Archive for the ‘To Illustrate My Point’ Category

Bouncy Ball Army Gets Promoted

July 9, 2010

Hey everyone,

These aren't mine.

For a few years as a child I collected bouncy balls. Whenever I saw an interesting one I would try and get my mum to get it for me, and sometimes this would work. I named the collection my Bouncy Ball Army.

Don't throw these too far though

After I had amassed a certain number, I found a random bag and put them in it. (It actually turned out to be an Army and Navy bag or something like that which was rather crazy.) This is where they stayed for many years.

It was like this, except real.

They got promoted to a clear plastic bag years later when the old bag got a bit tatty. It seemed better to be able to see all the balls through the bag.

This was great, but Jenny and I have always said we should keep an eye out for a big glass jar so they could be a bit of a feature as opposed to just crap hanging around.

An example

Which brings me to my point! The other day we went to beautiful Lewes for lunch and a bit of shopping. And what do you know, during our adventure we came across a lovely big glass jar in the flea market! This is the result:

And for today, that’s all.

More posts soon.


Random Drawing

July 7, 2010

Hey guys,

Just a quick post of a random new drawing I did the other day:

cute squidgy small smiley no trunk no beard

See you again for more in depth posts in the next day or two.

Byesy bye,


The Wirrow

June 15, 2010

Good evening dear readers! (or morning or afternoon I suppose),

the wirrow imagining

Today I am here to share with you a wondrous artist that from the moment I saw his work, he blew my mind. To start with, the video below features lots of his art and some of his music and I think it’s a good place to begin.

One of the reasons I really like what Wirrow does is that, in his own words he ‘creates characters and tells stories‘. Also, like me he ‘likes things that are lo-fi and organic’.

wirrow art piece
The art he creates gets right down into my soul and manages to affect me deeply. Every piece he creates has a longing, and also this amazing wonderment to it. It’s almost nostalgic in some ways, but at the same time I’ve never seen anything like it.

wirrow art piece
Many of them are also just really sweet,

wirrow art fox cub hug

they are often hilarious

speech bubble thought bubble wirrow

and they always make me smile – even when they’re sad somehow.

art piece wirrow

I had a really hard time picking so few of his pieces to feature in this post so I’d recommend heading over to his blog and his website and spending many hours looking at everything very closely.

cats on my mind

To close, here’s one of his animations (that the geeks among you will like especially).

wirrow show is over

And that, is today’s blog post. I only wish I could make things this beautiful. Perhaps one day I will. I’d like to thank Wirrow for making such amazing pieces and for putting them out into the world.

Thanks for coming,


In the recording studio…

June 7, 2010

Good day my friends!

recording studio desk

A couple of weeks ago I spent two evenings at AudioBeach UK, a small but impressive, lottery-funded recording studio in Brighton run by my brother-in-law Forbes Coleman.

That's his head at least, someone elses body. Click the image for the Real Forbes.

We’ve been developing one of my songs which I had written and recorded at home with just guitar and backing vocals previously and we’ve ended up with something very cool indeed.

There was quite an impressive drum kit.

We’ve added drums, bass, re-recorded the guitar parts, re-done all the vocals, added some piano and even put a bit of electric guitar in there towards the end. It’s turned out amazing and I’m really pleased with it. I’m very excited for you all to hear it!

This is how a fish would see the control room.

I forgot the camera on the second day which was a shame, if I’d remembered it this post would be littered with images of me looking all cool recording the vocals or Forbes playing the piano part – maybe in black and white to make them extra arty.

recording the vocals audiobeach

Jenny got this image on my phone camera, it's the best we managed to get. (Still pretty cool though)

Now I’m going to give you the new studio version to listen to first and then if you’re curious as to how it sounded originally (and you haven’t already heard it), you can then listen to the original version below that. Ok? (and please try and listen to it with some good speakers if you have the option – not just on your laptop!).

Right then, enjoy!

Manifest – Studio Production

Manifest – Original Demo

And the lyrics are here:


Sitting in the sun, spring is back again.

