• Who the hell are you? (Toast vs 16 bit)

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Inspired by the street artist Invader. He's got a show at The Outsiders Gallery in London and he's put a few new pieces up around the city.

• DJ Handbook: "Werds" Album Artwork

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This album cover is the second piece of artwork I've designed for Jake AKA Handbook. (Click here to see my artwork for "All the Time.") 'Werds' is a collaboration project between Handbook and a various collection of rappers. You should all go and have listen to his work on Soundcloud if you haven't already. I can't help but compare his beats to something produced by DJ Premier.

Handbook proposed the idea of including an extreme close up of a mouth for this piece. So with that in mind I came up with the idea of making it seem like the mouth was leaking paint. Using some water, corn flour and various different colour food dyes I made up a couple of mixtures and with the help of Charlie Kirby and his camera we shot a whole series of photos.

Yes that's my mouth!

• Selfmade Pieces Avaliable on Etsy.

Early on this year I exhibited a few pieces at Fonica's SelfMade Exhibition in Leeds. Three of the four pieces are now available to purchase on Richard Chappelow's Etsy Page at a very modest price. Go have a look here. Here are a few of the pics of the pieces from the show:
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• Britain's First Photo Album: BBC Offline Editor Credits

This week I finished editing two episodes of the new series 'Britain's First Photo Album,' which is going to be broadcast in the new year.

The series presented by John Sergeant, features a selection of photos from the pioneering Victorian photographer Sir Francis Frith and his team. Firth's extensive collection of photographs takes Mr. Sergeant all over the UK as he unfolds the significance of a selection Frith's images, whilst at the same time taking his own images of modern Britain.

I honestly found this series fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed editing my two episodes. It's worth seeking out and having a watch!
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• Trash to Cash Series 3: BBC Credits

For the next two weeks Trash to Cash series 3 is on BBC 2 at 1:00pm. The series sees Mark Franks and Paul Hayes help out self confessed hoarders to clear their homes from clutter. This series was made quite a long time ago which is why I'm credited as an Edit Assistant on the 10 episodes.

I was also given the opportunity to spend the day as a location runner during a shoot day. I had a lot of fun mucking in with the rest of the crew on the production and it was interesting to watch how the show was shot.
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• DJ Handbook: "All the Time" Artwork

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I haven't designed an album cover for an artist in nearly two years. So I was very excited to collaborate with Jake Brown AKA Handbook to produce a piece for his album "All The Time," which he is going to self release on Monday (7/11/11.) You can hear a Mini Mix of the album on his Soundcloud page now.

I met Jake at Fonica's Self-Made exhibition which is where I became aware of his music. I initially approached him about working together and we started throwing various ideas around about what he wanted for this piece. We finally settled on a concept which included my 'Toast' character and a 'Maschine' / sampling deck which Jake uses to make his beats.

This album cover is actually the second piece I've designed for Handbook in the last couple of months. The other album is still being worked on and should be available in the near future so watch this space.

• HMP Gloucester Safety Custody Support Group Leaflet

I designed this leaflet almost a year ago and I had completely forgotten about it. My Mum asked me if I would be interested in designing the leaflet for HMP Gloucester as a favor for some of her colleagues who work on the suicide watch wing of the prison. This pamphlet is given to prisoners who are deemed to be at risk to themselves whilst they're serving their sentence.

Originally the Safer Custody Support Group had produced a leaflet in Word and were after something with a professional look in a PDF format that they could easily print and fold themselves. I was sent the old document along their logos, new ideas for layout and drawings from prisoners to be included in the piece. Here is the final product:

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• Team 'Tash to Cash' Movember 2011

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Here's a little logo that I put together for my Movember group.

Team 'Tash to Cash' currently comprises of myself and two other Mobros; Jonny and Khi who I currently work with. We've decided that it would be a fanTASHtic idea if we all grew moustaches for Men's Health and Cancer Research Charities.

Now some people reading this might be a little skeptical about me participating in this and quite honestly they have every right to be for a number of reasons. Firstly the last two years I've chickened out halfway through or just bottled it before the start of November. Secondly I quite simply have awful facial hair and at 24 it's actually pretty annoying to look at my peers and even my younger brother, who for some years now and only at the tender age of 21 has been sporting an array of quite impressive beards since the age of 18.

