In our weekly series “WHEN I WAS A KID” we ask our contributors and friends about what inspired them as children, as there is nothing quite like childhood inspiration to fire up our post Bank Holiday morning imagination.
When I was a kid...
I used to collect...lots of different things. I probably started a new collection every other week but I never collected anything that was hard to get or too weird! I had a friend who collected scabs! Instead it was things like stickers, pens and pencils. I was a kid in the 80s and I remember novelty rubbers being a big thing (or at least they were in my mind) and so I collected those for a bit. I had quite a lot but they either got stolen or lost and that was the end of that. The last collection I started as a kid was of pin badges and I still have them now. Without counting I’d say there are well over a 1000.
I used to watch… a lot of TV as a kid. My favourite things to watch were cartoons like Tom & Jerry or the Pink Panther and I especially liked holidays when they would show longer cartoons like Charlie Brown or the Raccoons. I also loved to watch American action shows like Knight Rider, Street Hawk, Air Wolf and my favourite of all, the A-Team.
I used to dream… about flying a lot. I very rarely dream these days/nights but I’d love to have a flying dream again.
I used to read… comics. I’d like to say I was cool and that I read American superhero comics or 2000AD but for me it was all about the Beano and Dandy. I’d get the comics every week and the Annuals at Christmas and I also loved to copy the pictures or make my own versions of them.
Now I… collect records, watch Columbo whenever the opportunity arises, sleep like a log and never read the countless art and design books I keep buying.
Ben is currently residing for a week at Yorkshire Sculpture Park where he is busy building Pam & Tom dolls house and many other wonderful installations for The Drawing Imaginarium, our 10th anniversary event taking place this weekend!