Tag Archives: Bristol

ThreadHead – Coming Soon

4 Nov

ThreadheadExciting developments in monster land. On Nov 19th I’m launching an online magazine showcasing the best of thread based craft in the south west and beyond. Regular news, reviews and features to feed your creative appetite. Come and find us at http://www.threadheadmag.com, follow us on facebook and twitter. I have high hopes for this new enterprise and the quality of the artists featured so far is second to none. Jot Nov 19th down in your diary and help us to spread the ThreadHead word!


The Fanciest of Dresses

9 Oct

Halloween is fast approaching and along with that comes Mr Monster’s birthday. We’re having a combined Halloween/birthday party following on from Bristol’s epic ‘Zombie Walk’. Over 3000 people in their finest zombie attire leaving a trail of fear and fake blood all over Bristol town centre. The plan is to take part in the walk and then party it up at the flat. I haven’t done the zombie walk before but this is Mr Monster’s effort from last year as a zombie bridegroom complete with priest and bride, just before we met.

The house party bit is easy; red light-bulbs, cauldrons of punch with the occasional floating plastic spider, and a few disgusting looking canapees handed around on spider-web coated trays. That I can do.

The problem I’m having is inspiration for the costume to end all costumes. As hostess with the mostess I can’t get away with a lame and clichéd token of an outfit – It has to be a show-stopping, jaw-dropping, envy-fest of an ensemble with no holds barred.

But what to do? We all know how it feels to turn up at a party wearing the same dress as another guest, so imagine turning up to the zombie walk and finding that you are just one of a hundred zombie Winehouses or undead brides. I’m not having that.

So I am faced with the challenge of coming up with something totally original, never done before, and utterly perfect…no pressure.

The other trap I don’t want to fall into is the whole ‘slutty’ culture which can surround dressing up for Halloween. If I want to be a pirate, why must I be a slutty pirate? If I want to be a Ghostbuster, why must I have my boobs bursting out of my overalls? Nope, that’s not for me, unless I decide to go as a zombie whore that is, in which case it would be perfect. (unlikely)

I have been through many ideas. Zombie Dorothy, mauled to death by an undead Toto. Zombie Penelope Pitstop, covered in tyre tracks from being mown down by the rest of the wacky races. Zombie prom-queen stabbed in the back by a jealous rival (not original I know but I could play the part a treat). I just don’t know what to choose. I spent much of today watching last night’s Strictly Come Dancing and am struck with the idea of a zombie ballroom dancer – along the same lines as the prom-queen but possibly more original. I’m thinking beautiful but torn and bloodstained dress, mascara streaked cheeks, perhaps a stiletto heel buried in head – all very ‘murder on the dance floor’.

Whatever I choose I will have fun putting together an outfit and playing the part on the day. As a seamstress, I have a reputation to live up to! Rest assured I will keep you posted as it comes together and of course treat you to a gallery of photos from the day itself. Stay tuned!

Yarn Bombers of the World, I Salute You.

2 Sep

I only became aware of the phenomenon that is Yarn Bombing this very week when on my way home from work I bumped into this.

KnitdissOne of the trees in a prominent place in Bristol’s Castle Park had a little stripy crocheted jacket. Even though I was keen to get home after a looooong day at work, I had to stop and take a good look.

I do that same walk many times a week and am always on autopilot just dying to get home to my man, my cats, and my tea. When I spotted this woollen wonder, it shook me out of my post-work daze. I had a good walk around the tree, took some photos, walked away with a smile on my face and found myself actually LOOKING at the park I had been taking no notice of for the last seven years. Not bad for a piece of crochet?

There was a tag attached to the piece with a web address www.knitdiss.blog.com so obviously I had to have a look when I got home (still smiling). It turns out that the work was done by someone doing their MSc dissertation on ‘Yarn Bombing’. I had no idea what this was but after browsing through the blog it didn’t take too long to figure out.

Also know as Guerilla Knitting, Yarnstorming, or Graffiti Knitting, this form of street art has been growing in popularity since it originated in Texas in 2005. Bristol is a mecca for graffiti artists the world over, thanks largely to the work of Banksy making its way into the public eye, so seems the ideal place to expand the scope of street art into other media. The beauty of Yarn Bombing being that it does not cause any damage to public or private property and is completely removable, although lets hope it is allowed to remain. Oddly it is technically illegal although I doubt that any charges would ever hold up and I hope that the law-makers would turn a blind eye and appreciate the dedication and creativity involved in such an art.

Whoever you are at Knitdiss, thankyou for brightening up my journey home and I will be keeping an eye out for your future installations.

Have a look at some examples of Yarn Bombing from around the world, projects large and small are all equally fabulous.

Bernie Longbottom – Bandit of Bristol

15 Aug

Bernie Longbottom

Bernie, a distant and still living relative of Alphonso (zombie lead singer with ‘Shuffling Terror’) likes cheap liquor, filthy jazz and the thrill of sticking his head out of a moving car like a dog. He is new to Bristol and is looking for someone to show him the sites so has signed up to Match.com, without much success. His bloodshot ‘come to bed’ eyes never seem to charm the ladies but perhaps it is more to do with his pungent aroma of hair oil and anchovies or the fact that he speaks his own language based on grunts and whistles, muffled by the scarf he uses to conceal his identity…who knows, but lets hope that Bernie finds his soulmate.

Bernie LongbottomIf you think you are Bernie’s perfect match, find him on my Etsy shop

Wow! Gorillas…A Day Well Spent

24 Jul

Mr Monster and I set ourselves a challenge today. Bristol is currently home to around 60 painted gorilla sculptures as part of a project to celebrate 175 years of Bristol Zoo. We have stumbled across a few of the ones on our doorstep and decided that today was the day to set about bagging the lot. We headed out with our camera, a map and a dogged determination. 8 hours and 22 miles on foot later we arrived home with 50 gorillas under our belts, exhausted and satisfied but in desperate need of a Sunday Roast and a well deserved glass of wine.

We took two sets of photos. Mr Monster took some really lovely arty ones which you can find on his blog, they are a good opportunity to see the sculptures in their settings and looking their best. We also took it in turns to pose with the gorillas to prove that we were there! All in all it was a lovely day spent in wonderful company with a worthwhile mission to complete. We will certainly sleep well tonight.