Wonder where you are, just what’s happening.

I cannot believe where life has taken me.

There are things that I have seen that everyone should see.

The things that we can create,

If we only concentrate.

Manifest what you will,

Imagination’s there to fill.

You can have just what you want,

As long as you don’t think you can’t.

Go create your perfect life,

Dive right in and don’t think twice.
Be grateful for the things you’ve got,

And more will come your way.

Focus on the love, that you’ll find if you look for.

Focussing like this, just brings in more and more.

So forget about the hate, forget about the lies.

Focus on the truth, that’s here before our eyes.

The things that we can create,

If we only concentrate.

Manifest what you will,

Imagination’s there to fill.

You can have just what you want,

As long as you don’t think you can’t.

Go create your perfect life,

Dive right in and don’t think twice.
Be grateful for the things you’ve got,

And more will come your way.

Now I, want to sing you all this song,

And although things have gone wrong,

You can change how things turn out,

Change will come about, if we clear our minds of doubt.

And I, want to ask you all to sing,

And to question everything.

Learn that fear just isn’t real,

There are better things to feel, live with love and we can heal.

So go, tell this to your friends.

Pull them from there beds,

We’ve done our sleeping now, it’s time to wake up and be proud,

We’ve got to sing our truth aloud, do things you’re not allowed.

Be yourself, love yourself, trust yourself x2

Manifest what you will,

Imagination’s there to fill.

You can have just what you want,

As long as you don’t think you can’t.

Go create your perfect life,

Dive right in and don’t think twice.
Be grateful for the things you’ve got,

And more will come your way.

New Baby Card Ideas!

May 29, 2010

Hey everyone,

I’m often asked whether I have a card for someone who’s just had a new baby, and as of yet the answer’s been no. Until now!

So today I’m here to show you my two latest card designs! I’m dying to know what you guys think. So do let me know which your favourite one is. Now you may love them both, and if this is the case – that’s ok. You may not like either of them, and if this is the case – keep it to yourself! Hopefully you’ll like at least one of them anyway.

Here you go:

new born baby card


new baby card design

Thanks for coming, see you again soon.


Tidying My Dreads

May 18, 2010

Hey you!

Jenny has tidied my dreads up good and proper and I’m hear to tell you all about it. You lucky things! =)

dreadlocks that need tidying

This is after they're cut and before they've been tidied. (They were way longer before this)

This doesn’t happen very often as we’re usually busy with something or other and it never seems very important as they’re dreads and so they can look messy – it’s fine. Except of course when you’re due to go to a fancy 50’s themed wedding and you want to look your very best that is. And that’s where we went last weekend.

mirror reflection

That's me in 50's get up. Spinny photo eh?

So something needed to be done about my messy hair. It hadn’t been cut and tidied up since our wedding and that was in June last year, so it was going to be a bit of a job (it was quite long). Look at the difference between the two sides!

Half done hair cut

Quite a difference in length.

This was awfully timed because – as you’ll see on Jenny’s blog – we had lots to do before the day of the wedding.

50's wedding

Like trying to choose my outfit for instance...

So we cut them shorter.

dreadlocks cut off

A lot was cut off though.

It was a bit scary.

hair cut


It made quite a pile of dreads – a strange thing to see in front of me on the desk.

Dreadlock pile

I put them in the bin eventually but it was a really strange thing to do. Looking down at them felt like looking down at a limb or my own head in the bin. Very weird.

So cutting was quick and relatively easy. The actual tidying is the really time consuming bit. Jenny realistically figured we’d never get them all done in one evening (4 hours or so) and by the end of the night it was clear this was indeed correct. Thankfully she’d been clever (as always) and done the top layer and left the ones underneath for the next evening. I would’ve looked a bit strange if she hadn’t been so thoughtful and I had to go to work the next day so thank gods for her.

