It was 2020: the UK’s first lockdown. Lu shared a picture of a DIY dog toy on Instagram to amuse their assistance dog Poly. Emma replied with a photo of her hound Woolf playing with an old sculpture of hers. Dog Ear was born, a place for contemporary art publishing & sculptural dog toys.
As two artists who write we have long appreciated the affordability of artists’ publishing. Anyone can buy an artwork as a book when reasonably priced, it is a medium people can immediately understand and a vehicle for sharing information.
As arts educators, we believe in life long learning, for pups and humans. Looking at and critiquing work is a helpful way of viewing and understanding the world we live, something we find useful in this era of fake news. We hope our texts and toys are brainfood for both you and your beloved hound.
More and more people are seeing the benefits of pet companionship and play, especially after 3 separate lockdowns. Fresh air, mental health and questioning, poking, prodding the status quo gives us perspective outside of our daily stresses. Through Dog Ear we want to tie slow, sustainable making, alongside mental health & wellbeing benefits of dogs.
All sales go back into Dog Ear to develop new texts and toys and commission artists (and fund treats for Poly and Woolf—they told us to type this).
Meet the team
– Cuddles with Woolf
– Bright colours and prints
– Authority and being told what to do
– Time hoovers
Stuffing Frankenballs and hawk eyes for editing texts
Leaving things until the last minute
– Shouting at Southend-on-Sea waves
– Losing balls
– The word ‘bath’
– Not being with Emma
4/5 (unless there’s a lawnmower involved)
5/5 with Poly or other collies, just not with lawnmowers
Toxic silent farts that creep up on you when you least expect it
– Fluffy clothes
– Forest walks
– Cuddles with Poly
– Paying rent
– Eating mushrooms (I like looking at them)
– Being underestimated
Writing funding applications with ten minutes to the deadline
– Jumping through long grass like a dolphin
– Being woken up
– Getting wet and walking through puddles
– Being brushed for more than 10 minutes
5/5 when working
2/5 when playing
Special Skill Sniffing out panic attacks and meltdowns
Huffing and puffing when she doesn't get her way