A Brief History of Dukki

AY UP, yo boggers!

You might alreadeh follow us on Facebook, twitter or Instagram, and know a bit abaht us boggers, or you might ‘av just chanced upon our blog on your travels through tinterweb. Warrever the circumstances, we thought we’d introduce ussens, and tell you all abaht how Dukki wuz formed. (No, we ‘aven’t spelled the words wrong, it’s colloquial writing. If yer don’t like it, yowl soon geroverit, me duck!)

The history of Dukki, is also kind of a love story!

Way back in 2014, I was made redundant, from a job that I’d slogged at for 4 years, with little recognition. you know the type, you put everything into it, thinking that you’ll make something of yourself from it one day, but that day never arrives…

Shurrup---mousematAfter 100s of job applications, and the realisation that I didn’t like ‘working for the man’ I decided to set up my own business. It was later that month, that I went on a blind date with a slightly quirky, bald man, and on a very sunny afternoon in #Beeston in the beer garden at The Crown, we discussed art, illustration, Nottingham and everything in between…. We discovered that we were both artists, and talked about how he could sell some of his work on my website, and we got on so well. In the July, we hosted our first stall with the @bibfmarket at the vintage warehouse, which was a quiet event, but we had such good feedback, that we pursued more. With no money for a car, we would load stock into suitcases and wheel it to events, like @bartonsplc monthly craft markets, and the @craftinthecityevents.

In December 2014, we won the Inspiring retail awards, and had 3 weeks to open our shop! It was a whirlwind from start to finish, but the rest is history. This photo was taken on the first day, right before we opened. 


We had hardly any stock, and hadn’t got a clue what would happen. We now get to live and work together every day, and we’re so proud of how things have gone. All we want to do is celebrate Nottingham, and the beautiful things it has to offer, and we’re so glad that you all want to support us whilst we do it. Getting to work with a slightly quirky bald man, isn’t half bad either ūüôā

Introducing Katie Abey Design

Introducing Katie Abey Design.
This year has been a whirlwind here at DUKKI. But we’re very pleased to announce that our DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 is ending with a big rainbow coloured bang, probably containing jelly beans, or unicorn droppings if that’s what you like to call them….

This year has been a whirlwind here at DUKKI. But we’re very pleased to announce that our DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 is ending with a big rainbow coloured bang, probably containing jelly beans, or unicorn droppings if that’s what you like to call them……ahem.

We introduce Katie Abey to our shop, although she needs very little introduction, because she is already a well known bogger on the Nottingham Illustration scene.

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A big load of Katie’s goodies, currently on display in our shop, Broadmarsh Centre, Nottingham.

Katie lives and works in a crazy little house in Derbyshire, with her fiancé, Jeff, and their cat, Frank. She works from home and has her work area carefully positioned next to the kitchen (and therefore the fridge and the kettle!)

She is inspired by anything weird and wonderful and aims to create colourful and happy illustrations by combining humour and puns with a touch of attitude and sweetness. Her aim is to create statements that are relate-able and will make people smile.

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It certainly did!

Every single day starts with with a fun illustration to get the cogs whirring. She enjoys drawing her illustrations using pencil and fine-liners and then adding colours and textures digitally.

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Her work has appeared in all sorts of places, from the walls inside Spanky Van Dyke’s, the hoarding for the redevelopment campaign in Sneinton Market, and even a range of Stationary for WH Smiths! (oo-er!)

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Cotton tote bags on sale in our shop.

When she’s¬†not drawing she¬†enjoys music, reading, going on adventures and frequently changing her¬†hair colour to match its surroundings!

You can follow Katie on Facebook here and twitter here, and, of course, pop in and see what she has for sale in DUKKI!

The day of the Ducks!

Today is the day of the duck. The Giant
duck, to be precise!

Ever since we opened,¬† we’ve had a couple of giant rubber ducks (32 cm! )
Affectionately called Mildred and Jeff.
They have appeared in several window displays, and have caught the attention of several hundred small children in the process!

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We’ve had so many people asking if they are for sale, so we’ve finally caved in to you boggers, and ordered some in! They will be available online at www.dukkigifts.co.uk and in store for ¬£25.

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What bogger doesn,t need a giant duck in their bath!

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Ta-ra ducks!

DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 – Introducing Dominic Murray, Illustrator

Living in Sherwood, paired with a long time love of the legend of Robin Hood, seemed like an obvious opportunity to do something unique and local.”

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It’s that time of year when the kids go back to school, and retailers see fit to start advertising Christmas, so we thought we’d introduce our latest Guest Artist and Illustrator, Dominic Murray. (Because he has some perfect Christmas gift items for any discerning Nottingham bogger!)

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We are very excited to feature his Sherwood Forest themed illustrations, and when we asked Dominic what made him embark on this series of illustrations, he told us:

“I’ve always had a love of art and have drawn for as long as I can remember. Since having children I’ve started to draw things that I think they would like which led to participating in Sherwood Art week in 2013, and everything escalated from there. Living in Sherwood, paired with a long time love of the legend of Robin Hood, seemed like an obvious opportunity to do something unique and local.”

