Once Upon Again

Once Upon Again

27 February – 9 March 2013

Exhibition Launch: 2 March 2013

Join us at Milkwood Gallery on Saturday the 2 March 2013 for an evening of live music and puppet shows. Entertainment will include shadow puppetry and a Punch and Judy show.

The Pack of Wolves‘ next exhibition opens at Milkwood Gallery on the 27 February and features new work by our artists inspired by folk and fairy tales. As the title suggests the exhibition will be focussed upon the idea of re-imagined narratives – taking existing fairy and folk tales and retelling them. This follows the tradition of stories being passed from generation to generation over centuries, through cultures and societies, books, art and film.

The Pack of Wolves will retell fairy tales, as they should be – as they once were, bringing back old values and themes… Once Upon Again. The artists will take inspiration from existing fairy and folk stories and either reinvent them or present new stories using visual narratives. Fairy tales should not only enchant and entertain the audience but also illuminate and inform.

Milkwood Gallery
41 Lochaber Street
CF24 3RU


Turnaround Mention on Lost and Found in E17.

My recent collaborative exhibition with the Waltham Forest Arts Club, Turnaround 1, got a curious little mention in co-curator Julian Beere’s blog. Please be on your merry way to see what he has to say on his blog about the powerhouse that is Turnaround, 12 exhibitions in 12 weeks (it is slightly obscure!).

Blog link>> Lost and Found In E17

My next exhibition with Turnaround is exhibition number 10 which runs from Saturday April 14th-Saturday 21st April at Wood Street Indoor Market.

Illustration Workshop, April 13th.

Illustration Workshop Poster

I’m doing an illustration workshop on April 13th for the inpatients at Highgate Mental Health Centre in London. The participants will be taking part in drawing a cartoon strip about a day – any day, past, present or future – in their life and how the day is relevant to their feelings. They will also have the chance to use many different materials and mediums to work on their pieces.

The workshop is invite only for the inpatients, however if you know someone who is attending the centre please let them know about the workshop. Please note the day of the workshop is actually the 13th April and not 6th as advertised on the poster.


Detail from Candy’s Supper, HAPPYLAND

Hello lovelies!

Here’s news of my next exhibition:

“You are invited to Turnaround – a series of 11 exhibitions in 12 weeks by members of the Waltham Forest Arts Club in the unusual space of an all windowed kiosk of the Wood Street Indoor Market.
Feb. 4th to April 28th.
Painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, video & sound works, installation, textiles, mixed media & crafts, bookarts, music and poetry. See the full schedule on the website: http://turnaround.yolasite.com”

I’ll be exhibiting pieces from my solo show, HAPPYLAND, from April 14th-21st with the marvellous photographer Timothy Kraemer and printmaker Anna Alcock. I’ve currently got a piece from HAPPYLAND in the group exhibition on at the moment so if you have a minute to check out what is happening at the newly jazzed up Wood Street Indoor Market I would urge you to go and check it out.

More information and location details here.

Open call for artists, Mail Art: E17.

Mail art work by György Galántai, 1981

This is an open call for mail art from around the UK and the world.

Mail Art: E17 is the first stop on a moving exhibition of mail art from artists and illustrators across the globe, housed on this leg at Walthamstow Wine Club in Walthamstow, E17, London. I am curating the exhibition in E17* and looking for curators for future exhibitions.

I am seeking art on any subject and in any form with the one stipulation that the art relates to a mailable or mailed form. For example, that could be art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, art using stamps, printed or franked labels, mail stickers, stencils or mail delivery cards. You can draw, paint, cut, stick and glue, cut-out, construct, scribble or print. Anything goes.

If you would like to take part in the exhibition please email me at mail[at]marielouiseplum.com or send your work directly the Mail Art:E17, c/o Walthamstow Wine, 56-60 Grove Road, London, E17 9BN. The deadline for submissions is ongoing, however for this leg of the exhibition artwork should be mailed through by May 25th 2011. The exhibition opens this Wednesday 18th January with my mail art work, and, as more mail art submissions come in, will be added to.

Read more about the world-wide cultural movement of Mail Art here.

*The reason I am exhibiting the first leg in E17 is because it’s a vibrant, art-filled community full of lovely people who are well into lovely things! Check out Stowscene to learn more about us.

