Sheffield artist Felicity Hoy specialises in images of strong and sexy women

Wherever they are, the works of the Felicity Hoy, the Sheffield-based artist are hard to miss-the colours are so bright, the lines so bold, and they nearly all feature women.

Mulan, By Felicity Hoy

Mulan, By Felicity Hoy


“I draw badass women, sexy and strong”, said she.  As young as 26, Hoy has already established herself a name of independent artist who is commissioned by businesses of all sorts.

In her work, the snow-white is not fragile,  Mulan is not exhausted , the little mermaid is not enigmatic–they are strong, cheerful, and even a bit evil: the snow-white offers the huntsman’s heart,  Mulan sees no need to hide her curvy figure and claw-like fingers, the mermaid reveals sail boat tattoo on her slender, half-naked waist.  The strong and sexy women are her trademark.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Hoy travelled extensively in Asia where she re-encountered her own passion for art and started to draw things like the Forbidden Palace and all kinds of people. “Before that I had done an art foundation course at school, it had taught me how to think differently about thing, but my university degree was in Film and Media,” said Hoy.

At the end of her journey Hoy moved to Australia and there she was inspired by some tattoos work featuring Disney princesses . One year after she returned to her home in Sheffield and her artistic energy exploded into drawings of fantasy and femininity that are immensely pleasurable and satisfying to look at.

At first she was working-full time in an engineering company.” I was basically doing my art every single night, because of that job of my I started to teach myself how to use Adobe Illustrator. I also learned Photoshop, and my art started to progress gradually,” she said.

At the beginning, Hoy would spend several hours even days working on her large composition, revelling in the searching quality of the lines, making sure all of them were connected. Then she scanned the script and coloured all the blocks. She taught herself using the colouring software, and in this process of learning she developed her own style that addresses to the human heart. Now she has become a more efficient and accurate illustrator who is able to put more details and depth into her art and accomplish really complicated drawings quickly and accurately.

Apart from the delightedness and pleasure in her art, one can also read a dose of reality in them. “my drawings go against the whole ‘I wanna get married and live in a Castile’ thing, said Hoy, “Because that is not true, women should strong and beautiful and sexy.”




Su Blackwell’s paper fairyland

She dreamed of a fairyland when she was a child:playing in the woods behind her family house, she named all the trees and dens, merged into her world of magic and imagined herself to be a princess.  Now at the age of 36, Su Blackwell has created her own miniature fairyland out of books and brought it back to her hometown in Sheffield this weekend.

Alice A Mad Tea Party , Su Blackwell, 2007

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Looking into the mirror

Twelve striking self-portraits of Andy Warhol are displayed in Sheffield until December. 

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986 C The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Photo Tate, London, 2012

“People are always calling me a mirror,” said Andy Warhol, the great American artist, “and if a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see”? The Graves Gallery seems to have the answer.

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The magic of Catalytic Clothing —stylish sustainability

Science is banking on fashion industry to make a difference on environment 

Red Planet,an air-purifying clothes displayed at Sheffield

Glimmering models are walking down the catwalk and leaving behind them an array of fresh air. The magical clothes they wear break downs pollutants down and make the air safer for all of us.

Welcome to the world of Catalytic Clothing (Cat Clo), initiated  by Fashion expert Helen Storey, from the London College of Fashion and Chemistry professor, Tony Ryan, from the University of Sheffield.

Their combined effort have created a coating for common textiles with a catalytic called ultrafine titanium dioxide. This tiny particle breaks down  Nitrogen oxide, a major vehicle emission into less harmful substances. Study has shown that nitrogen oxide sickens our lungs and livers, destroys the Ozone and contributes to 29,000 death each year in the UK.

“In Sheffield, the nitric oxide level on average is above the limit set by the European Air Quality Standards which is 40 micrograms of nitric oxide per cubic metre.” Tony Ryan said.

Together with Ecover, a Belgium detergent manufacturer, they will develop a CatClo loaded laundry additive. If all goes well, this trendy solution to air quality will soon be available in stores at a price similar to fabric conditioner


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Road in Silkstone, All Saints and St James Church are all closed for Coroner investigation

 A woman who was buried in a graveyard at All Saints and St James Church, Silkstone is being dug out by the Yorkshire Police in the UK. 


Her body, which was burried there since 2011, will hopefully tell the forensic post-mortem that what, or who, had killed her.

The identity of the woman is not disclosed as requested by her family.

As a result to the examination, which is on behalf of the Coroner for an ongoing-investigation to find the woman’s cause of death, All Saints & St James Church and its grounds, as well as  Barnsley Road, Silkstone, Barnsley will be closed from midday Thursday, 25 October until the evening of Friday, 26 October 2012. Neither pedestrians or vehicles are allowed.

At the meantime, forensic tent will be set up over the grave. The examination is under the consent of the woman’s family.

The wonderful world of English food

I was advised by a friend in China, on the evening before my flight to Uk, to bring with me 20 boxes of instant noodle “ I care about you,” she said, “ I can’t stand the idea of you being starved there”.

There was an old joke in China, an English gentleman to China and was so amazed by the variety of Chinese food. So his fellow Chinese friend ask him, “what are the typical food in your country?” the English man answered, “well, we have four major dishes: fish &chips, fish, chips, chips&fishes”. And in my middle-school English textbook, there was such description on English culture: “English people eat fish and chips for lunch every day”.

It was not until I came here that I realized everything I had learned about English food in china wrapped up to a big big lie.

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The Amazing World of Denny Museum Open to Public First Time in Decades

From a gigantic beak of extinct a pre-history bird to a tiny fetus of a sea turtle preserved in alcohol, the Alfred Denny Museum of the University of Sheffield is exhibiting a wide range of amazing specimen to the public for the first time in history.

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