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Toodles 2017!

Thought I would do a little year end round up on here, since I barely post anymore. I think I have mentioned this before, but the more technology moves in an intrusive manner – tracking us, recording our convos and spamming us with ads etc… – the less I want to share my life online. Hence – sporadic posting. That being said – what a horrid fucking year it’s been! I do believe Elon Musk is right and we are in a simulated matrix! It’s the only thing that makes sense! Everyone’s mind is poisoned with – I cant even say his fucking name! – twitler. It is a disease. The GOP are as Noam Chomsky says “the most dangerous organization/ terrorist groups on the planet!” I can never forgive my old friends and family that voted for this garbage. Praying for a flip in 18. Political rants aside – it was an amazing year for me personally!
The Apple thing was mental. Did not see it coming, and BOOM my animations were all over the world constantly for months in every country on the PLANET! Made a few coins too, so that was cool – app is still avail ere for iphone users! GET IT!
Then Facebook came calling at the exact same time! It was crazy! All of the sudden I was in demand to the biggest most powerful companies on Planet Earth! WTF? Literally fell into that whole sticker thing by accident, but what a good accident to fall into! I even got sticker fans from it – yes it’s true – I have sticker fans! There is such a thing – it is real!

My gifs became world famous – I’ve now passed 72 million views – and growing! More people than all of the UK have seen my GIFS!! That is INCREDIBLE! If there is one area I have achieved world domination, it’s me gifs!

I got to meet George Clinton & we swapped Cazals! The KING OF FUNK! WOWWWWWW! I’m not worthy Garth! Was like meeting God.
My Carson McCullers short I presented at the acedemic conference at John Cabot University in Rome was a HUGE HIT! And I have more exciting news about this project coming soon – yippie!
And travelling around Rome & Barcelona with Mamma was the best trip of my life! We had so much fun!
But my highlight of the year most definitely has been my show at The St Leonard Pub. When the idea came about, I thought “it’s just a local pub show, no big deal, I’m not going to put a whole lot into it, as no one will buy anything.” My goddess – how wrong was I! To be fair, I did make a bunch of new work right before the opening. So I did put alot into it. Funny, when I first hung it up in the day time, I thought “ugh, I hate it! Looks just like I moved my flat in here.” But when I came back at night, it was a totally different place! The work really popped! And wow! Did I do sales! I’m pretty much out of everything but giclees at the mo! In fact it’s still up – comes down Jan 10th. Nearly a 5 month run! Incredible!

And the pub have made my video installation and a lightbox permanent!!! And have invited me back again for next year! But more than the sales, which really have been off the charts, getting to know the owners Phil and Chris, and all the regulars and locals who come in, and who bought my work – that has been brilliant! Sometimes it can be hard when you are on your own, walking into a full pub where you don’t know anyone – it can be quite intimidating. There were a few times before were I walked in and walked out, just cos I was by myself and felt awkward and alone. But now – I know everyone! I’m even on a pub quiz team! Ha! So it’s really been life changing. This has made me really feel part of the community. And as I said at the beginning – with technology destroying us, invading us, and tearing us apart – now is the time to go into our communities and really connect, because the social network experiment is a disaster!

So all in all I was sittin pretty in 2017, a much needed improvement from the previous year!!! But I had to work my ass off and fight to get many of my rewards, nothing was handed to me & I’m still fighting. And, if I can be honest, it was hard to enjoy my small success’ when I have seen so much suffering, and I know so many people are suffering at the hands of the worlds political powers. All I can do is continue to work hard, bring as much colour and joy to people, and hopefully make a living in the process. Maybe one day I can do something to help those who so desperately need it. So, that is my yearly rant! If you reached this point – much appreciated. Now get off the computer and go hug a person or animal now! Lots of Love & all the best in 2018! oxo GD

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Rad Photo & Write Up


Before my opening the other night, I told myself a dozen times to make sure to get photos on the night – and if nothing else – of my outfit! Ha – priorities! Of course once the party kicked off I was so busy scurrying around from person to person, mingling, checking the music, making sure the vids were playing, etc; that like always – I forgot! I even tried to take a selfie in the downstairs toilets but they didn’t turn out. Then right near the end of the night I happened to meet a photographer named Nathan Thomas Jones – who asked could he take my pic and directed me in the middle of London Road for a very dramatic shot! Also the one above – I’m standing infront of the Co-Op Supermarket with the Dallas Fried chicken reflecting on the windows – drama! Anyhoo, click the pic or here to see his other amazing shot and write up – Thanx Nathan! More soon oxo gd

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Grande Dame Sportswear, Houseware and More!


Ladies & Gentleman! I am very excited to debut my line of printed EVERYTHING! Well pretty much everything – Ha!

For ages I have seen various sites where you can have your designs printed on pillow or iphone cases, but I wasn’t interested in either.

Then one day I started thinking – I would like to make my own leggings – and through the magic of google I found the site RageOn. Not only do they print on leggings, but drawstring pants, boxers, yoga pants, socks, high tops, low tops, sweatshirts, tanks, dresses, hoodies, duvet covers, towels, blankets, t shirts and so much more!

