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 – 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!

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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!

DUKKI Showcase – Introducing Becca Thorne: Illustration

The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks…

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It’s time for us to introduce our next exhibitor in the DUKKI Showcase 2015!

Becca is an illustrator and printmaker based in Beeston, where she works at home in her spare room studio creating hand printed pieces in linocut, silkscreen and wood engraving. Originally from the Forest of Dean, she studied BA and MA Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts on the south Cornwall coast, graduating in 2004/05 respectively.

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 The majority of Becca’s illustration work is linocut, burnished with a teaspoon and printed with water-based inks, which dry faster than traditional oil-based mediums, allowing for longer to be spent on designing and cutting and less on waiting for inks to dry. Some more colourful illustrations, which require several printed layers, might be pieced together digitally for speed and accuracy, but she still uses more traditional and unpredictable techniques when the situation allows.

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Becca’s style lends itself well to historical illustration and, as such, she is often requested to create period-specific imagery for clients such as BBC History Magazine and The Folio Society.

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A love of nature inspires much of her personal work, especially the beautiful and wild areas she’s lived and travelled, from British beaches to New Zealand mountains, and this continues to inform and inspire her practice, as does the work of printmakers such as Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, Cyril Edward Power and Medieval woodcutters and illuminators.

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 Becca’s been illustrating professionally since 2008, working for a wide variety of clients including National Trust Books, Sight & Sound Magazine, HarperCollins, The Earth Island Journal, Compassionate Dorset, YSC, GQ Magazine, Anchor Canada and Rugby Borough Council to name but a few. She also tutors part-time on the Graphic Design with Illustration degree course at DeMontfort University.

Becca will be exhibiting her latest collection of prints, from 15-29 March.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @BeThorney and on  Facebook at Becca Thorne: Illustration

Slippers, Cocoa and Kittens at DUKKI HQ

As I sit here at Dukki HQ, with socks, slippers and a kitten to keep me warm, Something tells me it must be Autumn. I don’t know if it’s just because the clocks have gone back, but there is the definite urge to stay in bed a bit later, and have the cocoa on standby! But there is no time for that malarkey! We’ve got work to do.

We currently have our fingers in several pies. I have been working on an exciting pitch, soon to be announced (top secret at the moment!) and I have been designing some christening invite templates to put on my website.

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Our resident artist Ian Jones has been putting the finishing touches to his ‘Local landmarks and Legends’ series, and has now finished ‘The Olde Trip’,

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‘Shane Meadows’

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and he is still working away at the leaves of ‘The Major Oak’ (He keeps having to stop because it makes his hands hurt, drawing all those leaves!) We hope to bring you more news from DUKKI HQ over the next few days, as things get potentially even more exciting for us! Watch this space, me Duck!

 

Try to pop down and see Dukki Merchandise, as they host a stall at this months ‘Not the Camden Market’ at the old Barton’s Bus station, Chilwell. More in formation can be found here.