Michael Leigh's Blog (52)

Bunnyland T- Shirts

A new stamp sheet using a found image on the interweb. I couldn't resist changing it slightly for the second sheet.…

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Added by Michael Leigh on July 20, 2021 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

A Tap On The Head

The other day we addressed a long term problem with our dripping taps.  They were getting worse - one in particular - in the bathroom hand basin was almost a constant flow - like water torture!   Anyway, we gathered the tools and washers etc. and took the tap apart in a similar manner to the Will's cigarette card depiction here. They are old taps - probably…

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Added by Michael Leigh on July 12, 2021 at 2:25pm — No Comments

It's Coming Home!

Yes, the big chunk of our mail art archive that was the "CURIOUS THINGS" exhibition in Manchester is eventually coming home soon. After many months in lockdown - mothballed in the Special Collections it is being packed up by the lovely people who work there and will soon be back in the coal hole - if we can find room for it!  I suspect we'll have to go…

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Added by Michael Leigh on July 11, 2021 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

New Postal Regulations as From Today

Just back from posting a packet to Germany and told the PRINTED MATTER written on the outside doesnt mean much now since these new rules and regulations. Apparently personal stuff like Birthday Cards and Xmas Cards are OK but "printed matter" and "artwork" etc. Anything that could be construde as saleable or "business" would be liable to tax and a needsa customs form on the back.  (bloody Brexshit!)  So be warned.  Don't write printed matter or it will be questioned by the post office staff…

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Added by Michael Leigh on July 1, 2021 at 3:38pm — No Comments

I'll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours!

Vivid dream about Bob last night who lived in the East End of London just around the time I was there back in the 80's. He was sitting in a sand pit making constructions out of bricks and twigs with the local kids.  I was taking photos of him and the sand pit. He said "Hey man, stop taking photos of me!" and I said "It's OK BOB it's not a real camera - just my fingers contorted into the shape of a camera for dream like purposes."  He seemed OK with that explaination.  His house was a slum…

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Added by Michael Leigh on June 25, 2021 at 8:07am — No Comments

Birthday/ Fathers Day

Nice card from my son Archie who sent two cards in  one . one way up its a birthday greeting and the other way it's father's day! The message inside is upside down too. 

Life is a bit upside down at the moment.  Hopefully we will see our boy in July as he's just had his first jab and weve both had our two…

Added by Michael Leigh on June 22, 2021 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Daily Doodlings

More pages from my Covid sketchbook.…

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Added by Michael Leigh on June 13, 2021 at 8:17am — No Comments

Rubbery Stampings

This postcard one of a few I have been sent by postart_uk on Instagram for their collaborative project.  I used the delightful stamps that Adam Roussopoulos sent me recently and added the drips and puddles from little hand carved stamps I made.  My rubber stamp carvings have become less nifty as I get older and my eyes are not as sharp and my hand less…

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Added by Michael Leigh on June 1, 2021 at 4:35pm — 4 Comments

Early Mail Art Show 1910

W.Reginald Bray and Professor Pontious Kack relax after an exhausting day of hanging the very first mail art show in Lambeth at the Municipal Library of London in September 1910.

Added by Michael Leigh on May 26, 2021 at 7:16am — 6 Comments

Hippy Birdbaths To His Bobness - 80 Years Young!

I knew I had made some Bob stamps many years ag0 and just found them in a bunch of stuff in the archive. Made back in 2001 for his 60th.  Spending the afternoon playing some of his songs on YouTube and on CD. Many happy returns of the day!

Added by Michael Leigh on May 24, 2021 at 3:54pm — 10 Comments

Dream No. 34543

This was like a rummage sale or jumble sale I was attending - no masks or distancing being employed so it may have been in the past ( or the future?)  / anyway?  I was scrabbling around on the floor picking up these un-mounted rubber stamps - someone else had seen them too and had yelled out "Ooh! Rubber stamps!" so I was pretty nifty and picked up a handful which all seemed quite unusual cartoon characters I'd not seen before or nursery rhymes?  All a bit blurry now.  Anyway, I asked how…

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Added by Michael Leigh on April 22, 2021 at 7:15am — 2 Comments

More Doodles

More from my Covid Sketchbook of daily doodles -…

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Added by Michael Leigh on April 18, 2021 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Miniatures 2020

A bit of shameless advertising.  This just released on the 62nd Gramophone Company label - a double CD set homage to the 1980's original version by Morgan Fisher.  Hazel has a track on CD 2 followed by Toyah, Tom Robinson, Billy Bragg, Ukulele Orchestra of GB, etc etc.  My collages are scattered throughout the box and 68 page booklet enclosed.  Strictly limited to 1000 copies apparently. …

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Added by Michael Leigh on April 2, 2021 at 9:57am — No Comments

More Doodles All Day Long

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Added by Michael Leigh on February 13, 2021 at 6:23pm — No Comments

More Daily Doodles

I have been doodling in my sketchbook again for the FB group of the same name -…

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Added by Michael Leigh on February 1, 2021 at 8:50pm — 8 Comments

Badge Collection

I've always enjoyed finding badges to pin to my lapel. As far back as the 60's in art school I can remember aking my own - usually from card with a simple safety pin sellotaped to the back. I think the first was an ironic Bert Weedon Fan Club badge ( Bert was a popular guitarist famous for his pamphlet "Play In A Day" ) . Began finding other badges and brooches in junk shops and flea markets. Hazel and Archie collect them too so between us have quite a varied selection from advertising, pop…

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Added by Michael Leigh on November 28, 2020 at 8:44am — 4 Comments

Badge Collection

I've always enjoyed finding badges to pin to my lapel. As far back as the 60's in art school I can remember making my own - usually from card with a simple safety pin sellotaped to the back. I think the first was an ironic Bert Weedon Fan Club badge ( Bert was a popular guitarist famous for his pamphlet "Play In A Day" ) . Began finding other badges and brooches in junk shops and flea markets. Hazel and Archie collect them too so between us have quite a varied selection from advertising, pop…

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Added by Michael Leigh on November 28, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

Collecting Dust

Besides collecting mail art and rubber stamps etc. we collect all manner of other things.  The truth is we find it hard to throw anything away so eventually these piles of detritus become little collections of things.  They say if you have just two things then it's become "a collection" . Focusing on just one of our interests - matchbox labels or to give it its proper name "phillumenism". Every years they have a wonderful Phillumenists Meet Up"  (not sure if thats the right name they give…

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Added by Michael Leigh on November 26, 2020 at 4:24pm — 6 Comments

The Curling Steam From The Gravy Boat

November is here and the leaves pile up on the back garden path. Soon the green bin will be full.  We are enjoying the colours of Autumn every day on our walks . Amazing yellows, browns and reds.  We are lucky to have the countryside so close here in Rudheath.  It's but a short walk to the Trent & Mersey canal in one direction and down the lane the other way are fishing ponds and the River Dane.  Lots of farm land full of corn stubble and some for sheep and cows.  Sadly some has been…

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Added by Michael Leigh on November 2, 2020 at 10:01am — 5 Comments

Monday Again!?

Yes, it soon comes round.  Pretty sure what we laughingly call "the government"  is shaving at least three days off of each week to make them shorter. I know not the reason why?  Maybe something to do with how moronic they all are?  Anyway, back in the Land Of Nod we are dreaming of doodles - some we imagined in our wilder dreams and others that actually made it to the page of my tiny sketchbook-…

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Added by Michael Leigh on October 19, 2020 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

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