I am an artist who creates bespoke works using pin badges on canvas. I call it Memory Pop as it is a stunning visual biography of an individual, extraordinary life.
A Memory Pop is composed of thousands of images of the moments, people and places beloved to you, from books to bars, food and films to childhood chocolate bars.
A Memory Pop is created through a series of conversations with me, either in person, over the telephone or via email.
I have 25 years experience as a journalist, a job that gave me the chance to talk to people and discover a little about their lives beyond their title. (It also gave me a back pocket full of anecdotes, including one involving a dogtooth jacket, Hugh Grant and the Hotel du Cap that my wife forbids me to tell any more, and another about Elton John my mum is keen on.)
Born in Edinburgh, I now live in south London. My own Memory Pop is a source of great joy and saved me in many ways. It brought me back to myself when I felt a little adrift. It also taught me a lesson useful for subsequent commissions: Pin the badges with the really bad swear words at the top of the canvas, preferably above eye-level. It’s amazing how quickly the children find those.