NEWS : It’s been a while blog.

remotelysorry

Dog memes reduce the sting of guilt – FACT.

So … you’re still here? (thank you)

Last blog update was over 18 months ago, a new record, what’s your personal best?

Petting Zoo has still been powering ahead, and bimbling sideways too as is our tradition… there are many prints that we need to show you, there are lots of tales we could retell, there are other great dog memes that we dug up over the past few weeks as our burgeoning need to break the silence grew to be unbearable.

Let’s just leap straight in with the biggest news – back in June 2016, with good friends, we moved into one of the gunning arches in the historic part of Old Portsmouth : The Hotwalls

…go check out the site www.hotwallsstudios.co.uk and then check out our blog here www.batchmaker.co.uk …it really is a huge privilege to be one of just 13 teams to be offered this snazzy space and fantastic platform from which we can get involved with the public, not to mention other artist groups and foundations. So sorry we’ve not trumpeted this great news earlier…

The next and most immediate piece of news for you is that a new tier of work, a new brand if you like, is launching this evening at an exhibition also here in Old Portsmouth… entitled Kid In Deed, we’ll be putting up a full blog about that soon (as well as another website) – but for now please go and visit the very smart and regularly/properly updated website of the Jack House Gallery : www.jackhousegallery.co.uk

…wanna see a dog pic that neatly sums up how chuffed we are at getting all this news to you? Sure you do.

pooch-hoop

x x Spencer / Zookeeper

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Gigposter : Kurt Vile & The Violators

screenprinted poster for Brighton's recent Kurt Vile gig

Kurt’s Fender Jazzmaster with tortoiseshell pickguard : signed here by the man himself.

Lo and behold Petting Zoo’s 3rd hand-printed poster for Kurt Vile’s visits to Brighton. This was an especially great show – I (Spencer/Zookeeper) had been yearning for a big, noodly, J.Mascis style, lilting guitar solo at the last gig but alas, one never issued forth (possibly due to the heat of the crowd and cold November draft from the Concorde 2’s fire exit de-tuning strings)…
this time however there were some great rambling plays, absolute gems, not showy or finnickety, but broad and generous and delivered with wry, eyes-shut, half-smiles. Blooming ace.

So I guess it’s fortuitous and serendipiti-docus that The Zoo procured a few shots of a guitar Kurt’s management knew he’d be bringing to the One Inch Badge show (in Hove, actually).

We have a few of these available for sale (unsigned by Kurt) and a couple (2, signed by Kurt) that we’ll hold onto till our new spanky webshop is launched Woohoo!

email us on pzprints@gmail.com to enquire – or see if you can snag one from Pie and Vinyl on Castle Road in Southsea

(more news involving those lovely pie-merchants coming v soon!)

many thanks for reading.

limited edition concert memorabilia for Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile & the Violators, All Saints Church, Hove – Screenprint, 3colours incl 1blend – A2 from an edition of 60

 

 

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Artfair : Art Junky

Barely recovered from the partying after our special viewing at MERCH (see last post) we are heading back over to Brighton to get our stock sorted out and a good flask of tea!

yes yes … it’s that time of year again… we’re going to be there for the two days as usual!

art junky flyer

come and have a nose at our new prints – say hello if you’re a blog follower and get yourself a little discount x

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Exhibition : MERCH

poster advertising the Petting Zoo poster exhibition

Please come along to a special viewing on Thursday 24th of March (6pm-8pm)

Apologies to those of you not on Twitter (we are, follow us @pzprints), for this rather late announcement regarding our biggest show to date. You may not have yet heard that we have filled 2 walls beneath the main hall in the Portsmouth Guildhall (by the cloakroom)…

There is plenty of time to pop along and see it still (it’s on till May 14th), but aside from a little line in the previous post, you may not have been aware that there will be a special (boozy) viewing this Thursday (the 24th) which can accommodate a very large number of you all and will give you the opportunity to learn a little more about how The Zoo ticks, as well as daft stories from the past 8 years and other subjects of possible interest thought up by you or other question firers…

Portsmouth is a wonderful, unique and spirited city, and Spencer, (the Zookeeper) is expecting some Mick-taking and heckles if not just the odd tricky question, so hopefully that’ll be fun to behold – well that or the red-faced squirming he’ll perform if particularly stumped.

display of 14 cool merch posters in frames

A small section of the larger wall display. The show consists entirely of limited edition concert memorabilia that has been printed by hand, some works are still available for sale and recent ones are still very close to their original price at the show (unframed).

