Monday, January 17, 2011

Bye Bye Pussycat

Today I have decided to shut down my Runcible Spoon blog. It wasn't getting the hits I hoped it would and, frankly, one blog is enough for anyone to keep updated. So, by way of a eulogy, this post has all of the best bits from the blog.

The purpose of The Runcible Spoon was to see how different artists interpret the poems of Edward Lear. It kicked off with The Owl and the Pussycat and first submission came in from Portsmouth-based artist, writer and programmer Simon Rudd. Love the layout. Simon's website is here. The horror stuff he does is particularly icky. In a good way.

Next up was a submission from @ideletick via Twitter. They wrote: 'GenXY take, instant pop culture: "Hedwig & Garfield went to sea in a beautiful pea green bowl"'. Love it!

Kat Brandenberger (site here) shared a wonderful idea. She made these and other transparencies for shadow play with her kids. If only all parents were so keen to get involved in creative play.
And last but not least we have a submission that came in from Morgan Ritchie. He decided to illustrate instead ...

The Obsequious Ornamental Ostrich,
who wore Boots to keep his feet quite dry.


Morgan is a student at Edinburgh College of Art who came to attention in 2010 with an art project called 100 Days of Fry in which he drew the eminent national treasure in a bewildering variety of bizarre situations and activities. It led to him being commissioned to do artwork for the 2011 QI Annual. I met him at a recording of the show and again at an end of the year QI party in London. Morgan had travelled all the way down from Scotland to meet us all ... despite having nowhere to stay overnight. He ended up camping in a London train station for eight hours but claims that it was worth it.

With that kind of dedication I see a splendid future for him in the industry. Do visit his site here or his Flickr stream here.

And so, farewell to The Runcible Spoon ... but it's not goodbye to the thought behind it. I'm still keen to see other people's takes on Lear's poems and, if you send them in, I'll post them on this blog.

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