And it’s totally affordable! Prices start at $8 for ankle socks and go up to $100 for a Duvet cover! Wow! Unlike fast fashion, where they make tons of articles of clothing – this is made to order, so no waste! Yay!

It’s produced in the States and Eastern Europe. And it’s a 25 day turn around.
There are so many items – literally something for everyone and I want one of everything! Seriously dying!

OMG! WANT! No – NEED! So click any of the gifs or here to get to my shop. At first you see a series of hoodies, if you click on any, at the bottom of each pic you can scroll through all the different products!

Everything looks SO LUSH! It was difficult to choose what images to make gifs of. These are just a few of my faves, but there are dresses, shower curtains – even fleece blankets! Tons of items! So Perfect for Xmas! So get ordering so I can get some outfits PLEEZE! Happy Shopping! oxo gd

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Grande Dame in Preserve Magazine!

I’m a week late with this post, as I like many others around the world have been distracted by the UK imploding on itself… But I was pleasantly surprised when I received a copy of the superbly printed Preserve Magazine by my friend Jack Booth. I am truly honoured to have been asked to be featured. There are several amazing works by many other inspiring artists inside too! I can honestly say I have never seen my work printed to such a high standard as Jack has accomplished in a magazine. The colors are spot on and the paper weight is SO LUSH! Seriously, these pages are good enough to frame and hang on the wall! Well done Jack! It’s really more like an artbook than a mag! And at £10 – a bargain! So Click HERE or the pix to get your copy! FAB! More soon! OXOGD

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Grande Galleries Open!

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This is a long time overdue, BUT I finally got around to putting my art archives up online! To be honest, it’s not EVERYTHING I have done, but a good majority of my work. I joined this new site PRZM. It’s cool because unlike ETSY, you can feature work for sale, but also show previous sold works, which is great, as I have many! And unlike Flickr, where you just have images, you can also have buy options! Pretty cool! It took me ages to put it together, and I am still adding to it, but a good portion of my creations are up and viewable to the world. There is a lot to see! So make a cup of tea and have a gander! If you see anything that catches your eye, get in touch! Click pic or here! More soon! oxo GD

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Burning Man Bound!

dangcruise Tomorrow morning I set off on my journey – headed to Burning Man to assist with interior design on this awesome ride – The Dang Gang Imperial Cruiser!! And other mad vehicles!! Is this real? Part of me still can’t believe it, but the other part can, because I have done a lot of work & now I’m starting to physically feel it! ha!
dangfabric All the fabric I designed came out beyond my expectations! Fabpad are the best fabric printers in the UK! Really over the moon!
danggangcush It’s hard to pick a favorite one! But this is a strong contender! I did 60 cushions in all, ranging in various sizes & patterns – some are even as big as beds! 5 feet by 5 feet! Wow!
dangbunting I even used some of the cushion remnants to make bunting! Waste not want not!
danggangflag My original design has become the official logo for Dang Gang Car Crew. If you’re at Burning Man this year – they should be flying at 8:45 between K & L – as well as on a few vehicles! So look out for them!
dangembroidery I also made an embroidery of the Dang Gang Dragon mascot – called Chairman Dang of Gang – hoping it will have a space to hang out there…
dangmumu2 And I made a few mumus – because – why not?
dangmumu1 I had an Aunt who, once she turned 40, all she wore was Mumus – that’s how I see myself! Ha! I’m going into my Mumu Phase! This one was inspired by Sun Ra’s “Space is the Place”…
boodang Boo Boo knows something is up! Sorry boy… I also took the logo image & other chinoiserie type drawings and made some trippy videos and loops! There is one car with a huge sail that the vids will be projected on!! OMG! HOW COOL!!! Some have accused me of overdoing it – but what can I say? I like to work in loads of different mediums! Most people have life goals of owning homes and having kids – mine are to explore as many creative avenues as possible! And what a great platform for me to exhibit my wares & collaborate with other talented artists! Plus it’s going to be beyond taking in the all the mad spectacle – Thank You UNIVERSE! Follow me on instagram if you want to keep up with my mad cap adventures!!! Ok toodles yall! oxo gd

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My Clown Shoes In The News

MICHELLE KEEGAN - RSH Yesterday I posted a picture of UK Soap Actress Michelle Keegan wearing my Isis design wedges for Terry de Havilland. Well today it is an actual story in the Daily Mail that she wore the Coco Clown Shoes! Ha! The headline is – “What a circus! Michelle Keegan jazzes up pretty lemon dress with crazy clown shoes as she juggles a busy day” – Cracks me up!
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She posted a pic on her instagram feed and that made it into the story too – “The 27-year-old actress wowed in a lemon midi dress as she arrived at the ITV Studios to film an appearance for Alan Carr’s Chatty Man.
But the real style statement was Michelle’s choice of shoes, with the star gushing over her designer clown print heels on Instagram.” Over 36,000 people have liked the photo but there are some funny comments under the pic – esp from foot fetishists! Ha! Funny, I wore them yesterday too! Must have been International Clown shoe day! 🙂 More soon… oxo GD

Editors Update – Seems the Clown Shoes are making headlines all over the Tabloids! They’re actual stories in OK & Look Mags! And loads of other celeb journo sites too. Mental! Extra Extra! Actress Wears Wacky Clown Shoes! Ha Ha!

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