Into The Studio with Jamie McGregor Smith

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Something for the kids..

We found this cute lesson plan yesterday on Teaching Ideas based around US. We love the idea of children aged 5 – 11 making up imaginary conversations with Peter and writing his biography. Someone needs to actually do this and show us what ideas and artwork the kids would produce!

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Who needs a ring when you can propose with a globe?

Very cute engagement story in Rock n Roll Bride. Congrats to the happy couple!Image

The Globemaker Vimeo Spreads Around The World!

Since Vimeo kindly chose us as a Staff Pick and put us on their front page (as well as tweeting their 121,855 followers gasp) the video Peter Bellerby – The Globemaker has spread far and wide. We are up to 35,500 views!! We are humbled by the response and positive feedback.

The short film has been shared on twitter over 100 times. It has been written about by Huh. MagazineDevour.comThe Worlds Best EverThosewhomake.com, South Africa’s Cherry FlavaThe Documentary NetworkMental FlossArtnau, Little Green Footballs,
Curiosités de Titam (for our French readers), and the brilliantly named Socks on an Octopus in New York to name a few. Wahhay.

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Top Five Uses For That Old Globe Of Yours!

Perhaps you have a lesser quality globe that needs a new lease on life? Trade it in for a newer model (ahhemm we can recommend some great ones that don’t fall apart) … but don’t go tossing that old one.

Here are some ideas and overall favourites.

5. Half a globe becomes a genius planter for flowers. Either a hanging basket or else on a base indoor or out.

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4. Chalk Board Globes …. imagine the world how you want to. Chalk paint is fun and easy.

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3. A jaunty hat.

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2. A cheesy sentimental up-cycled gift to a loved one. With or without cliche quote. I’m a fan of mapping out places you’ve been or places you want to go.

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1. We love love love these ceiling lamps!! Major want.

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Dubbed! Il Fascino Peculiare Dei Mappamondi

We had a little visit at the studio from RSI La 1 and the great Head of Map Collections – Peter Barber from The British Library – to talk about what they dubbed…. the peculiar charm of globes.

Click to watch us on Swiss-Italian TV!

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POP! London Champagne Kids

A few weeks back, we battled the London springtime elements (which resembled more an arctic freeze), and made our way down to Central London. The Stephen Friedman Gallery to be precise, for the opening of Yinka Shonibare’s (MBE) solo show POP!  Commenting through sculpture, the exhibition plays with overindulgent use of power, which has perhaps lead to our current economic crisis.  In Yinka’s typical direct style, we see mannequins with brightly coloured batik outfits, witty stances, and of course the Bellerby globes as heads!

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All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery

The series we worked on is called “Champagne Kids”, and formed a whole section of the exhibition, leading onto a ‘Last Supper’ style banker’s table, brazen headless mannequins and painted fabric panels.  We were really honoured to contribute to a a show exploring a social, current issue, which challenges the way our generations are suffering now, due to years of the bank’s extravagant behaviour, using humour and suggestive symbolism.



Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

As we were sent flat graphs and charts, our team set to work morphing them into gores and intricately pasting them onto our mini globes. The charts marked the financial crash of 2008, focusing on the Lehman Brothers, Tokyo, Irish, Spanish and Greek Stock Exchange, and the finished globes sat upon indulgent, ironic party mannequins, seen below hanging, rocking and pouring champagne.

Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery

The result is super interesting, well structured and thought provoking, and we would recommend you to visit the show if you’re in London, it’s on until 20th April.

The Steven Friedman Gallery 28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN, open Mondays – Saturdays. More info here.

Globemakers TV Debut

Check out our Curve globe from the 80 Series, which was requested on set with none other than the legendary Sir David Attenborough on the Alan Titchmarsh show on ITV (A UK chat show).  You can really see the size and scale of the piece sitting next to the two gents. And by the way, how amazing is Sir DA? We just want him to be our adopted grandad, and tell us stories for hours.  Wonder if he can be swayed with globe bribes….Image