What we actually do to tidy them up is as follows:

Jenny threads all the loose hairs in and out of each dread with a tool of some kind that we got from a great online shop called ‘Dreadworx‘. Then we wax the dread to hold the hair in place with Knottyboy Dread Wax. I have no photos of this process so you’ll just have to use your imagination. It takes ages and after many hours they end up looking awsome.

just retwisted dreadlocks

This is actually a couple of weeks after. They were even better initially.

So now they are tidy and I looked pretty good at the wedding. And not just because I was so well dressed, but because Jenny had worked so hard to tidy me up.

I clean up nice, eh? (I am being taught how to juggle in this photo)

So lets all send hugs and happiness to pregnant Jenny for working so hard to get me looking nice. =) Go Jenny!

Thanks for reading,

Good day,

50’s Photoshopping

May 15, 2010

Hello everyone!

Recently my wife’s sister Jess was happily married to the musical genius that is Forbes Coleman of Audiobeach Studios, Brighton in the Albion Hotel, Brighton.

forbes and jess coleman photoshop

Don't be fooled, that isn't really them dancing. =P

They had a 50’s themed wedding and we decided to make them one of those things-that-no-one-knows-the-name-of. You know the ones! They have them on Brighton pier and other seaside destinations, where you put your face in the hole and become part of a picture of lifeguards or mermaids or somesuch. This unfortunately didn’t work out, but what we ended up doing was far cooler, way more original and just much better all round.

50's jess coleman

This photo will make sense when you've read the rest of the post.

Now while I keep saying ‘we’ and ‘us’, to be honest almost all the credit for what we created goes to Jenny (my amazing wife). She’s done a blog post about her efforts here so at this point I refer you to her blog if you want to know more of the overall process. When you’ve read that, come back here and I’ll tell you about what I did.


Ok, done?


So my job (while Jenny cut and tidied my dreads) was to create some pictures for the frames hanging on this ‘wall’. As I’m fairly good with Photoshop, and Jenny wanted interesting and 50’s themed pictures, we decided that we could probably make some pretty amusing images of the bride and groom actually in the 50’s. The ideas were all Jenny’s, I just did the work.steam train at brighton station

So while she tugged on my hair (which I’m going to blog about next), I searched the internet for some 50’s scenes and searched my computer for some good pictures of the couple. Half the time was spent looking for pictures really, it was quite mind-numbing.

old west pier brighton

I sent them travelling in time like Bill and Ted.

Eventually I had some great choices of 50’s images and scenes to put them into and after two 4-5 hour nights of dreading and photo-shopping we had some pretty awesome results. At some point I thought, ‘That’s it – they’re finished!‘ But the interesting thing was that when I looked at all my ‘finished’ work I realised I had learnt so much from doing them all that the first few could be so much better and it was obvious how to improve them.

50's housewife

She didn't really make that cake. She wishes.

So after another half an hour or so I was actually done, and they were very cool indeed. They went down a storm at the wedding and everyone seemed to enjoy ‘the photoboard’ Jenny and I had created. It was a lot of work and took a lot of time, but it was totally worth it as it was awesome fun putting it all together. Quite an adventure.

50's guitar man

Forbes is actually this cool in real life. Just not a 50's musician.

I’ve posted a gallery below of all the photo-shopped pictures and some comparative pictures of the photoshops next to the original 50’s images. I thought you might like to see. Enjoy!

And that’s all for today.

Thanks for coming,


Joe Hurry Creations’ Genius Occupations

April 27, 2010

Hello again everyone,

Today we’re revisiting one of my lovely new features – Joe Hurry Creations’ Genius Occupations. I’ve found you guys a really cool one and I think you’ll be pleased you visited. Let’s begin, shall we?

scrap metal sculpture

High up in the American Northeast, in a town called North Freedom, Wisconsin, there is a man called Tom Avery. He also goes by the name Dr. Evermore and he is responsible for a scrap-metal sculpture known as The Forevertron, which is the biggest  scrap-metal sculpture in the world. Weighing in at over 300 tons (320 to be exact) this amazing structure climbs 50 feet in the air and stretches out to 120 feet along the ground.

amazing recycled sculpture

As the owner of a salvage business, he began turning his talents to this fantastic creation and after many many years (26 of them I believe) he has one of the coolest free attractions I ever did hear of. The place is now littered with (hah!) hundreds of sculptures of varying size, from waist high to 20+ feet tall. There’s the most amazing bird band which is probably my favourite part I’ve seen so far, with 70 different bird/instrument hybrid creatures.

recycled sculpture

Aren't they just fantastic? Click the image to see them in more detail.

