The A-Team Architects

You know those mornings when you get up and think.. ‘i’m gonna draw on the van!’


Well, that’s precisely what happened to the weird folk at ‘icecreamarchitecture’ – and not only that, but they wanted help and, being the sociable kind of superguy that I am, we’re working together and present ‘BongoArt!’

BongoArt is a one time opportunity to draw on a van – legally (we’re all about the legal..) and it’s happening this saturday as part of our Hidden Lane operations (see the poster above).

Anyway, by now, you should know all about SuperFly but you may wondering who these ‘icecream‘ crew are..? Well, my experience so far has been… imagine the A-Team were architects, not soldiers, and made up of 3 Mad Murdoch’s… and you’re nearly there. However, in the interest of balance, here’s what they have to say:

icecreamarchitecture is challenging the perceptions of the traditional architectural practice. We present fresh understanding and a client based design ethos to satisfy our pro-active ‘ice cream van’ attitude to consultation.

Our on street client sourcing approach encourages potential projects that otherwise would have overlooked the need for architectural design, and our education and practical experience affords us the confidence and capability to deliver beyond client expectations.

We sell architecture from the back of a van!”

So, there you are, come along on saturday and find out more… or just have fun in the sand. And if you’d like to take art in the SuperFly Standoff then drop me an email or visit the submissions page :)

A few thank you’s.. firstly to Push Print (www.pushprint.net) who have donated a whole bunch of flyers, posters (above) and banners for the day – also big thanks to Peter at Glasgow Badges (www.glasgowbadges.co.uk) who are sorting us each out with shirts so you’ll easily spot the icecreamarchitecture V’s SuperFly crew. You’ll find him helping out on the Hidden Lane Tea Room BBQ as well as selling his ‘freaky badges’ :)

June 25th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

Hidden Lane Festival, Glasgow

Quick update: The Hidden Lane Festival; is a project run by Vox Populus in Glasgow. The Hidden Lane runs parallel to Argyle Street and is home to many creative businesses. The festival is a great opportunity to see what’s happening and take in the events that have been organised. As part of the proceedings SuperFly is sharing a spot with new buddies ‘Ice Cream Architecture’. No, they don’t make huge icecreams.. well not for a living anyway! No, they are proper architects intent on bringing this often mysterious profession to the masses from the back of a van. Come along and find out more!

So, in addition to the crazy architects and the SuperFly guy there are loads of things happening… the flyer is reproduced here for your convenience and viewing pleasure :D

June 22nd, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

Ice Cream Architecture V’s SuperFly

UPDATED: 22/06/10

Ice Cream Architecture V’s SuperFly Present:

Hidden Lane – SuperFly Standoff
Hidden Lane Festival, Saturday 26 June, 2010 – 12noon – 10pm
Some details remain to be confirmed but this is an updated post from the one issued yesterday – plus we can now reveal the event logo above :D
If you are interested in drawing and/or painting live (bring your own media) on to large format canvas (materials to be confirmed) then please get in touch including samples of your work. You need not necessarily have worked in this format before… it’s intended to be a bit of fun and maybe a friendly competition :)
This event will take place live during the Hidden Lane Festival, this coming saturday (26th June, 2010 – 12pm – 11pm) in Glasgow. You can apply as an individual or as a team. The SuperFly event will take place during these times and you will have approx 4 hours to ‘create’! Details will be finalised over the next couple of days.
So, illustrators, designers, painters, street artists, stencilers, photographers (collage) whatever you want to do.
We don’t have a theme as such but we are looking for recycled/reclaimed materials to use as your canvases so it may be an old car bonnet or a set of wardrobe doors. Most likely you’ll have no idea what you’re going to get until Saturday afternoon.
The artwork will remain property of Ice Cream Architecture/SuperFly and will likely be auctioned off – proceeds to a pre-determined charity.
Apply via the submissions page at https://superfly.org.uk/submit-artwork/
All details are subject to change so please check back for updates.
Oh, and please, please, spread the word :)

June 21st, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

DoJ Degree Show 2010

It’s degree show time of year once more and Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee always attracts a lot of attention.

I haven’t been along myself just yet, so this isn’t a review (there’s a link to someone else’s below) but I would urge you to go along at some point this week and search out a few gems for yourself.

