Monday, December 31, 2012
Self in 2012

self portrait
A self portrait of myself at the drawing table, and of myself through the medium of my drawing table. Seemed a good thing to draw on the last day of 2012. It's been an odd year. Good, but odd. I hope next year is better and odder. Keep bein' weird, world. Happy 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Cat & Flowers

cat face
Two stems from the wedding flowers. And the face of a cat that I miss a lot - on a messy scrap of paper, not representative of my feelings for him.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Hairbrushing Hairpinning Hairbraiding Hairtying

Drawing girls and the hairs on their heads. Black and red forever.

red n black
hair pinning
hair brushing
hair tying
hair braiding
hair brushing

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Egyptian blue cat

ceramic cat head

ceramic cat head

Another candle holder. I love this glaze. It's called Egyptian Blue.

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Ceramic heads / processes

I've been having weekly sessions in a ceramics studio the past few months, getting to grips with what I want to make and the best ways to do it. I had just figured this stuff out at the studio I went to in Brooklyn, and then I went and moved to London and every studio has totally different glazes as materials that all interact differently... so it was back to square one! Most of the glazes they have are wonderful textural, dynamic colours which are totally unpredictable every time, and not great for adding illustrative detail. So I've been working on combinations to try to get the little bits of detail i want (but I'd never want anything tooo clean now, would I).

Here's the results of some of this experimentation - a whole group of candle holder heads. You may remember the first one I made in NYC from this post. She's the one on the far right in these group shots.

ceramic heads/working out processes
ceramic heads/ working out processes

Second from the right is creepin' me out allll daaaay evvvverryyy daaay.
And the second and third from the left have their faces painted with the exact same thing - but the white glaze underneath is different. It changes the result so much! Something to do with their chemical makeups. I like playing with this stuff. And oh yeah, how great is that turquoise that's inside some of their heads? I love that colour.

Ok, so now I've figured these out a little better, I can start making something that actually looks how I planned. Hopefully. Ace.

Friday, November 23, 2012
Comics Sketchbooks

Well this is exciting. A couple weeks ago I got a very nice parcel in the mail, containing this book. That would be good enough, but the best bit about it is: I'm frickin in the book. The legendary Steve Heller asked me to send him some sketchbook scans and final pieces for this project a couple years ago, and I'm amazed and happy to see that they made it into the book. Look at this!

comics sketchbooks
comics sketchbooks contents page
Uh, yeah, that's my name in the contents page in some pretty intense company - Charles Burns?! Robert Crumb?! Ben Katchor?! Not to mention my ol' man. So rad.

comics sketchbook 2
And that's one of my two spreads.

I cannot express how flattering and great it feels to be in this most excellent book. Time to knuckle down and make all those comics I keep meaning to make. Huge thanks to Steve Heller.

Monday, November 19, 2012
Garden days

A few photos from a roll of film that's a couple of months old. Back when it was warm and we could sit and work in the garden. It's a funny little garden with not much to be said for it but we enjoyed working to make it nice. The cat loves the garden whatever it looks like. Everything in it is so fascinating to her. In this photo Lion is pulling up one of the many bricks we found buried in the earth. The cat can't believe it.

mabel looking at digging

That picnic table is our pride and joy. Thanks, ebay. We ate many nice breakfasts at it before it got too cold. Now for a few months the table will be used only by the fatty little squirrels, while we're busy clinging to radiators inside.

lion in the garden

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I did a drawing for the NYT letters page yesterday. A heavy subject - the debate around assisted suicide. It was an interesting one to work on, and good to finally do something with Alexandra Zsigmond for the letters page, after being foiled by timing a few times before (these drawings have a super speedy turnaround!). So here it is.

tangled IVs

And you can read the letters on the subject here, if you didn't catch them in yesterday's paper.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Halloween Autopsy

autopsy woman
Happy holidays, kids.
If an autopsy were performed on me right now, it'd just be like breaking open a pinata full of candy. Health diet.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Miniature bust

miniature ceramic bust
miniature ceramic bust
Head, neck and shoulders of a woman in ceramic. She's about three inches tall. Unintentional Julian Opie homage.

For those of you who've been asking - yes! I am planning to make ceramic pieces to tell. However, it's slow getting things figured out, and making pieces come out how I want them, especially since I can only work on them one evening a week. I'll be making small editions over the next few months and expect that I'll be able to have some in my shop in the new year (told you it was slow).

