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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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 – How 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

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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!

DUKKISHOWCASE2015 – Introducing Burning Sensations Pyrography

Liz has been a pyrography Artist for 17 years. She concentrates mainly on cartoon and tattoo style art, hand burning pictures and words onto wooden items, like keepsake boxes, plaques and bookmarks.

Good Morning everybody! It’s time to introduce the forthcoming exhibition we are having here at DUKKI. The next bogger to come and exhibit is Liz from

                                      Burning Sensations Pyrography                                          17-31 July 2015

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Liz has been a pyrography Artist for 17 years. She concentrates mainly on cartoon and tattoo style art, hand burning pictures and words onto wooden items, like keepsake boxes, plaques and bookmarks.

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She also carries out commissions in a variety of different styles, providing personalised unique gifts.

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Burning Sensations Pyrography is based in Gedling, Nottinghamshire and you will also find them at various craft stalls, festivals, tattoo conventions and comic conventions. They cover a wide range of steam-punk/alternative fairs all over the UK, selling their burnt wooden offerings; in fact, you can find them tomorrow at Dubdayz Summerfest tomorrow 11th July.

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you can follow Burning Sensations Pyrography on Facebook by clicking here

Come down and show your support for her creations from 17 July, DUKKI, Upper level, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham, NG1 7LN

DUKKI SHOWCASE 2015 – Introducing Tom Marshall of Photogra-Fix

Tom Marshall is a photo colouriser, based in Glasgow, but originally from the East Midlands. He uses digital techniques to transform black and white photos into full colour works of art which bring history back to life.

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This year has flown by, and it’s now time to introduce Tom Marshall from PhotograFix, who will be exhibiting ‘Nottingham’s Past in Colour’ here at DUKKI from 17th June to 5th July.

Tom Marshall is a photo colouriser, based in Glasgow, but originally from the East Midlands.  He uses digital techniques to transform black and white photos into full colour works of art which bring history back to life.  The colours used for each image are researched to the fullest extent possible and often many days of work go into completing each picture.

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We are particularly excited about having Tom to exhibit with us this month, as he is                                             brother to Heidi, owner of Dukki.                                                    Heidi says “Growing up with Tom, it was easy to see that his career path would take him down a creative route. After making countless short special effects films, and later studying Media at the university of Lincoln, Tom became more and more interested in photography and old photographs in particular, which is where PhotograFix was born. I’m delighted to have him exhibiting at our shop!”

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Tom has a great love of the history of Nottingham and the surrounding area, with a particular interest in the architecture that has long since disappeared.

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 Tom has had the pleasure of colourising historical photographs for the Open University, the British Army, the National Museum of Ireland and the Welsh Guard, alongside commissions for private clients. 

Below, a  group of Irish soldiers recuperating with nurses c1917. Pictured are two different nursing organisations, the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) and the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). The TFNS wore a blue grey cape with a scarlet trim, and just visible on the uniforms of the nurses to the left of the image is a small silver ‘T’ which defines them as such. This Image was colourised as part of a recent exhibition for the National Museum of Ireland and a link to the exhibition can be found here 

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Toms offers a full restoration service, and colourising starts from £25.

 To See more of Tom’s work at www.photogra-fix.com or at www.facebook.com/PhotograFixUK

Bea Roberts is now at DUKKI

Bea Roberts – Contemporary Folk Art is now exhibiting at DUKKI!

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Pop down to see her ‘Quirky Owl’ ‘Weird Fish’ and ‘Green eye cat’ amongst other pieces

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There is a vast selection of greetings cards, stickers,

jewellery and original pieces too!

You can read more about Bea by clicking here

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Come and see, me duck! It’s well worth a look!

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DUKKI Showcase 2015 – Introducing Bea Roberts Contemporary Folk Art

Her paintings are a playful, schizophrenic merging of techniques and ideas and she works in mixed media , creating artwork which has a rough, primitive naivety.

Another month has sailed by and in this merry month, we would like to introduce

Bea Roberts, who will be exhibiting with us from 17th – 31st May bea roberts

Bea has been painting and drawing more or less all of her life, and had her first exhibition at the age of 14. Her paintings are a playful, schizophrenic merging of techniques and ideas and she works in mixed media , creating artwork which has a rough, primitive naivety.

