Sunday, 22 November 2009

Sketchbook of London Travels


Drawings from the Bearskin fairytale story. I wanted them to be pop up somehow so I layered 3 pieces of card with drawings on them all and cut around them to show the drawing behind it and only stuck the corners together. My tutor thought that it looked too busy which I agree it did seem too much to look at at once. Also some of the drawings in the background could have been seen clearer if images were flat.

Victoria's Utopic Tropic

In relation to my collections, coloured tights, music and trees I used all of these for my inspiration for a map of "my land". I wanted to have no white space what so ever and cover it with colour and wavy lines that I got from drawing from my tights that were all tied together in a mess. I think the finished piece was over done and hard to understand, and possibly looked too clutered although that was what I was trying to produce I wasn't really happy with the outcome. But I do like these close up photos.


woolly hats
coloured threads and buttons
drawing trees
coloured tights

Postcard Against the Postal Strike

This brief set by Riita Ikonen who came in to talk to us about her work. She showed us how she had experimented with all sorts of different materials that she could use to send a postcard, keeping a A6 postcard size but with the most un predictable materials. We had just a lunch time to produce a postcard with something that was relevant to the postal strike or to just test if it would get to it's destination.
I sent mine to my boyfriend who was unwell at the time, I wrapped up the card in thread, that covered up the message at the back and felt like it was a part of me, my purple jumper that i was wearing.

Monday, 16 November 2009

September 2009 Summer Work!

Requirements. home.
I drew this on plane journey home, my reflection through the plane window and all the lights, meaning that we were almost there because I could see the city lights. Everybody else on the plane was asleep. I just couldn't wait to be home.

Hopes. For everything to be just like a fairytale story.

Requirements. Laughter and being silly.

Nationality. a typical English tourist in Paris. "Ou est le Tour Eiffel?"

Expectations. To grow old and be able to knit a whole tube seat like I imagined this old lady could.

Place of Birth. I miss Lancaster, this is me looking sad and the famous Ashton memorial at Williamson park in Lancaster. Lots of sunny and cloudy picnic days spent there.

Position in the Family. I have a whole 7 siblings, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. I chose to do russian dolls as they are never ending just like my family. I am the red sparkly one.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

"Wild boys" by Sandrine Pelletier.

The way this artist has used thread, embroidery and materials to create these illustrations,
using soft colours and delicate lace to create these "wild boys". I really love this style and using textiles in illustrations.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Tad Lauritzen Wright "Road Trip".

I want to own a campervan like this one day.

The mixture of doodles, colours, and materials that build up this background for the campervan I find really fun and imaginative.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

David Metaxas Rumplestiltskin

This summer I visited a exhibition "Enchanted worlds: Art of fairy stories and mermaid tales" at Preston Harris museum. The rooms were divided into different sections for a different fairy tale story. I found this piece by david metaxas, rumplestiltskin really fasinating how he used sculpture and the gold thread as a medium to bring the story to life.

Alfred Hitchcock movies

Recently purchased alfred hitchcock box set of his films, and trying to watch them when possible, I really enjoy the costumes and stage set up of these old fashioned films.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

J.W.Waterhouse "Psyche opening the golden box"

I visited the The Modern Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the royal academy this summer, this painting i found most appealing. The beautiful girl who couldn't resist to peak inside this sacred golden box. I really like the idea and the mystery of it.

Eija Liisa Ahtila

I love the setting and scene of this piece how she looks like shes flying with ease through the forest.

Jason Thielke "kim and Jesse"

I think the way this artist has used line and geometric shapes to create this image shows a really interesting style. Also how they're created on wood with mixed media.

Nicoletta Ceccoli

I found this artist in a book art shop in Paris. This french artist has a beautiful collection of illustrations and I find them all really fasinating. They all have a magical feel, but with a subtle sinister approach which makes them fantastic.

Dave Mckean "moths"

This fanasty approach is noticable in all Dave Mckean's work which I admire. Alot of his work can be quite disturbing but I find this one a "lighter" approach to his art. Yet also with that inauspicious feel.

Little Red Riding Hood by Jessie Wilcox-Smith.

Traditional fairy tales, like Little Red Riding Hood I still find exciting. As for children the illustrations are the most important part of the story, how it makes them come alive as the story is being told.