The doodle toys created by Katia Shumkova, are so fantastic, I have no idea how she manages to be so prolific in their creation. I have selected ones where characters and objects are merged into one creation.
Friday, 10 July 2020
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Amber M Jensen is an incredible artist whose main creative focus is weaving, but every so often she refreshes her eyes by drawing, I love these rich sketchbook images.
"I like to draw in tandem with weaving because it keeps me feeling free. Like I’m always trying loosen the knots from getting too tight...to keep it playful...to have a sense of humor...to let the work get weird sometimes. It’s those layers in our brain I’m interested in. Drawing is so primal and simple of an act. A visual language that I believe holds a key to happiness." Amber M Jensen
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Jacqueline Ayer Nu Dang and his Kite 1959 lovely bold blocks of colour with elegant line work.
Born in 1930s New York to Edward and Thelma Brandford, a graphic artist and dressmaker, Jacqueline Ayer was surrounded by her parent's friends; artists poets and musicians and went to the New York Art Students League before going on to study Fine Art at Syracuse University and then further studies in Paris at Beaux Artes and Ecole Paul Colin. Jacqueline illustrated for Vogue and worked alongside Andy Warhol before moving to Thailand with her husband in the 1950s.
"It was the children that facinated me Nu Dang was first inspired by our boatmans son who would come along on our river jaunts. I have tried to show the varoety of people that live on and from the river, the Indians, Chinese, Malayans and the Thais of course. The more prosperous city boys and girls in their starched blacks and whites, the saronged children of the paddy farmers and fishermen, the merchants and the river vendors. I have tried to show to as acurate a picture as possible without romanticising. I only hope the reader will understand through Nu Dang that children are very much the same everywhere." Jacqueline Ayer
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Monday, 6 July 2020
John Piper (1903-1992) was an English painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows and ceramics, theatre sets and tapestries. Here is a selection of his Green Man studies often made as preparatory works for stained glass or tapestry works.
Sunday, 5 July 2020
Saturday, 4 July 2020
Friday, 3 July 2020
I discovered the works of Bern Emmerichs last week, she makes incredible ceramics and also creates these incredibly detailed historical illustrations, I absolutely love all of her books published by Berbay Publishing, you can see a film of Bern here.
I didn't' know which one to feature first. Here is 'M for Mutiny! a History alphabet', written by John Dickson.About how in the late 18th century, groups of Europeans started to arrive in Australia. blundering into an ancient land that had been peopled for 60,000 years.
'M is for Mutiny! History by Alphabet', is a humorous introduction into the intriguing and terrible history of Europeans in Australia.
Thursday, 2 July 2020
These amazing illustrations are by William Saville-Kent (10 July 1845 – 11 October 1908). In 1884 William became Inspector of Fisheries in Tasmania. In 1889, he became Commissioner of Fisheries for Queensland, and in 1892, Commissioner of Fisheries for Western Australia, a position he held until 1895.
At this time he experimented with culturing pearls on Thursday Island; his experiments were successful, and modern-day spherical cultured pearls are primarily the result of discoveries he made. Saville-Kent was a pioneer of the concept of sustainable fisheries. At the Brighton Aquarium, he witnessed a lobster lay eggs and charted the growth and development of the offspring.
His goal was to see lobster and other commercial species of fish farmed as a sustainable resource. Thank you