Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Tom suggested...

This lady's creations.....find more bits and bobs

here :

http://www. flickr. com/photos/miss_twit/

and here:

http://misstwitsnest. blogspot. com/


Friday, 19 December 2008

Handmade David.

Mesmareyes by (Brain) David Kitson.
made this with his hands in the philippines.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Bedtime Reading

Here's a special treat from the archives...

With the days ultimately shortening a good book is just the companion to keep you occupied at night. Check below for some bedtime suggestions. Also check out the special fellow that is Chris T-T here

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Old Times

this is beautiful!

As are this band, Whispertown 2000


Frosty, Alejandro, Julia and the Dublab family

I was lucky enough to be led up a hill in Griffith Park last summer by the wonderful Dublab gang to film and record some music...you can listen in to the fun we had if you fancy it...



Friday, 12 December 2008

hands at work

Alessi's Ark autographing from Timo on Vimeo.

(brain) Timo Fuchs made this out of photographs from Pure Groove yesterday

Julie Vermeille

Julie is a very special lady...here she talks about her work and her link is at the very bottom if you'd like to get in touch with her or see more of her creations...

" My work is based on ink drawings. I like the fluidity of the medium, the surprises that comes of the shapes laid on the paper. I like the idea of things happening a little by chance.

From my drawings emerged creatures;"Woodies", half animals by the shape, half men by the behaviour. I worked on a series and developed onto the idea of making a book of "adventures" where those woodies will live in. I so am constantly working on the world that would surround, feed and occupy the Woodies. A world of vegetal and other animals. A children's book for Adults. Strictly made of images and no words, because the importance of spaces of the shapes and characters in the page is really important to me, "how it breathes". Also I would like not to give guidance to the viewer on how to look at the book with words, but the drawings should be enough to suggest a narrative.

Music is a great source of inspiration, because of its intangible aspect which leaves us with all the freedom to create images out of sounds. I also get inspired by children's book because of their creativity, freedom on shape, material, texture and format. I am fascinated by patterned fabric, they are a great source of inspiration for the flowery, vegetal side of my images. They have the reassuring quality of childhood.I also used them as part of collages. The fabrics are also inspirational through "folklore", often colourful patterns have been created for especially made clothes to represent a nation, a group of people, This is very exciting to the eye and imagination.

I also have used the thread a lot in my work as a symbol of time, relation between one space to another, closeness, tightness as well as breakage and knots and the use of fabric and linear drawings are a combination of those aspects. I am actually working on a series of books based on fairy tales, because those got the two aspects I am interested in; an ambiguity of two worlds; the Children 's one and the adult one ... A story written for children but with hiding darker meanings, helping the process of growing up. If we ever have to ... "

Born in France in 1981, Julie Vermeille moved to England in 1999. She studied a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at the London College of Printing and graduated in 2004 from a BA (hons) in Illustration in Camberwell College of Arts ( both in London). She has been part of the Craft Central Designer network since 2007 and as well as producing her own hand bound books she has worked for Creaturemag magazine and had her creations published in a Fil Rouge Press book.


Some magic from Mary

Mary just sent in something rather beautiful,

fill 'yer brains

These words come along too...

The wolves' hang over my shoulders,
An unwanted, attentive curse,
Breathing in the fog.
The grey of the day matches the coat,
Gazes cutting my throat.
Ragged breathing
Doggedly watching
Houding me
To the ends of the Earth.

These treats were handmade by (Brain) Mary Machin.

To see more of her work go here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/marymachin/

to those that came out into the cold....

thank you very much folks for coming out to the instores...you could've stayed at home or work keeping warm but you braved the outdoors and layered up to hear songs and i felt really lucky!

i love instores and have been going to them for a long while - the other week Department of Eagles (www.departmentofeagles.com) filled Rough Trade on talbot road to the brimly brim and it was such a treat to hear their songs in such a nice little room.
here is a video of them performing for Pitchfork, the song is called 'No one does it like you'

i'd never done an instore of my own, let alone two in a row - and it was lovely putting faces to your ears and saying hello....

i hope the E.P is filling your ears happily,



I received this delightful comic strip from Blake Collins...

Please keep sending in your submissions to keep me toasty during winter!

Alessi xo

Tuesday, 9 December 2008



Sunday, 7 December 2008

fill 'yer ears

MixwitMixwit make a mixtapeMixwit mixtapes

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Magic Magic

They are amazing sirs and these songs will feed your brain till it's full.


Saturday, 29 November 2008

Indoor Picnic December 10th

A cosy evening is being putting together for brains and ears next month...

Friday, 28 November 2008



Are you warm and layered up?

if you're a free bird and aren't too far from either of these spots next month do come on down to hear songs and say hello!

i'll be playing at Banquet records in kingston on december 10th at 6:30pm

Pure Groove Records

and then heading over to Pure Groove on december 11 th at 6pm

Banquet Records

Both shops are worth rummaging around in, so try to come early or stay a bit later

The Horse E.P will be stacked and sat by my side,

A xo

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

if you're a free bird and feel the festive spirit....

this will be a special evening...

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

a brain submission

Mary Machin submitted this treat in...

Friday, 14 November 2008