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A couple of photos from this summer. We were in the Suffolk countryside when we came across this field of poppies and daisies and thistles. Pretty intense.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Ceramic Rabbit

ceramic rabbit 2
ceramic rabbit

A petite clay rabbit I made a little while back. He's about three inches long. I quite like his sort of dirty, scuffed surface.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

renegade table
renegade table
renegade table
renegade table

A couple weeks ago I had a stall at the Renegade Craft Fair, selling my jewellery. It's only the second time they've held it in London, but I was pretty familiar with it from the US, where Renegade is Big News. It was pretty great. These are a few photos of my table - just got the film developed. I dont have a lot of display skills, but still, it was nice seeing all these things I've made spread out. Proof that they exist! Made a good change from all online sales.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Green & Grey


Drawing identical twins for a commission, they reminded me of a hairbrush I painted a while back - they're wearing the same outfit as the hairbrush girl. I guess I like painting this green & grey checked fabric.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

portrait of Tuesday

Oh lawd, it's been a long time. Life's been complicated. I'm getting back on track now, fingers crossed.

This is a drawing I did a little while back for the excellent ladies at Got A Girl Crush Magazine. It's a portrait of my pal Tuesday - we interviewed and illustrated each other. So if you pick up the magazine (which you should do) you'll be treated to quite a long (and fascinating, obv) interview with me. My name is even on the front cover of the magazine, yo!

An extract, in case you just can't wait. I was asked to write a haiku that defined my work. Here it is, tellin' you stuff you already know:

Angry young woman
Making drawings mainly of
Angry young women

Thursday, August 9, 2012
A Sikh Temple's Century

I'm a day late in posting this, due to the prolonged madness of daily life. But yesterday I had a new drawing in the NYT Op-Ed section. It was a super-fast turnaround, a few hours to do sketches and then another couple of hours to whip up the final. I love this kind of job - have to drop all plans for the day and entirely focus on the article and the drawing. It's rad.

This one was for an article about a Sikh-American woman's memories of her community and her temple, in the aftermath of the appalling Wisconsin murders. You can read the article here. I recommend it.

sikh memories, for the NYT

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Press! Press!

Woah, dudes. Datter Industries has had suddenly had some actual press in the last couple weeks. So exciting to see. Check it! First up, my jewellery was written about in Dutch Glamour magazine. A sweet customer in the Netherlands, Lotte, scanned this for me.

datter in Dutch Glamour magazine

I'm also here on the Lucky Magazine website, with the nicest lil' write-up from megababe Meredith Bogonovich. Aaand I believe my jewellery is in this month's LINDA magazine, also a Dutch mag, though I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy or a scan of that yet. Still, radness! Thanks Holland, and thanks Lucky!

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Cat planter

cat planter cat planter cat planter

Another ceramic experiment. As usual, the result was pretty different than expected - his face ran and warped in the kiln, and was meant to be rich, dark blue, but came out very pale & faded. I still quite like him but want to try again, see if I can get more accurate line with the glaze.

Also, yknow, a million other vessels in a similar vein planned. I want to try lots of other animal heads and, of course, the ubiquitous girl's face that I seem to produce eternally. As soon as I find an open access ceramics studio in London, more will follow.

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Spears & Cats

spear earrings
spear earrings
tiny cat earrings
I haven't posted jewellery pieces on here in a while. Here are a couple of new-ish earring designs I've been working on. Little cat faces and spears (or feathers, or leaves). In silver and brass, as usual. They're all in my shop should you be tempted.

It's been interesting getting set up for jewellery back in England. I started doing it in NYC and had no idea how to find supplies, casters, and so on back in London. But it's alright! There's a lovely little jewellery district in Hatton Gardens, well stocked with everything I could ever need. Thanks London.

Monday, July 23, 2012
Girlface Teacup

Another one of my ceramic experiments from NYC. This one, the lines of her face were meant to be black and her hair was meant to be dark blue. But hey, glaze doesn't do what you expect, so she has a washy blue face and blue/black/brown hair. She also looks incredibly grouchy when viewed from slightly above, but a bit more placid when you look at her face on. Still pretty grouchy. Go figure.

girl face teacup
girl face teacup
girl face teacup

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Switch on Tiny Showcase

Remember that four-page comic I made a few months back? Perhaps you do. Well, I have exciting news (or at least, news that I am very excited about). My pals at Tiny Showcase have released a beautiful, archival print of the first page of the comic. Man, those guys are good. Not only did they write the sweetest, most hilarious announcement for the upcoming print (seriously, they compare the release of this print to the release of Batman), but they're gonna donate $250 from the sales of print to Médecins Sans Frontières.

In case you wish to order one, they're available right here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Temporary farewells

as god reached for adam
As God reached for Adam, so Lion reached for the cat.

emotional farewells
We had to leave Milo in New York while we get situated in London. Going back for him at the end of the year, but it is sad to be without this creature for any time at all.

Note: the cat is in the exact same place in both these photos. Very little will convince him to move from a spot once he is in it.


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