My Voodoo On You at ink_d gallery!

Here is the Official Press Release for my Art installation Opening Oct 23rd – Nov 9th at ink_d gallery, 96 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YE
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Tiff McGinnis, aka Grande Dame, brings her multi-media spectacle to ink_d gallery, Brighton with My Voodoo On You – a bijou, psychedelic salon of sound, moving image, original art, limited editions, comics, textiles, wallpaper, soft furnishing, lights, ceramics and more.
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This has been a 5-year project in the making, starting with her album. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Tiff’s early years were steeped in the rich sounds of the Deep South. From her New Orleans Dixieland bandleader grandfather, to her rhythm and blues record-collecting father, to the twangy country ballads she heard blaring from the transistor radio – the sounds from her youth made an impact that would last a lifetime – and her album is a testament to that. It’s more of a collection of music from around the South than a genre-specific band album. Think dark, moody sound track to a southern gothic film. It’s available as a box set, on limited edition teal vinyl, with neon risograph print, or with a CD and Comic book.
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Once the album was recorded, Tiff set out to make videos and animations for some of her songs. She completed the herculean task of creating four music videos and one animated short for her spoken word, The Trip, which she also produced in comic book form. She will be projecting these visuals throughout her show. The Trip film has recently been licensed by legendary animation festival – Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation – and will be online shortly before the show/ album release.

Tiff then took images from her animations and made a series of artwork. Each piece loosely tells the story of a particular track. Inspired by iconography, film noir, pulp fiction covers, pinball, comic books, Art Nouveau, 60’s black light and Fillmore East Posters, indigenous art and more – Tiff’s work evokes images of those genres, but with her own big, colorful, alluring personal stamp.

My Voodoo On You Original Art by Grande Dame – Silk Screen with 24 CT Gold Overlay, Hand Colored with Acrylic Paint & Copic Ink, in gilded frame – 26” by 30”MyVoodooOnYou-GrandeDame

Almost & Maybes Original Art by Grande Dame – Silk Screen with 24 CT Gold Overlay, Hand Colored with Acrylic Paint & Copic Ink, in gilded frame – 30” by 40Almost&Maybes-GrandeDame

Always A Pleasure Original Art by Grande Dame ¬- Silk Screen with 24 CT Gold Overlay, Hand Colored with Acrylic Paint & Copic Ink, in gilded frame – 36” by 48”AlwaysForPleasure-GrandeDame

For her show, Tiff is creating an entire environment. All objects are inspired by her music: wallpapered walls, silken cushions, ceramics, embroidery, listening station, lights and more… Each song on the album has it’s own unique, colourful creation… So treat your eyes and ears and take a visit to this wild wonderland of Grande Dame’s Voodoo On You – upstairs at ink_d gallery Brighton from Oct 23rd to Nov 9th, 96 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YE. You will certainly be under her spell!
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Grande Dame at The Arches & more!

qbarch Costal Currents Art Festival is still going strong in Hastings! Today I will be hanging some silk screen prints at the local print studio – The Arches. The space is open for viewing this Saturday & Sunday, as well as next Saturday & Sunday. Really excited to be a part this show, as there other super talent artists involved and I know it will look amazing!
zeroh Last Sunday’s Pop Up T-Shirt Shop with Zeroh Studio was super cool! In fact there was such a good response that they are planning on doing more similar type events and have asked me to be involved! Yay! So, my quest to cover the world in Dodo’s just might happen after all!
10x10 The 10×10 group show curated by Jeff Disastronaut is truly awesome! He really did a stellar job of bringing the local community of artists together. All out work is so different, yet compliments each other splendidly. He is open daily through out the week & weekend, click pic for more info! Ok onwards and upwards spacefans! more soon! oxo gd

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Grande Dame LTD Edition Dodo T’s Available Today at Zeroh Pop Up Shop!

10625007_10153301313005400_1754326074504930985_n Ladies & Germs! Today from 2pm to 7pm Zeroh Studio will be hosting a Pop Up T Shirt Gallery & I will have a few LTD Edition DoDo Ts available!
10635744_10153297954910400_3875089654334718573_n They were very kind to let me use their silk screen studio to whip a few up! I was a bit rusty, I must admit, but luckily screen print wizard and fellow ink_d artist Screen Prince was there to hold my hand.
16314_10153301203580400_2014184937823873675_n They came out pretty good I must say!
IMG_4351 1 Here’s some detail of my Dodo up close…
IMG_4342 As I am a detail freak, I even customised them with the Grande Dame luxury brand label! Ha Ha!
10644808_10153301186930400_3969123304388558922_n Sadly I didn’t buy enough T Shirts – at the mo only 5 are available… But did have some spare silk and managed to print myself a nice scarf… The few pix I have posted online have gotten a huge response, so you can bet I will be doing more of this design! Luckily I have the screen too! So look out for more Ts, Scarves, Cushions, Upholstery – you name it! I shall cover the world in Raphus Cucullatus! Never forget! Ha Ha! So, if you are in Hastings, come down and say hi! It’s just in the alley way off Robertson Street! And loads of other amazing artists are involved too! So Yay! More soon! oxo GD

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I’m Featured Artist in Non Profit Quarterly

OwlDanceNonP Non Profit Quarterly, a magazine geared towards the charity and philanthropic sector, has chosen my work – Owl Dancers Porcelain Plate – as their featured artist this issue. Pretty cool! So nice to be recognised and have my work shown to a greater audience! Perhaps the MacArthur Foundation will see! Ha ha! More soon! oxo gd

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Grande Dame at Costal Currents!