Tom is especially cool because he doesn’t use sketches, blueprints or calculations to build these creations. He just builds them and manages to make them stand up safely and happily (even when they weigh 20 tonnes or more). recycled birds

The only bad thing about this place is that it’s so very far away and while you may have a chance to go (and you really should if you do) I’m probably not going to.sculpture chimes

Now, that’s not to imply stuff like ‘good things never happen to me’ or ‘I’m so poor I won’t ever be able afford it’. I’m not a whiny little b*tch so that’s certainly not what I’m trying to do. Basically I don’t have a passport right now, and I’ve got a baby on the way and while I’d love to go to this place, I don’t really want to have to go to America at all. Here’s one more picture:

scrap metal art

Either way, my respect goes to this fantastic individual and his amazing creation. Once again, I think he has created a truly genius occupation.

See you all again soon,

Thanks for coming,


How to get a chick in 21 days

April 10, 2010

Hey everyone,

So I came in from putting the chickens to bed tonight (we’re looking after the neighbours’ 2 beautiful chickens) and I commented to Jenny (who is my brilliant and pregnant wife for those who are new here) that she was taking much longer than the chickens do to make our baby. I’d found another egg since getting one this morning you see, so chickens are really quick.

clock on belly

Humans take ages to hatch.

She rightly pointed out that she doesn’t need to sit on her eggs, they come out pre-sat on and pre-hatched. Then I realised I didn’t actually know how long a chicken sits on an egg before it hatches. It seems all wrong that I don’t know something so basic as this. So I went on a small  journey of discovery to find out more (to wikipedia incidently) and I discovered the answer and many other interesting things too!

hatching a dog egg

Firstly, to answer the original question – it takes roughly 21 days of sitting on an egg (a chicken sitting on an egg that is) for it to be ready to hatch. So even with the sitting they’ve got Jenny totally beaten. But this was just the beginning of my learning. For instance:

Hens can be extremely stubborn about always laying in the same location. It is not unknown for two (or more) hens to try to share the same nest at the same time. If the nest is small, or one of the hens is particularly determined, this may result in chickens trying to lay on top of each other.

Imagine it! How I laughed! That’s just hilarious and great.

four chicks ride on chicken

I couldn't find a photo of eggs layed upon a chicken. This was the closest match.

Then I discovered this:

Before hatching, the hen can hear the chicks peeping inside the eggs, and will gently cluck to stimulate them to break out of their shells.

How cute is that?! I love chickens even more now than I already did!

But anyway, the last thing I’m going to share with you is my favourite discovery:

Geese lay huge eggs

You could find this under your chicken (if you have geese too).

Some breeds, such as the Cochin, Cornish and Silkie, regularly go broody, and make excellent mothers. Not only for chicken eggs but also for those of other species. Even those with much smaller or much larger eggs, such as quail, pheasants, turkeys or geese!

It must be a bit of a surprise for the chicken when a baby goose pops out, or she’s probably perfectly aware of what she’s doing. Wow, chickens are so amazing and sweet.

Delicious chicken in a bun

Sweet and delicious...

Anyway, that’s all for today.

See you again soon,

Good day.


One of my *other* creations

March 17, 2010

Hello there readers,

Did you know I also write music? Well I do. I’m sure you thought you knew all there was to know about me but I’ve still got a few surprises up my sleeves (and under my many hats). It was actually my main focus for a large part of my life before getting a lot more into my current endeavors.

I'm a lot like this guy in some ways, but of course - I'm in colour.

