A Professional Artist with innumerable interests and talents.  Passionate about being a Wild-Food & Urban Forager, Cook and Adventurer.  A well-seasoned World-Wide backpacker with a keen interest in Anthropology.

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road-kill-gyozo-roger-moody-picArt Commissions – School, Community, Public & Private – 

Please visit the link below…

alisonbrierleyartist.wordpress.com

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***  PLEASE BE AWARE that this site is my personal site and contains ADULT THEMES beyond the ‘HOME’, ‘ABOUT’ & ‘CONTACT’ pages  ***

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“Many aspects of my work explore the potent, deep feminine principle,  beyond feminism and patriarchy.  I love all aspects of self-expression through art of all descriptions, even the squeamish and uncomfortable ones.  I gravitate toward the use of archetypical imagery, symbolism and metaphor.  I have a passion for working with organic materials, which include animal parts.  I use only what objects Nature puts my way.  I work mainly with ‘road kill’.

Much of my work aspires to push the experiencer, including myself, to query preconceptions and socio-cultural taboos by creating something beautiful, delicious or compelling, often from something dead and/or socially repulsive.

Immersing myself in local-lore, food and culture (wherever I am) I question and take responsibility for everything I do, what I create and where my food comes from.  I try my best with the knowledge and level of awareness that I have to live as ethically and as peacefully as I can within this world.  I am nomadic and my home is on wheels.  I practice ‘simple living’.

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“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” –  J. Krishnamurti

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Vocational Highlights 2014 – so far…

claudia nye mugshotMaking movies for ‘Woodlands TV’!

Lately I have been making movies with the ultra talented Claudia Nye.

Originally from Argentina, Claudia is a Scarborough based, award winning BAFTA nominated documentary film maker with 21 years experience in the field of media.

Her work ranges from broadcast (BBC/Channel Four) to private and public Commissions (Film Council/European Fund), through facilitating community based projects with the youth, and teaching in FE and HE sectors.

These movies are for Woodlands.TV and should be ready to view online in a few months.

Will post the links ASAP. X

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IMG_1042“How To Cook Roadkill” for the MUNCHIES food Channel.

I spent a very pleasurable half day with two guys from VICE / Freemantle Media UK making a show for their “How to…” series.

MUNCHIES chronicles the wide spectrum of the global culinary experience. They liked how I combine roadkill with various forms of cookery styles and ingredients and asked if I would cook for the show. I enjoyed links to the other episodes so said yes!

I made two of my “Feral Fusion” recipes using squirrel - “Southern Fried Squirrel” & “Squirrel Pot-Stickers Dumplings”.  They were very tasty and the show promises to be pretty funny, lol.

It should be ready to view online in a few months.   Will post the link ASAP. X

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Orientation Travel Productions and Dutch host Thomas Acda go on a “Roadkill Road Trip” around North Yorkshire with yours truly!

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orientationSpent a full day on a warm and sunny Summer Solstice filming a pilot episode with the Orientation Production team of five wonderfully funny folk from the Netherlands.

The host, Thomas Acda, is a well known rock star, song writer, actor and comedian.  He is making a series very similar to that of Anthony Bourdain; traveling the world, meeting new and interesting people and having epiphanies through culinary experiences.

The day was spent foraging, exploring the beautiful countryside, looking for roadkill, cooking it, chatting and having a fun time.  We ended around a camp fire with some fantastic friends/ local musicians.  We certainly showed them some good old Yorkshire hospitality.  The program will be aired on mainstream Dutch TV this year.

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Vocational Highlights – 2013 News

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August 2013 – DISCOVERY CHANNEL UPDATE from the BEYOND PRODUCTIONS team…

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you kindly once again for your fantastic contribution to the television series Extreme Worlds (working title).

The series is currently in its final stages of post-production, the episodes are ready to air and they look great.  The first broadcast will be in Poland in August.  The show will air worldwide soon after that.

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To grab the attention of viewers, the final title of the series as chosen by the network is “FORBIDDEN”. The title highlights the extraordinarily engaging and exciting subcultures, passions, hobbies, interests and pastimes featured in the series.  Each episode is a celebration of we human beings, in all our wonderful variety.  We believe that in the case of each featured story, the viewers will come away enlightened, with a sense of fascination, understanding and acceptance.  For us, variety is the spice of life!

