Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Lee Godie II

The story of Lee Godie (1908–1994) is a puzzle probably never to be completely solved so far as I can research she was born Jamot Emily Godee in Mudtown, Illinois, as one of a family of 11 children. She married George Hathaway and had three children, however tragedy struck, two of her children died and her marriage failed. From then on (approximately 1968) she lived a transient life on the streets of Chicago. Where she survive as an artist selling her paintings.

In the 1960's she discovered a photo booth at the Greyhound Bus Stop in Chicago, here she would take self-portrait glam shots and add colour to the 5x4 gelatin silver black and white prints. By using lipstick and instant ice tea she was able to create her own unique style, and then hand colour and adjust the photo booth images.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Joanna Spicer

A project that celebrates the hat making industry of Stockport by Bristol based illustrator Joanna Spicer. Created using digitally layered prints and drawings.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Brian McHenry

‘You cannot see them, they are not there anymore’ by Brian McHenry

Brian McHenry has fallen for St Kilda; it's wild history and it's aching desolation. In his explorations of the history stories and landscape he is producing some amazing studies and illustrations for a zine and sharing an incredible history.

Above: St Kilda Mailboat Below: The St Kilda Wren

Above: The SS Dunara Castle 
Below: Endpaper with signatures of the islanders requesting to be relocated to the mainland.

"The text is from National Records of Scotland and is the petition signed by the islanders themselves requesting government assistance to leave the island. The document was dated 10 May1930 and was signed by the following:"

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Maria Carluccio

Maria Carluccio's musings on acorns. Maria uses a mixture of techniques including collage and this very wet use of watercolour.
“I try to create images and narratives that inspire- sometimes these are messages of hope and sometimes they are simply reflections of ideas or themes that resonate with my own personal experiences. Whether it’s a pattern, a product or an image for a children’s book, I always try to infuse my artwork with the sense of playfulness and curiosity I feel when I create.”

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Victoria Semykina IV

I adore these dynamic gestural illustrations, the page layout, colour, text and numbers by Victoria Semykina for "Crossing" by Artur Givargizov, they are an absolute delight!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Collages leaves

Still not quite sure what is going to come of my autumn leaf collection, but I have been using them to collage, I would love to work with kids with this technique and see what they would make.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Rob Biddulph ‏

Rob Biddulph's 'Gate crasher at the flamingo hop' illustration is just wonderful! Rob is a multi award winning illustrator based in London.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

きくちちき Kiku Chichiki III

The joy that this cover gives me is boundless, that wonderful yellow and the incredible line. This is a limited edition hand bound book by きくちちき Kiku Chichiki, I truely love this illustrators work. Born in 1975 Kiku Chichiki, he releases hand printed books in parallel with exhibitions of the original works.
In 2013 he won the Golden Apple award at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) Exhibition.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Kaoru Ono

What beautiful illustrations, an incredible blend of painterly marks and observations mixed with collage, just wonderful. This is the work of Kaoru Ono (小野 かおる) in 1930, who graduated from the oil painting department of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
This publication is 'Friend of Mother' number 26 (母の友」絵本26) published in 1996.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Marjorie Auerbach II

Marjorie Auerbach illustrations from; 'Seven Uncles Come to Dinner' published in 1963, showing again, her vivid use of vibrant colour and wonderful graphic line.