My Old Art

I was rooting through the loft looking for a few things and came across some interesting bits and bobs which I thought I’d share on here, because (a) it’s easy – literally “here’s one I prepared earlier” and (b) you’re not my real dad, you can’t tell me what to do.

The first item is a rather good way of creating a promo poster, based on an existing work of art. My then-girlfriend (now-wife) and I were involved in Hull University Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of ‘The Sorcerer’ (as directors and extras) and we decided to set it in the Deep South of the USA, around the time of Gone With The Wind. So it made sense to build a poster around that theme.

Luckily, colour photocopiers had just started to appear in printing shops back then so I was able to take an A3 copy of the famous Gone With The Wind poster and then paint over it with acrylics. This was a time long ago, before people had easy access to computers, so I had to do the lettering by hand.

Yes, I’m that old.

The Sorcerer poster
G&S meets GWTW

And I’ve just found some photos from that production too. See if you can spot me.


The other bit of old art was something I did even further back. We had to do a project at school on masks and I had recently watched a programme about some ancient civilisation that had slaughtered some other civilisation and they had shown some pretty haunting art from the period. Kind of like a primitive version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. So I decided to do something similar.

To be honest, I’m surprised it’s still in one piece after nearly 30 years!

Anyway, that’s enough tat from my attic. How about you dig out some ancient embarrassing item and let every have a good laugh?


13 thoughts on “My Old Art

  1. That’s craftsmanship, that is! Impressive array from the attic. My equivalent offering would consist only of Christmas decorations, a couple of old fans, a baby crib, and some suggestive A0 posters left by the previous people who lived at our house (throwbacks to the Athena bum-scratching era). There are times I regret not being a hoarder… 🙂

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    1. Oh, I’ve got masses of boring tat in my loft too, as well as some less impressive creations. And 4 Christmas trees, old computer tech (like iomega zip drives, ancient graphics cards, a scanner) and a heap of costumes and props from 15 theatre shows. In places, it is literally an Aladdin’s cave!

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      1. I guess with you it is literally true that “you never know when you might need that” (insert random item of possible cyberpunk/historic/fantasy/alien/fairy tale value!)

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      2. I also have a collection of “useful bits of wood” in the garage. And a cardboard piano.
        I’ve just realised that I’ve been banging on about my cardboard piano so much that my phone offers ‘piano’ up as the next most likely word following ‘cardboard’ after ‘box’/’boxes’.
        I’ll try really hard not to mention it again…

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      3. How technology betrays us… I love that phrase “useful bits of wood”. Nine times out of ten with me that means offcuts for stirring paint in cans

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      4. I’ve used some if mine to build… things…
        (I promised I wouldn’t mention it again. Although it was pretty much all cardboard, there was also a useful heavy piece of wood at the bottom for stability)

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  2. Believe it or not, I was a Gilbert and Sullivan extra when I was a teenager. That’s tough music, but those days was so much fun. The masks made me think of Munch before you even mentioned it. They’re a little scary. I don’t have an attic…a good thing 🙂

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    1. When we did The Sorcerer it was in the days when I tended not to try to sing along! My vocal ability is a bit better these days but back then my singing was scarier than the mask!

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