DofJ were good enough to send SuperFly some exclusive images of last Thursday’s Industry Preview Catwalk event which opened the show and was attended by Dundee favourite Lorraine Kelly.

During the week SuperFly intend to get along and put together another ‘SuperFly on The Wall’ mini-doc of the show so if you see a ‘geeky’ looking bloke with a ropey video camera please say hello.. or call security.

Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show 2010 is open daily until Sunday 30 May: 10am – 8pm during the week and 10am – 4pm at the weekend.

Visit the official Degree Show site here for directions, Student biographies, Catwalk video and more.

Black Acrylic Degree Show Review 2010

May 25th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

Introducing: SuperFly On The Wall

‘SuperFly On The Wall’ is an attempt to document (in small chunks) events and activities that would be of interest to the SuperFly community. Don’t get too excited.. this is not an exercise in production values.. this is lo-fi of the highest order… the whole thing was filmed and edited in about 5 hours. (One day i’ll list the kit i’m using, just for a laugh) However, on this shoot I didn’t even use lights or a mic so, we’re winging it.. OK!

So first up is ‘Big Top Jamboree’ from last night.. see the previous blog entry for details of the event, but what I will say in addition to that, is how quickly the place filled up! I arrived at just after 7pm to get some shots of the work before the rush but as you’ll see the place was already packed.  A testament to the feedback from the first event no doubt.

So congrat’s to Lauren, Nikki and Jen for another successful event – I imagine they’ll be feeling it this morning – and here’s to the next ‘Jamboree’.. in whatever form it takes..!

At some point I will appoint some space on the site for ‘SuperFly On The Wall’ to live permanently, so keep your eye out. And so, if you have any ideas for future videos, if you would like your event or simply some work you are involved in included here please get in touch: superguy (at) superfly.org.uk

(Music ‘The Last Sea Bass’ by The Everybody – check them out at www.theeverybody.com)

For more info on Lauren, Nikki and Jen visit the Central Station V’s SuperFly exhibition page here.

May 18th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

Big Top Jamboree

‘Big Top Jamboree’ – Monday 17 May at Drouthy’s Basement, Perth Road, Dundee.
2 – 5pm Workshops, 7 – 12pm Entertainment and Stalls

A collaborative project by Jen Collins, Nikki McWilliams and Lauren Gentry, who came together in March 2010 to organise the first fantastic event ‘Jumpers & Jamboree’. You may have noticed that Jen, Nikki and Lauren were, coincidentally, contributors to the Central Station V’s SuperFly exhibition in February.

They  “aim to organise fun, unique events to give the creative community of Dundee the opportunity to get together, collaborate & sell their work”.

So, expect to find stalls, workshops, live music and digital projections as the the trio up the ante on their previous show.

SuperFly will be there to record the event as part of the NEW ‘(Super)Fly On The Wall’ Mini-documentaries. Hopefully we’ll catch a few words with the organisers and get the lo-down on future projects.

For more info on the ‘Jamboree’ visit the official blog: http://dundee-jamboree.blogspot.com/

and watch out for them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dundeejamboree

May 17th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

Comp results…

Friday’s SuperFly competition (see below) results..

I couldn’t decide on a clear winner so I picked names from a ‘virtual’ hat and @ryanmacg won the tickets and is watching ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ at the DCA as I write! :)

I must offer a special commendation to @eaonp who not only answered via the prefered method of ‘the blog’ but came up with a cracking ‘vintage’ suggestion of bubblegum transfers.. I don’t know if you have to be of a certain age for that to resonate but if they don’t exists now i’m hoping to bring them back. Especially as one of my ‘tags’ (why do I have these?) is Industrial Bubblegum.

Eaon may well have won with that suggestion but he’s in London and DCA tickets (Dundee) would be useless so he’ll get a complementary Bonehead tee as soon as I get some more printed.