10by10 Dear friends! I am getting excited about the big local Hastings/St Leonard’s Arts Fair – Costal Currents – which opens next week & runs until Sept 14th. So many cool things to check out and see! And I am happy to announce that I am involved in 3 super cool group shows! The first of which, 10 x 10 opens with a private view party next thurs eve! It’s at my dear friend and neighbour Jeff Disatronaut’s amazing studio space! Lots of brilliant artists are participating in this one so do have a peek!
zeroh Then next Sunday August 31st I am participating in a T-Shirt Pop Up Shop curated by fellow animators & graphic artists Zeroh Studio called Zeroh & Friends… I had initially bowed out, as I am busy working like a maniac on my upcoming show at Ink-D gallery… Then I was wearing one of my old silk screen designs & thought “wait, I really need to print this again!” So limited edition Grande Dame Dodo T’s will be available here! And I am honoured to hang my humble pieces among other great artists work!
CCArches Lastly I will have some of my silk screens on display at local hastings screen printing workshop & studio – The Arches – The studio is open Sept 6/7 & 13/14. Again truly amazing work by the other artists involved so be sure to check it out! ok back to work! more soon! oxo GD

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Grande Dame HQ Newz

collage I am the lamest blogger in the world! Ugh! What can I say? At the mo I am in total machine mode and find it easier to just create things than have to use words to explain myself! All systems are go on the upcoming show at Ink- D Gallery in Brighton on Oct 30th. Above is a little collage I made of the work I produced so far. Again I am making individual pieces for each track on the album. I have 13 tracks, so far I have 9 pieces done… 4 More to go! Yay! Pretty happy so far with the way everything is turning out!
MyVoodooOnYou-GrandeDame 3 pieces are even framed! Above is the finished piece for my track – My Voodoo On You. Silk Screen with 24CT Gold Overlay, Hand Coloured with Acrylic & Copic Inks. Even the frame is Gilded! That’s how I roll tho, if you’re gonna do it – GO ALL THE WAY! It’s a great feeling when you have an idea in your head and you make it & it comes out the way you envisaged! So Result!
tripwebmovieposter2 In other news, I am happy to report that I have signed a contract with Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation for them to screen The Trip & Black Leather at their screening events! Wow! They are the top of Mount Olympus as far as twisted animation is concerned. And to be in their roster of directors is such a mega MEGA honour! Yay! So nice to be recognised!
Dame & Meatraffle Sadly I have had to take a break from my Soho Radio gig. Unfortunately I just cant do everything, as much as I wish I could! Once I’m closer to having everything lined up for the show/ album release, I promise I’ll be back! If you havent heard my shoes, click the pic for the archive!
Ok loads more soon! oxoGD

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Almost & Maybes – Story of My Life

Almost&Maybes1 So tonight at Comic Con in San Diego, my film The Trip plays The Spike & Mike Twisted Animation Gauntlet Show. It is an honour to be included, but I am absolutely devastated to not be there. I fantasised about this weekend for months – there dressed up in my glam outfits and clown shoes, handing my comic to Tim & Eric, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, & Matt Groening, and having my picture taken with all the nutters and partying my ass off basically…  At night as I lay in bed I dreamed about this night… My producer booked a hotel, it was all planned out, I was totally POZ I would get in, as it is Sick & Twisted… But the organisers said they wouldn’t do final selection till the end and couldn’t guarantee me a place… With my upcoming art show I panicked and canceled… Then boom tues night I got the word that I made it through… In a cruel twist of fate here I sit on the other side of the globe… This was my mega dream…

I can’t help but think about the track on my album Almost & Maybes – a happy/sad song about almost getting there but then everything goes wrong in the end. I am mega proud of this track I must say. It has a total 70’s Tammy Wynette Grand Ole Opry feel to it… In fact the pedal steel player Melvin Duffy’s (Waterboys) dad played pedal steel on D-I-V-O-R-C-E! I was also very lucky to have PFunk Vocalists – Mike Clip Payne, Joey Eppard & Deville Edwards singing back up… The musicians are stand out on this one & my drummer Adrian Meehan really pulled out the stops with the production… I guess it’s best not to plan anything… Enjoy the struggle & if it works out – great! Anyhoo, as I am busy working on the upcoming show, which is original art works telling the story of each track, I thought I would share Almost & Maybes with you… The pic above loosely illustrates the song – me gambling and partying with the devil…  And I wonder why things go awry… Hmmm… Oh well onwards and upwards, I will enjoy the process… More soon oxo gd
PS – Radio Show will be back shortly… Need time off to focus on the show…

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