Thankfully I realised that I was mainly being driven by the ego and that the concept of ‘fame’ was in no way what I desired. All I craved (and still crave) really was a method of expression and a way of saying something in a more powerful way than it would be if it were said with just words. Also I find it the most natural way of expressing myself really.

I’ve been singing for my entire life and writing music for half of it. I’m quite sure that on some level I am meant to sing (in one way or another), but it could just be that naturally we’re all supposed to sing. Perhaps because it came quite naturally to me as a child I’ve just got more confidence to do it than some. Which presents an interesting question. Is it only society that has made it that we don’t all sing? Worries of what people will think of us or who will judge us could easily be stopping the majority of us even trying to sing. With Xfactor, Pop Idol and other anxiety pushing television so big nowadays it’s no surprise really that this may very well be the case.

See how they laugh!

In tribal communities the whole tribe get together and all sing. It’s an important part of life to them.So maybe it’s as simple as that. Either way, I love singing and it’s just what I do, more naturally than anything else – which is why it’s my method of choice for expressing myself.

I have no need for these

So the idea of ‘exposure’ or ‘fans’ seems silly nowadays. Just a few people to share some music with (or make music with) and I’m entirely content. People on the street even! (I’ve been dying to busk recently.) Being a musician has given me some mad and brilliant experiences so far and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved with it all. I’ve gone on stage dressed up like Avril Lavigne and performed ‘Sk8tr Boi’ (lame!), covered some fantastic real music that I love (and did it proud), made music videos, and been in rock bands, punk bands, funk bands and many others for shorter stints. Hopefully there’s more to come still before I’m done.

Anyway, here you go, hear some music:

The Shoe Song – This is one of my most recent songs, and I really like it. Here are the lyrics:

If you, were a pair of shoes.
You’re the ones, that I would always choose.
Fit like a charm, cushioning my feet.
Making me, feel more complete.

You’d go with me wherever I may go,
Reliable and strong, protecting me alone.

If I, went around the earth.
You would last, whatever I traversed.
Everyone, can’t help admiring you.
So beautiful, it’s no surprise they do.

A skilled craftsmen will never recreate,
Anything like you, however long we wait.

I must say I have never been as comfortable as this,
I can’t imagine better shoes could possibly exist.
I’ll pull your laces tight, and pull you close to me.
So take me anywhere, if it’s with you,
it’s where I want to be. (ahhh, ahh ahh ah ahh ahhhhh)
It’s where I want to be.
It’s where I want to be.
It would hurt to go anywhere, without you on my feet.

Not An Option – This is a much earlier song, from almost 6 years ago now I think. Lyrics below:

Lying in my bed, I am dreaming.

About the things you said, and their meaning.

And no I don’t regret, this aching feeling.

Yours is the only world, that I feel real in.

And if I want your heart, would that be stealing?

‘Cause mine is beating fast, and my head is screaming.

Hey Hey, Say what you will.

Hey Hey, I’m falling deeper still.

But love, is just not an option.

But I’m watching, I’m waiting for you.

‘Cause letting go, is too much to ask of me.

So I’m watching, I’m waiting for you.

I wish I had a secret place, that I could hide in.

I would take you there, and I’d confide in you.

‘Cause I just want to be, the smile you’re finding.

And if only you could see, in my eyes you’re shining.

Hey Hey, Say what you will.

Hey Hey, Oh I can’t keep still.

But love, is just not an option.

But I’m watching, I’m waiting for you.

‘Cause letting go, is too much to ask of me.

So I’m watching, I’m waiting for you.

(Your eyes, have got something at first I didn’t see.

And now, I’m looking at you looking at me.

Forgot what I wanted to say,

So hard to stop and think these days.)

Lying in my bed, I am dreaming.

About the things you said, and their meanings.

And no I won’t regret, this aching feeling.

Your’s is the only world, I feel real in.

Anyway, that’s it for this time. Sorry for the blogging silence over the past month or so, we’ve been busy moving to a much warmer house! Hopefully I’ve got many more blogging beans in my pod (if you will).

See you again soon!

Joe – x