The Extistentialists

In the spirit of doing something completely different…. I had a go at making a couple of French Existentialist philosophers… as you do!
So here are Jean-Paul Satre & Simone De Beauvoir.
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I’ve been listening to a lot to a lot of interesting lectures on youtube… It’s quite hard to physically read a book and knit at the same time so audio books are my new favourite thing!


I really like how they look as woolly dolls with profound quotes about the pointlessness & absurdity of life!

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This is a great little film on Satre – just 6 minutes!


Work in Progress….. Fleetwood Mac

Sometimes before things are properly finished.. they can look really weird! I’m keen to get the arms and faces on these..they are slightly freaky!

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These are going to be  4 sets of Fleetwood Macs.. like this set but with a few tweaks….

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This set I gave to Jenny Boyd at a Beatles Day event in September where she was talking about her book, It’s Not Only Rock & Roll.

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This is he largest order I have undertaked – 5 members, 4 bands. That’s 20 dolls.  They are coming together… but slowly!

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Completed… 2 more Bob Dylan Orders

After a bit of a stalled production process due to house moving, settling in and getting sorted out… these are a couple of orders that I’d like to have finished sooner… Sorry.

But here they are now….

1. 2001 Rome Bob Dylan (for Nicole)

This was the requested picture to base another Bob on….


Here’s the finished article!

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2. Highway 61 Bob (For Jim)

So, here they both are still arguing over what to play next….
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See you later…. Allen Ginsberg (Part 2)

Allen Takes A Trip…

Allen loved talking about San Francisco in the Sixties. He had some Owlsley acid given to him by Ken Kesey back in the day.

Next thing…It’s in my tea and I’ve just drunk it.

“Allen, What have you done? What’s happening?”

Everywhere I looked suddenly colours became vivid…. Everything felt unusual and strange…..

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Everywhere I looked… all I could see was technicolor Timothy B Schmidt!

I’ve been listening to Poco too much!? This is very weird..

….. It was all very peculiar and I lost all track or reality, real time and space!

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Ha ha! I just love any excuse to make psychedelic pictures.

Tim is of course my friend I wrote about already Mr Jay Fynn the fabulous songwriter… who sent this picture of Allen in his new place with lots of book.I think he looks pretty happy to be there!

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& a little mention for Mr Fynns New release, “Odd Nodules” which can be streamed or downloaded for free. Worth it for every moment of “Kittens”

Allen Ginsberg…Allen Ginsberg! Part 1.

I really wanted to try to finish another rocker…. I was inspired to start an Allen Ginsberg a while ago. He’s a bit of a counterculture hero of mine.I recently read about a book about the Social history of psychedelics and LSD… & Mr Ginsberg was a huge advocate and spoke up for Timothy Leary at his trial.

I’ve had this copy of Howl bought from the City Light Bookshop in San Francisco for a while:
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I only recently saw this film about the ‘Howl’ obscenity trial though. It has some beautiful animations which really brings to life a lot of the imagery in the poem. It’s well worth a watch.
HOWL the film,  on the BBC iplayer.


For Carl Solomon

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war,
who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull,
who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burning their money in wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through the wall,
who got busted in their pubic beards returning through Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,
who ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine in Paradise Alley, death, or purgatoried their torsos night after night
with dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,
incomparable blind streets of shuddering cloud and lightning in the mind leaping toward poles of Canada & Paterson, illuminating all the motionless world of Time between,
Peyote solidities of halls, backyard green tree cemetery dawns, wine drunkenness over the rooftops, storefront boroughs of teahead joyride neon blinking traffic light, sun and moon and tree vibrations in the roaring winter dusks of Brooklyn, ashcan rantings and kind king light of mind,
who chained themselves to subways for the endless ride from Battery to holy Bronx on benzedrine until the noise of wheels and children brought them down shuddering mouth-wracked and battered bleak of brain all drained of brilliance in the drear light of Zoo,

Read the rest of the poem here.. I like part 3.. I’m with you in Rockland’:

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A few more pictures of Allen.. He’s giving a lecture tour and few reading around London…
I feel like one of ‘the mad ones’ walking around London looking for quiet places to get my woolly Allen Ginsberg out!
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Not quite ‘City Lights’ but this was just there is the little Mews I found…. where no one was around.
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Next up.. Part 2. Allen Takes a trip!

Jackie Greene…… Times Three!

I had a special request from a lovely lady called Lisa,who already has a Jack Fate & previously ordered Jerry Garcia too, to make not one Jackie Greene, but three!
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Jackie Greene plays a lot with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, former member of the Grateful Dead. It was a challenge to get them all as identical as possible. After a bit of picture research we decided on the white Gibson SG guitars with the braid straps.
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This is the picture I based that on…….
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The great thing about this is that Lisa tells me that one of these is actually for the man himself! Now.. That’s a first for me. Maybe after Chritmas we’ll see the Real Jackie Greene with his woolly self!? Who know…. it would be great.
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I enjoyed listening to some of his songs.  I like him.