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Welcome to the blog of Spike Dennis; an artist and curator. Trained in London Spike has exhibited widely, from London to Los Angeles, and has delivered projects from Cardiff to Stockholm, for organisations including the Illustration Research network and Cardiff Design Festival amongst Others.

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The Crimea Cup ’14

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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The Crimea Cup 2014 |Embroidered Subbuteo Cloth by Spike Dennis
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The Crimea Cup ’14 – Hand Embroidered Subbuteo Cloth

This embroidered Subbuteo cloth is a little aside I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks. It has been hand embroidered with cotton thread with a design that takes inspiration from football tactics boards.

The markers that have been sewn into the cloth take their colours and layout from the Russian (white, blue & red) and Ukrainian (yellow & blue) flags. The choice of countries represented was inspired by current activities taking place in that part of the world following the annexing of the Crimea by Russia.

The Subbuteo cloth is an old Chad Valley item and so is a little worn. The pictures show the cloth laid out on a table as is the norm with a Subbuteo football cloth although I feel that the cloth probably needs stretching and mounting.

The Crimea Cup '14 - Embroidered Subbuteo Cloth by Spike Dennis

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Electroluminescent Tron Inspired Hooded Sweater

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Electroluminescent Tron Hoody Light Up Hoodie sweater hooded glow goldfrapp

Electroluminescent Tron Inspired Hooded Sweater

This is a little something a whipped up recently. I finished a zip up hoodie with some electroluminescent wire enabling it to light up with a Tron-blue light.

The hoodie has three settings which include pulsating (fast/slow) and static modes making it a a perfect piece clothing for ravey nights out clubbing or for a long winter night.

They’ll be available in my online shop soon but for now This little video shows it off really nicely…

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Hand Embroidered Photo Album Cover

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
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Hand Embroidered Photo Album Book Cover

Hand Embroidered Photo Album Cover

This is a gift I made for Mother Spike for her birthday this year. I hand embroidered the text onto linen which I then used to wrap the photo album to create a unique book.

The words were embroidered using split stitch for the large graduated text and back stitch for ‘photographs’ beneath that.

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Cross Stitched Wooden Heart

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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Cross Stitched Wooden Heart Valentines Gift Handmade

Cross Stitched Wooden Heart

This is a little Valentines day gift that I created from some laser cut wooden hearts. I embellished the heart with a cross stitched wolf design in purple thread.

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New Work – Unicorn Dating

Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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Unicorn Dating | Subversive Cross Stitch by Spike Dennis

New Work – Unicorn Dating

I’ve just published the first in a new series of embroidered artworks to my online portfolio at www.spikedennis.com.

The works, entitled Unicorn Dating, take the form of a series of hand embroidered subversive cross stitch samplers. The inspiration for the work originated through by research into the symbolic unicorn, and in particular the medieval tale which tells of how a unicorn can only be captured by a young virgin.

The design of these works draws inspiration from old European samplers as you might be able to tell from the image above. A number of the works have QR codes embroidered into them which provide links to content at www.unicorn-dating.com.

To view the works click here; but please bear in mind that there is a lot of graphic content and strong language contained within these works – you have been warned!

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The Brightest Star

Thursday, July 4th, 2013
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The Brightest Star | Spike Dennis 2013

Acrylic, gouache and enamel paint with ink on paper.

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Caviar Crackle Album Artwork

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
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Caviar Crackle Artwork

Toward the end of last year the Mayor of Associated Minds record label got in touch with me with regard to stitching up a sublime gold storm for the new Metabeats album Caviar Crackle.

The design was put together by Matt Joyce aka themeekshall with the Mayor and Metabeats and then handed over to me to embroider in gold thread. After creating a few test pieces on a variety of black fabrics we settled on a black velvet ground and I used some Madeira metallic thread for the type. I found that these threads were a little less prone to fraying and splitting than the DMC metallic threads that I’ve used in the past and they gave a less of a ‘crafty’ finish.

The tasty little video above was produced by Huw Caddy and the photograph for the album cover and iTunes artwork was captured by Alex Mills. It’s great to see the work expertly framed and finished and rather exciting to see my stitches in the iTunes store.

You can download the Caviar Crackle LP from the iTunes store here along with a little thumbnail copy of my stitches.

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Hand Embroidered Unicorn Puppet

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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Hand Embroidered Glove Puppet | Spike Dennis 2012

I’m rather happy with how this turned out. Having sussed out the practicalities of embroidering a glove I think the next glove puppet will involve a more complex embroidery.

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Lady Violet

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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Lady Violet | Spike Dennis 2012

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Lady Violet is one of a series of dolls that I’ve been working on this year. It might be argued that she is the most beautiful of the collection being embellished in a purple and black design inspired by markings used to decorate items used to celebrate Día de los Muertos.

There will eventually be seven dolls in this collection. You can see the dolls that have been finished so far in my gallery here (be warned the gallery images may offend).

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Forever Young Eternal Love

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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Forever Young Eternal Love | Spike Dennis 2012

Forever Young Eternal Love | Spike Dennis 2012

This was hand stitched with cotton thread on black paper as a wedding anniversary present.

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