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His¬†default style is inspired by a childhood love of Tintin and Asterix, and is created through traditional methods: lots of initial pencil sketches, finally deciding what he¬†should ink, and then finishing by painting on water colours. Recently he¬†has taken his¬†first steps into the realms of digital art, but he says we’ll have to see how far into the matrix he¬†descends.

Dominic’s Exhibition will be on until 30th September 2015
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Dominic can be contacted via: Email: sinistersnowmen@gmail.com

 Or you can follow him on Twitter: sinistersnowmen & Tumblr: dominicmurray

DING DING! The Day we eventually caught the Tram!

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The new raised platform at QMC

For those of you that don’t live in Nottinghamshire¬†(Warra yer playin at? its Bleddeh Luvleh!)

You will not be aware of the ongoing saga that is the NET Tram Extensions to Clifton and Toton. When I moved to Beeston in 2013, the work had not long started, and the new line was due to be finished in May 2014…. Then it was January 2015…..

Now, 8 Months later it has opened, and Beeston is less of a building site, so we thought we’d ‘av a go!

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Ian’s Daft face. He’s not a morning person!

The conclusion? It’s dead good! Its no further to walk to the stop in the morning, because of the new ‘Beeston Interchange’ (Ooh, verreh posh!) and it stops right outside the Broadmarsh (well, almost!)

It’ll also gerrus to work on time, so that’s a bonus for all the times the Indigo has let us dahn!

All those owd boggers we’ve heard sayin “Well aa won’t be usin’ it, bleddeh noisy thing!” They’ll all be on it before long, just like they all shop in the big Tesco, despite boycotting it when it was being built!

I dread to think how much money, time, heartache and disruption has been caused by all this work, not to mention the people that live right on its route; but it was always going to happen, and now its finally here, we may as well make the most of it! Although, in a city that already has a successful tram route to Hucknall, it begs the question РHow could they make so many mistakes the second time around?

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Luvleh view of the castle!

It was quite interesting to see the city from a different perspective, without being governed by traffic delays.¬†The NET are also offering a ¬£10 weekly ticket offer until Next Monday, so it’d be rude not to take advantage of it!

You can read a proper article with facts and stuff on the Nottingham BBC website by clicking here, which includes a brilliant comment from former Broxtowe Councillor Steve Barber

“We are very relieved, as, I think, are a lot of people in Beeston.”

Ta- ra for now, dukkies!

DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 – Introducing Mel Graham Artist

Mel will be featuring some larger pieces of work, alongside smaller prints and cards.
Driven by her passion to paint, new work is always available.

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We are very proud to announce that our next artist to exhibit at DUKKI will be the Internationally selling and self taught artist Mel Graham!

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Mel’s¬†endless landscapes and dramatic seascapes focus on the¬†sheer and raw beauty of space and nature. Her colours are vibrant and brush strokes vivid, with colours chosen entirely by mood.
Her studio and adjoining gallery, are located in Nottingham, UK.  The light and space provides the opportunity for large and striking work to be produced.  Inspiration is drawn from the sea, and the empty expanse of natures finest. 

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Mel will be featuring some larger pieces of work, alongside smaller prints and cards.
Driven by her passion to paint, new work is always available.  Work often takes weeks to complete, or sometimes only hours.  Mel generally works on about four pieces at once, leaves them, and then works again,
re-defining and re-energising her work.

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She¬†has sold hundreds of paintings from the UK to Australia, The Falkland Islands to San Francisco. ¬†She received a “Highly Commended” status in the Artist category in the Patchings 2015 Competition for Squall of Teal.

More examples of her work can be found on Artfinder.com and her website which can be found by clicking here. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Help us to give a big welcome to Mel, by sharing this blog, and supporting local artists. You can keep up to date with all things DUKKI on our Facebook page.

Ta, me owds!

Burning Sensations Pyrography are now exhibiting at DUKKI

Please help to support our local artists, by popping into the shop, but if you can’t make it to Nottingham, you can follow Burning Sensations Pyrography on Facebook by clicking here

Ay up!

Our July exhibition has started. Its a pyrography takeover, her at DUKKI, and here are some of the highlights. Make sure you pop down to see it all. 24 hours in, and some of the items in these photographs have already been sold!

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  The exhibition will run until the 31st July11758840_10153226116587182_2035818164_n Beautiful home sweet home hanging pieces, and mini trinket boxes.

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Steam Punk Style wooden trunk £65 (detail shown below)

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More burnt offerings!11774406_10153226116197182_449120725_nThe tree of life Plaque.

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Eye of Horus plate,

Please help to support our local artists, by popping into the shop, but if you can’t make it to Nottingham, you can follow Burning Sensations Pyrography on Facebook by clicking here

Ta for now, me duck!