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Unfortunately I have never stumbled across any of Slinkachu‘s work on the street, but it’s very popular online and there have been a few books made. After remodeling and painting miniature model train set characters, they are left in the street. It’s quite a temporary art form. The longest installation apparently lasted three months. Slinkachu says the aim is to encourage city dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings.

 

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This weekend (19th & 20th February) there’s an awesome event at the Ulster Hall in Belfast organised by Trans Urban Arts. The title gives it away really, it’s an international street art and music festival. Due to last years success, Winter BASE is back with an exciting musical and artistic line-up.

On Saturday there will be a showcase of some of the best underground artists – Remed (Madrid), Erosie (Eindhoven), Jack Douglas (Melbourne), Lints (Copenhagen), Roid (London), Conzo Throb (Glasgow), Inkie (Bristol), 45rpm (Bristol), Howl (Bristol), Ponk (Bristol), Ventsa (Brighton), Darren John (Bristol), KVLR (Belfast), Friz (Belfast), Andy Brown (Belfast), Tweet (Belfast), Danleo (Dublin) and more.

On Sunday there’s a great chance to get involved with the Sumi Ink Club. Sumi Ink Club is a Los Angeles-based drawing collective founded in 2005 by Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck (Lucky Dragons). Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles. Everyone is invited to pour some ink in a cup and join in.

It’s free entry from 2-6 on both days but on Saturday night at 8 Sleigh Bells perform with the support of Ghost Poet & Girls Names. Sleigh Bells are a noise-pop music duo from Brooklyn. There’s only room for 500 people so if you want to go you should be quick. The tickets are only £5. If you appreciate local and international art and/or music, this is definitely something for you.

Secret Wars has built a reputation as ‘The Worlds Premier Art Battle’ It is like a Fight Club for artists. Teams compete for 90 minutes drawing live against each other and the winner is determined by the crowd reaction and the votes of two judges. Themes are usually given to the artists on the night so they really don’t have much preparation time resulting in real freestyle designs being produced.

Normally held in the dark corners of cities such as New York, London, Paris and Berlin, secret wars is coming to Belfast this saturday 20th November at the Black Box. It’s £5 at the door and starts at 9. Hydroponic Hi-Fi will provide the music; expect to hear all forms of reggae – dub, dancehall, rocksteady, roots, ska and more. See you there.

One of our final projects was to create an A2 poster showcasing a street design situated in Belfast.

Whenever we were given the project brief we were told to start designing our ideas right away. Always being a doodler this is what I started with; working on a colourful pattern where the abstract shapes accommodate each other. Whilst this could look pleasing on a wall, it lacked meaning. I wanted my design to have more substance, yet still maintain that free colourful style.

I thought about constraining my pattern within something such as a speech bubble. The idea of someone or something speaking something beautiful and wordless intrigued me. It could be someone that at first glance you may not think would have those thoughts. Then I thought it could be more interesting if it were a thought bubble. It would make more sense to show visually what someone is thinking of rather than what they are saying. A person could be thinking of a beautiful pattern and then they are starting to replicate this on the wall themselves.

Essentially it’s a mural of someone else starting a mural, but with the added interest of being able to see their thought of how it should turn out.

In my research of street art I found the most interesting pieces were the ones that interacted and used the surroundings. With this wall on Little Donegal Street, I could make my design bulge, spray and explode out of the thought bubble, dripping over the pavement and entangling itself around the tree.