The Peter Pan of pop art
I got some lovely badges at the Museum of Childhood, of a cat and a lion. I like lions. I hope they're going to take over from owls as this season's ubiquitous cartoon animal. Anyway, they're by Clifford Richards, who did a lot of lovely work in the late 60s/early 70s including some great stuff for Paperchase when it opened. His "slotties" (cardboard animals that slot together, like the panda above) really remind me of being a little kid in the 70s. I had a little cardboard sea lion who balanced a cardboard ball on his nose. It's funny how unexpected things can trigger such a vivid memory. I really remember the feel of the cardboard, and the way the paper was coming away at the edge of the ball. I used to love fitting it all together. So, Clifford Richards, lovely paper things available from his website and the V & A Shop; nifty robot mugs from The Big Tomato Company.