I’ll photoshop some of the ideas for my ‘Starter For 6’ homework and post them here by Wednesday. For now, be entertained with the tweeted versions – and comment to your hearts content!

a HUGE bilboard on top of the law so it can be seen for miles :) @katesjewellery

on the legs of the tay rail bridge :) @katesjewellery

I think a nice collection fly posted over the Kydd building @AbertayUni to make a single big one would be cool :) @ryanmacg

Attached to a fly of course! [ I’m not going to link to that video again, I know it was painful for you to watch ;) ] @rickcurran

or a special range from Brewdog with Superfly posters for labels @ryanmacg

Superfly AR, QR codes around Dundee. Point your smartphone at them and get the poster and artist info? @ryanmacg

Blown up to huge scale and stuck on the front of the Caird Hall & City Square buildings! ;> @pandorasinbox

a music video for a local band using visuals from Superfly artists would be cool @ryanmacg

On a space shuttle! @newvibes

lining the Walls of ‘power’ – election special – artists take on proposed policies (where I’d like to see superfly posters) @htothep

How about posters covering the flumes at the Olympia – inside and out! @rubylovesred

find where googlestreetview are -create massive repos -lay on fields -create international gallery/map -forever evidence! :) @gillianeasson

On top of Mikhail Gorbachev’s birthmark? @iamageek

April 12th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

Friday Comp..

Well, new stuff is simmering in the background.. not least of which is the fact that i’m on the ‘Starter for 6’ programme (pioneered by NESTA) run by the smashing folk at Cultural (Starship) Enterprise Office (www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk/starterfor6).

I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say it’s an extremely worthwhile project to get involved in if you are a new creative business. (Visit the site for details..)
So, we get ‘home work’ and this month it’s ‘fake evidence’. Almost like a wishlist of what you would like from your business. With SuperFly I just want to get across the desire to get posters and other SuperFly media everywhere. And. I. Mean. Everywhere.
My first thought was the 2001 Monolith (see above), but what I want from you good folks is more ideas. What is the best, craziest, most innovative place for a SuperFly product.. posters or other stuff. The best will be worked up in Photoshop (as above) and passed off as my own work at the next Starter.. meeting. (Nah, i’ll credit you :) and i’ll also post the final photoshoped images here)
In return you can have my ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ tickets for Dundee’s DCA Cinema which are valid ’til the mid of next week – see DCA for details. If you’re not local please submit anyway.. if a none local wins then I’ll sort out goodies of some sort :)
So, get submitting – closing will be 12 midnight tonight.. potentially you could be watching the movie tomorrow :)

April 9th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

What is..?

What is SuperFly..?

Shortly before standing in front of a lot of people on Saturday (Central Stations Dundee Pop-up event) I was still concerned that the end of what I was going to (try and..) say was going to ‘over think’ the whole process.. ultimately I think it should be enjoyable.. fun!

However, there’s no doubt that in this second incarnation SuperFly turned into a very different beast and I was curious as to what the observing public, particularly those involved in creative arts, would make of it.

I had approached others in advance to try and get to the bottom of what I thought it was.. most notably Eaon Pritchard, Marketing Agitator and, to my mind a Guerilla Advertising ‘Yoda’.. he said this in his Blog, Never Get Out Of The Boat.

Well, while no one was forthcoming when I put the question to the floor, it became apparent as the evening went on that several people had views on what it was about and a few a strong reservations..

There appears to be a divide of sensibilities.. ‘art’ and commercial ‘art’ and mistrust between the two perhaps.. Again, I don’t want to over think ‘what SuperFly is’ – neither are these issues new, but I AM really interested in the issues that are raised as a consequence.

So, I will be posting a more detailed comment based on the conversations that i’ve had but, if you have a view or a comment please, please, this is the place… post them here!

February 8th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment

Lauren Gentry

little house - lauren gentry

[As we countdown the arrival of Central Station to the shores of the Tay, SuperFly highlights (everyday this week) one of the artists from the poster campaign that announces/accompanies the Dundee Pop up… for more info on the ‘Pop-up’ please visithttp://bit.ly/DundeeListing, BUT (!) before you do, we’ll hand over to the artists to ‘show & tell’ you more about themselves:]

Lauren Gentry

Lauren Gentry is currently studying illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Most of her work is based on bold colours, intricate patterns & as someone who loves traditional handmade pieces, she can usually be found sat at her desk for hours on end working in a sketchbook. Although she hasn’t quite found her ‘style’, as a young student she’s happy experimenting with many techniques & filling her days with creative projects. ‘Something To Do’, an illustration based zine, is currently occupying her free time. 
You can follow her work at:

February 5th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Leave a comment