Obsessed with 60’s music as a young teenager, I became a Mod, with parka and scooter. Little did I know that this interest would continue throughout my life. After producing my Quadrotina collection, I felt very strongly that I needed Pete Townshend to know I existed. I had one of my first paintings , a Lambretta at Brighton sent to him, and was blown away when I received a hand written note. Encouraged, I wrote back and managed to secure a few meetings in London with The Who’s management. I was given permission to produce a range of artwork based on Quadrophenia, Tommy and their life body of music. I presented one of The Tommy Screen Prints to Roger. Another hangs proudly in Liverpool in The Beatles Story next to Keith Moons gold drum set from the film Tommy. I have had meetings with Apple Corps about producing a Beatles Collection, and last Summer I had my first exhibition on Carnaby Street, a dream come true.
Tina will be doing a talk in the performance area on the ground floor at 3pm!
As the theme of this year’s MakeFest is the Sixties, I thought I would base my talk around that. How the Swinging 60s has influenced my work, identity and career.
I will mention how Liverpool and The Merseybeat music inspire me throughout my teenage years. I will talk about my children’s books, and how publishing them has led to me meeting many of my idols.