As soon as we have any more details regarding transmission schedules in other countries, and when the series has finished its global transmission, we will be in touch”.

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“PREOCCUPIED WITH PLACENTAS”

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Sheela-Na-Gig DISCO BOOTIES FINISHED NOT LIT PLACENTA 'FUNKY-BABY' DISCO BOOTIES Placenta Skin Baby Booties sock monkey portrait Sheela-Na-Gig painted in blood, Nomadic Village 2012 Placenta Print BW Sheela-Na-Gig lino print  in blood/ black food colouring, Nomadic Village 2012 A Womb With a View see through placenta ket ring

umbilical clamp added to the harey purse placenta skin keyring and hares tail ROUND PATCH OF PLACENTA IN THE WINDOW WITH OLIVEPLACENTA PATCHY IN THE SKY Placenta cookery in Olive, Nomadic Village 2012

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My Experimental Adventures Making Beautiful Things from Placenta

NEW NOTE! … COMMISSIONS NOW BEING TAKEN!!

 I have enjoyed this process so much I am offering my services as a ‘Placenta Artist’. 

Anyone wishing to preserve their placenta can contact me using the ‘Contact’ page or use this highlighted link.

What I would like to make for you are completely unique and personal ’Objet De’Art’ using your placenta, what you want is your choice and I am open to suggestions. 

I will not however be producing items that are meant to be ingested. 

Prices are negotiable depending on what you want and to be discussed privately.

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Please enjoy the multiple emotions you will encounter by continuing to read…

“My Experimental Adventures Making Beautiful Things from Placenta”

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“BEYOND BELIEF” – Scottish Foraging Adventures and Roadkill Collaborations for Beyond Productions and the Discovery Channel – “EXTREME WORLDS”

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Date to be Aired Not Known Yet…

Februrary 2013 –  13 Collaborators make a program for Australian Production Company ‘BEYOND’  and the ‘Discovery Channel’.

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WHAT A FEAST - “BEYOND BELIEF” – “ROADKILL COLLABORATORS” and “ACCIDENTAL MEAT COLLECTIVE” – Beyond Productions and the Discovery Channel – “EXTREME WORLDS” ELFEN CUPS - BEYOND BELIEF” – “ROADKILL COLLABORATORS” and “ACCIDENTAL MEAT COLLECTIVE” – Beyond Productions and the Discovery Channel – “EXTREME WORLDS” FILMING 'the pickup' - BEYOND BELIEF” – “ROADKILL COLLABORATORS” and “ACCIDENTAL MEAT COLLECTIVE” – Beyond Productions and the Discovery Channel – “EXTREME WORLDS” FILMING THE TURKEY TAILS - BEYOND BELIEF” – “ROADKILL COLLABORATORS” and “ACCIDENTAL MEAT COLLECTIVE” – Beyond Productions and the Discovery Channel – “EXTREME WORLDS”

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Click here to see some amazing photos taken by fellow collaborator Jonathan Mcgee!

(Some show scenes of butchery and are quite graphic, you have been warned!)

The series is shooting across the globe, and will comprise of 12 one hour episodes featuring three or four stories each. It will air in 209 countries and territories across the world, reaching an anticipated audience of over 1.3 billion.  Each episode will have a theme that looks at subcultural movements and exciting, unusual and enlightening belief systems or ways of lifeThis story explores the phenomenon of eating wild-food and roadkill and certain attitudes towards the self sustainability aspects of being nomadic.

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Launching “Mobile Murals”

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This year I took my motor home ‘on-site’ and lived in a school playground for 3 weeks over the Summer holidays.  This was such a wonderful way for me to work away from home, constantly and consistently, literally on the door-step of the job itself!

I am now able to take on commissions further afield and minimise my carbon footprint!

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Please contact me to discuss your thoughts and requirements.

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Primary School Outdoor Mural (80m2) - “Science and Nature – Awe and Wonder”

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Vocational Highlights – 2012 News…

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Nomadic Village 2012 – ARTISTS RESIDENCY

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 From 21 May to 3 June 2012, County Durham housed a village within a town, when a ‘Nomadic Village’ of over 30 international artists made its temporary home in Wolsingham.  The artists lived and worked in camper vans, caravans, marquees, a converted police bus and even an adapted milk float based at the Desmesne Mill Picnic Area in Wolsingham.  The 10-day project provided space for professional artists working in a variety of mediums to live and work, engage and interact with the local community and produce work that responds to the location and situation.

