Waiting for Father Christmas in the Post-Apocalyptic future…
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We’re wrapping up warm here in London as deep mid winter approaches. The leaves are still falling from the trees, but there’s colour on the bushes – bright berries, orange and red (and some crisp packets. People are filthy). Meanwhile, in the Post Apocalyptic future, a hedgehog makes a new friend…
Have to go very minimal today as I need to leave the house and wont be back til much later! Ho ho ho, etc.
What could be more festive than a robot lighting up the Christmas lights from its own synthetic entrails? While some kittens play with the wire? Arguably, many things. But in a post-apocalyptic future, this might be the equivalent of Tiny Tim saying ‘God bless us, every one’!
Sorry, this one is shockingly rubbish… As my teachers used to write at the bottom of my maths homework, ‘Try harder’, or sometimes ‘Poor effort’, or worst of all… ‘See me’. Tomorrow I will try and improve.
Its time again to open the imaginary door to the PAAC… What’s inside? Ah, a radio-active snowman. Bless!
To see the whole calendar design, skip back two posts.
(Am I the only person who has terrible difficulty spelling the word calendar?!)
December is here! Light the fire (not really possible in our first-storey London flat), chuck on the chestnuts and get the wine mulling… It is time to open door one of the Post Apocalyptic Advent Calendar (please see previous post). I might start referring to it as the PAAC, because its a bit of a mouthful.
I wanted to do some fancy interactive thing with clicking buttons to make doors open but I left it too late, and I’m too busy on other stuff, so that’s next year. Possibly. We’ll have to use our imaginations for the whole door thing for now!
I love advent calendars… No, not the chocolate ones (one chocolate frankly isn’t enough, and the pictures are rubbish). Its pretty tough to get a good one these days; the thing you want is a large complex winter scene, preferably pastoral, where there is lots to look at and its really hard to see the doors, so that you have to spend a couple of minutes looking. Then, behind the doors, you need a variety of images- no repetition- depicting the usual Christmas paraphernalia, maybe some British animals (if you’re in Britain), and a bit of nativity story stuff.
So, this year I designed an advent calendar, and every day of advent I will create a different scene to go behind a door. But its not really my style to do something completely cheerful, so I have designed a Post-apocalyptic advent calendar. This is the front; you can’t see the doors because I haven’t put them on yet.
I’m messing around with some new ideas, and this is one of them… and it has come out very creepy. Actually everything I do comes out creepy. Maybe I am creepy? I think I got the words ‘Jungle face’ from the song Telegam Sam by T-Rex, but that has nothing to do with this picture.
Its a work in progress… will try out where to go with it next. Perhaps it will stay as it is…
This is a picture I’ve done for the Ghost Shrimp competition, where you get a different brief from which to create an image every month. This month was ‘Gypsy Camp Massacre’.
I was wary of doing anything which featured images of actual people, especially as travelling people have such a bad time of it in terms of discrimination and misrepresentation… Anyone who’s been following the news will have heard about the recent stories regarding children being removed by Police from Roma families for… well… being blonde (particularly embarrassing in the case of the Dublin case, where the child was proved to be the biological daughter of the couple from whom she was removed), and David Blunkett’s recent comments about Roma culture.
So, I decided to do a sort of modern version of the patterns which appear on traditional gypsy caravans and belongings… only more macabre. I’m hoping this removes it from any association with real Gypsy life contemporary or historical and lands it semi-safely in the land of pure fictional nonsense.