Friday, 30 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
In the 70's and 80's presenters like Tony Hart made art not only entertaining but gave you the inspiration to think that you could do it for a career. Who'd have known that years on I'd be working on SMart (Take Hart's poor relation) coming up with the makes; but it would never be the same as kids watching an incredible artist doing his own work and inspiring you - not just giving you the ingredients to build what they tell you to.
Children's TV has never been the same and it's a very sad loss all round........
Friday, 16 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Well this was the last thing I made - for Miss Holly Smith, a shoe bag for her first pair of shoes.
The lovely Holly was one last week and started walking on Christmas Eve. In the house of Tobyboo we're still waiting for ours to make those precious and yet clumsy first steps from Toby aged 14 and a half months.
Toby now has his second pair of shoes and still isn't walking, I'm sure in the toddler world (although I can't call him a toddler seeing as he isn't toddling) he gets bullied and yet doesn't fit in with the tiny babies..... So I've now turned into one of those worrying mothers that compares hers to other children. Toby can do two very exciting things: jabber for Baby Gap and dance like no ones watching (although of course everyone is) His favourite artists and songs seem to be Rhianna, 'Walk this Way' (no, not the Girls Aloud nonsense one) and judging from the dancing Christmas tree, Wings with 'Wonderful Christmas Time'. Toby does also dance to alarms (alarms not The Alarm)
So, I'm watching him now thinking any minute now he might take that giant leap but he's just shaking his head......hey ho.......
Saturday, 10 January 2009
I'll start at the begining.....once upon a time there was a small girl called Tina, everyone kept telling her she was really good at 'art' (whatever that meant) so she followed a yellow brick road and ended up at Central St Martins doing a degree in Jewellery. Tina was a very bad girl and didn't do the lovely shiny jewellery that was expected of her, she liked to use rubbish metals and other things and quite frankly made pieces that you couldn't exactly wear. So what was Tina supposed to do? that's right, follow the advice of an art history tutor and work in television!
Strangely this is what Tina wanted to do ever since she was 15 and was addicted to watching Network 7 every Sunday morning when she wasn't already at the studio annoying the production staff. So, she worked her way up in TV land and loved almost 45% until one day, like Sleeping Beauty (only not tall and blonde and not actually sleeping) she collapsed at work and was sent home never to work again.......
After Tina's 7 year sleep a Toby was born (obviously a lot is missing from this part) and Tina decided that she really couldn't afford all of Toby's friends presents so she created......Tobyboo! The end.