Mail Art stamp and envelope with official Colt Anniversary postmark – Chuck Welch, aka Cracker Jack Kid, 1984

Mail Art Nyíracsad Hungary 2012

images taken from 1st International Mail Art Exhibition

I’ve got some news for you good folks!

Next year I will be taking part in the 2nd International Mail Art exhibition at the Than Mór Mail Art
Museum, Nyiracsad, Hungary, organised by the local government of Nyíracsád and Ligetalja Tourist Association.

Lovely Cut-Click have scooped together all the work I did for them in a previous mail art exhibition which toured around the UK and I will be sending this off with a new batch of work.

This will be the final resting place of my mail art work as I have donated it to the Than Mór Museum. It will stay on exhibition there, rotating with other peoples work every 2-3 months.

The deadline for work is April 2012, so I am assuming that the exhibition will start in May/June. I will post up more news on this as soon as I have it.

Illustration up for Garden Media Guild Award 2011

Bit of a strange one for me, a few months ago I helped design and illustrated a booklet relating to children’s play areas in stately homes and public places. I’ve just found out that we (me and the author) are up for a GMG Award in the New Talent category. Fingers crossed everyone, if we win we are treated to a slap-up meal at a posh awards ceremony.

Here is the work again…

#SMHAFF Comic Workshop, Edinburgh.

It’s a relief it’s over. Only because I thought I would be rubbish at conducting the workshop. But as it turns out it went really blooming well.

On Saturday 8th October I ran a workshop as part of the Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival in Edinburgh. The workshop was predominantly for mental health service users, however anyone was invited to take part. After a brief (and very nervous) ramble about who I am and what I do, I led the class in an illustration workshop. And boy, did they work hard. Three solid hours of drawing!

The idea behind the workshop is to illustrate a day in the life of a mental health service user. It doesn’t have to be a generic day, and it doesn’t have to involve waking up and getting dressed…it doesn’t have to be literal. I wanted it to be a memory, or a feeling, it could be an abstract piece of work that does not stick to the lines of the comic strip. It can be colours or words or shapes. Or it can just be a stickman and it can just be a boring day. It’s about what you feel, how you feel being a mental health service user. And a person.

I took a whole load of materials up from London (in the heaviest bag known to man) so everyone could have a go using different pens, inks and paints. As well as a massive stash of pencil crayons and brush pens the artists got to try out dip pens, acrylic inks, marker pens, charcoal and pastel crayons as well as using mixed media such as collage.

Ultimately I would like to publish a graphic novel of collected strips from mental health service users. If this is something you would like to be involved in, please get in touch.

Some photos of what we completed at the workshop follow. If you would like to see all the photos from the day, including some of the exhibitions installed at the same venue, please click here and scroll through pictures to the right.

Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival

I am massively excited to announce that I will be working in Edinburgh this weekend for the Scottish Mental Health Art & Film Festival. If you’re about and you fancy it, and especially so if you are a mental health service user, I will be conducting a cartooning (in the loosest possible sense) workshop at North Edinburgh Arts (details below).

The workshop is free but places are going fast so if you do want to book, book now! All artists will have to option to display their work in the Festival exhibition and included in a large illustrated book produced by my arts in mental health organisation, Mental Spaghetti.

The workshop will focus on drawing a comic strip of ‘A day in your life’. Artists (no artistic experience necessary) will have the opportunity to work with lots of different pens, inks, paints and styles of drawing. The comic strip does not have to be a literal day in your life, it can be a feeling, an expression of a particular time, or maybe even no time in particular. You can always do a stickman cartoon too. Anything goes. The important thing is you get to have fun, create, and learn something new.

If you would like to take part please book now by clicking this link.

Edinburgh & Lothian

Working with artist Marie-Louise Plum, you will create your own cartoon strip of a day in your life featuring what you think matters. All cartooners will have the opportunity for their strip to be exhibited in the exhibition and/or included in a book. No artistic experience required.
Venue Information
North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ
Event Information
Sat 8th
Booking required – Telephone Kirsten at CAPS on 0131 538 7177 or kirsten@capsadvocacy.org
11am – 2pm

North Edinburgh Arts, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh, EH4 4TZ