I made this 2014 illustration, drawn on an iPad2 using the ArtStudio app, in response to the UK government economic plan to turn a slab of Britain westward from the rivers Mersey to Humber into the ‘Northern Powerhouse’. The initiative was welcomed by the media economics expert Evan Davis, so in a cheeky mood I imagined the performing pundit on the TV show The Great British Bakeoff (GBBO). This was his “Showstopper”, in my imagination. The surface of his would-be cake, the icing, is based on a geological map of the proposed Northern Powerhouse development zone; the ‘base layers’ of the imaginary confection is a construction of coloured sponges in the pattern of the union flag.
Published by Billy Mann
I'm originally from Liverpool and worked as a national magazine journalist for more than 30 years before suffering a stroke at age 53. I started blogging as part of a neuro-rehabilitation programme and wrote the very first entries with one finger of my disabled left hand. Later, art became another therapy for me at Headway East London's Submit To Love studios. I blog regularly and volunteer as a teaching assistant, coaching schoolchildren in aspects of journalism. View all posts by Billy Mann