Fear not readers, this year is going to be my year as I've taken it on myself to be the captain of team 'Tash to Cash' and there's also money for charity on the line. So I've pledged to "grow the worst mo on this website (www.uk.movember.com) and raise money for the Lads."

You can donate money to our cause via our group here. Also my employer and MD at Reef Television, Mr. Richard Farmbrough, has promised to match the money we make. So please give generously.

• Quick visit to Cannes

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• My Funniest Year: Channel Four

Over last Christmas and New Year I was Edit Assisting on the short comedy series: 'My Funniest Year' produced by TwoFour Productions. The three part series saw the comedians: Al Murray, Chris Addison and Jack Whitehall "relive a year's unforgettable events, both public and private." to an audience at the Hackney Empire.

Sadly I didn't make it to the live recordings AND I missed two of the episodes when they were first broadcast. To be honest I had completely forgotten about the whole job until very recently when I was shown by a work colleague that two of the episodes were on 4OD.

Chris Addison's Episode of 'My Funniest Year' is on Friday 7th October at 11:10pm. Give it a watch if you get chance. He's a top bloke in real life.
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My Funniest Year: Jack Whitehall Image from: TwoFour Website.

• Toast vs. "Keep Calm Carry On"

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After I finished all my pieces for Fonica's Self-Made Exhibition I thought that would be it for me and the character 'Toast,' well at least for a little while anyway.

The other day I was walking through central and had to fight my way past a huge group of tourists who were blocking the pavement. They were all going mental for the 'Keep Calm Carry On' memorabilia in the window of a shop. The owners must have had a field day selling it all.

Conincidentally check out an article about the dispute over the phrase on the BBC Website published today.

• BBC Britain's Killer Roads: Offline Editor Credits

This week I finished cutting an episode of a new day time BBC program called 'Britain's Killer Roads,' which takes a 'look at how simple changes like better road markings or installing crash barriers can save hundreds of lives. It will join forces with people who are campaigning for changes to roads in their area and will work with the authorities to drastically improve safety on five of Britain's most dangerous roads.'

I also put the finishing touches to another show in the run and cut the series 30 second pretitle tease which features in all 5 episodes. The series is to be broadcast later on in the year.
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• Ballon Head: Update

Thank you to: Khi Mahmood, Susie Martin, Will Pollock, Rhys Powell, Luke Billing, Jo McCarthy, Beano Clark, Lucy Madge, Millo Saadvandi and Alex Day for getting in touch about the free "Balloon Head" print. They shall be with you all very soon.
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• Balloon Head: Free Print

Everyone likes free stuff right? Well the first 10 people to get in contact with me via text, email, Facebook or Twitter will be sent a A3 print of my latest piece: "Balloon Head."
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(If you live in the London area I will hand deliver it.)

• Fonica presents "Self-made" Exhibition

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this blog post for weeks now. July was incredibly hectic at the Reef office and what with all the excitement of the London Riots, Vfest, a good friend leaving for new exciting adventures and the latest movements of Dancing Lotus, new pieces and other updates seemed to unintentionally take priority.
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During the last weekend of July Fonica Magazine celebrated it’s first birthday in style with a launch party for a new exhibition curated by Richard Chappellow and Harry Tolmie-Thomson. Self Made brought together seven artists from the Fonica network together for a week long exhibition at Testspace in Leeds.
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Richard contacted me about the exhibition a few months previous to the event and although I was initially excited about the prospect of having my work up on the walls in a gallery, choosing pieces and settling on new concepts proved more difficult than I anticipated. I will admit the added pressure I put on myself really didn’t help. As I didn’t know any of the other artists featuring I figured I might as well just do my own thing and just see what happens. I wasn’t given any sort of brief for the exhibition so I figured I would tie as many of my pieces to Fonica in some way shape or form.

I was given my own little section of the gallery:
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All in all I exhibited four pieces:

‘The Birth of Toast'
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My character ‘Toast’ was born through random scribbles and the desire to deface Fonica’s clean-cut image in a cheeky manner. He was featured on the cover of issue 4. I figured it would be cool to experiment with some 3D sketches of the character and including a toaster in this piece I figured the character would make more sense. I don’t know if it does? That was just my thought process at the time.

‘Mark Your Own Territory’
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This piece took forever to finalise in my head. My intention was to create the illusion that ‘Toast’ had jumped out of the frame depicting his birth and into another simply just to vandalise / make his mark on the exhibition.

