Wednesday, 26 June 2013

London Calling

It's that time of year again to pack our rucksacks, don comfortable footwear and head for that there London (a large town in the Southeast of England). Yes folks it's New Blood time!

Every year over 70 institutions exhibit at this prestigious D&AD graduate showcase in London's East End. You can find out more about it here.

New Blood a fantastic opportunity for our students to wow industry professionals with their talent, skill and, most importantly, lovely personalities. Each year many of our students gain jobs as a direct result of attending.

Here's Grillust's very own 'Barefoot Contessa' (H.R.H. Rhiannon Robinson) inspecting the banners for our New Blood exhibition stand

New Blood isn't just open to industry professionals, anyone can come along and it's free too!

Old Spitalfields Market
Brushfield Street
E1 6AA

Wednesday 3 July 2013 & Thursday 4 July 2013

Opening hours: 09:30AM – 20:00PM

Grillust operatives: Rhiannon, Zoe & Tony will be on the stand on Wednesday and Simon, Jim and Dwayne on Thursday.

So, to all of Grillust's friends old and new, if you can make it, please do come along as it will be lovely to see you. 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Grillust™ Summer Show 2103 Website...

Catch up with you favourite Grillustiando's here

...and don't forget, we'll be in London at the New Blood exhibition at Spitalfields, 2–5 July 2013.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Summer Exhibition 2013 - Open for Business

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Summer Exhibition - Eveyone's Invited!

The Summer Exhibition opens at 10.00am on Wednesday 5th of June and runs through to Wednesday 12th of June.

The Private View will be held this coming Saturday (8th June) between 6.00pm - 8.00pm and you're all invited.

Exhibition publicity designed by Jade Wall (21) of Year 3 BA Illustration

There's also a University Open Day on Saturday 8th June, you can find details of how to book a place here.

Puff Jim’s Guide to Hip Hop (Part 1)

Puff Jim - He knows da score

Yo! Blood.

I was chillin’ the other day when my homies on the Grillust
Team said to me, they said; “Puff Jim, you know all about the modern Hippity Hop music ‘n’ stuff. Why don’t you write a post for our blog about the true origins of the music genre you love so much? This will both entertain ‘n’ inform da liddle chilren who are too young to remember the pioneers of the old, old skool from way back when. ”

It struck me there was truth in their words. The young bloods in my hood are hep to contemporary phat artistes like: Snoop Doggedy Dog; M&M’s; Jay Zed; Infamous Smallie Bigs; Dr. Dreyfuss and Bobby Beats but few have got game for da old skool stars like: Vanilla Ice; Threepack Smith and Africa Boombox Battery.

In fact even those in da know believe Hippety Hop was invented in da ghetto during da 1970’s. Well, I can tell them they don’t kno' nutin’!!

Word up! Here’s the true that history of old, old school Hippety Hop...

From its earliest days Hippety Hop was the music of society outsiders with a love of hearing their own voice, an unswerving belief in the value of their own opinions and a flamboyant attitude towards personal dress. I’m talking of course about the ‘Pearly’ Kings and Queens of London’s East End.

Pearlies in da Shoreditch ghetto

The ability to spout meaningless inanities in rhyme to a jaunty beat was first developed by Mixmaster Reginald Dixon on the mean streets of Shoreditch in the late 1890’s. It was Mixmaster Dixon who had the genius idea of combining the verbiage of Cockney Rhyming Slang with some washboard beats to create the world’s first Hippety Hop hit, My Old Man Said Follow the Van (later covered so memorably by Pearl Carr and M.C. Teddy Johnson.)

Mixmaster Dixon with his honey, Ethel Big-Beats

The unique sound of ‘Pearly Rap’ (as it was known then) spread fast through London and on into the Home Counties. In no time at all the first true megastar of Hippety Hop arrived in the unlikely form of one Andre Romelle Young (or Tebay Services as he styled himself) who rather surprisingly came straight out of Compton (Surrey).

Sadly no images or recordings of Tebay Services remain but a thinly veiled ‘pastiche’ of the old, old school star was used as the basis for the character ‘Bert’ (played by the multi-talented Dick Van Dyke) in the magical musical Mary Poppins.

Those early days of Hippety Hop linger on today in words like ‘bling’. Nowadays this refers to ostentatious, sparkly jewellery (some think this may be a 'folk memory' of a fully ‘buttoned up’ Pearly King or Queen) but it actually derives directly from original Cockney Rhyming Slang.

‘Pearly King’ became shortened to simply ‘King’ before morphing over time to ‘Bling’ – a word that allowed for greater alliteration.

So there you have it, lawks-a-mercy gov, who'd a thought it; Hippety Hop is 100% Pearly! 

Loverly jubbely...

Next Time: The History of Hippety Hop Part 2 – The Noel Coward Years. 

The Ingredients for an End of Year Exhibition Are...

1) A large orange box and extra long step ladder

2) Arrows (lots) and a large portion of nuts

3) Double-sided tape

4) A small woolen hat

5) Mark and Dave - semi-professional children's entertainers (both 21)

6) Katie Roberts (21) and her magic scalpel

7) Patience and long nails

8) A born leader. In our case Mr. Dwayne Bell (33)

9) Who obviously couldn't take the pressure...

10) A good sense of direction. Step forward Ms. Katie Roberts (21)

11) 'Bobby Beats' (21) and his nuts

12) A steady hand and a vibrant palette - courtesy of Ms. Yvette Earl (21)

13) Sufficient head height

14) A custom made Grillust™ arrow