NEW! SPECIAL! OFFER!

54 FACES master

HEY YOU GUUUUUUUUUUUYS!!!

hope ur doing well and things are on the UP

so i have a new ‘special deal’ for you, the fine people of planet earth / the internet

basically, for a MERE £45 (66USD), you will receive

~ one ORIGINAL mini-collage (A5 size). you can choose the subject / content of this collage!

~ one signed HQ print (on Somerset enhanced velvet paper) of your choice from the ‘top 20′ of my collages (the ones that have gotten the best response across WP / facebook / tumblr / twitter ~ pls see links below…)

~ one signed copy of my poetry pamphlet, Edibles, recently described by Todd Swift as ‘an innovatively witty piss-take of modern culture’

~ one ‘mystery gift’, this could be a hand-drawn cartoon / a postcard / a completely random object from my home ;-)

if ur interested please email me at stainton9@gmail.com (secure payment can also be made to this address via PayPal)

here are the ‘top 20′ collages from 2 years of hello, figg-ing ~

man of 54 faces (this is the brand new collage above btw)

wave for the camera

always on my mind

gold-digger #1 / #2

man, book, er, prize

future travel #1

choose life

word

city by the sea

big bang theory

the new king

hollywood menu #1 ~ starlet sauce

the home guard

and now, the end is near

guns, flowers, fag

100% pure

pray for mercy from coca-cola

gravity

oblivious

future travel #3

will and grace

[Ben :D :D :D]

Fresh Figs #7 ~ Sun Ira

would you like to swing on a star_

hey there wordpress ppl!

here are some NICE things for you this tuesday on the internet

the collage above is called ‘would you like to swing on a star’

and the one below is ‘cow-grid catastophe’ …

the artist’s name is Sun Ira / Ira Carter and here’s what he has to say ~ ~ ~

Artistic history starts when I was a wee chile and encouraged by my parents. Went off to art school while dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. Became a graphic artist working in the SF Bay area. Got in on the ground floor of the Mac revolution in 1984 and taught myself how to make it do what I wanted. My art practice is informed by Dada and the desire to make confrontational but humorous art that tells truth to power in a world full of consumption, exploitation, and militarism. My hope is that a sense of play and holy foolishness comes across.

here’s Sun’s beeyootiful tumblr

hope your week is kol as heck ;-) [from Ben x]

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Fresh Figs # 6 ~ Scott Hatt

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new images for your eyeballs / brains this week come from Indiana-based vintage-collage-machine, Scott Hatt!

instead of a bio, Scott sent me this amazing / mad / esoteric poem-commentary on his collages ~

Southern States: Bang, and the Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century
Norfolk warned me not to draw
while wearing air corps style glasses
Small targeted machine of dubious origin
the building of your America
Coffee and an orb: served,
Thai monuments in German photos.
Gertrude Jekyll’s Preface was of some help
Radio’s Proportions – divine
19th Century figures cavort and Chilly waves
Fifty Yen, Rouen, and Ramsgate.
Fifteen degrees west of Greenwich:
Crystals and Orphans.

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here’s Scott’s very active FB account, his tumblr and his ArtStack pages

[if you’d like to submit something to ‘Fresh Figs’, please see the guidelines here]

bon appetit! :D

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Fresh Figs # 5 ~ Danai Gkoni

Danai Tourist

HELLO! new work this week [week 5 of ‘Fresh Figs‘] comes from Danai Gkoni :D the collage above is called ‘Touristic Season’ and the one below is ‘Storm is Coming’… here’s Danai’s bio ~ ~ ~

Τhe cities I lived in are constant inspirations as spatial and social conditions ~ those images are dystopic and entertaining at the same time. Coming from the field of architecture I’m deeply interested in the dynamics of space and the built environment, the urban lifestyle and its aesthetics, the pleasure of urbanity as a space of togetherness and isolation at the same time- those are the concepts I try to explore as a digital artist.

Danai Gkoni is an architect and digital artist. She has lived, studied and worked in Greece and the Netherlands. During her studies, she developed a keen interest on the contemporary urban condition. With architectural collage as a starting point, since 2013 she is exploring a particular style of digital illustration- narrating surreal and sometimes dystopic urban stories.

and here are Danai’s tumblr, website and society6

h a p p y t h u r s d a y y a l l <3

Danai storm

Fresh Figs # 4 ~ Phil Carney

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hey! i’ve been a bit slooooooow recently because i dislocated AND fractured my shoulder bone last Thursday… i made a noise a bit like this ~ BBBBBBBBBBLLLLLEEEEEEARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHNGNGNGFNGNGNGFFFFKKFKKFKKFKKF ~ and then had to go to hospital. it was quite literally WHACK. but the liquid morphine was nice ;) ;) ;)

anywho as i type this using my wrong hand, i want to tell you about a superb young Jack-the-lad called Phil Carney. actually i have no idea how old Phil is, but i do know he’s a gentle man and also, an artist man. here’s Phil in his own words ~

‘I’ve been greatly influenced by the ideals of the Dada movement and, mainly for the themes and images, of the 40’s and 50’s film noirs and the pulp writing of that period, in particular its hedonistic life styles of fast drinking and faster romances. I strive to continue these themes in the medium of collage, in a medium this free I hope to show the lust of this period and in the fashion of noir, ultimately the loss.’

Yep, love this guy. Here’s Phil’s FACEBOOK

bye for now, peeple! :)

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Fresh Figs #3 ~ Nancy Bernardo

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excited to feature an incredible artist on this week’s ‘edition’ of Fresh Figs ~ Nancy Bernardo! Nancy’s work is intricate, perfectly balanced and full of energy

the collage above is called ‘i heart exercise’ and the one below is ‘down, down’

Nancy explains her working methods right here, and here’s her personal website

ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY! :D :D :D

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Fresh Figs #2 ~ Zach Collins

ZC1 HEY! here’s the second installment of ‘Fresh Figs’, in which i post a-m-a-z-i-n-g art people have sent me (submission guidelines here)

this week i’m very proud to feature one of my favourite collage artists ~ Mr Zach Collins

‘Zach Collins was born in Grinnell, Iowa. He received his BA from Upper Iowa University, his MA from the University of Iowa, and his MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is pursuing several art-related projects. His work, which is shown extensively both in the U.S. and internationally is about memories: tragic, humorous, and everything inbetween. Zach experiments with ironic and often unrecognizable imagery. His work is an investigation of the unexpected associations that are created by combining fragmented materials through collage.’

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here are Zach’s Tumblr, Flickr, Etsy and Instagram

E N J O Y!!!

Fresh Figs #1! ~ Kaitlyn Jo Smith

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HELLO!!! ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmm) is a new ‘series’ featuring G O O D new artists who mailed me work after my call for submissions

first up is Kaitlyn! Jo! Smith! Kaitlyn says ~ ~ ~

‘Hi, I’m a young artist from Northwestern Ohio. I work in mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and collage: most of these pieces deriving from a photographic element. My art often includes found imagery/objects and contains themes of nostalgia, femininity, body image and societal pressures.’

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here are some ‘computer-links’ to Kaitlyn’s website, wordpress and tumblr

i hope you enjoy her work, more ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmmm) soon!

(btw if you feel like submitting something yourself, please see the ‘guidelines’ here

H a p p y T h u r s d a y, P e o p l e! ! ! [Ben :D]