High Street X – “Hello, can I give you a hard sell?”

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It’s amazing just how polite people are. I guess what goes around comes around. My sales pitch usually starts with the question “Hello, can I give you a hard sell?” I go on to explain that High Street X is a embodiment of some aspects of my forthcoming major retrospective and is a project inspired by the DIY ethic of the post-punk era, updated to include the techniques of the commercial world in order to promote the values of the cultual world whilst being a satire on that very same world.

Don’t knock it. It works.


The New Bank of X pop-up bank

Manners cost nothing and I only got one refusal all day at the first FORGE contemporary art, design & craft fair on 23rd June 2013, organised by Sheffield’s Hallam Roses Women’s Institute.

In a world awash with misleading advertising, scam phone calls and charity muggers, the honesty of it is disarming.


Cheesy snacks and hi-vis fashionwear

A gambit I have not tried before is offering homemade cheesy snacks. They were quite popular and gave me yet another way of luring people to my stall. Expect more snack-based marketing in future.


The Black Daffodil Press pop-up bookshop

Also, freebies are always welcome. In this instance, the Stalky Ringbits Memorial Beer Mat was my initial talking point and I point out his motto is “Flaunt it now, because you can’t take it with you.”

I am taking that advice so expect more soon…


Sheffield Zine Fest 2013 – stop us and buy one or more


I’m not really part of the zine scene. Or am I? I don’t really think of myself as a filmmaker, but I make films, so I guess I’m a filmmaker. For many years I was reluctant to call myself an artist, but I make art, so I guess I’m an artist. And now I made a zine, so I guess I’m a zinester, and Black Daffodil Press is a distro?

Either way, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I will be selling my wares at Sheffield Zine Fest 2013 as Black Daffodil Press and you should come and see me and the other stalls at the first outing of this event at Electric Works, across the road from Sheffield rail station.

There was a one-off Sheffield Zine Fair in 2011 but it doesn’t seem to have continued so Chella Quint and Bettie Walker have organised Sheffield Zine Fest 2013.

Anyway, I will be there selling my “World X- A Speculative History” book, and the first two packs of my Retrospective flyers.

I will also have a couple of things from other artists, a newspaper / artzine by James Price, and maybe a few bits and bobs from veteran art-zinester M. A. Longbottom (more about him soon).

If you can’t make it to the zine fest, “World X” is on sale at The Old Sweet Shop and Rare & Racy, both in Sheffield, UK, and I will be opening an online shop with various publications and merch before long.

Here are a few additional google-randomised links that I have nothing to do with. I’ll add more links to this post and also on Black Daffodil Press as and when.

An online zine resource.

DIY Cultures Fair, Shorditch London, UK, 7th April 2013.