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Grande Dame Talks to Whistleblower Gallery!

There’s a new gallery in Brighton and I am very happy to be one of the represented artists. Whistleblower Gallery is Dan Hipkin’s new project. Dan is a super amazing guy and was the former head curator of ink-d Gallery, Brighton. It was Dan’s keen eye for upcoming talent that really helped put ink-d on the map. He curated shows for Ryan Callanan, Carrie Reichardt, Modern Toss, Eelus, James Cauty, Jake-Wood Evans, Eine, Jon Burgerman, Peter Kennard, Sir Peter Blake, Sarah Shaw, Dan Baldwin, Lady Aiko, Paul Scott, Matt Smith, Maria Rivans, Alex Binnie, Pinky, Petro, Jamie Hewlett, Ian Hodgson, Andy Doig, Snub, Sten & Lex, Req, and myself; as well as many more talented artists.
I sat down with him a few weeks back and discussed many things, from growing up in the deep south, to early influences, animation, embroidery and more! Click either pic or HERE to read. So excited to be a part of this new artist hub! Watch this space! oxo GD
*Pics @whistleblowergallery

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I Give Good Gif!

giphypage1 People have been saying to me for a few years “You should be a GIF artist!” I always thought thought that was a silly idea. My reply would be “I’m so sure! I am a storyteller! An animator! My work takes months, sometimes years! Gifs are only a few frames!” Initially I was put off because it didn’t seem challenging enough. I could do gifs in my sleep. I’m used to working on things that nearly kill me, not something I can do in a few minutes… But in this click society we live in, peoples attention spans are compromised. To ask someone to watch a 5 min animation, is asking them to invest their time. And 9 out of 10 people, will not give you their time. But see, gifs are forced upon you – kinda like eyeball rape. You have no choice. You will see it whether you want to or not!

Last year I started noticing Huff Po Arts and Juxtapose writing about Gif Artists, so I decided that I would go through my library of work and compile a number of gifs, but then my computer died in Sept and it took me a few months before I could replace it. I vowed to myself – as soon as I get a new computer I will spend the first month compiling gifs. Once I reach 100, I will email GIPHY and ask them if I could be a featured artist. I started making them mid Dec and last week I reached 97 – I had one more day to go to reach 100, then I would email them. But before I reached my goal, they emailed me! “We came across your Giphy channel and think your custom gifs are truly awesome! As a result, we went ahead and upgraded your account from “user” to “artist”. We love your work!” How rad is that??? Totally blown away! Just in the short time I have been doing them I have gotten a lot more followers, likes, & shares. And I have been featured several times on their front page! I guess in retrospect, I have always been a gif artist. My style lends itself better towards visual loops than actual stories. So, perhaps this is my calling? It certainly feels like it! Goal Reached! Woo! Anyhoo, the coolest thing about being a GIPHY Artist – is that they have a player looping all my gifs! The other day I had it playing while I was listening to music – it goes great as a visual accoutrement to any sound! So, put some tunes on and watch below! Or check out all the gifs here on my Giphy Channel! Yay! On to the next goal! oxo gd

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Happy 4th = Free Download!

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To celebrate Independance Day, Tummy Touch Records is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of my debut album (under my old moniker Crazy Girl) Southern Belle From Hell! Of course it features my musical love letter to the country of my birth Miss USA! So Click the pic or HERE and get your freebie now!

SBFH Box Set There’s also a few Crazy Girl Box Sets available! For £29.99 you get – The Album in full on CD, An American Apparel 100% Cotton 8 Colour Silk Screened T-Shirt, A DJ Mix, Plus 5 Badges – All in A Fancy Box, with a signed certificate of authenticity! What A Deal! Whoa! So grab yourself a bargain and rare artefact by clicking here – not many left!

crazy-girl-miss-usa-tummy-touch There’s also a couple of 7’s of Miss USA too! Enjoy! And happy 4th yall! oxo GD

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The Last Summer Video Interview!

ShadyAssMutherFuckinBitches111MBack before The Last Summer Show opened at 111 Minna Gallery, I gave a video interview about my influences etc… Anyone who knows me, knows I have a real phobia about video interviews! I dunno why, but I do… I just freeze up for some reason in my head and worry I will project the wrong image or whatever… It’s one of my quirks, perhaps a control issue? Ha! But I think it went quite well! Actually the one part of my interview I was hoping they would cut out, is what they left in and is kinda hilaire! No point in taking ones self too seriously, eh? So check it out! Plus you can see Caroline Weaver & Jamie Bizness plus Mildred & Pacolli’s awesome works too! Ok check it out & Remember the show is up until July 30th!!Big Thanx to Abyssurdian Productions for the awesome vid! More soon oxo GD

The Last Summer from Abyssurdian Productions on Vimeo.

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More UV Goodness…

ChickenmanUV Yesterday I went down and snapped some more pix of my work! I still can’t believe how awesome it looks in Blacklight! Wow!!
legendtemp Sadly the proper camera battery died and I just had to use my phone, but still!!! How cool!!!
StAgathaUV I’m hoping I can get back down there and snap some proper hi-def ones while I’m still here…
mstemp Seriously I’m blown away! UV is soooooo me!
LadyisadameUV It all really pops!
StomachFlutterUV Love it all! yay!

And I even got a shout out on Creep Machine Magazine! Woo! Hopefully I can get some proper images, cos I wanna make a little promo vid of it all… Or if I can’t perhaps I can sweet talk a SF based photgrapher to help… Fingers crossed! Shot some vid projections too.. Everything looks ace! yay! Stay tuned! And if you’re in San Francisco, make sure you get down to 111 Minna Gallery to check it out! oxo GD

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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

1975218_10152909111740400_995682383_n Happy Mardi Gras! Today is the day to eat, drink, be merry, and have as much hedonistic pleasures as you poss can! As tomorrow begins Lent – the time to abstain and give up blah blah blah boring…the Lent part is anyway! The Mardi Gras part is so much fun and I wish I could get back to New Orleans to celebrate it! Above is my dear Uncle Diggie Boom Boom at New Orleans Mardi Gras 1980. It was his favourite time of year! He was totally in his element. It was rare for him to miss, even of he was on the other side of the planet he would make the pilgrimage back to his home to engage in the pagan rites of spring shenanigans… It was his religion in a way – enjoying life, living it to the full, dressing up and having a total laugh. That is what he taught me, and I am grateful for that! Anyhoo, remember to eat, drink and live high on the hog today! And Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! aka Let the Good Times Roll! Enjoy! oxo gd

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The Trip Comic – coming together nicely!!

the trip comic
The holidays are over YAY! Now back to work! Yay! Started putting The Trip Comic together and OMFG – It looks awesome so far!! I will admit, I had it real rigid at first with super even squares and all the letter blocks in the same places – totally OCD… Then just for fun I pulled out some of my old Swamp Thing copies and saw the error of my ways and loosened it up a bit. I am halfway through with the layout… Then it will take ages to tweak, but so far so good! My deadline is Jan 31st, then I send it out to the printers! It’s coming together easier than I imagined, I LOVE when that happens! The Trip Comic and Animated Short out this summer! Woo Hoo! watch this space! gd x 🙂

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