Sofa Portraits is now available for pre-order from my website
(orders will deliver in October/November)
The price is £45 including delivery for the pre-order period.
There are books and prints available for £100.
And at a future date there will be limited edition books plus pairs of print/sketches by Isabels
I remember watching TV after school and when I was ill, I really loved watching TV when I was little.
When I was very young, I watched Pingu, and the Teletubbies, Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men. Obviously I loved Winnie the Poo. And then films like the Jungle Book. Mostly I watched them because they were quite comforting because I had a tendency to rewatch programs again and again and I was little. So when I was 6 I'd watched about 10 or 20 movies, but I’d watched each of them about like 30 times, 40 times.
Loads of kids do that because it's comforting. So you watch something again and again, and you know what's going to happen. There are no surprises. There's like stress or anxiety. And it didn’t take much to stress me out. I remember watching a Winnie the Poo movie where they’re in a dark cave wen they went to skull island. That creeped me out. I couldn’t watch that. There was probably definitely stuff that I didn't like watching, but I can't remember it, but there was definitely stuff that freaked me out.
Weirdly, I also have a lot of memory of watching the news in the evenings, but whilst you were watching it, but I don't think that happened that often. I think it's just one of those memories that's kind of exaggerated in my mind. I mostly just remember the Iraq war and Madeline McCan and the 911 memorials they had every September.
I watched TV when I was tired or when I was ill, it was a comfort and the sofa was like a place of comfort. It’s the same as watching television, it's soothing being somewhere comfortable and being able to like lie down. It's like a second bed. It was a second bed. It was like Tracey Emin’s bed but for kids, with all the toys and drawing stuff of childhood scattered around.
I liked watching it on my own, I was more engrossed in the TV than what was happening around me. And there were different moods. There still are. Now, for example, I'll watch something when I’m super tired and need to go to sleep but I can't or when I’m not going to fall asleep, but I need to basically do the closest thing to falling asleep, which is watching something on television or watching something for comfort, or watching something new, because you want to watch something new and engage with the content.I watched TV when I was tired or when I was ill, it was a comfort and the sofa was like a place of comfort. It’s the same as watching television, it's soothing being somewhere comfortable and being able to like lie down. It's like a second bed. It was a second bed. It was like Tracey Emin’s bed but for kids, with all the toys and drawing stuff of childhood scattered around.