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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My Film The Trip Premieres at Spike & Mikes Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation!!!

tripwebmovieposter2OMG! OMG! OMG!!!! I have reached a personal goal in my life! My short film – The Trip – made it into – Spike & Mikes Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation at Comic Con San Diego!!!. If you don’t know the name, it’s only THE HOLY GRAIL of animation film festivals!!! Esp twisted ones, which is the genre I work in! And at Comic Con! THE center of the universe for all things comic & cartoon! WOW WOW WOW!! Spike & Mikes Have been been going since the 70′s, and have premiered the works and helped jump start the careers of many animation legends – Nick Park, Bill Plympton, Tim Burton, Pixar, Mike Judge, the guys from South Park & more! So yeah, it’s mega! The Trip is in their Gauntlet show, which is a bit like the Gong show. The films play and after a couple of minutes the audience decides whether it should continue or not… Hopefully mine makes it through to the end! A bittersweet moment for me, as I hoped and prayed that The Trip would make it into the festival. I planned a trip to cali, dreamed about handing out my comic to people & having my picture taken with all the nutters… But after I didn’t hear anything, I decided to cancel, as I have been busy working on my upcoming art show, and well, I didn’t think I would get in… But they only made the final selection last week & the show is Friday! 2 days! Unless I sprout wings, I ain’t gonna make it! But if you are or you know people going! Check it out! Click the poster for more deets! And vote for The Trip to make it through! Dreams do come true, but not always how you imagined them! oxo gd

Official Trailer – The Trip by Grande Dame from Grande Dame on Vimeo.
Gauntlet poster Comic Con 2014

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My Weekend in The Big Smoke Plus Ep 7 Up Now!

Rak Studios
Just got back from a weekend in the big smoke and it was jam packed all the way! Started my friday morning at the legendary Rak Studios in Maida Vale home to glam rock mega producer Mickie Most RIP and also my publishers – Touch Tones Music. Had a great meeting with them going over the album release plans. It was great to see their reaction to the vinyl box set & comic.
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I had a great show this week, well I think it was. Sans guest but choice tunes if I do say so myself! I even got to play one of my own. So great to watch the turquoise record spin!
shoegasm I had a major shoegasm friday night when I went to stay with Terry de Havilland & his lovely wife Liz. It was like xmas as I got a few more pairs of shoes I designed!! So proud! They truly are stunning. Now that I am a beach bunny I live in flip flops, and find walking in heels challenging, might have to get someone to carry me around town so I can wear them out! Ha!
hiretonyfern Saturday I went to stay with my dear friends Tony & Fernando. I was pleasantly surprised to see a newly framed Hire Car print in their gorgeous flat! And my fave one too cos it’s turquoise! Awesome! They are total sweeties and I had a wonderful time in their lovely home…
Dan&MeMod Saturday evening I went to meet & interview one of my music/ art heroes – Daniel Higgs! I was super nervous before I went, and a touch during, but he was super down to earth, sweet and very approachable. The interview went great & I will include the audio in my next radio show. Later my friends joined me at his concert. It was really good. He is such a mesmerising entertainer.
I made it home Sunday just in time to meet up with my Hastings friends for some post birthday celebrations. All & all a perfect weekend! Took care of biz, had an awesome show! Saw some old friends and met some new ones! Anyhoo, Episode 7 below! Enjoy! oxo gd

Electric Crazyland – Ep 7 by Soho Radio on Mixcloud

Tracklist for Electric Crazyland Episode 7
1.Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir – Rainstorms In My knee
2.Daniel Higgs – Leontocephaline Rhapsody
3.Taj Mahal – Linin Track
4.Grande Dame – Almost & Maybes
5.Yamasuki – Yama Yama
6.Silver Apples – You & I
7.Lightening Rod – Doriella Due Fontaine
8.Free – Walk In My Shadow
9.Ry Cooder – Get Away
10.Eddie Harris – Drunk Man
11.Henry Vestine – LSD Boogie
12.Barry & The Remains – Diddy Wah Diddy
13.Link Wray – Commanche
14.Leaf Hound – Freelance Fiend
15.Tor – Peders – Islossning C-Moll
16.Blue Phantom – Diodo
17.Curtis Knight – Down In The Village
18.Billy & Friends – Hua Rock
19.Iggy & The Stooges – Penetration
20.Alphonse Muzon – Space Invaders
21.Redd Kross – Annettes Got The Hits
22.Little Barry – Pauline
23.Skinny Girl Diet – Nadine
24.The Damned – Looking At You
25.Willie Joe & His Unitar – Unitar Rock
26.Tim Love Lee – There’s Your Man
27.Robbie D – The Rumble Of The Thunder

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