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Working intuitively and spontaneously, she uses collagraph printing techniques, brushes, sticks and other implements, as well as collage to create her vigorous and slightly surreal artworks. Her work is sold via the internet, in exhibitions and from her studio.

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She has participated in group shows, solo shows and juried exhibitions, and her work hangs in private collections all over the world. Some of her work has also been used in several film and TV productions, including Channels 4’s Cucumber, the new feature film ‘The Ninth Life of Louis Drax’ and a new German TV Drama, which is being filmed in Manchester.

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Her work is predominantly figurative. She is infinitely fascinated by faces, bodies and people. This fascination is apparent in some of the more surreal creatures she creates as well

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Bea’s exhibition opens on 17th May for two weeks. She is also a regular writer for Creative Nottingham and you can also follow her blog here

Her website is www.bearoberts.co.uk 

Thank duck its Friday! I need your Help

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Ay up fellow Dukkies. I need your help. 

I had just opened the shop this morning, and was putting the kettle on for the first cuppa of the day, when a woman entered the shop. I said my usual hello as I always do to new customers, and carried on setting up the shop.

I thought she was just avin a ‘goz’ at what I was selling, so I left her to it. but clearly, she had another agenda. She came up to the counter and asked me who did all the artwork. I went into my usual spiel, that we’re an independent gift shop, and that I produce all the local dialect stuff and my partner Ian paints all the Local Landmarks.

Then she said “so why this?” and pointed to this frame

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“this isn’t Nottingham” she said (she was right) “why are you encouraging swear words in your…

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Thank duck its Friday! I need your Help

In a word where we fight for freedom of speech, has it now become inappropriate to use the word duck?

Ay up fellow Dukkies. I need your help. 

I had just opened the shop this morning, and was putting the kettle on for the first cuppa of the day, when a woman entered the shop. I said my usual hello as I always do to new customers, and carried on setting up the shop.

I thought she was just avin a ‘goz’ at what I was selling, so I left her to it. but clearly, she had another agenda. She came up to the counter and asked me who did all the artwork. I went into my usual spiel, that we’re an independent gift shop, and that I produce all the local dialect stuff and my partner Ian paints all the Local Landmarks.

Then she said “so why this?” and pointed to this frame

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“this isn’t Nottingham” she said (she was right) “why are you encouraging swear words in your shop? Everything else is great in the shop, but this ruins it” She went on.

I tried to explain that it was a play on words, and that I had created them because we are called DUKKI, and it was supposed to be funny. But she didn’t see the funny side to it.

For those of you that don’t know, I sell a whole range of products replacing the F word for the word duck

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I thanked her for her feedback, and told her she was the first person to have ever complained about these designs. After she’d left, I felt quite upset. I wanted to say “duck you!” But then I stopped and thought about it. Had I just become so desensitised to hearing swear words, that it didn’t offend me anymore?

There are so many things which do offend me in society. Hearing mum’s shouting and swearing at their kids whilst they run riot outside the shop, caring nothing for the people around them having to hear it. Surely that is worse than a picture which uses a word that happens to sound like a swear word?

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We have sold a lot of these pieces, and because they are not strictly Nottingham themed, they appeal to people from all over the country. In fact most of these designs sell on-line, to people outside of Nottingham. They form part of our bread and butter income. Yet, the last thing I want to do is offend anyone. It wasn’t until this lady came in this morning, that I’d ever given it a second thought about it being offensive.

I have always been brought up without swearing, it was totally frowned upon in my upbringing, yet even my mum can see the funny side to these images.

Which begs the question: Should we remove these products? What about ‘Mardy Bum’ and ‘Daft little Bogger’? Are these offensive too?

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In a word where we fight for freedom of speech, has it now become inappropriate to use the word duck?

We sell a lot with ‘Ay up me Duck!’ on, but here the word ‘Duck’ hasn’t been used as a substitute for swearing.

Does anyone actually give a duck?

 Please feel free to share this post, as I’d love to know your thoughts.

TA-RA for now, Duck!