker on the print that you would most like to take away with you.

Then once the dust has settled and the swapping's all done, everyone gets to take their chosen photo away with them..."

this is something that i'm involved in organising. we ran it last year, and it was utterly brilliant - definitely one of my all-time festival highlights. so if you're coming to the festival this year, i'd really recommend that you bring a snap and get involved... it'd be great to have you on board :-)

greenbelt visual arts...

greenbelt has lurched onto the horizon already - tons of prep to do and not much time to do it in.

here's a video of what we did on the visual arts side of things at last year's festival - to whet your appetite and also to remind me of what makes all the hassle worthwhile ;-)

Greenbelt Visual Arts from John Peter Idris Bowen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


i have an etsy shop

[if you've never heard of etsy, it's an online market place for folks selling handmade and vintage items, and it's great...]

so. my shop's currently a bit of a work in progress - i'm still getting my head around how it all works and uploading the bus prints and stuff...
and it needs some sort of home page profile explanation thing to give the prints some sort of context.

but i already chalked up a sale :-)

[feel free to pass the the url on to your mates...]

Sunday, July 18, 2010

need a copywriter...?

years ago i worked on a weird and wonderful book called the space cadet's treasury of football nostalgia 2097

it was a comedy football/sci-fi crossover kids annual spoof, the idea being that everyone who loved footy would buy it and everyone who loved sci-fi would too. in the end, only folk who loved footy and sci-fi bought it, and as it turns out that's quite a small demographic...

it was a great thing to work on though [and i am, of course, slap bang in the middle of that demographic!]
some of my favourite images were drawn for that book, things that i'm still really quite proud of...

anyway, derek hammond, one of that books authors, has a burgeoning copywriting business going, so i promised him a plug...

it's called words to order - if you need copywriting [or proof-reading, or editing] then del's your man.


sorry for the lack of posts again.

it tends to happen when my schedule busies up and right now i've got work and deadlines stacking up all over the shop.

here's some badge designs...

the bus project's taken a bit of a back seat lately - that's largely because i'm away from the desk a lot less at the mo and therefore not using the buses much recently [just two trips in june - on the 2nd and the 29th - and none so far this month]
but also because i've no time free to mess about with lino until the *proper* work's all done. [the lino for the 29th is still sat waiting for me to get stuck into it]
and now greenbelt is looming too.

normal levels of regular blog-inanity will be resumed asap, i promise...