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The Wonderful World of Wilbert

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The Wonderful World of Wilbert

Staring into the abyss of an empty 5 mins? Then you'll be excited to hear Pennychoo's resident delivery pigeon and jiu jitsu blackbelt Wilbert now has his own blog! Full of avian derring do, sheds full of kestrels and French Fancies, read it here!

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Chooey Inspiration: Coast – an ode to the British seaside

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Chooey Inspiration: Coast – an ode to the British seaside

Last summer's heatwave found me in Anglesey in north Wales, which turned out to be just about the absolute best place to be. Daily trips to the island's many beaches, coves and coastal pathways with their gentle sea breezes provided not just relief from the relentless furnace heat, but also a very picturesque catalogue of photographs, many of which ended up on the Pennychoo Instagram page.     NOTE: To hear the bell on the Penmon Lighthouse, click the image. Other trips later that summer, to The Isle of Wight, Hastings, St Leonards, Bournemouth and Brighton, provided me with yet more photos and I started to think...

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Chooey Inspiration: Kenneth Townsend

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Chooey Inspiration: Kenneth Townsend

Pennychoo's recently launched set of 10 illustrated postcards, Capital Cards, drew inspiration from a few sources, one of which was the work of commercial artist Kenneth Townsend whose illustrations achieved popularity during the 1960s and 70s.  Based in Hastings, Townsend (1931-99) was a graphic designer and illustrator whose work became seen most widely on ceramics and glass. Below: Chance Glass Pin Dish - Chelsea Pensioner - 1972, for sale on Etsy He worked in a freelance capacity for Hornsea Pottery, Chance Brothers (glass), Cuckoobird Productions (textiles) Merit (games) and James Galt & Co. Ltd (toys). He was also the art director for Pickpocket Books from 1991-1998....

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Chooey Inspiration: Czeslaw Wielhorski

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Chooey Inspiration: Czeslaw Wielhorski

Time for a Chooey Inspiration Blog, in which I showcase the stuff that pings me off on a new creative path. Today: Czeslaw Wielhorski, whose work I happily stumbled across one day on Pinterest. If you're at all creative and you're not a seasoned Pinner, please, get on there now. It's been a revelation for me – hours/days/weeks of my life can go there to die as I ping around from board to board like a pinball, leapfrogging from one topic to another at random, discovering images and artists old and new I never knew existed. And yet unlike other...

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Just My Type...

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Just My Type...

There Will Be Fun.... That's the promise of a small exhibition currently running in The British Library, which showcases the popular entertainments of the Victorian era. Well, more specifically, it showcases the handbills, posters and flyers that advertised them, in all their blobby, misregistered typographic and illustrated glory, and therefore very clearly called for a Choo Outing. And so the mammoth trek north was taken, and I eventually emerged above ground like a mole, blinking into unforecast sunshine that shone on the newly gentrified Kings Cross. I duly proceeded to wend my way up Pancras Road, in search of the...

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