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 Β£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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :D]

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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! πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚

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Hello, Fig in ‘The New Portrait’

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i recently had some collages appear in a zine to accompany a new show in Brooklyn NY, called ‘The New Portrait’

my collages were the one above + this one, this one and this one. there is also a funny / cool portrait of me by A.E Kieren πŸ˜€

thanks to Mathea Millman for liking my sh*t hehe

you can buy the zine here if you like, it has some truly amazing things inside it

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

‘Edibles’ Launch in West London

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HELLOOOOOOO!!!

i am in London Town this coming Saturday (Sept 6th) eating large, celebratory mouthfuls of lemon meringue pie + reading POEMS to launch my pamphlet EDIBLES

if you either live in London or fancy a pan-continental trek to say ‘HI!’ the launch is at The Rugby Tavern, from 7pm GMT

there will be artisanal cocktails (not really) / nibbles (quite possibly) / actual human beings (me + at least one other)

COME!!!

SPECIAL OFFER!!!

future travel

hello, people!

for [an ongoing period of time] i will be offering my followers a ‘special deal’

for a mere 25 pounds you will receive ~

1. one signed high quality print (on ‘Somerset Enhanced Velvet’ paper) of any of the collages on Hello, Fig
2. one signed copy of my poetry pamphlet, Edibles (33 pages)
3. one ‘mystery gift’ – this could be a page from my journal, an ink drawing, or another mystery item of questionable worth πŸ˜‰

postage and packaging is FREE to anywhere in the world

if ur interested, please either comment on this post or email me at stainton9@gmail.com

feel free to browse the site and pick whichever collage you like!

love to y’all, truly, Ben πŸ˜€

‘Edibles’

here are a few small poems from my new chapbook / pamphlet Edibles ~ ~ ~

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this book represents 5 years’ worth of work, condensed into 33 pages

feels like it may be the ‘best’ thing i’ve done so far, in terms of writing idk πŸ˜‰

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if you like, you can buy Edibles directly from Eyewear Publishing, it is Β£5 / $8.54

(or if you’d like a signed copy for the same price, please email me here ~ stainton9@gmail.com)

promoting myself seems hard! thank you for reading

— Ben πŸ˜€

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‘The Girl who became a Tree’

i was recently commissioned by the Irish writer Jonathan O’Brien to make a cover for his novella-in-progress The Girl who became a Tree

here is Jonathan’s Tumblr

here are some of his Books, including essays on Schiller, Confucius and Aristotle

and here’s a link to Fallout, his collection of short stories about, amongst other things, “A boy who tries to derail a train. A superman who cannot fly [and] A husband attacked by a vacuum cleaner.”

hopefully the The Girl who became a Tree will be available sometime in 2015!

the girl who became a tree

WordPress Blogs I Like a Lot (Part 2)

the second in an ongoing series of AMAZING-GOOD stuff i’ve discovered while ‘surfing’ the WordPresses (part one is here) ~ ENJOY!

f-f-f-otos ~

fashion-collage-gif-art with a different contributor for each post, including Waldemar Strempler, Emma Dajska and Ted Tollesfon

jacqueline-oparah-posted-by-fffotos

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sarah goodreau ~

super-charming, semi-surreal illustrations by amsterdam-based artist sarah goodreau . personal favourites include flood, 4 ways to escape a bear and the party’s over.

you can buy prints of sarah’s work here

s.goodreau

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lazy susan collages ~

bold, satirical, explosive collages by susan happersett. susan’s work has appeared in collections at the MOMA, Tate and Getty galleries; she says her work addresses ‘the topics of body image, domestic labor and sexual politics.. while trying to have fun, damn it!’

s.happersett

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rabirius ~

hyper-prolific digital-glitch-eclecticism. i literally can’t figure out how some of these images were put together, but i know that they are GOOD

you can also find rabirius on facebook / twitter

The Bonobo Is An Ape That Belongs To The Species Of The Genus Pan

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hope you enjoyed the second installment, people πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ !!!

Dear World and Everyone In It

Four of my poems were recently published in this handsome dark yellow anthology, edited by Nathan Hamilton
 
I like a lot of the poems in this anthology
 
I like the poems by Sam Riviere, Marianne Morris and SJ Fowler
 
I particularly like Kate Kilalea’s Hennecker’s Ditch
 
Bringing together 60 young(ish) poets in one book seems like an important undertaking
 
One of my poems in the book is about Ronald Reagan
 
It is called ‘Reagan’
 
Dear World and Everyone In It is also available here and is reviewed here and here
 
Hooray!
 
Dear World

A Review of my Pamphlet in Blackbox Manifold

 
A review of my ‘experimental’ pamphlet of poems,
 
The Backlists
 
appeared the other day in Blackbox Manifold
 
a very fine ‘e-zine’, if that’s the right word.
 
It’s academically formidable and I’m really proud to be involved.
 
Other writers in this issue include Carrie Etter, Roy Fisher and Kate Kilalea.
 
A couple of choice cuts from the review >
 
“a finely comic invitation to voyage across language surfaces and global experience”
 
“there is so much driving along here: this is just such juicy work…”
 
The Backlists is also available here.
 
The Backlists