Platform Nine and Three Quarters

More London antics – this time the Harry Potter Platform 9 and 3/4 shop that opened in December 2012. I was ridiculously excited about this. I’m not usually the kind of girl that lines up to be photographed in front of a bunch of tourists but I was over there like a shot. I think I may even have ran. What scarf did I want? Gryffindor obviously.The two guys dressed up like station guard taking photos and keeping over excited tourists under control were lovely and absolutely hilarious.

Harry Potter Platform Nine and Three Quarters Shop Kings Cross Station

Me pretending I’m a Weasley and my awesome boyfriend, Breame, politely trying to pretend he’s as thrilled as me.

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These are replicas of character wands from the films, and they have the characters names on them (Squeeeee!)
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This is where I kidded on I was in Ollivanders…harrypotter6 harrypotter7 harrypotter8

If you’re in Kings Cross, pay a visit, get a photo and make ‘sqeeee’ noises in the ¬†shop (everyone in this shop is making ‘sqeeee’ noises, trust me).

**Tenous Claim to Fame**
On page 15 in the Prisoner of Azkaban, there is an item mentioned called Fleetwood’s High Finish Handle Polish. Around the time the first three books were written (mid to late nineties) my mum was good friends with Joanne Rowling’s sister Di (they were studying Law together) and they all used to hang out together, so there’s a chance it could be inspired by our surname. Wouldn’t that be bloody marvellous?!

The month in Instagram – January 2013

Ooooof! January was a long month… In fact this winter seems to be dragging on a bit. Totally looking forward to brighter skies and less of this wintery gloom. Here’s what I got up to in January…
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1. Lettered Legs – the only thing I bought in the January sales, typography tights. Love em.

2. I made a print, there’s a post on it here.

3. More Boggle, I think I do have a slight Boggle dependency. Sad but true.

4. After a year and a half, I left the Lane Agency. Off to do freelance for a bit then pastures new, exciting times ūüôā

5. Breame bought me a pair of shearling DM Triumphs, which I love as they are a wee bit Lara Croft.

6 & 7 Derby love continued with a trip to the Auld Reekie Roller Girls first bout of the Home Season. What? You’ve never been to Roller Derby? You can rectify that by booking yourself some tickets here or heading along to Meadowbank at 2pm on 16 Feb and paying a fiver on the door.

8. Popped along to 52 Canoes Tiki Den, which was rather nice, I wrote a review on it here.

9. Late to the party, but totally getting into Game of Thrones, very moreish.

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10. Headed down to London town for the Private View of LOLcat: Teh Exhibishun which was fun, nice to see my work on display.

11. Hung out in the V&A, love that place, next time I’m in London I’m going there for a full day – as soon as it opens right up until is closes.

12. Fell in love with the British Library, and not just for its typographic masterpiece of a gate – excellent place, with suffragette scrapbooks, death warrrants signed by Elizabeth I and a page from the first ever printed book in England. They even had a murder mystery exhibition on, bloody loved it.

13. Pretended to be a Weasely on Platform 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross. Loved this a ridiculous amount.

14. Got into Auld Reekie Roller Girls Fresh Meat programme! Excited is an understatement. I start the four month skate programme on 17 Feb and I cannot wait.

15. Treated myself to a Graphical House Poster – love the letterpress comp slip.

16. Drank a bit much Jeremiah Weed and discovered Patron XO Tequila Coffee Liquer – deeeeelish.

17. Made friends with/tormented squirrels at the Botanics – one of my favourite past times.

18. Hung out with the lovely Stripe, who loves a tummy rub and sitting on my head.

Here’s the rest of my life in Instagram, feel free to add me.

LOLcat: Teh Exhibishun Private View

In which we went to London to see the exhibition I was part of. Here are some pics of the night.

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The piece I worked (above, far right) on with Kirsty Logan – Sestina For My Lolling Cat, a poem about her cat Tig and how he’s more loll about than LOL and featuring my little Mia cat in the illustration (who also loved a good loll about).LOLcat-Exhibition3 LOLcat-Exhibition4 LOLcat-Exhibition5

LOLcat: Teh Exhibishun

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Everybody loves a LOLcat right? I’m delighted to be part of LOLcat: Teh Exhibishun¬†a fabulous exhibition celebrating the world of internet LOLcats.¬†I’ll be jointly exhibiting with Glasgow based writer¬†Kirsty Logan, whose poem Sestina to my Lolling Cat I have typeset and illustrated.

The illustration features my gorgeous little cat Mia, who sadly passed away in July. Mia loved lolling about my desk, walking on my keyboard and encouraging my procrastinative tendencies with lots of hugs, posing for instagram shots and insisting I hang out in the garden with her. Here’s a sneak preview, see if you can spot mine…

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Image pinched from LOLcat: Teh Exhibishun blog

The exhibition, curated by¬†Jenny Theolin of¬†Soapbox and Sons, opens on Tuesday 23 January 2013. The prints will be available to buy framed and unframed; a fantastic 50% of the proceeds will be going to Battersea Cat and Dog Home, so it’s LOLcats helping actual cats (and dogs), which makes me happy as I am a crazy cat lady after all.

The exhibition has picked up some pretty awesome press coverage appearing in Huffington Post, The Independent, Creative Review, Wired, Computer Arts, We Heart, The Fluffington Post, Design Taxi, Digital Arts, Its Rude to Stare, Design You Trust and Design Week

LOLcat: Teh Exhibishun (how cool is this site?!) opens on 23 January and runs until 15 February 2013 at The Framers Gallery, 36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT  

Needless to say, I have a suitably cat themed outfit for the private view. Miaow…