Thursday, 26 March 2009

harriet russell

Harriet Russell produced a series of 140 envelopes with visual clues and puzzles instead of an address. These have been made into a book entitled Envelopes: a Puzzling Journey Through the Royal Mail.
The quirky nature of the ideas and images appeal to me, as well as the sense of fun and the dedication of the post office staff to solve the riddles and deliver the mail!


a few years ago one of my sixth form students produced this flag as part of her coursework. The image that was silk screen printed onto fabric was recorded as a drawing on a visit to the British Museum, London. We then made it into the flag based on a depiction of an historic Chinese Hunting Scene.... and finally her sister took these pictures of her riding with the flag.
I love the pictures...

kerstin gavler

I read about Kerstin Gavler, Swedish embroidery designer on Tiny Happy's blog under swedish style. I found these images of her work on the www but not much else. Have a copy of the book on Swedish Embroidery design and am in the process of transfering some of her images into Lino print and would like to produce some silk screen prints and other adaptations of the designs. will post some more images
I love the gentle, comfortable domestic feel to her designs. Non-pretentious and accessible in nature...

texture and pattern

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

“One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

pretty sushi lunch, yummy yummy!
I love the little plastic fish shaped bottle with the soy sauce in it and the patterned plastic tray that the sushi sits in...
and its amazing stuff, I eat so little of it and feel full, comfortably full!

MA print

The final sixteen, unframed discs....

It began with a fragment of blue and white china found whilst gardening. It journeyed away from the garden and through childhood memories of Blue and white plates hanging on the wall. It ended with something to do with shattered and fragmented pieces of porcelain impressed with the willow pattern and moments from my domestic existence.

all framed up and ready to go...

I just about feel ready to take ownership of my final MA Print work (why?... it's a long story! ... but I don't know why, after all, the intellectual integrity of the work is mine.)

Friday, 20 March 2009

on the brink...

on the brink
some kind of knowing
we grasp, always
to consolidate and rationalize
to form the future before it arrives
this way we can control it
so often misguided
for our own interests
within the imagination of our own hearts
outside of the boundaries of His

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

I've be waiting for this

for weeks I've been looking out for blossom in the hedgerows... I've mistaken the fluffy bits on old mans beard for it many times, desperately wanting to see the flowers arrive.
and its here...
the hedges are shrouded in blossom...
fragile, delicate

little bird...

I had a bit of a poo day yesterday and had to work late. I desparately wanted to have a moment of free time just for me... so whilst having a quick look at blogs I drew a little bird and cut her out in a lino.
I printed her in pale blue ink
and then felt much happier about the world....

Thursday, 5 March 2009

baby painting

we had a painting session yesterday... he seemed to like it! started with a brush and potato prints, ended up with hand painting!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

"youth is happy
because it can see beauty.
anyone who keeps
the ability to see beauty
never grows old"

franz kafka

swiss alps - summer 2001
black and white 35mm - developed by hand

Yurio Seki

new favorite book - japanese graphic designer Yurio Seki. Can't put it down!
I love the fresh, delicate colours she uses and that much of her inspiration comes from nature.
I feel that her style is very feminine and that might be why it appeals to me so much....?

Many of the images have the look of prints about them and could be produced as silk screen or Lino prints....

2 lovely things

just bought this piece of yummy wrapping paper from 'Paperchase'. I'll add it to my permanent collection, not for use, just to admire...

Lauren bought me one of these old letterpress blocks .... I liked it so much that I went and got the other three....

untidy desk

This is what I'm going to do next... what a mess!.. I can't get any where near it...

a wheelbarrow full of spring

I took this picture on Sunday. I was, kind of invited, to lunch with my Auntie Joanna and this barrow stands in her garden. She has to plant the crocuses in here as its the only place that the squirrels can't get at them. Her house is wonderful and huge georgian family home full of life and creativity... I could spend hours just wondering around looking at all her interesting stuff!

Tractor Show

We visited the tractor show at the weekend, someone I know loves tractors! They were incredible, all vintage and restored to the extent that the looked as if they had just rolled out of the factory, even if they were 50, 60, 70 years old....

One of the stands created by Leominster Vintage was beautiful. They had created a vintage workshop setting with a tractor in bits standing in the centre and an office to one side. there was so much detail right down to the wheat growing in the rain water tank and a mossy birds nest on the shelf. I'm going again next year just to see what they do!