‘I used to be lonely too.’
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I originally produced this piece as a postcard for ‘The Be Nice Project Part II’ (which for a number of reasons has been shelved until a later date.) I included it in this exhibition because I received a lot of unexpected praise about the piece from people after I posted it on here, so I felt compelled to show it off. This one I gave to my brother because he liked it so much. I found the phrase “I used to be lonely too” scribbled in my sketchbook, I think I wrote it in there around the time I first moved to London and I barely knew anyone in the city.

‘Paper Robot on Fire’
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Till this day I still don’t know why I asked Palmer to shoot this series of photographs as I burnt this paper toy. I thought it would be cool to get this piece printed as Richard featured it in an early issue of Fonica.

Anyone reading this and not aware of Fonica go along to their website and check out all the things that they have done over their first year. It’s really refreshing to see creativity at such an organic and independent state. They fund the entire project with their own hard earned pennies so go and support them in anyway that you can even if it’s just reading the issues and passing them on to your own friends.

Check out this little video that Rich put together of the opening evening:

Self - Made from Richard Chappelow on Vimeo.

On an entirely separate note I met and had the pleasure of listening to a set by DJ Handbook. You should ALL go and checkout his music on Soundcloud … it’s sick!
Latest tracks by Handbook
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• Ferris Wheel

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Vfestival 2011.

• Dancing Lotus wears Alberg & Austin

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Lanre from Dancing Lotus was snapped wearing my Alberg & Austin bubbles T-shirt design at this years Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester over the weekend. Go listen to their tunes and check out the other Tees available over at Alberg & Austin.
(Photo from BBC Leicester's Facebook Profile.)

• "Send in the Jedi" - London Riots

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I couldn't resist putting this together when I stumbled across this tumblr page via Twitter: Photoshoplotter.

(The original photo is owned by Reuters and I found it via the BBC News Website.)

• London Riots

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Outside Foot Locker, Brixton.

I've got this lyric by Jehst stuck in my head. It's been a crazy few days in London.

• What do you think?

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Just outside Testspace in Leeds.

• BBC PYM5: Offline Editor Credits

Today I finished editing my first ever full block of shows for the BBC series 'Dealers: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.' In total I ended up cutting 6 of the 30 episodes which are to be broadcast later on in the year. This series of PYM is the first to have ever been made in HD.

It's been a long Spring and Summer but I can't help but feel very proud that I’ve managed to get through it all and I’ve learnt so much working in a suite by myself or with an edit producer. When I look back at very early versions of my sequences I can’t help but think “What the hell was I doing there!?” and “Did I honestly think that particular edit works!?” Luckily I made time to correct all of these issues!

So why not look out for the series when it’s broadcast? It’s got my name on it after all!

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• The Tech Show: Discovery Science

Earlier this year I worked on 'The Tech Show,' which is currently being broadcast on Discovery Science, on Fridays at 9:00pm. I was credited on all 25 30min episodes of the series as an Edit Assistant. I was also credited for working on the Russian version of the same series, which was interesting to say the least as I had never worked with any footage in a foreign language before.

The show, presented by Dr. Jack Lewis (Ph.D), features news about breakthroughs in technology, research, inventions and mysteries of the scientific world. There were quite a few cool gadgets featured in the series and I was also quite taken a back by some of the advancements in robot technology in a few of the episodes. (Nerd Alert!)

Check out the advert here:

• Loadstar wears Alberg & Austin

Caitriona from Alberg & Austin sent me this picture of Xample from Loadstar wearing my bubbles tee design whilst performing at the Urban Art Forms Festival in Austria. Go check out their music and why not treat yourself to a new T - Shirt at www.albergandaustin.com

• Fonica: "Self Made" Exhibition

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I've been asked by Mr. Richard Chappelow of Fonica Magazine to contribute a couple of pieces of artwork for their first gallery exhibition. I'm currently planning on exhibiting one or two old pieces which I have featured on here before, but I've got a few plans up my sleeve for new pieces especially for the occasion.

The show is being held at Test Space Gallery in Leeds and is being primarily organised to celebrate Fonica's first year as a free independent publication. The opening party has been set for the 29th of July and is open for anyone to come along and visit. For more details check out the Facebook event.

• A&A Robot Design

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Above is a design for a canvas bag that I put together for Caitriona Brown at Alberg & Austin. Check out her blog and T shirts here!

• Dodging Rain Drops

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