The artists came from as far away as Australia and as near as Tow Law, and the work varied from photography, film and digital media to 3-dimensional sculptural pieces. Participating artists were selected based on the quality of their work as well as their commitment to gaining inspiration from their temporary location and their artistic practice of working as nomadic artists.

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dirtbag gourmet 7th March 2012 -  Had a good interview with Micheal from “Adventure Journal”, an American website with a focus on the outdoors. They cover hiking, skiing, biking, climbing, backpacking, etc. Dirtbag Gourmet is a column he writes that focuses on all aspects of outdoor eating.

Dirtbag Gourmet: Eating Road Kill

by Michael Frank

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SICKENING OR SUSTAINABLE 20th February 2012  – Had an interview with Ben, writing from the Ecologist magazine, as part of a feature on eating roadkill as part of a sustainable lifestyle choice.

Roadkill: sickening or sustainable?

by Ben Martin

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The Cosmic Stork delivered a Norket!!

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This is the best news by far – our son was born!!!  – 18th February 2012 – 

 

MAXIMUS VLADIMIR  aka Baby MAX and NORKET to his nearest and dearest came into our world at 15.15 on Saturday afternoon – 18th February.  An Aquarian Water Dragon!!  He weighed 3.33kg or 7lbs 5oz.  He was born at the Mistal, a home-birth,  in our nest, in the water pool…. No drugs or pain relief and no stitches – none were necessary…

He was ROARED out!!!

(click on his name link for a slide show of birth pics)

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My roadkill pies make the ‘Come Dine With Me’ Top 10 Weirdest Dishes ever… Click here! 

24th May 2012 …An interesting claim to fame, lol.

“Waste not, want not! Nomadic eco-warrior Alison Brierly redefined the notion of fast food with her optional starter of pheasant road kill pies – fresh from the tarmac”.

To see CDWM “Roadkill Thrills” clip again Click here or see Full Episode on the old blog.

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 Wild Food Foraging and Roadkill!  BBC Radio York 12th January 2012

12th January 2012 – A very entertaining discussion LIVE on air with DJ Jonathan Cowap and fellow guests Chris Bax who is a wild food forager (www.tastethewild.co.uk) & Stephanie Moon who is a well known chef and food consultant (www.stephaniemoon.co.uk).

The full show is 3 hours long, so start the sliding bar at 1.08.28. Click here & Enjoy!!

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Vocational Highlights – 2011 News…

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The True Story of the Roadkill Cook…

28th December 2011 - I had a lovely interview with Sarah, a food producer with TakePart.com, from Beverly Hills, California.  We chatted about extreme foraging, roadkill recipes and taxidermy art.  She did really nice follow-up piece called ‘The True Story of a Roadkill Cook’.  Click the link above…

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Japanese Gyoza - Roadkill Dumplings!

Due to an explosion of recent and slightly inaccurate stories about me, I have posted a blog in response.

Pregnant Woman Develops Sudden Bizarre Craving for Roadkill – What tosh!!

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BURNING MAN 2011 – Rites Of Passage

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This anti-establishment arts festival and survival project, created from the grey alluvium of the Black Rock Desert, leaves its mark in your heart.  It is truly an amazing experience and my RIGHT OF PASSAGE was a success.

Our performance of Mr & Mrs Mud, inspired by our adoptive Asaro tribal family in Papua New Guinea, was a huge success and was very well received.  I was chuffed to have been chosen to receive an award, certificate and medal for our artistic tribal contribution.

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Come Dine With Me – Harrogate

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Earlier this year, after encouragement from friends, I put myself forward as a contestant on Come Dine With Me.  “Nutter!!”  I hear myself say. lol.  They must have thought so too … nomadic, shamanic artist and road kill recycler???  Hmmmmm.  “We’ll have her!”

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…visit the short 3 min trailer below…

Hairy Harrogate & Road Kill Thrills

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Come Dine With Me

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