A huge thank you must be extended to Julia, Ollie and especially Clive who, as operatives of the fantastic Aspex Gallery, have assured us that our posters would be a welcome exhibit in their space since we met them at Makers’ Fairs back in 2011 and ’14…
…although the show had to be put together and hung very quickly indeed, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with the team and get everything set.

Thanks also to the ever helpful staff at the Guildhall, the receptionists, Stuart the concierge and Nick who pretty much runs the venue now it seems (previously a stage director back when Spencer was lugging lights and amp stacks with the local crew each gig)… It is hard to convey what a nice “return” this has been – after a tough time that was endured, prior to finding and engaging this vital, inky passion, that is…

…anyhow, we’ll hopefully see you there to chink your glass!   Cheers!

to see the aspex listing go here : http://aspex.org.uk/whats-on/

aspex gunwharf portsmouth

And why not? here’s a shot from the Aspex Gallery’s 2014 Makers’ Fair.

 

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Misc : New Website & Shop!

Oh my… it’s finally underway. The long awaited website / gallery / e-shop is under construction on a private server belonging to the boffins at Port 57

petting zoo prints and collectables will be getting their site updated by Port 57

Trainer-squeaking, hi-caff sinking, keyboard tippety tappers : Port57

…so expect a genuinely swish and user friendly site arriving soon, one that will work on your phones, goggles, dongles and doowops …we’ll still be posting here for a while so don’t adjust your devices or uncrease your dog-ears – easypz.co.uk will remain our domain.

Thanks for reading – can’t wait to have you all swiping your fingers all over our wares!

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Misc : March 2016 – Goings on

Brighton Fringe 2016

Getting ready to get stuck in?

So there has been a LOT going on – The Zoo’s momentum is still going well from last year (which was grand!) and, as is often the case / nearly always the case, we haven’t had much time to blog about it. But that ought to change this weekend, expect a few electronic bleeps and pixels to go with but for now we’ll begin by pointing out that we have secured another Open Studio event at North Star : http://www.northstarstudio.wordpress.com and will be showing and selling our work alongside other printmakers from our studio collective.

fringe brochure listings for north star open studio and brighton illkustration fair

Our open studio listing with all the info you need + the Brighton Illustration Fair listing …The Zoo may be in both!

You’ll be able to pop by every weekend day in May between 11am and 6pm. Come and have a gander and perhaps see if you fancy trying out a workshop or indeed signing up to be a member!

Another thing to tell is that we have a show on at The Portsmouth Guildhall in association with Aspex Gallery … its called “MERCH” and we are super proud to announce that there will be a special viewing on Weds 24th between 6 and 8 with Spencer the ZooKeeper answering questions and generally blabbing on with red cheeks and shaky knees (hope there is wine! there will be wine… we’ll bring some).

YOU ARE INVITED READER – the space is huge.

MERCH : poster show

Expect a blogpost dedicated to this over the coming weekend… exciting.

what else? what else?

Oh we just did a poster for LSD & The Search For God who played The Albert alongside openers Clever Things (I think that was their name, they are a very promising new act) and The Vacant Lots …a very fun night and rewarding too (we got vinyl treasures)

…and last but by no means least, we’re completing a poster shortly after we log off – another one for the wonderful talents of Kurt Vile & The Violators – wooohooo

Oh and we are legitimately a We again… yes!

 

 

 

 

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Artfairs December (Mailing list redirect)

Please check out the blog post we published just prior to this one :

https://easypz.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/artfairs-december2015/

there was a daft error made here (we updated a spelling error in our slug/address and may have misdirected folk with the mailing list and twitter – btw our twitter is @pzprints)

hopefully this little post will help readers get back on track

PS …here is another print we never got round to blogging last year, another commission for the very excellent Fujiya & Miyagi (we were in the middle of Stick Up preparations and pretty dramatic domestic upheavals at the time)

PZ-FMtour-blog

Euro Tour Poster, Fujiya & Miyagi, Various Venues – Screenprint, 3colours, A2 – Limited edition

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