Un-posts and a teaser…

I’ve not posted all that much recently…. degree show stress and panic is catching up with me in the rush to get everything done in time *fingers crossed*… so as soon as that hand-in date flies by, this ‘lil ole blog will pick back up again and i’ll update ya’ll on everything that i’ve been up to over the past wee while.

For now, have a Dead Mermaids photoshoot teaser shot :)

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What do you think?

Chloe out.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane Photoshoot

The hunger birds are coming.
Swooping down on us all. Coming in to claim all to be eaten.
They’ll swirl and whorl and loop and twist out from the sky and wrap themselves around you, clawing with twenty needle sharp wired teeth, or thousands or hundreds of claws, with beady eyes gleaming and glittering out from the darkness.
These giant leathery unbirds, these shadows from the dark.
They’re coming for you.

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What do you think?

Chloe out.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Making Of

Last time I showed you some hunger bird sketches, and from those I came up with my final idea…. so, here is the making of!



To texture my little copper hunger birds, I had a wander around Dundee and picked up some fallen feathers.

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Which I stuck to both sides of a copper sheet with double sided strips.

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The copper was run through the rolling mill a few times to imprint the feather texture into the copper.

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The feathers got quite stuck to the metal, so, I used a torch to burn away the tape and feather excess.


And then cleaned away the fire stain in the pickle.

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After selecting my hunger bird shapes, I used little paper templates to transfer them onto the copper.


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And cut them out! and filed down the edges until smooth.

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Next came the soldering…. this took ages! I had to solder each bird onto a huge length of wire, and each time clean it in the pickle…. it was hard work! and a little dangerous! Working with such a long length of wire, especially one that’s getting hotter and hotter as I moved further along was a little hazourdous… but I stretched myself across 3 benches and worked out a system of bowls of water and safety gloves so I wouldn’t burn myself… or anyone else! or set fire to anything!!


It was worth it in the end, as they turned out just I wanted!

The copper was put into an oxidising bath to blacken into hellish birds.


And then cleaned a little.

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And finally the finishing touches were added! Dyed black, thick, gloopy latex with coils of wire strung with onyx and smokey quartz beads. The wire acts as a flight pattern, the beads give a glint of sparkling eyes and sharp talons and the black latex just enhances the leathery black skin of these unbird birds.


Stay tuned for the next post where I show you the finished piece!


Chloe out.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Unbird Sketches

A wee while ago I introduced you to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and since then I’ve been slowly working about at design and inspiration drawings in my sketchbook. I’ve been using simple black ink with a paintbrush to make marks and shapes of what I think the hunger birds could look like in a wearable form. I’m not quite sure what I want the piece to be yet, other than very black, and something that will wrap around or encase the body in some constricting form…..

… anyway, here are some of my sketchbook drawings.

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I’ve also started a little hunger birds painting… mostly for fun (i’ll get some better photos of it when i’m finished)!!

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These last few images are of the shapes I’m beginning to work with in copper samples. They are individual hunger bird shapes. I made them by dipping my brush in a little ink and a little water and then closed my eyes and moved my hand in a small jerking motion across the pages.

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I then pick out the best ones with tracing paper and transfer them into the copper for some samples.

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*edit* my samples are going quite well and I think I’m close to a conclusion… so will update you next time with the making of my final piece! Stay tuned!

Chloe out.

Dildoes and Loneliness: An introduction to Coin-Operated Boy

Coin-Operated Boy was the first Dresden Dolls song i ever listened to, and has always remained my favourite.

A friend of mine sent me the song with a message attached saying something alone the lines of “you’ll like this song, it’s about dildoes lol” Naturally intrigued, i listened. I giggled at the obvious sex toy connotations and tapped my foot along to the rhythm. It wasn’t until i had listened to it a few times that i realized what it was actually about: loneliness, heartbreak, frustration at being lonely, with undertones of self-loathing. That was something i could connect to.


The double entendre, and double meanings within Amanda Palmer’s writing style are why i fell in love with her music. She draws you in with amusement and a catchy tune and rips your heart out with raw human emotion.

I realized very early on that she was someone i was going to devote my musical heart to. Although this is a Dresden Dolls song, i was too late for them, my fanship developed around the time Amanda was launching her first solo album and Brian was in another band. But i bought everything they had ever produced and listened to it for hours on end. Then Who Killed Amanda Palmer? was realeased and she was due to play in Edinburgh. My first Amanda Palmer show.


Myself and a friend headed down to Cabaret Voltaire, and waited first in line (hardcore i know); we were at the front of the stage. The stage was only a foot or two off the ground, we were at eye level, we were at reach out and touch level. Amanda had had her foot run over a few days before this show, she still played a fucking amazing set with all the frills. I was amazed, most “rockstars” would probably cancel a show with a squished foot, but she played as if they’re was nothing wrong. Glorious show. My friend asked if i wanted to meet her; yeah, she hangs out and hugs people after her shows. I watched her moving around the crowded room, hobbling from person to person, smiling genuninley, answering questions, signing cd’s, hugging and just being with people. It came to our turn, she signed my friend’s poster, i think i gave her some form of art (a drawing from my journal if i remember right). She hugged me for it, i don’t think i said anything intelligent back. It wasn’t until she was inches away from my face, arms around my neck i noticed her wince, i felt her put her full weight on me; her foot hurt, but she still worked a room of fans. Someone like this earned my music heart within seconds of a hug. Amanda Fucking Palmer i fucking love you.

So you can see why i wanted to use this song.

All i need to do now is figure out how to make it the best piece i’ve ever made!

See you on the other side……

Chloe out.