Author Archives: pennimania

About pennimania

Artist, entomologist, grumbler.

Crambe Repetita (repetita): the return of the cabbage AND the flamingos.

A couple of years ago I quoted the Roman satirist Juvenal’s aphorism: occidit miseros crambe repetita magistros – literally cabbage repeated is the death of the wretched masters. Looks like I’m guilty myself. This is a piece that I made when I was on … Continue reading

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We Come in Peas.

In another lifetime I used to work on the Kidz Field at Glastonbury festival. One of the many joys of the job was the magnificent quality and variety of the ambient performance artists. I particularly remember a pair of extremely … Continue reading

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The Man from Monsanto: he say no!

  I don’t much like eating pineapples – they make my mouth hurt, but I do admire their stylish form. In a previous post I briefly mentioned Wedgwood pineapple and cauliflower ware and how  much I have been influenced by … Continue reading

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The Vegetable Tortures: Myxomatosis. (Trigger warning: contains distressing image)

Cauliflowers have proved a very fruitful design source for ceramics; the delicious texture of their creamy, curdy centre that contrasts so well with the emerald leaves has been an absolute gift to anyone who works with white earthenware and copper … Continue reading

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A Melon for Ecstacy.

A woman for duty, A boy for pleasure, But a melon for ecstasy. – Old Turkish proverb For some months I’ve been playing about with the idea of the Vegetable Tortures. I would like to be able to say that … Continue reading

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Predatory Snails: the dark underbelly of Tyrian purple.

If you’re interested in greed, luxuria and over consumption (other wise known as pleionexia) you can’t help being fascinated by the idea of sea snails being literally milked to death to produce a few drops of a precious dye. I … Continue reading

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Raphanidosis: the birth of the vegetable tortures.

Rhaphanidosis is the act of inserting the root of a plant of the raphanogenus (commonly known as a radish) into the anus. It is mentioned by Aristophanes as a punishment for adultery  in classical Athens in the fifth and fourth century BC. … Continue reading

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